Sea Glass Jewels

For as long as I can remember I have been walking the beaches and collecting sea glass. My house is filled with vases and bowls full of beautifully weathered and polished pieces of glass. I am particular with my collection, as I prefer to keep only the blue, green and white pieces of sea glass. I sometimes am lucky to find a red piece, which I have heard comes from the navigation light of a ship. The best treasures are found on the beach and sea glass is a crafters gem!

There are so many craft projects that can be made using sea glass, and a coastal or nautical home wouldn’t be complete without it. In past posts, I’ve showed how to use sea glass to decorate in your home. Today, I’d like to share with you the works of some talented artisans who have created beautiful pieces of jewelry using sea glass. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite pieces and maybe you just might start your own collection!

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For The Love of Mermaids

My daughter loves mermaids and we’ve been working mermaid decor accents into her room for quite some time. Finding mermaid decor can be tough, as it sometimes can be tacky. Here’s some of my favorite pieces of mermaid decor that are whimsical, bright, and will perfectly accent any mermaid lovers space. Click each image to find out where to find these mermaid treasures!

Nautical Rope Decor

A great way to bring that nautical feel into your home is by adding a touch of rope to your decor.  I love the rugged, nautical look of rope in a home. If you’re looking to purchase rope furniture, wall decor or accessories, there’s plenty of items around, but you can also DIY and get creative with rope decor.

A unique company to check out is StairRopes.com. They make stair ropes, bannister ropes, rope handrails and barrier ropes to measure. Definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in installing a rope bannister or railing.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of monkey fist decor. I’ve got monkey fist door stoppers all over my house. They come in different sizes, colors, and can be used as door stops or as an accent piece on a shelf. Here’s some great photos of knot decor to inspire you. Click each photo to view the original source, or where to buy.

On Island Time

One thing thats great about living in the Northeast is that we’re blessed with a variety of coastal towns and islands to visit. When it comes to islands of the Northeast, there’s no doubt that Long Island is my favorite. Travel east of New York City, past the suburbs of Nassau County, and you’ll find the North Fork, and of course, the infamous Hamptons.

The draw of this area is undeniable. From beautiful beaches, to vineyards, to farms, to restaurants, and quaint hamlets nestled between the Long Island Sound, Peconic Bays, and Atlantic Ocean, the East End has it all. I am lucky to call the East End home.

I am sure that some of you share a particular fondess of a Northeast island or coastal town that is your favorite vacation spot or a place you call home. Perhaps Block Island, Shelter Island, Nantucket, Fishers Island, or Martha’s Vineyard, to name a few. I have visited many of these wonderful coastal towns and often like to bring back a special mementos of my visit.

I love incorporating decor from the places I have visited into my home. It reminds me of memories of my trip, and definitely helps me get through cold winters dreaming about summer days to come! These decorative items also make great gifts for your favorite island loving friend or family member. Today I’d like to share three great island inspired home decor/gift ideas from Cat Studio, SarahPfau, and NauticalCharts.com.

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Cat Studio makes a variety of geographically themed pillows, towels, bags and more. I was given the “Nantucket” pillow several years ago as a housewarming gift and adore it. Each pillow highlights the landmarks of the region which it represents, and is a constant reminder of the places on Nantucket I visited and enjoyed. Cat Studio makes pillows for almost every state, island, some countries and even national parks. There’s bound to be one for your favorite place. Here are a few of my favorite pillows from Cat Studio:

I came across SarahPfau on Etsy.com recently and just had to share. Sarah is a jeweler from Brooklyn, New York who makes beautiful island pendants. Her original designs are handcrafted of sterling silver and come beautifully gift wrapped. They definitely make a great gift…even for yourself!

 Finally, I love the idea of hanging nautical charts in your home or office. I also think these make great gift (think Father’s Day!). I’ve found a company called NauticalCharts.com, where you can order custom framed charts for your home. There are a variety of frame and matte choices, as well as various charts from waterways around the country.

Area Artist: Jacqueline Maloney

Over the years, I’ve attended many art shows and fairs on the North and South Forks of Long Island, with my daughter, who designs jewelry. One of my favorite artists I’ve come across at these fairs is a talented, young watercolor painter from Hampton Bays, NY named Jacqueline Maloney.

Jacqueline’s collection of illustrations include paintings, note cards, tote bags, serving ware, pillows and more. Simply put, Jacqueline’s illustrations are happy, fun, and evoke the coastal feel I love. You can find her displaying her beautiful works at art shows across the East End, or online at her Etsy Shop.

My favorite pieces of hers are her sea life illustrations, notecards, which have recipes on them, and her “How To” collection. I purchased the “How To Fillet A Flounder” illustration last year, and have my eye on the “How To Pick Crabs” illustration next time I see her. I also love her illustration of the wineries on the North Fork of Long Island.  Jacqueline’s illustrations are perfect for any decor and make a great gift, so be sure to check them out!