Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Story of Your Life. Moments of Inspiration.

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay, California
( place of inspiration as a kid,  mom would take us here often, one of the places that my story began )

If you have followed my blog in the last few years, you well know some of the life changing events that have taken place and I know through your comments, many have been able to relate to those experiences. It seems that major changes keep happening! Amazing how that happens, but when it does we just keep on going, keep putting one foot in front of the other with a smile.  I've learned that its best not to complain because in every change, new doors have been opened and new friendships have been forged that make it all so worthwhile :)

Kayaker in Morro Bay, CA
(what stories can this man tell....is this his daily routine? what a great way to get inspired)

Lately a couple people said something to me that really made me stop and think.  When relating the circumstances in my life that were changing yet again, the comment was made...."oh that's just the story of your life."  At first, I felt a little twinge in me....like I wasn't sure if that was an insult or just a statement of fact. Then I said to myself..."this hasn't always been my story, I had a different story at one time".  

Couple enjoying each other on the cliffs of Shell Beach, CA
( the grey hair tells me they have a story, yet still going strong ,enjoying the simple things in life together)

Sometimes we don't plan for it.  We don't know that the place we end up is different than we anticipated or that we will care for a sick parent and go through loss that is completely unimaginable.  We don't plan for these situations.  How can we?  Life has the unexpected. It has twists and turns that take us to places we never thought we would go. But we go and we make the best of it all.

Walking among the windsurfers in Oceano Dunes, CA
( I want to hear the guys story that is in the air!)

But what we can plan is to be positive through every life changing event experienced.  We have a choice to continue writing our story.  It may not always have a happy ending but it can be a source of learning and growing.  Our story is always changing, there's beauty in that. Some of the greatest artwork has been produced during times of deep despair and darkness.  It's so true, I always seem to have my greatest moments of creativity during life changes, both happy and sad.  I wonder why that is?  Perhaps the minds mechanism for survival?  Whatever it is, I've learned to appreciate those moments for what they are and what they produce.

Early morning, in deep thought on the Pismo Pier, CA
( every morning I would see this guy, I always wondered what he was thinking, he would stand in same place everyday and look the exact same way.  for some reason he intrigued me.  I wonder what his story is?)

Our attitude changes everything. It's almost exciting at times the "not knowing" how things will work out , or what twists and turns will come along the way. These are moments to embrace the inspiration that results.

Early morning surfer at Pismo Beach, CA

Looking back over the years, thinking of all the places I've lived, all the people I've met and become close to. I realize some of those friendships never would have existed if it were not due to circumstances and change.  And I'm happy for all of them.  It has made me who I am today.  And I'm content with that. They have all become part of my story. The story of my life.


Random groups of people doing their thing at Pismo Beach
( I love this picture! Different situations going on, each group just doing their own thing, not knowing they are being observed.  This was taken at like 8 in the morning )

So, "that's just the story of your life?" Yes! and I'm proud of it.  I read a quote recently.  "Don't be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others."   We just never know how our story may affect or influence or even inspire an onlooker or friend.  So always write your story with a smile :)


Lonely woman at Shell Beach Park, CA
( I watched this woman walk with her walker all the way to this bench, it was so inspiring to me.  She struggled every bit of the way, then when she got to the bench she completely relaxed.  I can tell she has been here many times before.  I wonder what she was thinking at this very moment.  Is she content with the story of her life? )

I think back to when I was young and my mom would take me to Martin's Beach often.  We didn't have a lot of money, so this was something she could do for us to get us outside to enjoy.  I'm forever grateful that she took us here.  It has always been a spot of inspiration for me.  Little did she know that she was creating part of my story.



Photographer catching the moment at Grover Beach, CA
( I happened upon this photographer's Kodak moment one summer evening....the couple is beginning to write the story of their life together)

And then when my kids were young I used to take them to this same beach.  Helping them to write their own stories and memories.



Young boy without a care in the world, Shell Beach, CA
(this little guy has a world of stories ahead of him)

I know life seems to be getting more challenging for many of you reading this right now.  What are you going through at this moment?  All I can say is...just go with it....and try to stay positive...make your story one worth remembering.  One that you will look back on and think...."Wow, I can't believe I made it through....look how far I've come"



Early morning fishing on the Pismo Pier, CA
(that kids going to have some great memories)

Be proud of your story! Own it!  You deserve to create it the best way you can. Let it inspire you to create the best work of art you ever have!


Bubbles at sunset, Shell Beach, CA

Write it down.  Keeping a journal is an awesome way to write your story and look back to see how far you have come and how you have changed and grown.  Growth is essential.  Don't fight it.   So write about it.  Start today.

Male bonding on the cliffs of Shell Beach, CA

Well there you have it...that's my story.  I've learned to embrace change and be proud of it.  Perhaps my story is not what I intended it to be, but new chapters are always being written.  And a new chapter is always just around the corner.

Paddle boarder at sunset with sea otters watching...

My inspiration of the day.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  Taking random pictures of random people doing random everyday activities is one of my favorite past times.  I love to imagine what they are thinking and imagine what their story might be :)

Lone fisherman on Martin's Rock in Half Moon Bay in the 1980's

So here the last picture is at that beach mom used to take me too.   I took this when I was a teenager in photography class.  I called it the Lone fisherman of Martin's Rock. 

Have a great day....and continue to write your story!!! Leave me a comment and tell me a little of your story...I would love to hear and be inspired! :)

Renee of SomethingSeaBlue

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SomethingSeaBlue's Travel Organizers Now On Boheman.com!


They're back!  It seems like everytime I post one they sell out quickly.  I know! That's a good thing as long as I make more :)  Now you're used to seeing SomethingSeaBlue's items listed on Etsy...but I've decided to switch it up for now.  I've opened up SomethingSeaBlue on Boheman.com.  


If you have not yet popped on over there, give it a look.  It's a new forum for creative people and small brands to sell their products.  You can also follow Boheman.com  on Facebook & Instagram 
Its quirky and fun so its right up my alley!


Right now I'm in the process of uploading my items that I had on Etsy to Boheman.  A process indeed! I had over 130 items on SomethingSeaBlue....so bear with me!  It'll get there :)  If there was something you had seen that you liked and its not yet listed, just ask.  You can email me at somethingseablue@gmail.com.


So for now, here's a glimpse of my travel organizers listed on Boheman.com so far.  More to come.  So check back often.  These little travel jewelry organizers are great gift ideas.  I also do custom orders for weddings/bridal parties.  Choose a color scheme and I can make all the same or several in a color scheme of your choice.  Just send me a message :)


Well I better get back to posting new items!  So just in case you were worried about where I went...don't worry I'm still around :)  Stay tuned!  And thank you for being my faithful followers .....much appreciated!!!!

Have a wonderful beautiful week wherever you are in this world! 

Renee of SomethingSeaBlue

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SALE!!! Sea Glass & Leather Jewelry and More! Stop by! Year End Clearance!



Looking for that perfect unique gift? Well come take a look around...here's a glimpse of what you will find.  

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 or would like a custom item made, 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!  Every time 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

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