Monday, October 24, 2011

Sea Glass, Sailboats and Scrimshaw ... All Things Nautical

Sea Glass Sailboat

So as I'm sure you have already figured out, I am a lover of all things "sea". As any lover of the ocean, comes a love of anything reminiscent of the ocean.... sea glass, sailboats, art forms like scrimshaw, whales, any sea creatures and all things ocean blue. Above is a sea glass sailboat under the full moon. I found this cobalt blue peice of sea glass on one of my early morning walks in solitude at my favorite place in Half Moon Bay, CA. It was one of the inspirations for my name of SomethingSeaBlue.

Grandpa at the San Francisco Harbor in 1987

As long as I can remember, I have loved walking along the harbor and seeing all the different sailboats...some for weekend pleasures and some as people's homes. Since I was just a toddler my Grandpa used to take me for long walks along the harbor in San Francisco, to, as we called it "to see the boats". That is a series of memories I will never forget and probably served as a foundation for my love of all things sea. Above is a picture I took of my Grandpa in 1987. To me it is a perfect portrait to describe him at heart

Sailing in Tiburon, CA

There is just something so wonderful and mysterious about a life at sea. My Grandpa has told me stories of living at sea in the South Pacific during the war in the 1940's. He lived on the USS Colorado and visited many of the South Sea Islands. Even the other day during one of our conversations he told me about how they had to search for the missing Amelia Earhart when she came up missing. So much many stories.

So here's some of my latest creations combining two loves...sea glass that I have found on some of my beachcombing days in Kauai and California. Above is a brown sea glass sailboat wrapped with gold wire with a pearl, picturing sailing under a full moon.

A collection of Scrimshaw I inherited from my Grandma

One of the fascinating forms of old historical art work that I love is Scrimshaw. What is Scrimshaw you may ask? Scrimshaw is the name given to handiwork created by whalers, It takes the form of elaborate engravings in the form of pictures and lettering on the surface of the bone or tooth, with the engraving highlighted using a pigment. Here is a sample of some of my collection above.

I love the texture and shape of this peice

The making of scrimshaw began on whaling ships between 1745 to 1759 on the Pacific Ocean, and survived until the ban on commercial whaling.

Sailing in Half Moon Bay, CA

Scrimshaw essentially was a leisure activity for whalers. Because the work of whaling was very dangerous at the best of times, whalers were unable to work at night. This gave them a great deal more free time than other sailors. A lot of scrimshaw was never signed and a great many of the pieces are anonymous. Early scrimshaw was done with crude sailing needles, and the movement of the ship, as well as the skill of the artist, produced drawings of varying levels of detail and artistry. Originally, candle black, soot or tobacco juice would have been used to bring the etched design into view.

This is one of my favorites since it combines with lighthouses which I love!

So Scrimshaw, Sea Glass and Sailing...what do you think? Ready for a trip to the beach? If you are a coast lover and anything like me, that means you also are intriqued with Lighthouses. So why not take a drive to the coast, wander around your favorite beach, find the nearest lighthouse and imagine....

Sailing in Redondo Beach, CA

The lonely sailor lost at sea...but imagine his comfort when he sees the faint light of the lighthouse in the distance, beckoning him home to safety....

Sunset at Redondo Beach

Thanks for joining me in my daydream of all things sea.....and how my love of the sea had its beginning....

                                                Renee of SomethingSeaBlue

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sea Glass Jewelry, Beachcombing Treasures, Wire Wrapped Beach Glass and Shells!

Well its been a long summer!  So much beachcombing up and down the California coast and the shores of Kauai.  Now time to put a twist on these favorite beach finds.

Aqua Sea Glass from Kauai

Isn't this a gorgeous peice!  My daughter found this in Kauai...its so amazing that I had to keep it for myself :)  I added a little rose quartz and moonstone charms at the top.  Wanted to keep it simple to show off the gorgeous aqua blue color.

Green Heart Sea Glass from Kauai

This "heart of the sea" came from Kauai as well.  I wire wrapped it with silver and added a sprinkle of hearts and pearls.  For some reason when I wear this it reminds me of the Heart of the Sea necklace Kate Winslet wore in Titanic, well except hers was a diamond and not simple green beach glass!  But as they say, the value of a peice many times is what the owner makes of it :)

My friend Josh in Kauai dives for shells and he so graciously gave me alot of his treasures...this little shell has a faint swirl of lemon yellow and purple winding up the shell.  I wire wrapped it in gold wire with a sprinkle of purple swarovski.  What do you think?  Simple for a beach bride?

Ever go on beach walks and find the most amazing beach stones and rocks??  I seem to always gravitate to the smooth black flat beach stones.  This rock I found at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, CA .  I absolutely love that beach for beach stones.  In addition to the famed Moonstones, you can find an abundance of jade, agates and many other beach stones perfect for creating little jewelry treasures...  and for those small pebbles you dont know what to do with??  Last night I decided on Cuff Links!  Perfect for the groom that loves the ocean.  So stay tuned for cuff links up and coming to SomethingSeaBlue.

Simple and Elegant, perfect for the beach bride.

My friends Sarah and Jared found this shell while combing the beaches of Jamaica on their honeymoon....and I inherited it :)  Thanks guys!!!!  Do you like it??  I paired it with a Puka shell I found at Tunnels Beach in Kauai along with a blue sea glass chip found as well there.

So "once in a blue moon" we find such a sweet little perfect moon :)  I just love the color on this one!  Ever wonder what all the sea glass colors mean? Or in other words where they came from?  What were they before they became part of your beachcombing treasure box?  Check out my article Tumbled Tears for some suggestions.

I know...this one is a rather large peice!  And I kind of went a bit crazy with the twist of wire ...oh but I was just having so much fun!!!  Do you have any peices of sea glass from your beachcombing that you are not sure what to do with??  If you have the artistic desire, go and get some jewelry wire and try your hand at it...or you can even contact me and perhaps I can wrap it up for you into something you can wear and enjoy.  Perhaps it has a special memory attached to it for you, so why let it sit in a can become a great conversation peice.

I love the green and copper color combo here.  Now speaking of a special memory...did you know that part of the name for SomethingSeaBlue originated with me finding a gorgeous peice of cobalt blue sea glass??  It used to be my habit to go early Sunday mornings to walk and write (well not simultaneously of course!) at my favorite place in the world, Half Moon Bay, CA.  One early morning I was walking and my head was full of creative thinking getting ready to open my shop and I stumbled across two seperate peices of cobalt blue sea glass!  My favorite color and hard to find!!!  I still have those two peices. 

So since I primarily was a bridal seamstress trying to take a turn in my business and take it online, and coupled with being a complete ocean lover....then emerged the name SomethingSeaBlue.  Something Blue for beach brides.  So that is why most items in my shop have a peice from the beach or ocean :)

Okay well thats my story for the day.... hope you enjoyed the show!  Now are you in the mood for some beachcombing yourself??

Like I always say, "take some time for a stroll along the beach"  and look down once in a while since you never know what little treasures you just might find!  Have a great day!!

For some reason this blue eye reminds me of a curious whale eye! :)

Renee of SomethingSeaBlue
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