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beach glass collection

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Earlier in the year I discovered a love for searching for beach glass. (I blogged about it here, how pretty is my hair in that picture?! oh my!!) I've gathered a nice little collection in the last few months, or at least I think so. It doesn't look like much but it's taken many trips to build up and I've made lots of nice memories and had lots of fun searching for the pieces.
I really have no luck as someone who just walks along the beach finding it. I see lots people just walking the beach and finding huge pieces while I'm sitting in the sand squinting for tiny pieces. I have no idea how they manage to find all the huge pieces but really I've become quiet fond of the tiny ones I normally find.

I find a nice spot with lots of small rocks and start to dig, not too deep, really just taking off the first layer searching. It's so relaxing to sit in the warm sand (well not so warm right now...) and just look for tiny treasures. I'll take them as tiny as I can find them, some so small they're hard to pick up. It doesn't matter to me, they add up over time.
As you can see, clear is my most common find. I've filled up one full jar and I'm well on my way to filling up the second. Blue is the hardest to come by at my beach, so it's always a real treat when I find one, especially the dark blues ones.

Some day I might like to do something with my collection, make jewelry or find some awesome way to display them, but for now I think they look really neat organized by color in little jars on my shelf. 
Do any of you collect beach glass? I'd love to see photos of your collection!
xoxo

ps. Yep, I totally see the tiny blue pieces in the clear jar. Sometimes they are SO hard to tell apart until you get them in the jar and even then, only when you look in the perfect lighting.

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  1. I love the fact that the pieces you find are so tiny. They would be perfect for some dainty jewellery. I don't know if you remember but my first blog post was inspired by your beach combing posts and I deleloped a love of collecting sea glass from then on! I actually just wrote a small piece for a lovely magazine called 'Pretty Nostalgic' on sea glass collecting and it got published! Hurrah for sea glass! :)

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  2. I love this collection, and I LOVE those tiny jars! Where did you get them!?

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    1. I found them at an estate sale, they're from a spice rack.
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  3. On vacation this past year I really tried to find some, but couldn't find any. Maybe this year I'll finally come across some!

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  4. I love the idea of putting beach glass in glass jars. Too cute! On nature hikes with my internship, we would go to the parks by Lake Michigan and I would find a ton of precious treasures. Mostly rocks, but there were a few pieces of beach glass in there =D

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  5. Aw, they're really pretty!!! I wish I can see one for real. <3

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  6. YES I DO! I am a proud glass collector, aha! :)

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  7. I love your darling collection! I actually quite like the tiny ones, it seems like they've been through the most, you know? My husband and I like to search for beach glass, too! Usually on vacation, bug fun nonetheless! Last time while looking for glass we found beach pottery pieces! It was in Mexico, so they could have been tiles & whatnot. They are so gorgeous! We plan on adding them to our backsplash in our bathroom :). And yes, your hair looks GORGEOUS!!

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    1. Oh neat! That's such a great idea. I have a few really tiny pieces of tile I found on the beach but nothing big enough to incorporate into decorating.

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  8. so pretty! where did you get the matching jars? they're so perfect!

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  9. so pretty! blue and green are definately my personal favs! i've used to collect tiny bits of glass when I was younger, maybe will go back to that next summer (so far collecting pretty seashells is my main goal;))

    Betty

    betty-art.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd collect seashells too, if my beach had any! We get some really tiny ones but nothing too interesting.

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  10. amazing, i really wish i still had this link to show you some art made with beach glass.

    I always used to love collecting it but wasn't sure why. love the jars you have to store it!

    barnicles

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  11. I used to collect rocks quite a bit when I was younger. I lived on Vancouver Island and the beaches are FULL of beach glass. I moved so much later on that I eventually gave them back to the beach.

    They look so pretty in the bottles! Reminds me of my buttons organized by colour. :)

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  12. I've never collected beach glass before - the beaches I normally go to aren't the rocky ones, but the artificial white sandy ones and I don't know if you can find beach glass there.

    I really like how you organized your collection! Where did you get your glass bottles?

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  13. My mom and dad came back from a trip and had bought me beautiful sea glass. I know it's not the same as finding it, but I think it's so beautiful, nevertheless.

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  14. I love hearing about all your various collections. You've inspired me to start collecting... something, but I'm not sure what! As a kid I collected stickers, erasers, keychains, rabbits feet, all sorts of things. Not sure when or why I got out of the habit of collecting but I miss it. Every day in the world must feel like a treasure hunt for you.

    My question is, how do you manage all of these collections? You have SO MANY! How do you keep them all straight in your head and when do you decide a collection is complete - if ever?

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    1. Oh goodness, I don't know! I don't feel like any of my collections are ever complete as long as I'm still passionate about them.

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  15. it´s a nice collection!
    i love collect shells and stones on the beach. And then i put inside glass vases with water and any plant!

    like this:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/108508672242094181/

    kisses!
    vani.

    http://cactoons.blogspot.com.ar/

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  16. Collecting sea glass was definitely one of my favourite things to do when I took a trip with my parents out to Prince Edward Island at the age of 12 :) I'm actually sad that Vancouver (BC, Canada) doesn't have any glass on its shores :(

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  17. We collect beach glass whenever we visit my husband's dad in northern California... I love the light blue ones best so I always look for those. Here's a picture of what I found this past summer: http://instagram.com/p/NmuY27zWUd/

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  18. These look so pretty! What a cute idea to store them in the bottles like that.

    Becky
    xx

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  19. Gorgeous collection Kaylah! I can't decide if you were running an Apothecary - or a beach hut - in a former life... lol.
    As to your 'what to do with them' question. Teeth grills? Mounted onto ear plugs? Ok, the first I'm kidding about.. but I could see you making the second pretty rad.
    mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

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  20. Have you ever heard of Glass Beach? It's in California. Reading this reminded me of a post I wrote forever ago- and it's a place you would absolutely love!

    http://coates-inc.blogspot.com/2011/09/glass-beach.html

    We still haven't visited- but we totally need to!

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    1. Yep, I've heard of it. I'm dying to go! Oh my goodness, it looks so awesome.

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  21. Looove your collection, I bet it looks really pretty on the shelf. I like collecting beach glass , but since the closest beach is about 400 miles away from me, I prefer pretty little rocks and natural minerals. I ama chemistry student and a nerd, so I also like learning about how they are created, how they have the color they have, why are they so pretty, ...

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  22. blue glass is normally the only colour I find on our beaches! I find green here and there but it's usually blue! I'll have a good look next time and send some to you!

    x

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  23. Stunning! I unfortunately don't have beaches that have pretty rocks like that near me. But I love this idea next time I go to the beach

    Summer

    ohsummercandy.blogspot.com

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  24. Beach glass is so pretty! I saw a bunch while I was in Washington this summer, but I didn't pick any up. Next time for sure :)

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  25. These are beautiful! I wish I lived near a beach and could start doing this!

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  26. I love the way that you've organized them in the little jars. What a fantastic collection!

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  27. They are so pretty. Next time I'm at the beach (which'll be in a long while!), I'm going to look for little treasures like those.

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  28. What lovely little treasures! I really like how you have them stored in the little glass bottles too. It would be a lovely way to display them near a window. I'm sure when the light goes through them it would look beautiful.
    XOXO

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  29. You have a beautiful collection! I store my collection in a apothecary jar I found at a thrift store. I live in the Akron/Canton area and hope to visit the shores of Cleveland/Lake Erie shores of Ohio in the Spring. My collection is from the shores of Dunkirk, NY, where my brother lives. I gathered all of mine in 3 visits to the shore. I love collecting it and could stay at the shore all day looking for it.

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  30. What a beautiful collection! I really need to find something to collect, it seems like such a fun hunt

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

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  31. I was in New Zealand recently and stayed with a friend at her beach house. We spent lots of chilled out time searching for treasures: glass, shells and shards of pottery. I'm still travelling but somewhere in the bottom of my backpack is a bag of perfect treasures. So pretty!

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  32. The red/brown ones really look like amber. :)

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  33. Sooo pretty! Where does beach glass come from?

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  34. I love the idea that you organized them and separate them by colours. And even though they are tiny, they are still beautiful. But I wonder if these beach glasses are just gathered in the same beach?
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