Author Emily Dietle
My focus is on state-church separation & social issues. I'm an avid reader, and feel that one of our most valuable tools is the free movement of information and ideas. | @emilyhasbooks
Do you have a hobby? I’ve the supplies, equipment, and skill still for one, but what I didn’t have when I started it was confidence. That’s changed, mostly.
In 2009, I started making rings out of old buttons. My Mom and a few friends contributed to what’s now a stockpile of around a thousand unique buttons, and after crafting a few dozen I started handing them out to friends, family, and coworkers. They suggested I sell them instead, and with doing so I was able to afford more supplies. Even put a few in a local shoppe for consignment, and came up with what I’ve been told is a catchy name: The Twisted Button.
There was a problem though. No matter how many I sold, no matter how many compliments my customers received on their rings, I never believed my creations were of any value. A few months into making them, I quit. Packed up my buttons, wire, and tools, and hadn’t thought about them much since. Then, the other day, I found a button. A neat one, it snuck out from storage and was sitting on the floor of my bedroom, taunting me.