Thursday, July 7, 2011

Going ring crazy with no sign of stopping.

It's been all about wearing sea glass, rocks, and shells on my fingers these days.  Other jewelry is really for other people to admire, I can't see the earrings on my ears or the necklaces I wear.  Rings have that special something because you can see them all the time.  I'm really, truly thinking that this may be it for me.  Making jewelry for the sole pleasure of the person wearing it.  I don't have to make matches for earrings or make jewelry that I can't see once I put it on.  I almost refuse to at this point.  Everyone in this day and age could use a little piece of the beach to take with them on life's journey.  That's where I'm at and I don't see myself budging for the forseeable future.

To the circles drawn in the sand at the beach.  They've always brought sunshine into my life.  has the current ring overload for sale.  $9 plus $2.75 shipping to US only.  Price may change based on demand.

Have fun out there, it's summertime.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

What I've been up to...

It's been a very busy time for me.  One of my babies graduated from high school, one turned 4, and all the obligations of making things work in this day and age have left me a bit tapped.  At the end of the day, I've been finding it challenging to create.  I've returned to working more heavily in wire.  I'm currently working with designs in steel to play around a bit.  Here are a few pictures of what's in store eventually when things all wind down and I can bring all that's in my head to fruition.

I've also created a web space outside of Etsy for my work.  I would love if people would visit and "like" my page if so inclined.  It's a work in progress but I hope you enjoy taking a look.

All in the Family

Thought you might like to take a look at my daughter's creation, a beautiful rendition of a lone echinacea flower.  I love this painting and wanted to share it with everyone.  Amy's 20 years old and I'd love to see her do more painting.  She's busy with school (she's studying to be a Nurse) and work (she waitresses and some people really are lousy tippers regardless of outstanding service).  This piece was created in Colorado 4 years ago.  It graces our living room wall. 

I love the movement, the vibrance, the texture, the contrast, the landscape, the colors and just the sense of peace I feel whenever I slow down and take another look at it.  I hope you enjoy it as well.  Peace to all.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The first festival and I'm a little (read very) nervous.

sail away, sail away, sail away

It's intimidating to go face to face after being only online with my jewelry.  It's so personal being face to face.  There are all the nuances of reaction.  I'm not very good at selling my own work, either.  I'm better at giving away shells, rocks, and sea glass to the kids.  I guess taking the pressure off to sell and looking at it as an opportunity for feedback and to actually sit for an extended period of time to braid and assemble is the way to go.  What good will the pressure to sell be?  Not good.  I've got just over 2 weeks to prepare mentally and physically from nuts to bolts.  So, I'm keeping busy drilling, braiding, and brainstorming for the display.  I'm thinking the oyster bar boat or maybe 2 from work (filled with beach sand), lots of spring plants, and something beachy to hang all of the necklaces and bracelets from.  Then there's a cool book for people to leave their emails in, the tissue paper, the bags, the tablecloth.  Would love to hire an assistant to take care of all of this so I could just make some jewelry.  Hope all crafters are doing well and staying a bit (read a lot) calmer than I am.  Peace out to all of you.  Since I love to fill my blog with pictures, here are a few more of what I've been up to lately.
Olive of Italy

Eau Naturalle

Splash of Aqua

To my daughter, if she's reading this, would love to have you by my side with your beautiful paintings.  Bet I could sell them for you.  Love you, Mom.

Friday, April 15, 2011

braided cotton

Amy's heart:  heart shaped sea glass found by my daughter, Amy.

Patrick's folly:  my husbland doesn't want me to sell this one, he wants me to wear it!

 Sold to a good friend (who just happens to be my Boss).
3 sister shells, one of my favorite bracelets.  Love the colors and the shell clasp.

These are my latest projects but I'm about to switch gears and make some shell earrings.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sea Glass Charms

Here's the latest project, fun little pieces of genuine RI sea glass to add to charm bracelets and necklaces. 

All three are available on my Etsy shop.
You can also find me on facebook!

Lots of treasures for beach lovers are available.  I wear little pieces of the beach all the time.  It's nice to be able to reach for my beach stone earrings when I'm feeling a bit stressed. 

Hope all are doing well and staying stress free!

Happy beach combing!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photos only please!

I've been so busy lately, with my full time job selling shellfish and collecting the $$ from those sales, making jewelry, my little guy's been under the weather, and then just life's little extras.  Thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures of where I get to collect, not so many words........the photos say enough.

Dancing with the tide to get this picture, these are the remnants of the old Pier in Narragansett, RI

Nice little left breaking at the Pier Beach in 'Gansett.

Ah.........the treasure trove!  One of life's little extras. 

'Gansett Beach Rock earrings. 
One of the 1st pairs of earrings made since my return to jewelry making. 
I took a long hiatis and am loving being back at it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Trying new things...for 365 days.

I read the Etsy article on the man who made 365 skulls last night.  Very intriquing to think that if you do anything for 365 days it can change your life.  I started today with a handmade hammered jump ring to add some texture and the finishing touch on this "fat heart" genuine sea glass pendant.  It's a new technique for me and I love the results.  I'm not sure if I'll try 365 techniques or to make 365 pieces of sea glass jewelry.  If anyone else would like to join in the fun I'd be glad to hear what you might like to do!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Get Onboard

The URI Bay Campus Beach
Today my husband, Patrick, joined the ranks and shot some photos! 
My son, Abe, stood a little too close to the water but didn't get soaked.  We searched for dinosaur bones, sea glass, and pretty shells.

We had a great time and this was the first treasure I found..............

Hope all are doing well out there............!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yesterday's finds!

Blowing a gale at low tide but worth braving it!  The wind was whipping so hard that streams of sand flew down the beach towards the Dunes Club, absolutely beautiful!  Not many people on the beach.  I did see one woman in her running gear with the wind at her back and thought "yikes" b/c the way back against the wind would be brutal.  I had to walk backwards!  Hope all of you are well!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

50 degrees at low tide

I hit it hard today!  Low tide was at noon and the temp. away from the water was 50 degrees, near the water not so much.  Boy did I have a great time though, tempting my fate and my dry boots, inching closer and closer to the water peeking to see if I could find any sea glass.  I danced with the tide line until I was too hungry to stay.  Next time I'll have to remember to bring a snack.  I brought home about 30 pieces of sea glass in varying stages of ripeness and maybe about 8 shells and a few rocks for earrings.  I'm into the green ones lately.

I'm on vacation from American Mussel Harvesters this week so I'm finding plenty of time for beach combing.  SO...I'm one happy girl.  I made a pair of earrings today that will have to go to just the right home......I think they may be rocks only a mother could love, lol.  Just for kicks, here's the pic....

Hope all is well with everyone!  Thanks for following!  GO ETSY ENTREPRENEURS!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

What to do on a rainy February day in New England...

I'm thinking I'll go to the beach despite the light rain and dig through the rocks at the Bay Campus for treasures.  I'll be looking for rocks, sea glass, and shells in the hopes of finding a match for the endless rocks, sea glass, and shells already here waiting.  I had some great luck yesterday when I started pushing aside larger stones to see what was hiding underneath.  Good for the outer thighs too, pushing rocks aside, over and over.  Well worth it and welcomed excersize.  It was quite windy but I was geared up and determined.  Time to to all!