Challenge of Travel-Staycation

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.

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.

Soul of the Sea