Sunday, May 22, 2016

Creatures of the Deep 2

I'm still having fun with beach rocks.
I've now started to branch out and use more than one rock per piece.


"A different language is a different vision of life"
-Federico Fellini

A group of jellyfish is called:
   a)  A school
   b)  A smack
   c)  A shoal
 (answer is at end of post)

I like to look at all the different things covering the rocks of the intertidal zone.  The intertidal zone is the area underwater during high tide and exposed during low tide.  It's a very harsh environment, as you may imagine.  In the course of a day it is submerged in water, pounded by the waves, and also completely exposed to the air. 

A group of jellyfish is called a smack (can also be called a bloom, smuck, swarm, or fluther). 

A school is a general name for a group of fish, and a shoal is the name for a group of bass.  Here are a few others:  A battery of barracudas, a cast of crabs, a swarm of eels, a glide of flying fishes, a shiver of sharks and a flotilla of swordfishes.  Whew!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Creatures of the Deep

Hello Dear Little Blog.  Sorry I've been ignoring you.  Sometimes my flesh and blood existence assumes a life of its own, far from the computer. 

Peaceful days spent wandering the beach have resulted in a harmonious state of mind, and a large pile of rocks.

When I was a kid I used to draw made-up animals, I can't remember them all but I do remember the "elefish", the head of an elephant on the body of a fish.  Well, the rocks the ocean tossed out to me have been transformed into made-up creatures of the sea.  It was great fun to reconnect with my inner child. 

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
-G.K. Chesterton 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Beads and Clay

The time has come to merge beads and clay.  I have a long history with both, but have never put them together. 

I am enjoying the freedom to try new things. 

These are my first two pieces.  I have a third underway and can feel more coming.

You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.
-Maya Angelou

Thursday, January 28, 2016

From the Sea

I've moved to California, where I go beachcombing every chance I get.  I found a nice quiet spot that always has glass and shells, and also made a new friend.  She is a fellow beachcomber and is teaching me all about the nuances of beach glass.  She is my glass sister, I made this necklace for her.

This is the first time I pulled my beads out in two months.  Maybe my muse has finally come out of hiding.  I hope so!  I want her to stay with me.  I need her to help me figure out what to do with all the treasure I have found so far.

I've noticed a lot of my beautiful bead sisters have been quiet lately.   Time changes our relationships, not only to each other but also to things, like our blogs.  On a selfish note, I hope you can re-kindle the interest in your blogs, as they have enriched my life.  But, I also realize there is a natural time for moving on.  If the road leads to new things, than I can only express thanks for the time spent, it was well worth it.

At times our light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
-Albert Schweitzer

Monday, December 14, 2015

Little Free Libraries

I have become interested in Little Free Libraries.  If you haven't heard of them, there is a website that explains it, where you can actually buy little libraries to put up:

This is the first one I found, and it's still one of my favorites. 

I found close to a dozen Little Free Libraries within a 10 mile radius of my house.  Some were bough off the website, and some built by the owners. 

I always enjoyed ones that had quotes or slogans about reading.

Two even provided a nice place to sit.

I think this little phone booth came from the website. 

This last one was made by the owner from thrift store materials.  When I was taking my picture she came out and we talked about it.  It was hard to photograph with so much glass, but it really is lovely.

Everyone who I spoke with about the Little Free Libraries loved them.  They seem to provide a neighborhood with a sense of community.  I read quite a lot of books, and usually give them away after I'm done.  Maybe it's time I build my own Little Free Library.