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Do You Have Patience For Handicrafts As A Hobby?

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Would you believe if I were to tell you all these DIY beaded stuff you see here are all made by my mom who is already 85 this year? I'm not joking! My son always says his granny has bionic eyes, and I do think it's pretty amazing for her age to make all these pretty crafts.

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Work-in-progress
Can you guess what she's making now?

Do you enjoy handicrafts and have the patience for DIY stuff? Which is your favorite piece? I do think more old folks should pick up some of these hobbies to keep them active and their fingers nimble. What's your thoughts?

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  1. Hi Shirley,
    Oh my goodness, I couldn't possibly pick a favorite. They are all so intricate and beautiful! I must agree with your son and the bionic eyes theory. I know for a fact that beadwork like this takes a lot of patience and good eyesight. I have done beadwork in the past and if you saw all the instruments I needed to use for light and magnifying you would think I was someone from out of space, lol...Your Mom's work is so tedious, just amazing!

    I too think "older folks" should keep active in some way. Actually, I think it is a good idea for most of us to have some sort of hobby that keeps our brains stimulated and our bodies nimble:) Marion, as you know, is always doing something with those fingers of hers and I often wonder how she manages to see those small stitches. She doesn't even wear glasses!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Shirley and please thank your Mom for sharing her talents. (if I had to absolutely choose one, I think it would be the dolphin coin purse:)

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    1. Louise, thanks so much for your long distance love! My mom had cataract about 6 yrs ago & went for op, since then she doesn't need any glasses to do string her beads at all! Pretty amazing, seriously! Would love to meet Marion some day if there's ever a chance, or for both of them to meet. Wouldn't that be great?

      For Chinese, some old folks like to pass their time playing mahjong. Not sure if you're familiar with the game; it helps to stimulate the mind. I can't play the game well, but it's definitely in my list to pick up at a later stage :)

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    2. I think the both of them meeting would be a fabulous idea, Shirley. It wouldn't surprise me to learn they have a lot in common that us "younger" folks wouldn't even dream of knowing:)

      I happen to LOVE Mahjong! I'm not too good at it either and the group I use to play with on a weekly basis is based in New York. I doubt anyone in this neck of the woods plays. (although my son plays Mahjong. He also has a Friday Night Magic night at his comic book store. I should ask him to start a Mahjong night! Thanks Shirley, we can dream:)

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    3. Really, you're fan of mahjong too?? Too cool! I've just posted something on mahjong & would love to have you join in the game! Hahaha!

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  2. Shirley!!! Your Mom is one Super Granny! She so passionate to create this beautiful collections.

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    1. Lina, but you've the patience & stamina to run! Salute you too!

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  4. Your mom is very talented and creative, someday I will have the time to do diy, not as goo as these beautiful work from your mom.
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    1. Jackie, I intend to pick up the skills at a later stage too :)

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  5. Oh wow. The crafts are amazing. Full of wonderful details.

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  6. Wow your Mom obviously is quite skilled with her hands Shirley! Everything looks amazing!. I wish I had the patience for DIYs but I do find them fun from time to time.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Rowena, she's simply awe-inspiring & I'm so proud of her!

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  7. Wow amazing crafts! :)
    http://adelinaschoice.blogspot.com

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  8. Your mum has such a talent!
    These are gorgeous and I wish I had the patience to make something like this <3
    Sensitive Epidermis | Rainbow
    xxx

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    1. Rainbow, I've to admit not everyone has the patience to do this........

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  9. Those looks amazing! :)))
    I always admire people who have talent in handcrafted.
    Wow we have the same name ;)
    Click to see my summertime escape!
    Love, Chantilly Voeux

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    1. Sherli, nice to know someone sharing the same name! Thanks for coming by & will pop by your blog as soon as I get time.

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  10. Hi dear!

    I really like your blog :)
    Followed you, follow back?

    xx
    isa | http://stoerensexy.blogspot.be

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    1. Isabelle, most delighted to! Gonna check out your blog soon :)

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  11. Ohhh her work is amazing!
    I used to do jewelry back in the day. I really should try to make it again one of these days I guess :3
    Take care*

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    1. Diana, thanks sweetie! I think you should seriously pick it up again:D

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  12. I love DIY myself too, creative thing makes me feel so free and joy:). I believe your mom whos 85 but still loving her passion, Love the fact of her. thanks for the followed, I followed u back!

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    1. Tanya, that's so cool! Thanks for sharing your thoughts & love having you here!

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  13. I wish I had the patience but unfortunately I don't.=)

    Thanks for the follow. Following you back now.

    Kashayas blogg

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    1. Kashaya, thanks for coming by! Popping over now :D

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  14. Shirley, you mum is fantastic! Hard to believe that she is 85 and is so nimble with her fingers. Her handiworks are so beautiful! It is a good hobby and I guess that's what keeps your mum mentally alert. We should all take up some sort of hobby and keep our brains active and healthy. My grandma developed Alzheimer's when she was in her 80's and I believe it is due to lack of activities and brain stimulation. It is really sad as it has gotten worse and she is in her 90's now. Thank's for sharing your mum's works of art!

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    1. PH, I'm so sorry about your granny. Hope she's in good health despite he Alzheimer. Thanks for sharing with us your story & hope this will motivate more old folks to stay active!

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  15. Shirley, your mum is an amazing woman. I salute her! She has those wonderful talent and that blue pendant (1st pic) is so lovely!!

    Did you inherit her talent and patience for craft? I wish I have the talent myself.

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    1. Rose, hahaha! I really glad you like the gift. Mmmm..... wish I've half her talent. Lol!

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  16. Your mom is so talented. I wish I have the creativity and time to do all of these things too... My most favorite will be the DIY pendants. Love all of the craft works. Thanks for sharing, Shirley =)

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    1. Kristine, those DIY dried flowers accessories are remarkable, aren't they? Have a lovely week! xoxo

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  17. I don't have the patience to make handicrafts, to be absolutely honest but
    your mom looks like an expert to me!

    X
    http://subhamrai.blogspot.in/

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  18. Oh dear.. the more I see these, the sadness seeps in.. I feel so sad that I have lost a masterpiece.. so sorry that your mom has put in efforts to make these and it never arrived.. I don't know what to say but I really appreciate the thoughts.. Big Hug to her and tell her she is really Gifted! These handicrafts has proven that she is One patient lady!

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    1. Reana, I'm terribly sorry the gift didn't reach you. I'm sure you're equally upset; the postman must've taken a liking for the pendant. Lol! Thanks for being patient! xoxo

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  19. I have absolutely no handicraft patience but I can certainly admire and appreciate those who do - your mum is absolutely amazing :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Uru, thanks sweetie! Thanks for reading!

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  20. Your mom has the passion for craft work and very good at it :D
    I think her beaded animal works are very cute!

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    1. Xinyun, she made a lot of those animals like the Chinese Zodiac couple of years ago for charity :D

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  21. Adore this ideas! :)!!!!

    Want to follow each other on GFC and bloglovin?
    Let me know!

    Greets from the EDELFABRIK
    Chrissie

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    1. Chrissie, most delighted too! Thanks for dropping by & will visit yours soon! xoxo

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  22. Oh my gosh! Those are really so cute. My aunt is doing the same thing, and she's trying to turn it into a business. She gave me a bead bag last December and I absolutely love it. In fact I made a post about it.

    http://kintsugioflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Random, wow! I think that would certainly be quite a lucrative business.Lucky gal! xoxo

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  23. I must agreed with your son, your mum must have bionic eyes. All these pieces of crafts are so unique and beautiful. Hmm.... that work in progress..... looks like a coaster or pot base holder..... eh.... no.... may be the base of another beautiful tote bag? Can't wait to see the completed piece.....

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    1. DS, good guess! Will definitely post the completed work in Facebook :D

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  24. wow you have a very crafty and talented mum! Love all of these <3

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    1. Sarah, she'll be delighted to hear this. Thanks, dear!

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  25. I salute and admire your mum Shirley. She is skilfull and she surely knows how to occupy her time with plenty of patience. I'm not even any close to her. Lovely patterns and pieces.

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    1. Nava, she spends her time travelling, eating, doing her handicrafts & playing mahjong. I think she's leading a very fruitful life.

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  26. That is an incredible talent to have at any age, let alone the age of 85.. how refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing with us!! Have a fantastic weekend (and I hope your mum does too)! :)

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    - I follow back on Bloglovin' -

    x

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    1. Gabrielle, wonder if I'll inherit that kind of skills when I turn 80 :) Thanks for the kind note! xoxo

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  27. Shirley, how great that your mom does beading. My mom does, too. And like you say, it is great for their dexterity. Tell her to keep up the good work!

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    1. Abbe, that's totally cool! I'm sure you're proud of your mom too!

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  28. She is talented, makes awesome stuff. I am not yet in to DIY hoby.

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    1. Subha, thanks! It's always nice to see you here!

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  29. Shirley, these are stunning. Your mom is amazingly talented. I think I have the patience, but looking at how small the beads are, I'd be squinting my eyes all the time.. haha ^.^

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    1. Sharon, thanks sweetie! My mom just told me that she just bought some really tiny beads & also a special needle for their new handicraft. Hahaha!

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  30. this is really amazing!
    I can't believe a 85 years old lady can do such beautiful craft!
    I think that's worth to report in local newspaper to encourage more old folks to take up such habits to keep them active
    MY-Emily

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    1. Emily, I'm so darn proud of her! Mmmm...... I do think the news should highlight what old folks can do during their pastime to keep them real active :D

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  31. I am so impressed with your mum! I wanted to cry on seeing her beautiful pieces! She is so creative and now I know where Shirley inherited her innovative brains in cooking, staying healthy and blogging!...... Your mummy lah!!!!

    Both my parents are in their 80s too and my father has dementia while my mother has parkinsons who can hardly walk unaided! We siblings feel sad and helpless. Life is a journey and it's for us to shape them up like how you have done & planned so meaningfully. I can see how far sighted & smart you are! Well done Shirley.

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    1. Tan, hahaha! You're too cute; no wonder you're a prince to your wife! So sorry to learn about your parents. Guess we just have to spend more time with them while we can.

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  32. Shirley, your Mom is truly an inspiration -- her handiwork is beautiful! And, not only does this hobby bring her joy, it brings happiness to others! (I looked at all the pictures twice and couldn't help ooohing & aahhhing!) To answer your questions, I'm not very handy when it comes to crafts, but yes, I think having a hobby keeps 'old-er' folks young. ;)

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    1. Kimby, thank you dear! I'm so glad I'm able to share her work with you guys thru my blog.

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