Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bead Soup, Beach, Book

I know, that's an incredible title isn't it? They're all related, sort of. Well, first, I wanted to post a picture of the Bead Soup that I sent to my partner Marci.
If you've read this blog even once it's pretty clear that I love the Beach. Don't get me wrong, I love the lake too; the lake and a pool are my favorite places to swim. However, I love the beauty and serenity of the beach and ocean. It grounds me, loosens the knots in my neck and shoulders, and brings me great peace and joy. I love to walk the beach, sit on the sand or a rock and look at the water, and spend countless hours collecting and photographing. Lots of days I arrive, a total ball of stress; I leave in a state of nirvana.
That's what inspired my choice of beads for Marci. The wooden tube beads reminded me of driftwood (which I have heaps of - a story for another day), white shell beads which remind me of the shells I collect (yep, I collect white snail shells, not the shells pictured - again, a story for another day), sea glass chips I drilled (brown, green and clear - the most common and abundant colors I find locally; we don't really want to discuss the amount of sea glass I've collected), frosted green cube beads which remind me of seaweed, rough apatite beads in ocean shades along with a soldered aqua sea glass connector I created, African metal beads, a sterling toggle, and a sand dollar inspired pendant that I made. I hope you love the soup Marci, can't wait to see what you create!!
The Book (or should I say books) - Beach: A Book of Treasure by Josie Iselin and the Sea Glass Hunter's Handbook by C.S. Lambert. My daughter Caiti went to Wells, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport the other day with her fiancee to shop. She brought me both of these books. I have all of Carole Lambert's books and I adore them. I had previously picked up the Sea Glass Hunter's Handbook, but Cait didn't know it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Beach: A Book of Treasure. I had no idea about the books Josie Iselin had written. This book is amazing. If you love the beach and collecting as much as I do, you need this book. You know what's a bummer? She was in Maine earlier this summer and had a couple of book signings and she had an exhibit that ended a couple of weeks ago. Rats! She also has a book titled Heart Stones - I know! Shut.The.Front. Door!!! (I collect those too!), and guess what? She's coming out with a small book on Valentine's Day 2012! What do you think it's about?!? - Sea Glass Hearts!!!! (I have those too!!) Anyhoo, they're great books be sure to check them out.

Now, I don't need two copies of Sea Glass Hunter's Handbook so I'm going to give one away (not the copy Caiti just gave me, but the copy I purchased for myself)! So how can you win this book? Leave a comment to this question - "What do you love to collect and why?" Would you like additional chances to win the book? You can blog about it, then leave a comment here with the link and/or you can post a facebook status with a link to this entry and leave another comment. I'll close the comments at midnight on Sunday night, September 4 and announce the winner (using the Random Number Generator) on Monday, September 5 (my anniversary!). I can't wait to read your comments!


  1. Third time trying to post - argh! Nothing as interesting as you, I collect those floating pens from tourist trap places, the ones like a spirit level, not the naked lady ones though!

  2. I love collecting angels, semi-precious healing stones, heart rocks and all sorts of odds & ends to create art. I also enjoy going to the beach to collect rocks and shells with my son. It's so much fun when he finds things and asks me what they are. I love making up stories for the different
    items: what they are, what they're used for.
    We've found "whale tusks" "magic pearls" etc. The delight on his face
    is priceless.

  3. This is my 6th attempt to post on this blog - Keeping my fingers crossed this finally works! You are very talented and I love the Red Hat Glass Charm Bracelet you made me three years ago. I collect Sage Green Jasper Wegwood.

  4. Thank you for playing along ladies!! Emily, it's nice to meet a fellow heart rock collector!


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