Some wee little things in Grandma's Afternoons

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sea Glass Island - Source, Course & Suggestions

Living on an Island can be insular, finding sea glass impossible - unless you know what you're looking for.


It wasn't long ago I could walk the beach and find a fist full of sea glass in a matter of seconds. Today however the sea glass source is becoming less and less with the growing interest the tiny shards of washed up discarded broken bottles of treasures that are coming ashore.

The Sea Glass Island

Prince Edward Island floods with vacationing tourists each year wanting to enjoy the scrumptious fresh lobster, mussels and oysters. Some come for the fun, others the sun, but most often the sea. There is something special about the sound of waves reaching the shore and especially on PEI you can walk for miles listing to crashing waves in the distant surf.  The Island of Sea Glass holds true that perhaps the great number of shipwrecks around the Island are returning these sea glass shards scarcefully these days along the tine lines.
You have to get up pretty early if you are going to venture sea Glass picking, because most likely someone has beat you to the hour of the hunt. 

The Sea Glass Source



Tiny shards like the Cobalt Blue Sea Glass seen above can be picked on the shore in Souris, PEI. While other larger nuggests might be found in places like West Point Lighthouse area, Nail Pond, and Georgetown PEI. These are some of the places I frequent when my busy lift allows me to venture to the beach.  

The Sea Glass Course

During the summer months my little gift shop becomes a popular meeting spot for some to shop and for many to take a class in wire wrapping sea glass. Learn more at seaglassing.ca/workshop.html





My Sea Glass Suggestions

Rise early, be the first on the beach, walk slow, and know that sea glass can be in a few places. Look under rocks, on the timeline, and even just in the sand of the beach. Stop and pick up pieces and hold them up to the light, you might be surprised. Now if you don't have any luck finding sea glass I have a suggestion where there is plenty. I've created a beach in my backyard where children can come and pick a piece of sea glass, bring it inside and I've told a story or two about the journey this rounded nugget has taken. Also I have a treasure box in the Island Made Gift Shop where you can pick yourself a piece of sea glass and sit down in the workshop and take a class in wire wrapping you own piece of glass into a pendant to be on a chain or key chain. 
Happy Seaglassing
Cindy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Genuine Seaglass

The Search is on for Genuine Seaglass

Spring sprung
The grass is riz
I wonder where
The seaglass is

With the beaches cleared of ice, it is time to resume the hunt for authentic seaglass in Prince Edward Island.  I have been under the weather lately and am just now feeling good enough to resume my beachcombing adventures.

Genuine seaglass is becoming a rare commodity.  When you look at all the man-made glass on the market, it is hard to tell authentic seaglass.  Here is one hint.  If you see many pieces with just about the same shape, it is a fairly good indication that the glass is man made.  Genuine seaglass does not come in strings like those glass beads you find in the craft stores.

Authentic seaglass is frosted and has little nicks and grooves in it.  Some say you can see "C" shaped grooves in genuine glass.

In this picture, you can see the pits and grooves
that are typical of authentic sea glass.



I feature only genuine, Island glass in my gift shop in Charlottetown, and in my Etsy shop. You can see above the earring pairs are not identical in shape.  Like snowflakes, no two pieces are alike.





 Visit my Etsy shop

You can find this piece of genuine PEI seaglass, (and many more) in my Etsy Shop


I will be beachcombing on the next sunny day and I hope to have a treasure to share with you upon my return.



~00~ Grandma (aka Cindy) or Crafting - http://seaglassing.ca

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Newborn Baby Gifts


It might be that you or a friend is about to have a baby and chances are you need gift ideas?




These booties are made with felt bottoms soles for warmth and crocheted from the softest yarn designed by Barnet just for babies.

Find these little beauties recently posted for $6.00 on Etsay at 


If you shop local on PEI, email me for pick-up

Thanks for dropping by,
Have yourself a knit picking day,
Cindy

Friday, December 29, 2017

Alexa "stop playing around"

Please don't think or even say her name out loud.
I think I have been re-gifted this year or someone returned Alexa to Amazon and I got her for Christmas.

Here she is


Not your typical "Queen Ann"

You know when that light comes on at the top you need to run for cover because one of the following is sure to happen:
She will auto dial my son from on top of the counter and not hang up.

She will turn just the dining room light on and off, on and off.

She voice commanded our bedroom TV to play through her so we watch tv in the bedroom and turn her up loud so we can hear her in the other room. I know what your thinking??? Just plug her in our bedroom, h e double hockey sticks I won't.

She auto sets a timer on the oven.

Then all of a sudden out of no-where she will tell you the time, she is always right on the button but why do I need a round box telling me what time it is when I have a round clock on the wall.

Perhaps all these Igeneration products are just a step above me.
Cindy and her counter "Alexa"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hammered Wire

Someone told me once a long time ago I was born with a hammer in hand.

I always thought it to be a parallel for something I'd done wrong, like the amount of stuff I broke so often.  

I have found a new use for that hammer. 
These days I've turned copper wire 16g into beautiful earrings.  
I'm part crow so I don't know how it is I can swing a hammer anyway.
These are so attractive and catch so much light.
I find they are almost too distracting when I'm talking to someone.
I know I couldn't concentrate on what someone was telling me if I was gawking at these.


I hammered and added mom and ink


Just love these they are so light to wear


Yes, you guessed it they also come with sea glass.
find these and other shiny things in my Etsy shop



Have a wonderful happy, shiny day
~00~ Grandma (aka Cindy)