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 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 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 
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

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 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

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