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ironing is the first thing to go

by Lyn Foley on January 23, 2008

When Jim and I moved aboard a sailboat I swore I would never iron again. For the most part, I kept that promise – until, that is, we moved back to land in 2002. We mostly dressed in jeans and tee shirts (which  I definitely don’t iron),  but sometimes needed to be more presentable for art shows, and  other occasions.  I considered paying somebody to iron, or taking our clothes to a dry cleaners, but just couldn’t justify the expense, so I reluctantly started ironing again.

Early in 2003 I took a lampworking class and  became hooked on bead making immediately. Each week the ironing piled up, and I postponed the chore – again, and again, and again. Bead making was much more important – who needed wrinkle free clothing when beads could be made?  Then the day before an important art festival, I’d go into a blitz mode, drag out the iron, and spend almost a whole day slaving over the iron, and watching the DIY channel to take my mind off the drudgery. Later, all pressed and neat at the show,  selling my jewelry, I’d answer questions about lampworking.  “How much time does it take to make the beads?” they’d ask.  I’d reply: “Well, it can take as much time as you like. I love to make beads, so I’m at the torch all the time.” Jim would join in , saying, “Ironing is the first thing to go.”

In 2006 I decided to write a book about our 10 year sail around the world. So in addition to lampworking full time, making jewelry, selling jewelry, taking care of Jim, and our house, and a garden, and …, I added writing into the mix. uh -oh – what is the order of importance here? Dishes pilled  in the kitchen sink, and dust bunnies appeared under the bed. Progress on the book was slow.  But I finished it, and then spent the next few months sending queries to publishers, and getting back rejection letters. Finally,  at the end of last year, a publisher expressed interest in the book (Hooray!), but wanted it re-written as a memoir. So, now I’m at it again,  writing in my spare (?) time (see the first chapter here ).

Lampworking is still the most important, then writing, then housework – and ironing is the first to go.


What I did yesterday: Made these beads (for sale soon).   beads for sale

Published  “wearable art | born in fire” , a little book I have written showing how lampworked beads are made, and lots of photos of my recent work. Buy it here!   wearable art


Worked on  Go Anyway. Follow my progress here.

What I didn’t do yesterday: The ironing! laundry

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica January 25, 2008 at 6:34 am

Lyn, Thanks for sending your link. Love the site! It inspires me to improve my website. Jessica

Eleo January 25, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Hi Lyn…your blog site is great. Hope you and Jim are lovin’ life as ever.


dataplexmom January 27, 2008 at 6:48 am

Lyn – your ironing looks neater unironed than mine does ironed. Keep up the good work! Cyndi

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