Monday, March 2, 2015

Sea Glass, Beach Glass... Trash to Treasure

Sea Glass, Beach Glass or Mermaid Tears ...It is given so many names once it gets past its lowly start.

All of those come from what is basically trash that ended up in the ocean by many means, broken bottles falling off fishing piers, trash tossed into the ocean by homeowners, broken glass from houses that fell into the ocean and most commonly until about 15 years ago glass would be in the ballast waters of the large ships that would be released before reaching their Virginia port.  But about 15 years ago the habit of dumping Ballast water became non-existent due to regulations that were concerned other things were being transported.   Then there is the ecologic impact of less glass bottles and more plastic bottles going into the ocean glass has gotten harder to find here on the Outer Banks .  Except after a bad storm such as Irene or Sandy that would destroy houses and end up sending glass shards into the sea to be turned...or in one such case I know of a lady in Kitty Hawk her entire sea glass collection ended up in the bottom of the ocean when her house collapsed into the ocean....and yes people did find it bits and pieces here and there.

I am not really sure why or who chose to  present sea glass as jewelry, but thank them because it is truly beautiful.

There are places that people go to where they hunt what is called second day glass or shards of amazing glass for special glass pieces that you just do not find commonly.  they are usually very different colors where everyday glass is usually white, green or brown ....sometimes you find Lavender but you have to really look at it too see its true color lay it on a sheet of white paper.

I have been collecting Sea Glass or Beach Glass as some call it , but to me the first is the right terminology as it takes the sea to make it....the process of the ocean hydrating and dehydrating  where the lime and soda is removed from the glass creating the pitting and softening the sheen of the glass to a beautiful sought after matte finish.   If you find pieces of Sea Glass that are half shiny , we call those pieces half cooked...and pieces that the edges might be smooth but the glass is still shiny get tossed back for more cooking.   I love Sea Glass and am a purist when it comes to making my jewelry which  is not very often anymore...I refuse to drill holes in it ...some pieces of glass took a hundred years to get smooth.  I find Sea Glass very attuned to had to go through all the rough and tumble of its life in the ocean till one day it washed up on a beach smooth and pretty and was found by someone who appreciated it for the journey...and maybe put it in a jar or special place with others of its kind...or had it made or made it into a beautiful piece of jewelry to be appreciated in the sunlight of life.

I have posted pics of uncooked pieces and half cooked  and then some beautiful pieces fully cooked and ready to be made into a treasure one day.

So next time you go walking on the beach ...look a little closer you may be blessed with a sea treasure although it is getting harder and harder to find, since the invention of the plastic bottles , and the diminished dumping of ship ballast from over seas.   But look you never know especially after a storm may just find a sea jewel .

Outer Banks Sea Glass collected over the last 75 years

some nice pieces here waiting for the day to be made into jewelry

Some sorta cooked....these would be tossed back for further cooking

needs more cooking time ...see how they are still shiny....maybe another 5 to 25 years to be pretty

Pottery Shard found in Hatteras , even these make beautiful jewelry

a picture of some of the variety of the colors    Linda Jereb...the first as far as I am concerned NC Sea Glass Artist....and very talented , devoted to the real glass and the treasure they are to us who love it.
 great info about Sea Glass History

Houses, Piers , Outer Banks Structures..

 An Oldie but a thought I would update it...enjoy

I love the architecture of the houses , homes , fish houses, marsh houses that were used as hunting lodges and are still lived in accessible only by boat , unless you can walk on water. These are just a few pictures I have taken recently of the way we live and work here.

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station

Old Ships Rudder in front of Chicamacomico

The most recent famous house from the movie "Nights in Rodanthe"  it was on the ocean when the movie was shot but since moved to this lot , as it was about to be destroyed by Nature's fury.

One of the many Marsh houses that are used as Hunting camps and also lived in by people who love living off the grid

Just loved the colors in this door and the reflection of the tackle shop in the windows

Always ready to go fishing.
Marshes Light house on a foggy morning

One of the local bed and breakfast in Manteo

Island Farm Roanoke Island North end

Hatteras Lighthouse Keepers Quarters

Avon Pier ....sunrise the rain and shine ... the sea always beckon you there to dream .

Outer Banks Paradise ...Relax on our Soft Beaches

I love the Outer Banks and I miss the rare moments I did get in my 15 years to enjoy everything , but especially Nature and the beautiful walks on the beach...but for people who want to go shelling and find beautiful shells....go sound side in Hatteras , my favorite place is the beach are in Canadian Hole....found beautiful Olive shells, whelks and other treasures there.  So check it out ....and good wildlife photo moments besides Pea Island is the pull off area as you got into Hatteras Light house.  Have fun

I worked for a few years as a wedding and family photographer..and now I enjoy taking photographs of the beauty that surrounds us here in the Outer Banks, from the Marsh Houses to the birds to the crashing waves.
These are just some simple local shots of the beauty of the Outer Banks , and  to all the little hidden places people really should visit but don't often do because they just aren't sure it is worth it....

I love walking on the beach ...ultimate beach combers dream ...and enjoy watching the waves, the birds, especially the pelicans and the shell treasures waiting to be either picked up and enjoyed or made into art or photographed and left for someone else to find. 

The Outer Banks is so big and people just aren't sure , especially first time visitors where to go , some of us have secret spots that we love to go to ...who knows they may get shared on here.

So now that you are planning on visiting us (I was one of you for 20 years till I moved here in 1999), contact me and I will be happy to help you set up an itinerary of places to visit and enjoy.

Just click on the first photo and you can see them in slide show...have any questions about where to visit when you come to or post a comment and I will find out what you want to know.  I know lots of really fun places , good for shelling , birdwatching and more...

Plan on relaxing , de-stressing and enjoying Paradise to its fullest on a soft beach with a good book, and a cool drink.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Jelly Fish Commission Quilt ....

Check out my Jellyfish Commission Art Quilt created from sheer fabrics that will hang from a beam in a Beach House in the Outer Banks ,

Jelly Fish Art Quilt

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hello there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello there !!!!!!!!!!!

 Just a quick Hi to let you know a little about me if you are just finding me for the first time. I had a father that was an artist and he started teaching me classic art when I was 4 years. He taught me how to draw still lifes, drawing animals , and cartooning. When I reached about 10 years old I discovered my Mom's 1956 Singer and started sewing. At 13 I started creating stuffed animals from whatever I could find, there was a pink elephant , that was not my finest moment but made me decide I could create my own patterns and so I did. At age 15 I started making and selling my own line of stuffed animals, dolls and what evers. I was a working Teddy Bear Artist for the next 20 plus years with my own patterns and working Big Teddy Bear Shows in Timonium Maryland and Savage Mill , Maryland .I was able to stay home  raise my children because of these and other creative outlets. Teddy Bears take between 4 to 16-20 hours to make from start to finish and are not easy. But my hands finally gave out, more my wrists ,and I had to learn to do something new. So I started making Native American Inspired Leather bags, Medicine bags and selling Crystals and stones and treasures to go with them.This is where my Love of Bead Weaving came into play. I managed a Native American Supply Store , where I dealt with beads every day, leather, pelts, and more. I met some awesome people and found a path. In 1999 after returning from a Pow Wow I moved from Alexandria where I was born and raised to the Outer Banks of NC, in 2000 my oldest daughter and I opened a bead store that taught free jewelry making classes. Ocean Beads was my way to earn a living for 5 years. I have always made art, whether it was jewelry, teddy bears , art quilts Creating art is my life. I love fabrics and sewing, I use my trusty sewing Machine "Stitches" to create my small fabric paintings. fabric postcards, fabric jewelry, wall quilts, and more. Now I need to ramp up my sales so that once again I can support myself selling my art. So if you need a gift, for yourself or for a friend or family check out what I have or ask me to custom design something for you. I have earned my name Fairy Godmother over the years because I really can make wishes come true.

  You can buy or order my art from My SHOP here Fairy Godmother Arts

Mohair Bear named Samuel ...size 18 inches completely jointed (Moveable) Onyx glass eyes , hand embroidered nose my own original pattern.

Bead Weaving

#1 Art Necklace, Seaside Sun...created with a collection of seed beads I had squirreled away from age 10

#2 Art Necklace ...sewn one bead at a time , no pattern, size 11/0 beads over 70 plus hours to make it

A demonstration and class I did at Frisco Native American Museum in Frisco, NC on Hatteras Island of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Bead Work demonstration

A day at the Frisco Native American Museum where I was part of the Journey Home Gatherings starting in 1999 this one was in 2010

Some of my Fabric Post Cards
One of my mermaid art dolls

Part of my collection of fabric postcards I have received from all over the world since 2000, and that inspired my love of mailable art.

One of my booth set ups at the annual Dare County Arts Council Artrageous in the Outer Banks

This piece was hand sewn as a commission piece I made for the manager of Caring House in Durham when my husband was fighting cancer and we were guests there for almost 12 weeks
This was a Art Quilt I created using my PAS technique that sold in the SAQA , Studio Art Quilts Association, in 2010.

One of my fabric postcards

Fabric Poetry for swap

Heart Artist Trading Cards I made and gave away to cancer patients at Duke when my husband was undergoing treatment there.  I would make them during the long hours of waiting

Another piece for a swap

Some of my Metal free Bead Woven Jewelry