Well, we have finally listed some of our new line 'The Coquet Collection' on our website. The collection is based on nature and the shoreline and the necklaces we have listed are a crab, puffin, seahorse and dolphin, these are all cast in sterling silver from models carved by my husband Alan Hope you like them!
Today's beach walk was nearly called off when I looked at the sky - very dark clouds coming my way. Got well wrapped up and set off hoping for the best. Got some good shots of the sea which was nearly at high tide, but couldn't go sea glass hunting as this high tide was a big one and I didn't want to get wet :)
What a lovely warm day it was yesterday so took my daily walk to the beach - didn't realise how warm it was and set off with a tshirt, cardi and fleece - the layers soon came off and I ended up with just the tshirt which is a pretty rare occurance (for me) here at the beginning of May. Later on we actually remembered the full moon - Wow!!
Good way to keep cosy - soldering! Made a good batch of headpins ready for Swarovski pearls and crystals ð These will be added to a necklace with a sea glass gem making a great personalised gift for birthdays, Christmas, weddings or anniversaries ð
When I'm at the beach I find all sorts of things sea glass, shells, fossils and even agates. It's really handy to have some books back home to help find out what things are and of course you can always Google things :)
Here are some books that are useful for beachcombing finds
Working with a piece of sea glass is a wonderful thing. When I find a piece of sea glass I wonder what it was before it was broken and tossed around in the sea and batterered against the rocks for over 50 years sometimes even a 100 years. And I still wonder at the beautiful finish the sea gices to the glass, smooth and frosty but pitted with wonderful 'C' shapes or depending on the tides just smooth and frosty. Here are some examples of different finishes on sea glass.
I was sorting my tiny sea glass gems this morning when I spotted 5 of them lying in a row and thought - yay! these would make a lovely charm bracelet and so I set to work matching, then drilling, and attaching and I've even got enought to keep me busy tomorrow too!
Yay! The Blog is back! It's been nearly a year since I last posted and a lot has happened in that time. My website and Etsy shop have been ultra busy, I'm now selling on Amazon as a Prime Seller and my Etsy shop The Strandline Finds (selling beachcombing finds) is stocked and doing very well.
It's the first day of spring today so I went for my first beach walk - yay! I can only say that it can't get any colder, or can it? The recent storms have certainly churned up the sea and even exposed an old pillbox.
Pillboxes are concrete dug-in guard posts, normally equipped with loopholes through which to fire weapons. The originally jocular name arose from their perceived similarity to the cylindrical and hexagonal boxes in which medical pills were once sold. They are in effect a trench firing step hardened to protect against small-arms fire and grenades and raised to improve the field of fire. Pillbox, Wikipedia link
I found a few pieces of sea glass and pottery, not good enough for jewellery, but interesting all the same. And, the sun finally decided to come out on my walk back which made it a lot more pleasant - hope it stays out for a while :)