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!
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…
I enjoy working with both sea glass and sea pottery! Sea pottery from Greece tends to be very colorful and happy with fun patterns. I created these lovely pieces using sea pottery found in Rhodes, Greece. In order to keep their organic feel I have hung them from leather cording. They are available in Maryland at EL & Company in Pasadena, Maryland.
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
This second picture is of jewelry available at Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Severna Park, Maryland.
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.
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!
We just returned from a fabulous vacation to my favorite place, the island of Anguilla.
This was my 12th visit to the island. My first visit was in 1994. Needless to say there have been some changes, but the beautiful beaches and friendly people remain the same.
This was my husband and my 6th stay at the fabulous Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa. While there are other and newer accommodations on the island, I can say that none of them have a stretch of beach that have the fabulous breezes and solitude of Rendezvous Bay. This is the magic of the Cuisinart and their new resort The Reef, which sits on Merrywing Bay. These resorts were built to draw you right down to the beaches. But it only makes sense when your resorts sit on the best beaches on the island that you take advantage of them! While The Reef is sleek and modern, The Cuisinart will transport you to Greece. The Reef, The Cuisinart and their shared golf course sit among hundreds of acres of manicured lush tropical gardens.
After a dozen visits to the island and enjoying some amazing dining in all the “best” restaurants (Straw Hat, Veya, Blanchards, Olivers, Mango’s etc.) we’ve found the best and most consistent quality meals and service are to be had at the resorts. And, when you’re spending $125 and up for a meal you want the best. We have yet to find a restaurant that matches the service or food at the Santorini at Cuisinart, although the food at The Reef restaurant called The Yacht Club ran a very close second. (No, I’m not a paid spokesperson, just a very happy customer!)
I found my first piece of Anguilla sea glass on Rendezvous Bay in 2013. It’s this beautiful green bonfire.
This picture is of a piece I found on this latest trip.
Oh, and about those sunsets. I don’t think there is a better view of the sunset than on Mead’s Bay.
These are some of my sea glass finds from Fort Bragg California from a trip early this month. I’ve been very luck to visit there four times. Each trip I do see a difference in the glass. The pieces of sea glass on the beach are quite small, due to both people glassing over the years and the action of Mother Nature bringing the glass up and down with the tides since the early 1900’s when it was a landfill. These beaches provide fabulous pastel colors that are amazingly smoothed and frosted that are not found on any other beaches.
If you’re visiting this page you’ll see that it’s been quite some time (years) since I’ve posted anything new. I am still VERY interested and VERY involved with my sea glass! I keep an active Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter account, Pinterest page and Etsy shop! I hope that you’ll continue to follow me via the links below:
I was lucky to go sea glassing a few days ago. The day was quite overcast, but at least warm. Spring is coming!
I found a lot of interesting pieces, and in particular one beautiful bottle neck. This amazing piece is obviously old. It has two metals strips embedded in the neck. I am trying to find out it’s origin and age. I’ve done dozens of searches online and lots of reading and still no luck!
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