Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SALE!!! Last Minute Gifts! Travel Jewelry Rolls, Reusable Grocery Bags, Sea Glass & Leather Jewelry!!!


 
Looking for that perfect unique gift? Well come take a look around...here's a glimpse of what you will find.  Last day to ship out is Monday 12/22/14 to receive by 12/24.  Items will ship using USPS Priority 2-3 day shipping.  (in US only...items exclude bridal custom items)
 
So stop by!  Soon!!!  Many items have been marked down.  Sale prices are as marked.  Most items ship for free :)  If you have any questions drop me a comment!  thanks have a wonderful day!!
 







Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Blue Phenomenom, My Encounter with Velella Velellas! Inspired by the Sea.

Bright blue Velella Velella mixed with other sea life
 
So if you live on the west coast of the United States or particularly in California or even on the west coast of Ireland, perhaps you saw this beautiful bright blue creature this past summer?
 
 
 
Unfortunately they were washing up by the hundreds all along the West Coast.  At first I thought...Wow! what on earth caused this phenomenon??  Was it caused by the radiation from Japan finally circulating our shores?  Or is it something else?  And what are they?  I've lived here all my life and never saw them.  But the color is gorgeous!!!  And of course...as my business name suggests...anything blue catches my interest.


love the mustard color of sea weed mixed with the bright blue Velellas
 
Of course you know me by now...first thing I had to do was....well actually the second thing.  First I had to take pictures!!!  Wish I could share them all but I know...you have things to do :)  So here are a few.  Anyways, the second thing was to go home and Google it!
these little guys already lost their sails :(
 
Of course Wikipedia gives a great scientific (hard to understand) description of what this beautiful creature/animal is and why they ended up on our shores.


"By the wind sailor"  see the clear sail?
 
"Velella is a cosmopolitan genus of free-floating hydrozoans that live on the surface of the open ocean. There is only one known species, Velella velella, in the genus. Velella velella is commonly known by the names sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, purple sail, little sail, or simply Velella. (Wiki)

 
They are carnivorous, they catch their prey by means of their little tentacles that hang down in the water, but they are very short so it only catches small surface fish and plankton, the mouth is located in the middle of the underside of the body and has no tentacles.

 
Will they harm you if you touch them?  They do contain toxins in their "nematocysts" which are harmful to their prey but not to humans.  Although everyone's sensitivity level varies so best not to touch eyes or face after touching them.  Could cause itching to the area that has been exposed. Besides ,we did touch them and they are kind of slimy and stinky...so yaaaa....you probably won't want to.

Off the Central Coast.  Shell Beach area.
 
I think it would be so cool to be out in the middle of the ocean on a sailboat and happen upon thousands of these just floating around together.  What a beautiful sight that would be.  If I were a painter I would love to paint that scene.  But why do they swarm up onto the beaches and then die? Because it is a kind of sad sight to see such beauty decomposing on our beaches.

 
Well as their name "by the wind sailors" suggests, they are governed by the wind.  Due to weather conditions the wind catches their sails and brings them to shore. Wiki says "Having no means of locomotion other than its sail, V. velella is at the mercy of prevailing winds for moving around the seas, and are thereby also subject to mass-strandings on beaches throughout the world. For example, most years in the spring, there is a mass stranding that occurs along the West Coast of North America, from British Columbia to California, beginning in the north and moving south over several weeks' time. In some years, so many animals are left at the tide line by receding waves, that the line of dying (and subsequently rotting) animals may be many centimetres deep, along hundreds of kilometres of beaches. Mass strandings have been reported also on the west coast of Ireland.

Here's some of my collection with the bright blue like V. Velellas
 
One thing I learned that I thought was so interesting is that the way the direction of the sail is placed on their body determines which coast it will end up on! 
 
"The sail, which is situated on a diagonal to the long axis of the Velella's body, is found to be diagonal in the direction of the northwest to southeast on specimens cast upon northeast Pacific beaches. The other form of velella, which occur on the western side of the Pacific and in the Western Hemisphere have the sail runing from northeast to southwest. Since the geographic range of velella also includes the Southern Hemisphere, the same strange distribution of the two forms takes place, although here they are reversed. Biologists speculate that both forms are mixed up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and are sorted by action of the wind. Due to the angle of the sail, which is 45' to the wind, southernly winds will push velella away from shore. But a strong wind will cause them to spin rapidly and follow the wind more closely."
 
 
Well that's my summer story!  It was fun to spend hours walking along the beach and observing this amazing animal.  We happened upon them as they were arriving on the shores so they were still very bright blue and had sails on still.  But as they start to decompose they begin to lose their color and turn clear.  So next spring if you are in the areas they wash up...keep your eyes open and your cameras handy!
 
Have a great day and go for a walk on the beach if you can!!
 
Renee of SomethingSeaBlue





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Surf and Turf Collection! Leather and Sea Glass. Cuffs & Bags

 
Been quite busy lately...you should see my workroom....stuff everywhere! It seems that's the way I get the most creative.  And believe me, I know exactly where everything is :)


 
So I've been collecting leather for probably the last 6 years.  Great thrift shop finds, remnants from other workshops etc. Recycling previously loved and cherished items and up-cycling them into fun "new" items to be equally loved and cherished!

 
There's nothing like the smell of leather.  And all the textures and the character that comes from leather that has been worn and weathered.  I just love it!  So I started thinking about what types of things I actually like to wear.  And somehow I'm always drawn to the boho chic, bohemian, hippie, surfer chic, free spirited fashion.  So that's how this idea was born.  Trying to combine two loves.

One of my work tables...
 
The simple design of the leather cuff wristband appealed to me.  But it needed something to make it unique and give the feel of the beach.  I have at least 15 pounds of sea glass that my daughter and I have collected from the coastlines of  Kauai and California.  As well as shells and some vintage buttons and beads.  Voila!  Added them to the cuffs as button closures.  I fell in love!  Everytime I tried one on...I'd say..."well maybe I will just keep this one!" :)


 
Then to add to the collection I thought it was time to replace my very much loved hip sling , over the shoulder bag!  Believe me...it was time..I almost posted a picture of the two I have used for the last 5 to 6 years.  One of them I made and one I had bought.  But I'm too embarrassed to show it to the world...I worn them out...and for a seamstress to carry around a bag that is fraying (to say the least)...well its kind of like the shoe maker with no shoes. You get the point!
 
 

 
After several hours spent making and perfecting the samples, this was born. Small over the shoulder hip sling, crossover, crossbody, hipster bag! So many different names not quite sure what to call it.  But you know how it is when you want to take that walk on the beach...and only need to carry the essentials and have a place to put those bits of sea glass, shells and stones in?

 
Or you just want to do some hands free shopping without your shoulder killing you the next day from carrying an oversized bag.  This is perfect for you then.  I know I can never be without it.  So here's two of the new small bags. More coming soon...I have at least 6 more cut out and in the works :) one of them is a turquoise and white fabric with red leather handles!!! They are fully lined, piped on the top and have recycled/up-cycled leather straps. As a closure is leather with wire wrapped sea glass bits.  Fun eclectic one of a kind fabric combinations. Perfect for yourself , as a unique fun gift, or even as bridesmaids gifts!  If you want custom ones made, convo me at the shop and you can choose a color scheme and style and I will find a combination perfect for you and your bridesmaids.
 
 So come on over to SomethingSeaBlue and have a look.  Be sure to take a look at the new large grocery totes and lots of new sea glass wire crocheted bracelets on SALE!!
 
Okay gotta go take that walk on the beach now :)  Thanks for sharing with me in my new inspiration collection of Surf & Turf!!!
 
Renee of SomethingSeaBlue

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's All About Being "Connected"! Instagram...Pinterest...Facebook etc...

 
As if we don't have enough to do, now we need to worry about keeping up with all forms of "connecting" to the people and things we love!  Who needs a pen and paper or even stamps anymore!  You just have to have your smartphone, laptop, notebook or whatever it is you use to keep up....


 
When I first started my online business I actually took a 5 day online course on "social networking for your business".  With so many different sites its hard to choose which ones to belong to and maintain, especially if you are trying to make a go at "quitting your day job" and doing something that you are passionate about.  
 
 
 I mean come on....Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Wordpress, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Tumblr, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Bebo, Xing, Blogger, Technorati and the list goes on....so which one do you choose ??
 
 
As with anything, we all do well at choosing things we can relate to or "connect" to.  In the class I took it said pick 5 of your favorites, or ones that you feel comfortable navigating around.  If using it for promoting your business?  Do your research.  Choose the top 5 that are most popular and get the most attention and "learn" them so you can get the most benefit from them. 
 
I thought to myself....5!!  I can barely keep up with Facebook in my personal life!  The article said not to spend more than 20-30 minutes a day updating your 5 accounts and blogging.  The most important thing was regularity, not so much long posts.  When I did follow that and spend that amount of time daily or at least most days, I did increase my following quite quickly.  The key is regularity and that all depends on YOU and how quickly you want to "quit your day job". 
 
So here are 3 of my favorites.   Instagram, Pinterest and of course Facebook are all the rage right now.   I do have a Digg, Tumblr, Twitter and StumbleUpon account as well.  So give it a try...pick your favorites and let me know how it goes for you....don't forget to leave me a comment below...I love and appreciate your feedback!
 
OH! and one more thing...blogging, if you are trying to promote your business?  Google loves bloggers!   So get started today!
 
As always, STOP take some time to walk along the beach or nearest body of water :)   stay balanced and take time to relax and even though social networking is fun??   don't overdo it and forget to spend quality family time or time doing other constructive activities that inspire you...and then...write about it!   :)
 
Renee
of SomethingSeaBlue

Monday, December 30, 2013

Inspired By "The Pipe", Jewelry Inspired by the Banzai Pipeline

 
I know... it's kind of funny the things that inspire us to create.  Inspired by the Pipe you say??  Indeed!  Just take a look at the Malibu Dream above...can't you see it???  Colors of the waves...the curve on the agate...where the ocean meets the reef...come on use your imagination!! :)

Billabong Pipeline Masters 12/14/13 --Live Webcast
 
Even though not a surfer myself...I've always been obsessed with the sport.  Love love love to watch...especially big wave surfing, that's my favorite.  Probably a result of living under 20 miles from Mavericks in Half Moon Bay.

Almost done...
 
So yes, I am an avid follower of the ASP, Vans Triple Crown, Mavericks Invitational, Big Wave World Tour etc etc... thanks to Surfline's Webcams !!!
 

 
Okay, back to the Saturday of Billabong Pipemasters.....about 1/2 hour before the comp started...all of a sudden I took one look over at my sea glass....hmmmm......then another look at my stash of beads...hmmmmm   and then one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had piles of blue's, greens, turquoises etc.   At first  I had no intention of making jewelry while watching but once those creative juices start flowing, its almost impossible to rest until you follow through.

 
I think that was one of the most satisfying competitions to watch.  All the hype on the beach that day was so inspiring.  The thrill, the high, the sound of the crowds....and before I knew it my fingers were so sore from wire wrapping!
 
Next year it's my goal to be there in those crowds!  My dad lives on island...so yes, why wasn't I there!!???   So if you didn't get a chance to watch you probably heard....

 
Kelly Slater wins the event, Mick Fanning the world title and young John John Florence the Triple Crown.

 
Kelly surfed flawlessly as always, made all the right decisions that day...Mick's heats were historic and cute little John John ...got spit out of a Pipe barrel and proceeded to stick a tail throw reverse.  Loved it!!

 
A few days before the comp. I watched an interview with Kelly Slater from 10 years ago.  When asked where he wanted to be in 10 years?  He looked over at the then 10 year old blondie JJF walking with his surf board on the beach and Kelly said he wanted to be surfing the Pipe against that kid.
Moment I was waiting for Slater vs John John!
 
So yes this was the moment I was waiting for all week!!!  And what a finish it was!  With lots of new creations to prove it :)   My "Inspired By the Pipe" Collection  was an inspiring day for me.  Putting two of my loves together .  The waves and the art of expression, for me in this case....jewelry. 
 
So what inspires you to create??  For some it can be as simple as a beautiful smile...a pair of laughing eyes...the morning sunrise or the amazing colors of the sunset....whatever it is, let yourself get lost in inspiration every once in a while.  You just may be surprised :)
 
Have a beautiful day and don't forget to smile :)
 
Renee of
SomethingSeaBlue
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Seaside Nostalgia, Vintage Sea Finds


What do you think of when you hear "seaside nostalgia"?  Perhaps eating a caramel apple at the boardwalk...a ferris wheel ride by the sea on a Friday night....watching the ole fisherman casting his line off the creaky old pier?


All those scenes bring back memories for me growing up on the California coast.  Nothing like the smell of the salty air, the sound of the seagulls, and the sea breeze sweeping across your face.


As you can see I can never say enough about my love of the sea.  Just a drive inland and I begin to have "sea separation" anxiety..... if there even is such a thing!  :)


Here's a peek into my last couple of days of reminiscing into the past.  I have sea glass from Kauai and California as well as shells and stones that I have wire wrapped with some fun seaside charms.

I love this one with the silver sailboat, the pearl reminds me of sailing under a full moon.


This ones a favorite too.  Large white half shell makes the perfect back drop for the old lighthouse.  The cracked glass blue bead to me, resembles a globe...perfect for the world traveler.  I have always been fascinated with lighthouses, one time I even took a rode trip


down the East Coast to see all the lighthouses until I got to the tallest brick lighthouse on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks.  Its 210 foot height makes it the tallest brick lighthouse structure in the US and the 29th in the world. 


Talk about nostalgia!  Imagine all the ships of the early 1800s heading toward those dangerous shoals but seeing the faint light of the lighthouse.  Hmmm okay, enough imagining for the day.  But if you do happen upon North Carolina...the Outer Banks are a must see.  One of my favorite places to go.  Now someone else who appreciates Sea Nostalgia is Kelsey Vineyards.  I have to give them picture credits for their awesome labels! These two labels always inspire me. (well, and the wine too :)


Besides loving their reds, hard cider and the wonderful relaxing vineyard.  I love their vintage surfboards they have hanging up.  One of the boards was newly painted with a picture of the Kelsey daughter.  You must pay them a visit next time your in town.  Or if you're out of area?  Check out their wine club memberships or contact Travis at wineclub@kelseywine.com and get a taste from afar.  But if you do pass by?  Make sure you feed one of over 130 peacocks that roam free!  Its probably one of my favorite things to do around here :)


 
Enjoy your weekend and take the time to think back...get nostalgic and be inspired....
 
Renee of
SomethingSeaBlue





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