Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary! I am so grateful to share my life with this man. I wouldn’t be who I am today without him. He believes in me, trusts me, shares values with me, and supports me. We’ve been through rough times, but have always prevailed.
We celebrated by heading off to Port Townsend, WA for an overnight visit. Port Townsend has been one of our favorite beach destinations for 30 years now and we’re always happy to return. Our 1st stop was at Fort Warden State Park, (where the movie Pretty Woman was filmed).
Eventually we wandered into town, cruised the art galleries and settled on a new (to us) restaurant for lunch, called Sirens. We sat upstairs on a balcony overlooking the water. I swear, it was the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten. And the view…well just take a look!
After lunch, we headed over to Lois Venarchick’s shop, Wynwoods Gallery and Studio. This is my one of my favorite bead shops anywhere. Lois seems to have a knack for finding unique beads. I always find a treasure to take home with me when I am there. Lois also designs and casts her own metal charms and pendants and that was what I was after on this trip! Here’s what I came away with. Don’t you just love these?
Later we went over to North Beach for a nice walk before dinner. And for dinner we went to a restaurant that Lois and her husband Phil suggested. OMG, our taste buds died and went to heaven. The food was exquisite! It was the perfect place for an anniversary celebration.
We had a delightful surprise waiting for us when we returned to our motel room. Our daughter had ordered champagne for us and had it delivered to our room. We were so touched by her thoughtfulness! We sat on our balcony, sipped champagne and looked out over the marina.
I love spending time at the ocean. It is my happy place. I have a collection in my jewelry shop called Surf & Sand, which has all my ocean themed work. Here are a couple examples of what you can find there.
Where is your happy place?
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Growing up near the Pacific coast, my fascination with tide pools dates back to childhood vacations on the ocean. There is an entire ecosystem in each little puddle and pool.
Sea stars (aka starfish) usually have 5 arms, but sometimes we’d find sea stars with a many more arms than that.
The many colored sea anemones look like strange plants, but are actually animals that attach themselves to rocks and shells. They wave their tentacles when the tide is in and close up when the tide is out. If you accidentally step on one, it will squirt water!
Tide pools are also home to shellfish, such as mussels, limpets and barnacles. Any kid who has ever clambered around on rocky tide pools in flip flops can tell you how viciously a barnacle can cut your foot, if you slip on some slick seaweed!
I can not imagine living far from the sea. It’s where I go when I need council, comfort or serenity.
Which it to say that I love this month’s Earrings Everyday Tide Pools theme. The earrings I made would be great to wear at the beach. But I know that I’d wear them lots of other times, just to bring a bit of the beach into my everyday life.
The beautiful blue lampwork beads are handmade by Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads. There is a lovely trailing of fine silver around these beads, which accents the sterling silver starfish that I dangled below them.
This is a blog hop. To see everyone else’s tide pool inspired earrings, head over to Earrings Everyday, to get the links.
A flaming sunset
Filled with wonder
Turns rolling waves pink and gold.
Salt spray, sand and wind
Fill my senses.
Cry of gulls calls me home and
renews my soul.
The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple…
Take an image.
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati. I’ve always enjoyed photography and writing. At times I have even written poetry. Condensing my thoughts, feelings and experiences to just 30 words creates a poem-like reflection.
I can’t commit to doing this weekly, but I will try to play along as often as possible. If you head over to Erin’s blog, you’ll find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts.
Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal
Love earrings? I do. So I joined the Art Jewelry Elements 2013 Earring Challenge. To meet the challenge, participants must create a pair of earrings every week for a year. The earrings must contain at least one art bead. Every other Sunday we have a blog hop to share what we have made. Here are my designs for the past two weeks.
Ammonite Impression Earrings
Last weekend I helped Kristi Bowman with her booth at the Whole Bead Show in Lynnwood, WA. Spending the weekend with Kristi inspired me to make more earrings with her copper components. I made the Ammonite Impression Earrings last Saturday evening, while staying at Kristi’s house. I used some of Kristi’s deeply textured copper components and a yummy pair of sage green lampwork beads that I bought from Lara Lutrick, one of our booth neighbors at the bead show.
Kristi’s home studio is great fun to poke around in. She has several different sizes of fossilized ammonites that she uses to make impressions in copper metal clay. One ammonite is so large it takes two hands to hold it and I’m guessing that it must weigh over 5 lbs.!
My second pair of earrings also features Kristi’s copper, this time in the form of starfish headpins. When Kristi torch patina’d these, the copper turned a subtle mauve color, which is unusual and very pretty. On Monday I went to the Bead Factory in Tacoma, with my childhood buddy, Lee Anne, of Baubles Handcrafted Jewelry. I found the perfect match for the headpins there. The beads are the same mauve color as the headpins, and they are made of shell, so they continue the ocean theme. I could hardly wait to get home and see what the shell beads looked like with the headpins. They were perfect! I love it when things all fall into place, as though they were just meant to be!
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Welcome to News Day – Tuesday; the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or irrelevant news.
“High Tide” Necklace
I made the “High Tide” Necklace earlier this summer and shared it as part of the Beads Of Clay reveal, but I’ve only just now listed it in my shop. This necklace would make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone who loves the ocean! Shoot, I love the ocean–it would be perfect for me! lol!
The somewhat abstract depiction of high waves with a setting sun is so unique and striking! I just love this one-of-a-kind pendant by Porcelain Jazz.
Happy Autumn! This is my favorite season of the year, and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest, until it eventually gives way to the rain, drizzle and gray skies that the Seattle area is so famous for. We’ve had a long drought this summer and actually the forests and gardens are in desperate need of the rain. I decorated the house for Autumn last weekend. Our dahlias are bravely holding on, even though they are longing for rain. I love flowers, second only to beads, so I created 3 autumn bouquets for our house. Here’s what is now in the front hallway.