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Even here in Northern California the weather is finally turning to Fall. (Horrors, I even had to wear a jacket the other day!) But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love a reminder of the fun summer we just had.
Even though Ocean Girl‘s summer at the beach and mine were apparently quite different, I still appreciate the beachy reminders she evokes in her jewelry.
I’ve had a handmade sea glass necklace my mother gave me probably 20 years ago, and to this day it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Try something from Ocean Girl Collection and you may just find your own favorite for the next couple of decades.
Leanne lives in beautiful Melbourne Australia, overlooking the beach, where she has lived all her life and loves it. She has a daughter at university, a husband who dotes on her and a cat whom she trips over constantly. Leanne describes herself as a ‘do it right now’ person who is busy creating. You can see all her creations at her shop, StudioLeanne. Her secret is that she has been 38 years old for some years now.
How long have you been creating? Why did you start?
My more meaningful creative life began during school years where I discovered a passion for pottery. In keeping with my secret age, I have been potting for some 20 years now, creating ceramic pieces in stoneware and porcelain. During this time I discovered the magic of glass and have incorporated this medium into much of my work.
Where do you get your materials?
Living on the beach allows me to find the most fascinating driftwood pieces which I often incorporate into my ceramic wall art. Recycled paper and card go into my decoupage.
Can you tell us a little of your process?
I mix many of my own glazes and still enjoy throwing a pot on the wheel. Each ceramic piece is allowed to dry then it is high temperature kiln fired. The next process is glazing. The pieces are then fired again, and sometimes a third firing depending on the effect I want to achieve.
How long does it take?
The complete process can take up to two weeks.
Do you have a dedicated work area/room?
With 2 kilns in my studio, one for ceramics and the other for glass, I am kept constantly warm in winter and perfectly poached all summer long.
Is this your full-time job? Hobby? Fun?
I’m passionate about my work, it is fun and a wonderful outlet for my creativity. Some years ago my daughter wanted a specific piece of ceramic jewelry which I made for her. From that, a range of unique, oversize and outrageous jewelry pieces developed.
Where do you get your ideas?
Inspiration comes with the seasons. The beautiful sunsets, the stormy skies, the surf and the evening calm provide the individual colors and designs of each piece.
Do you have a best seller?
“I HEART U” – an oversize, outrageous 2.5 inch red ceramic cocktail ring, is by far my most requested item.
What is your favorite?
My daughter’s favorite is “RockStar” a 6 centimeter ceramic cocktail ring in black and my favorite is “Caribbean Fling” a beautiful blue glass ring which covers three fingers of my hand.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
In five years time I hope to be a little more outrageous in design and still only 38 years old.
Have any advice for people trying to start their own handcrafted business?
Believe in yourself. If you love your product then why wouldn’t everyone else love it too? Never give up, just persevere.
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” – Coco Chanel.
Grab your beach bag. It’s time to hit the Beach!
Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer. There’s nothing like that first day, after a long winter, where you dig your chair into the sand, throw down your new beach bag crammed full of beach-day necessities, and lounge away. This nautical stripe bag from Banyan Hippo is a great summertime accessory.
Coastal Living, one of my all-time favorite magazines, has a monthly column that spotlights a celebrity’s beach bag. Recently they looked inside the bags of Tory Burch and Michael Kors. It’s not just what’s inside a bag that makes a great beach bag, but the bag itself makes a statement.
This got me thinking, about my beach bag. I grew up at the Jersey Shore, where my friends and I spent all summer on the beach. I bought beach bags like other people bought shoes. Was it a Palm Beach kind of beach day (coral and green cabana-striped bag) or did I feel more Nantucket-y (Wicker with navy blue gingham lining.) Of course, it didn’t matter what bag I used, the contents I would stuff inside all remained the same. All the things I needed to keep me blissfully beach bound for the day—a book, a magazine, a notebook (for when I felt like making lists), sunscreen, snacks, and water.
This journal from Three by Sea is the perfect size for jotting down sea side.
A food bag from Bebeloosh Mini will keep snacks sand-free.
What more could you want in a day sitting sea-side? After, I’ll shake out my towel and hang my bag up (ideally on a hook like this one from Monkey and Squirrel)
I might not lounge endlessly anymore, but I still hit the beach when I can, and all my favorite necessities come with me.
I hope you’ll join me as I ponder some of my favorite things about summer! In no particular order: popsicles, hikes, beach time, ice cream cones, beautiful sunsets, bike riding, vitamin d (for some of us on the rainy west coast we find ourselves pretty much sun-drunk on a sunny day), and wait for it – patio time! While I could easily write a post about any of the wonderful things listed above I’ll save those for another time, and instead focus on patios and patio decoration.
I received an email from the lovely ladies at Gallant & Jones sharing their gorgeous deck chairs and I knew I had to post about them. From there, I thought we could look at patios more generally too!
I’ll confess I don’t have a patio. Well we do but it’s about 5 feet by 4 feet and rarely gets sun, so some of this post is just me daydreaming about the future. It’s fun to imagine just what our futures might look like, even as it relates to how we’ll decorate. The older I get the more I realize that what’s most important for me when it comes to decorating and entertaining.
First and foremost I want our future patio to be cozy, bright and inviting. So that means some deck chairs like the ones from Gallant and Jones, some candles like the ones above from Silk n Lights Designs to ward off bugs, and some cute cushions – I love these monogrammed ones from Tater Babies. If we truly want to get lux – it’d be nice to have some heat lamps, a sweet little table with seating for guests, and if we’re dreaming here – I’ll take a gazebo and a little man-made lake too.
I’d love to hear your dreams for your perfect patio – what you would include, and how you would accessorize?