At the Workstation


(Working on a Message in a Bottle for a customer)

I have dirt, sand and water from quite a few places collected on my desk. I glance at them as I put different Etsy orders together. I like the memories from the places I have visited. The different colors and textures of the dirt and sand I have collected look great together lined up in their glass vials. Each one is marked with a place and a date. I can take one down, hold it, examine it and remember all the fun family time and activities. I can remember my kids when they were younger. I can reflect on trips with my wife that I will forever hold dear. I see my history organized in front of me. To me, it is fascinating! I could reflect for hours.

One of my favorite sands comes from a beach in northern Washington right where the Columbia river meets the ocean. The different sand granules are spectacular. I love the light and dark contrasts. I stand on that beach again every time I hold that small vial full of sand.

These little multi-colored soldiers stand watch as I create meaningful things for my customers. I have turned a hobby into a fun experience and a business. This desk is a place of wonderful thoughts and ideas. I love to be here. I like to think that a large parts of that contentedness goes into everything that I create.

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A Good Day for the Beach!

It was a good day for the beach in my Etsy shop today. Everyone who ordered wanted a Beach Key Chain with a California charm. I had the best time making them and sending them out.

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Everyone wants the beach.

The California beach key chain is an item that many people want. The beach sand that is reminiscent of the beaches in California seems to remind people of the sound of the waves, the warmth of the sun, and the feel of the sand between their toes. You can carry that memory with you wherever you go.

beach key chain

If you want something a little different from the west coast, look at the Florida beach from Naples Beach. It is white, and it is beautiful. You can get it in a key chain with a Florida charm. They both make nice gifts!

Florida Beach

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Message in a Bottle Service

I love putting these together. I think about what the person will think when they receive this message. I like to think that the gift and message would make them smile each time that they think about them.

What a great way to communicate special little thoughts with someone else. It means even more when combined with a little piece of earth. Imagine someone far away getting a fun note and dirt from their home state/country. That is cool.

Message in a Bottle Service
Message in a Bottle Service with A Little Piece of Earth

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Here is where I started

This is what I started with. See where I have gone so far at my Etsy Store.il_570xN.831017521_huhi

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My one step . . .

I am very excited to be taking my first step on my very first blog! I am doing something that I love to do, I have set up an Etsy shop to promote what I love to do ( and now I am setting up a blog based on what I love to do. What do I love to do? I love the collect dirt from all over and use it to think about the places from where it comes. I love to share this obsession with everyone who will allow me to share. I figured that I might as well get paid for sharing my obsession. That seems like the perfect combination!

Here we go. . .

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