Wire Wrapped Jewelry, Bath & Body, & Unique Gifts

Paducah, Kentucky · 0 Sales


Wire Wrapped Jewelry, Bath & Body, & Unique Gifts

Paducah, Kentucky 0 Sales On Etsy since 2015

Carla Hoskins

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Carla Hoskins

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    Becoming a Twysted Pryncess

    I've always been crafty. My journey started at seven years old, when I learned the art of crocheting from one grandmother, and how to sew on an old antique Singer from the other.

    My hobbies branched out over the years, and really, too many to list here. As I got older, I developed fibromyalgia, and had to give up a few due to my declining health, such as my cake decorating.

    A friend who lives a couple of hours away was downsizing and moving into a smaller apartment, so she mailed me a large box of beads. When I received it, I pondered for days, wondering what in the world I would do with all of these beads!

    I found the art of wire wrapping because of that box of beads, and my life changed. All of my hobbies I would pick up and put down, but this was one that I would keep working with at a steady pace. I didn't grow weary of it, and the craft always posed new challenges. This is how I became Twysted, weaving and twisting and wrapping all of that wire around all of those lovely beads.

    Due to the fibromyalgia, I learned to change my lifestyle a little at a time. I picked up my mother's and grandmother's herbal remedy books and actually read them. I changed the way I ate, and I started to change not only what I put inside my body but what I put on it as well. When pain rules your life and you have no idea what causes it, you look for any and every solution available. Being a creative, I started to make my own bath and body products, hoping that cutting out even a little bit of the chemicals we come into contact with every day would help.

    Has it? I don't know, really--as there are so many contributing factors to the disease, but that's how I became a Pryncess. I became a spoiled brat to the lovely feel of a naturally made cold processed soap. I don't want anything else but that soft, creamy, fragrant lather on my skin. I am now accustomed to a drawer full of bath bombs in which to soak my aching muscles. I can now control the scents in my lotions, and the fact that my lip balms feel supreme and they do not make my lips dry and feel like I need to put more on ten minutes later. I became addicted to the creative challenge of swirls, the kid-at-Christmas feeling when I cut a loaf of soap, and I can now 'cake decorate' again--on soap! I'm spoiled to the fact that that solid bubble bath is my creation, and that it's oh-so-bubbly and amazing, and I can have it any time I want it.

    In past years I was able to complete two college degrees, so fortunately I have the knowledge that is necessary in order to be able to create my own labels and keep up with my own bookwork. It does keep me really busy!

    So I came to see my disease as a blessing, as it allowed me to explore and hone these gifts that I might not otherwise have been able to pursue. My goal is to be able to share it with others, as well, and hope that it can bring someone else some joy.

    As for that old Singer, she still hums, she is sitting in the workshop, although she rests nowadays. She can still run if I need her to though. and this summer she will be somewhere around sixty years old.

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