Welcome to a double post Saturday. I was lucky enough to grow up at the Jersey Shore in Sea Girt, New Jersey, a girt is land that is surrounded by water on 3 sides. I also spent many summers in Spring Lake, NJ the next town over at my Nana's and great Aunt's house with all the cousins.
I realized as I worked on this challenge that where I grew up really has influenced my personal style and particularly my jewelry making.
I am not one to where jewelry to the beach for fear that it would get ruined by the salt water and sand. I also like simple designs.
As I have grown and leaned techniques, I always come back to the simple designs. Sometimes I try to force something different and I wind up all thumbs or frustrated.
Once I had the design ready it worked up quickly and I am very pleased with the results. My inspiration picture is from a trip back home walking the boardwalk in Spring Lake, NJ.
My challenge pieces include a gorgeous set of blue lamp work placed with mobius chain mail spacers on recycled sari silk the color of wet sand and finished with a bit of chain and an s clasp.
The earrings are recycled glass and fun polka dot beads.
The smell of the ocean, a cool ocean breeze, a walk to find shells and sea glass and a refreshing dip in the ocean.
Thank you Erin for hosting the challenge and sending me back in time remembering all the great days I spent on the beach and cherishing every day I get back there to enjoy the ocean waves.
Please visit Erin at Treasures Found to see all the other participants.