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  1. 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

    Seaglass

    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

     

  2. 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

  3. 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!!

     

     

  4. 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

     

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  5. 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.

    amble

    Towards Amble - no moon yet

    moon last night

    Moon :)

    towards amble last night

    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!

     

  6. 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.

     

     

     

     

  7. Found this in the Telegraph yesterday - your chance to see the beautiful beaches where I collect my sea glass :)

     

    Win a seven-night family break in Northumberland

    Discover Northumberland’s abundant wildlife, enchanting gardens and spectacular fortresses on a week-long coastal break - click photo!

    The coast in Northumberland

     

    Enter the prize draw for the chance to win a wonderful seven-night coastal family holiday in Northumberland, courtesy of Stay Northumbria.

    Based in a beautiful apartment situated in the prestigious Seafield development in Seahouses, you will be close to the sea and local village amenities.

    After a day exploring, tuck in at the Bamburgh Castle Inn – famed for it use of local produce, including shellfish freshly sourced from Seahouses fishermen – where a delicious family meal and sublime harbour views await.

    The lucky winner will also enjoy a superb year-long family pass to every English Heritage property in Northumberland as well as family admission to a National Trust site during your stay.

     

  8. Have you read COAST Magazine?  I've received my April 2014 copy and it's jam packed with all sorts of beachy things - Spring Fashion for all the family, Budget Breaks (including a wigwam village here  in Northumberland), Seaside Homes to Buy, Campervan Paradise and even a competition to Win a Holiday in South Devon - wonderful!  Click the photo to view their website.

    coast magazine april 2014