A Fabulous Sea Glass Frame called “Mermaid’s Catch”

Some projects take longer than others and are joys to create, and this was definitely one of them. This frame started out life as a plain wood frame. It was lovingly sanded, painted, distressed and then decorated with Hawaiian sea glass sand, California sea glass and pottery, shells of all types, starfish, sand dollars and a fish net. This project took several months to complete.

Then I held this frame for months after I completed it.  First off, I loved it myself, but outside of my “sea glass room” my home doesn’t have a nautical/beachy theme. Even my hubby’s suggestion “you can put our wedding picture in it” didn’t feel quite right. So, I decided that it would be best with someone who would really appreciate it. Then I couldn’t decide if I should sell it in my Etsy shop or as a consignment. While it’s true Etsy would bring me a much larger audience, I do think that some handmade items are better appreciated when seen and touched, and when the natural “quirks” of the handmade piece can be felt accepted as every creation is unique.

So, with that thought in mind I recently took this frame I named “Mermaid’s Catch” to a local consignment shop in Pasadena, Maryland called EL & Co. My visits to EL & Co. always include catch up time with the owner, Tracy, and it’s always fun to see the new items she has in the shop.

"Mermaid's Catch" handcrafted frame by SeaGlassVisions

“Mermaid’s Catch” handcrafted frame by SeaGlassVisions

It was while we were catching up that a customer walked into the shop. Tracy pointed out the frame to her. The customer had been married on the beach in Florida. The bridal bouquet she held was made of sea shells, she was a beach theme fanatic. She fell in love with the frame and bought it on the spot. She even sent me pics, now posted on my SeaGlassVisions Facebook page, that show the frame in her wedding display.

It’s always an honor when a customer choses a piece of art I have created and incorporates it into such a place of honor in her home.

Happy Ending!

 

Bay Country Crafters Fall Craft Fair

I was so lucky just a year or two ago to find out about, and be accepted as a vendor with Bay Country Crafters. Bay Country Crafters is a group that organizes two major craft fairs a year in Millersville, Maryland featuring dozens and dozens of talented artisans. They have been doing this for 32 years this Fall. This craft fair runs for at least ten days, this one from November 1st – November 12th. This means there are a LOT of shoppers and it takes a LOT of jewelry to keep my displays filled!

Bay Country Crafters Initial Display

Bay Country Crafters Initial Display

The setting is the Historic Baldwin Hall, a well known local site, and one worth a visit even without a craft fair. The fair is set up like a large boutique, incorporating everyones work into beautiful displays that have a surprise around every corner. Along with the jewelry you’ll find items for your pets, babies, holiday decorations of all kinds, wreaths, trees, ornaments, organic soaps and lotions, herb blends for cooking, homemade cookies and chocolates, hats, scarves, pictures, furniture and much more!  A lot of these items are one-of-a-kind.

Getting ready for this craft fair has kept me very busy. I’ve created new pendants, earrings and bracelets as well as Christmas ornaments and sea glass display jars filled with Maryland sea glass. For my jewelry designs I used sea glass from Maryland, England and California.

This is a pic of my second restocking with newly made pieces…

New Jewelry Items Bay Country Crafter

 

Sea Glass Jewelry with a Seasonal Flair

I have recently created a “seasonal” line of sea glass jewelry using the colors of autumn. These collections of lovely autumn colors of greens, blues, browns, amber and lavender are created with sea glass from Maryland, England, California and Greece! I am selling them locally in consignment shops in Maryland!

This first picture is of jewelry available at EL & Company in Pasadena, Maryland
EL & Company, Pasadena, Maryland

This second picture is of jewelry available at Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Severna Park, Maryland.Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery, Severna Park, Maryland

 

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Sea Glass & Sea Pottery Sail Boat Art

I was very lucky to be able to purchase eight sea glass and sea pottery sail boat sets from California. I have decided to create a “collection” I am calling “Smooth Sailing”. Each piece will be one-of-a-kind, including the nautical background and frames which are re-finished by hand by me to accent each piece.

I live near the Chesapeake and I think these will sell very well. I am offering them for sale locally in Pasadena, Maryland at EL & Company on Mountain Road. These are the first three pieces.

Sea Glass & Sea Pottery Sail Boat

Sea Glass & Sea Pottery Sail Boat

sail boat three

sail boat one

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Sea Glass Earrings

These earrings are currently available in my Etsy shop!

These earrings have been created with rare pastel colors of jewelry quality sea glass with sterling silver findings. The sea horse, star fish and dragonfly jewelry charms are perfect for summertime! These would be a perfect gift for you or someone special!

Some of the fabulous sea glass & sterling earrings available in my Etsy shop!

Some of the fabulous sea glass & sterling earrings available in my Etsy shop!

Mermaid and Sea Glass Art!

I’ve been having a great time playing with my sea glass in a new way.  While I truly enjoy creating lovely sea glass jewelry I have found another fun way to use my sea glass by creating sea glass art!

I created a lovely Mermaid art piece in a picture frame. This lovely Mermaid has special meaning for me too. When I was a child I was given a book of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales. This picture was the picture in the book that accompanied the story “The Little Mermaid”.

Along with the sea glass I used a variety of sea shells found by me on the Caribbean island of Anguilla as well as sand a lovely sand dollar that was found by me in the Bahamas!

I plan to be offering this and other pieces of Mermaid Art in my Etsy shop in late Spring 2015. Please make sure you stop by and visit! SeaGlassVisions

Mermaid Art Frame

Greetings and Happy Summer!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted on this blog. Even with me focusing more on my Sea Glass Visions Facebook page and Etsy shop and creating jewelry there still doesn’t seem to be enough time. A lot has been going on.

This past winter I took classes in silver smithing with Jen Soderberg Straub at Mad Tom Studios in East Dorset, Vermont. I was able to create three pieces during these classes, the final one with a piece of sea glass. I hope to take more classes this coming winter. Right now due to lack of space at my home studio (family room) I don’t plan to offer custom sterling designs, but I hope to be able to someday!

Since May of this year I have started selling in a new consignment shop, Side Street Framers & Art Gallery in Pasadena, Maryland. I’m particularly excited about this as I am selling my beautiful jewelry quality sea glass on sterling silver as “Sea Glass Visions by Cathy Kelly”.

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More Sea Glass Jewelry Business Owner Hat’s

“Customer Service” – This is one of my favorite hats and a very important one for every small business owner. I guess I like this one because it comes naturally to me.  My parents and grandparents owned an antique shop and I learned early on from them how to treat a customer with respect and how to offer exemplary service. What makes a small business special is the personal aspect, and when you are competing with so many others offering the same item you need to give unforgettable customer service. I want every person I deal with to have a smile on their face and a happy memory.

I AM the face of my business to everyone I deal with, buyers at craft fairs, owners of consignment shops, hosts and guests at trunk shows, online buyers, members in online groups.  To me customer service means being up front and taking care of any issues that arise immediately and fairly. It means answering questions quickly and it means following through on promises.

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