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beach glass for me, beach glass for you

Thursday, March 10, 2016

things neatly organized

It's been a while since I rambled about how much I loved the beach, huh? I guess I kind of took the winter off, which is fairly unusual for me. Over the weekend Jeff and I stopped at a random little beach and it got me thinking how much I missed "my" beach... plus the beach sounded like an excellent way to rack up steps and that's basically all I think about since I got a Fitbit. First thing Monday morning I headed to my secluded little spot which was full of driftwood, trash, and beautifully tumbled beach glass. If there was any one spot in Cleveland that felt like home to me, it would be this beach. It was good to be back.

I've slowed down my beach glass picking habits in the last year. Not because I don't like it anymore, quite the contrary, but because I really don't need to bring it all home. When I lived in Geneva I barely found any glass so every single piece, no matter how tiny, was a huge deal. I brought it all home but it never really seemed to accumulate. Now I'm a five minute bike ride away from a beach that is almost always ripe for the picking! If I brought home everything I picked up my apartment would probably have a whole room just full of glass. I spent more time arranging this little collection than I did finding it.

Lake Erie, beach, glass, sea glass

Something I've always liked to do is leave things behind that will make people smile, like beach forts made of driftwood. I wish I could leave my "found on the beach" arrangements as is after I photograph them but I debate back and forth in my head whether or not that defeats the whole purpose. Leaving pretty little arrangements of beach glass seems just fine so that's exactly what I did. It's a win/win because I get to pick up beach glass which I find incredibly relaxing, create something and then leave it for someone else to find. I hope it was found before it washed away.

I did end up taking home a few pieces from the day though. Blue and red are two of the harder colors to find so I almost never leave either of those behind. But the find of the day or month?! possibly year?!! has to be the piece below which basically just looks like a gummy bear made of glass. I've never found a multicolored piece like that. I just thought it was a regular old brown piece until I held it up to the sky. I must find more!!!

backpack and lapel pin from Moorea Seal. 

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  1. Aw, this is so cute! It would definitely make me smile if I saw a mosaic of glass on the beach. Why would leaving your "found on the beach" arrangements defeat the purpose? I love the backpack btw!

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    1. Because it just seems silly to pick up all that trash and not dispose of it.

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  2. That would make a wonderful stepping stone. You could put it in an aluminum brownie pan and then pour polyurethane over it. When it hardens you dump it out of the pan and voila! awesome sauce.

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  3. Imagine the thrill of the people who stumble upon your gifts of seaglass art. :)

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  4. Oh MAN, when I saw the piece you said looks like a gummy bear, I immediately thought it looked like a sunset over a mountain range!! SOO pretty and unique! :)

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    1. Ahhhh! That's totally what it looks like!!

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  5. Maybe you should build a huge glass mosaic on a wall- guess it would look great ;)

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    1. It really is! Funny to think it's broken bottles.

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  7. That's gorgeous Kaylah!!! I do adore sea glass!!x

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  8. oh man, i thought you were going to have a giveaway. i was so excited to have a chance to win some pretty blue or green glass! it's ok, though...i shall consider your photos a gift and still be happy. thanks, kayla!
    :)

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  9. OOOHHHH!!!
    The BLUES!
    The REDS!
    The Orange!
    ((drooling)) - LOVE all things Beach/Sea Glass!
    R U going to the NE SeaGlass Festival in ERIE, PA?? The besties & I are going just to swoon!!

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    1. Nope, didn't even know there was one! I'll have to look into that. :)

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    2. I'm sure you are too young to remember the 'STOP LITTERING ' campaign of the 70's featuring the Native American - one of the TV shots showed him on a beach with glass bottles on the shore and a tear running down his cheek... Little did we know back then that Mother Nature would turn that 'beach trash' into highly desirable - often protected- 'gems'!!!

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  10. I wish I often found something like this on our beach. This is beautiful.

    Put one of these bad boys on a necklace and I'm sold.

    http://jesandbleu.com

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  11. How do you find so much beach glass? I hate the beach because I hate being in a bathing suit and being in the sun but when I do go it's specifically to look for beach glass. We used to collect it with my mom when I was younger so I guess it just stuck. :) I always felt like I won the beach glass lottery every time I'd find the dark blue ones because they were so rare!

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