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Tea on Tuesday: Water…

vintage tea cup

“T”ea on Tuesday, will be a little different as Kimmie has asked if we would like take turns as a hostess providing a theme for the week. This week our hostess is Patty and she has chosen WATER for our theme. Today I am drinking TAZO Awake – Black Tea- Noir.

drawing of wavesThis is a favorite painting of mine,  “Great Wave off of Kanagawa” by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. I have always lived by a body of water, for most of my life it has been the Pacific Ocean, but as a kid our summer’s were spent at our cabin on Chandos Lake, Apsley, Ontario, Canada. We swam, we canoe”d”, we rowed the row-boat, and sat in the speed boat with the spray on our face. As a young adult I worked on Catalina Island, where we swam in the ocean, sailed in small boats and even kayak”ed” once, amongst a pod of whales (little scary).

vintage embroidered bagThis is a close-up view of the vintage embroidered bag from above. The design of the bag is actually woven, but as it is old has frayed a bit. A previous owner has tried to recover the bag to its original glory by adding in free-form embroidery and beads of glass and coral. Pretty cool, I love the frame which is encrusted with green glass cabs.

treasure trove of shells and frogsI have collected a few of my favorite things found in or on water. All of the real shells were purchased at a local shop in Ocean Beach, CA. The old tin box had belonged to my grandfather, and I included it cause my cousin Richard had served in the US Navy. The metal leaf bowl was a gift from Kevin’s brother and I have filled it with the smaller pieces of my hubby’s “Frog” collection. Finally the beautiful orange starfish was made from craft felt, and lavishly embroidered by a friend.

lily pond and botanical buildingOn Sunday my husband Kevin, daughter Gwen and I took a walk over to Balboa Park, so that I could get a picture of our favorite lily pond. As a young couple, with no money (this has not changed much!), we would bring Gwen down and walk around the Park. We still enjoy the walk, and I think that this is our favorite spot.

lily pondThis is a close-up view of the lily boxes, in the spring and summer the pond is full of lily pads and flowers.

carpThese are a few of the carp that get to swim in the pond all year long. They are quite friendly and actually swim up to people on the side of the pond, that is how I got such a good picture of them! This day they even had a large dog barking at them who wanted to come and play, they didn’t even flap a fin!

picture of sail boatsI will leave you with this special painting that my great, great grandfather Mitchel painted for my grandfather. I will let you imagine how old it is….

Happy T to you, please join us over at is Patty’s won’t you?

Friday’s Favorites: Jewels from the Sea

small shells

Tiny Jewels from the Sea

Friday’s Favorites (a day late) is all about my favorite shells. Growing up in Southern California we visited the many miles and miles of sand, rocks and surf often. We also frequented the tides pools off of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Some of the earliest art and jewelry that I made was from shells.

The collection above are some of the tiniest shells that I have. Below I have added in the ruler with the millimeter edge up so you can see just how tiny they are.

tiny shells sized

Sized

When gathering the small shells I have no real favorites, just the size is what draws my attention. I do Love the colors and the variety of shapes.

abalone shells

abalone shells

button shells

button shells

I found all of the larger black abalone shells at the tide pools off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The smaller red shells were purchased in a bead store, and these are really tiny as you can see.

The button shells here were all found  on Catalina Island, which is the only place that I have found them except for the very center pinkish one, which I found in San Diego.

It is remarkable to think that these jewels make it safely to the shore intact!

sand dollars

sand dollars

sea urchins

sea urchins

abalone shells

abalone shells

cowrie and button shells

cowrie and button shells

With these photos I have tried to give you an idea of the variety of sizes the shells come in.

Most of the larger shells pictured I have found except for the large abalone shell which I purchased on Catalina Island and the different variety of  sand dollars. I did find the four that are similar in the center of the line-up.

metal leaf full of shells

metal leaf full of shells

This display sits on my dining room table most of the year. I love the subtle colors, and the shapes of the treasures that reside in here.

sea urchin's in a bowl

sea urchin's in a bowl

The sea urchin’s here are for the most part purchased, but the green ones I found here in Southern California.

So what wonderous tiny jewels have you found beach combing? Perhaps you should take a walk along the shore today and enjoy! Christen