Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The aging journey of my beautiful, brown eyes...

by Izzy Winterhart


"Age is an issue of mind over matter. 
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
~ Mark Twain

This past January I turned 42.  I've had bifocals since I was 39.  I spend my jewelry making days looking at my pieces through my bifocals, over the top of my glasses, even without my glasses.  I come in each day from my workshop rubbing my neck, readjusting my shoulders and wondering why I'm so uncomfortable.  

One day I picked up my current issue of Art Jewelry Magazine and noticed an ad for jewelers glasses.  Are you kidding me?  Why didn't I think of that?  I've been arching my head in the most insanely uncomfortable positions to help my aging eyes adjust.  

Immediately I went online.  I was ordering those things asap!  But after seeing the price, well, that idea was tossed.  They were more than I pay for my regular specks.  Surely there was something less expensive.  After five minutes at Rio Grande I found the perfect alternative.  And boy are they sexy!

(This beautiful, bright green table top is my sawing/patina table, don't you just love it?)

Okay, so I look like a big geek, but who cares.  The lenses fit nicely over my glasses, they are comfortable, they are a stylish red (which matches my red bandana that I wear on bad hair days) and best of all NO neck ache!  I think I paid $12 for these beauties and it was money well spent.

I don't mind welcoming the coming years as long as I can find ways to keep my aging body from interfering with my daily activities.

11 comments:

Marian Hertzog said...

I am with you! I got a pair at Harbor Freight. They are black and not as sexy as yours but they work just the same! Can't remember how much they were but not much. What a difference. The right light makes a difference too.

SummersStudio said...

I should check on these. I have the same issues, especially when I am doing detail work.

mairedodd said...

me too... i wear reading glasses (as a hair band so i always have them around)... the other day, after all of the work it takes to make a leaf, i went and punched a hole too close to the edge and ruined it... frustrating... heading to rio to look into these...

stacilouise said...

those are great! I am so happy it has resolved your neck strain! Thanks for sharing your great deal from Rio too!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I definitely need these! Love the color too. My neck and shouldars will thank me! Thanks for the info.

Abeille à miel said...

Really great idea (and glasses)! I may follow your lead.

Patty said...

What a stylish way to solve your problem!

Nancy Markosky said...

I'm going to look at them too- guess you hit a home run with this post- looks like we all need glasses for our awkward positioning and sore necks. Why no picture of you modeling them for us??

Jeannette Brossart said...

My friend, Madeline Smoak, who is an awesome steam punk style jewelry artist, has turned her headgear into a gorgeous tiara. You can find her on etsy and her studio is at the Golden Belt in Durham. I'm sure you can figure out a bit of creative embellishment to spruce up that snazzy red!

Izzy said...

Nancy, lol. Here's the link if anyone is interested. I thought they had doubled in price, but as it turns out they were on sale. But still, at $26 they are still a bargain compared to a ton of chiropractor visits. http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Donegan-OptiSIGHT-Magnifying-Visor/113877

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Brilliant solution!!

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