Larry (bless his heart) gave up his woodworking shop in the basement so that I could work at home. When my Dad visited once he noticed that I took Larry's grinder. He replaced his with a new one! I didn't know about this until years later.
I'm not sure if my Mom was interested in keeping me going with the jewelry-making or had a real need, but she asked me to make her some "traveling jewelry"... jewelry that was not valuable, was big enough to make a statement, and would catch the light and sparkle. That was really the beginning of my creative process developing new designs and ideas in jewelry. Here is a picture of my first pieces that I made for Mom; wide band rings - each original and carved from wax, then cast. She never did lose any pieces, and enjoyed them for a number of years.