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  1. #WOW – what a surprise!  My tweet was re-tweeted by Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers!

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    In June 2011 Jacqueline launched a campaign to support women in business, an area she is incredibly passionate about. Women On Wednesday, or #WOW, takes place every Wednesday and is run through Jacqueline’s Twitter page. Each week Jacqueline encourages female business owners to tweet her using the #WOW hash tag along with their business name and a short overview of what they do. Jacqueline then picks her three top entries for that week and re-tweets them to her followers (currently over 48,900).  The three winners also receive a #WOW badge which they can display on their company websites.

     When selecting the three winners, Jacqueline looks for businesses that are interesting, that have strong brand values and that she thinks have potential to grow and succeed in their industry.  She looks for quality products, well designed websites and entrepreneurs who appear to have a good business and who have thought about what the consumer wants and how to deliver it.

  2. Here's a lovely little craft project for your patio or garden using sea glass that isn't jewellery quality. Your sea glass may have a few nicks and not be smooth and fully frosted, but can still be used to make this wonderful little windchime.

    Sea glass pebbles, centre drilled and hung on a piece of driftwood. So delicate and when it catches the breeze you hear a lovely tinkiling sound.

    Found on - home sweet homemade blog.

    https://poindextr.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/seaglass-pebbles/    (Can't get the link to work so if you copy the link into your browser search bar and hit enter it will come up)

  3. Will there, won't there, be any sea glass? This was going round my head as I walked to the beach. For the last few weeks there hasn't been any sea glass or gravel and this is because of the way the tides, waves and all the other components of sea glass being uncovered and being able to be found is just not happening. Hopefully we will have a different concoction of waves etc. that will uncover some sea glass, but until then I'll just have to keep checking.


    Where is the sea glass?

    Not collecting sea glass means more time in the studio and these are what I'm making at the moment - little sea glass, shell and Swarovski crystal necklaces which are very popular with brides that are having a beach wedding or a beach themed wedding. I have a few in my website shop, but if you need more please just message me :)

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  4. Do you watch Escape to the Country?  This television show is all about country properties in the UK and I've just found this video of an episode about my home county of Northumberland.  I'll not spoil it for you by telling you where the areas are that are covered in the programme, but some might appear very familiar :)

  5. Woohoo! Chilly at the beach today. Not much sea glass, but who cares when you can stand and stare at a sea like this :)




  6. Fancy being creative? Got any sea glass?  Here's a wonderful recipe for a sea glass windchime... Let me know if you make one :)


    How to: Coastal DIY- Ombre seaglass windchime



    Coastal DIY seaglass windchime

    Seaglass windchime DIY instructions


    Seaglass windchime tools and supplies


    Lay out the seaglass by color in ombre.

    Driftwood branch and string

    Attach the string to the driftwood branch to form a hanger, tie knots and dab a bit of glue to ensure a tight hold.

    String the seaglass

    String the seaglass together with the craft wire, from light to dark pieces will give you the ombre effect.

    Seaglass windchime

    Last step to create your ocean art is to attach the seaglass strands to the driftwood branch and viola you have made a beautiful masterpiece.

    Photo credits:

    Ombre seaglass wind chime by The Rubbish Revival


  7. a merry christmas

    I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has made 2014 a wonderful year for me. Thank you to all my lovely customers and every one who has taken time to share my work and leave such kind and encouraging comments. You have no idea how important you've all been.
    Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! 
    Maureen x

  8. Hi, I've just found out that I can put my blog posts into categories making it easier for you to find all blogs of a certain type, so I'm busy updating them - please bear with me :)

    Today I've been beachcombing.  When I set out the weather was sunny (sunglasses on).

    warkworth beach - looking north the strandline (2)

    By the time I had walked to the beach the clouds had started to form.

    warkworth beach - looking south the strandline (1)

    I started walking and looking for sea glass, sadly there wasn't any probably because the tide had just turned.

    warkworth beach - looking west the strandline (3)

    I arrived at the north pier (which is south) and as I looked up I saw this huge cloud and thought I had better make a sharp exit!

    This is at the entrance to the beach which is about a mile back home :(   As it turned out, it didn't rain - could have stayed longer!!



  9. Hellooo from a sunny, but wee bit chilly Northumberland.

    I thought I’d tell you about some wonderful food we have here in Northumberland, the first being…

    Craster Kippers    

    Perhaps the most famous of all north-eastern specialities, Craster kippers herald from the Northumberland fishing village of Craster (just up the coast from The Strandline) and are exported far and wide.

    Oak-smoking herring caught in the North Sea is the traditional way to preserve the fish and the Robson family in Craster has been doing it for four generations and more than 130 years. kippers on rack

    In the days before refrigeration, salting, drying and smoking were methods used to preserve food and smoking herring makes an incredibly tasty fish that is also very good for you.

    First, the herring are split on a machine capable of splitting 500kg per hour, this replaces the numerous "herring girls" that used to split the herring by hand. 

    Then the herring are placed in a brine solution of plain salt and water for a predetermined length of time depending on their size and lastly, they are hung on tenter hooks and placed in the cavernous smokehouses. Fires made of whitewood shaving and oak sawdust are placed under the rows of herring  and these are left to smoulder for up to 16 hours until the kippers are ready.

    We like them lightly fried and served with bread and butter, but they can be  grilled or cooked the traditional way (jugged) fill a large jug with boiling water, and simply place the kipper in head first with the tail just above the surface of the water. Leave for six minutes and your kipper will be cooked to perfection. 

    kipper grilled Grilled kippers

    If you weren’t hungry before, you will be when you smell these kippers!

    Mmmm!  Makes my mouth water ☺

    craster kippers



  10. Last night I was thinking about the supermoon that will occur tonight and thought I would take a few photos as it was looking good.


    Towards Amble - no moon yet

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    Moon :)

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    Towards Amble

    According to astronomers, tonight (Sunday) will see the moon closer to earth than it has been in the last 20 years. At around 18.10 the moon (supermoon) will be at it's full stage for approximately 26 minutes, taking it to within 221,765 mils of earth.

    Here's hoping for some good photos!


  11. Last night The Strandline was announced as one of  @TheoPaphitis weekly Small Business Sunday winners.  #SBS 

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    Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons Den on BBC Two. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie and Robert Dyas, as well as joint owner of Red Letter Days.

    Theo is also a mentor and investor to many other business acquainted via the Den including MagicWhiteboard,Wedgewelly and Value My Stuff.

    Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.

    Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has over 400,000 followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

    The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy.