Friday, January 26, 2018

Books and Baubles ... Oh My!

Hello Friends and Happy 2018!

If you've visited my blog before (thank you) you know that I usually post about books or my kids or some combination of the two. But today, I have something completely different, and I'm sure very unexpected. Today, I'm pleased to share with you my newest venture ~

Here are the deets:

You all know me as Karen Pokras Toz, author, but several months ago, I also began making bracelets.

It all began in October of 2017 when I had a not so graceful tumble down my stairs and broke both of my ankles - yup, major ouch! It was even more of a bummer, because as a writer I liked to start each day with a walk (when both the weather and my arthritis cooperated) to clear my head and get my creative juices flowing. After a few weeks, I was going absolutely NUTS and my writing stalled. I needed a replacement for my walks.

That's when I started beading. I beaded and I beaded, and I beaded some more. Soon, I was completely addicted and found myself with a hearty inventory and a new hobby -- again, when my Rheumatoid Arthritis permitted it. It's a frustrating disease, but I do the best I can to find ways around it.

So, I've decided to start a little side business, and since these bracelets were made with love by my swoopy arthritic fingers (yes, the actual words my doctor used), I've decided to donate 10% of my proceeds to The Arthritis Foundation.

Don't worry, I'm still writing, but now I'm both a book and bauble maker. I've put a small sampling below. All of my bracelets are listed for sale on Etsy at Feel free to stop by, browse, and if you're so inclined, click on the little heart to like my shop! I'm excited about the pieces I've created. I hope you are, too. And as always, thank you for your support!


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