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Meet Adele Hare of Pretty Things By: Adele in Woodland Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adele Hare.

Adele, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m 40 years old, from Maryland. I have lived in l.A. since 2013. My experience here was a rough one. But fortunately, In 2015, Something happened that changed my life forever. Actually, what at the time seemed like the worst day of my life turned out to be the first day of my new life.

I realized that I was an alcoholic and my life up until then was a mess. I desperately wanted a change for the better. I sought help through Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. I spent ten months at their women’s treatment center and immediately afterward, I followed that up with a full year at Harvest House sober living. The time I spent working on myself has proven invaluable.

I have been working as a chef since I arrived in Los Angeles. I am currently the Food Service Manager at the treatment center, where I was once a client.

In November of 2018, I had made a pair of earrings for a friend as a gift. I had never made any jewelry before. Soon after, other women were asking for a pair of earrings like the ones I made my friend and the next thing I knew, I opened my Etsy shop- Pretty Things By Adele.

In May of 2019, I rented my first a booth at the Topanga Vintage Market at Pierce College, Woodland Hills. Selling online is nice, but having real people come into my booth and try on jewelry, interact with me was amazing! I have continued my business with the market and each month, my business is growing! It’s quite an amazing feeling, designing the pieces, building them and then seeing them on my customers.

I have always been a creative person since I was very little, cooking and creating beautiful jewelry is so rewarding, I truly am grateful for the opportunity to share my journey so far with you. Thank You.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have always felt like an outcast. I was adopted later in life and never felt like I ever belonged wherever I was. I was an unruly and often destructive teen. I started drinking and using drugs to feel like I was a part of something. But eventually, the drinking and using became so self-destructive and out of control. My relationships were all but gone, my health was fading, my personal will to function was losing traction. I felt like I was losing my mind, and my soul. I didn’t want to live.

When I first got to treatment for my substance use disorder, I thought that the booze and the drugs were what was ailing me. After some time in the rehab, I came to the stark realization of one single point. The drugs and alcohol were merely the symptom of my real issue, and my real issue was me. My thinking was centered around me. My decisions I had been making were all self concerted. I had never done anything without expecting something of equal or greater value in return. What I got from that perspective was misery. I needed to change that entirely. I opened my mind and my heart to the spiritual principles, honesty, integrity, compassion, grace, unity, faith, altruism, and hope.

Today, I live a life of service and love. The spiritual rewards are incredible. Doing good for the sake of doing good has changed my entire fabric of my being. I am no longer an outcast, I feel a real connection to my fellows and to this life, this world in it’s entirety.

Please tell us about Pretty Things By: Adele.
Well, It’s pretty simple. I create beautiful pieces of jewelry. Earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. I am always looking for new techniques and better quality materials. It’s all art to me. I am most proud that I am the business. I make everything myself, from scratch, by hand, I set up my booth, fill internet orders, I’m the retail cashier at the market. It’s all very personal to me. I see each customer as a unique individual with their own story, and therefore, their own style. It brings me such joy to see people enjoying their purchases.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My father was always very proud of my artistic abilities. Even if he often found me to be a handful behavior-wise, he would always jump at the chance to brag to his friends and others about what a talented artist his daughter is.

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