This summer, I worked with an awesome group of local women to open Sea & Slate Gallery in Llangrannog. Its runaway success is why the Etsy shop and this website have been quiet – I am having trouble making enough jewellery to keep up with demand! Needless to say I am flippin’ delighted with this!
Surfergrl.co.uk is due for a revamp, and I will soon be selling Surfergirl’s Seaglass here, as well as more on Etsy, and selected special pieces on the Sea & Slate website. The shop is getting quiet now, so we have time to expand our offerings.
I went into hospital for a day last week, the culmination of a period of awfulness which I won’t dwell on as it was also the grossest thing ever, which no-one needs the details of…
Since then I’ve been trying to get on the beach every day, and do some yoga every day, for the last week or so. Not just trying, but bloody determined, to inch towards health again.
Today I decided to do both at the same time. Lovely. Morning yoga on a blissfully quiet beach in the sunshine, with just my dog, the rocks and the waves.
Until two ‘regular tourists’ (the kind who come several times a year) came and sat two feet from me. Literally, two feet away. I was in warrior three. They could have counted the stitches on the crotch of my leggings. Personal space, anyone?
I looked over, brows raised, but they didn’t move. So I finished my sequence, grabbed my jumper, and moved myself. Breathed deep, really deep, did some ‘fierce lion breaths, yeah’ and carried on with my practice.
I thought I dealt with it quite well. They are usually nice people, and I didn’t want to return rudeness for rudeness. They are also customers so it’s best to avoid the kind of rude I would have been. (What the actual fuck? Do you want to sit ON me? Because this couldn’t be any MORE uncomfortable than it already is!)
Unfortunately, I was mad as a cut snake. My emotions are a bit all over the place as I come off the antidepressants and recover from everything else. That or I just have PMT.
Then there was the silly cow with the insane dog…but we won’t get into that one.
Yoga and the beach, the things that always centre me – did not work!
But I went out for a lovely lunch and had a moan at my other half about it. Then we discussed going on holiday – much better.
Then I had a shift in the Gallery. I intended to listen to some folk and make some more delicate drop earrings. I ended up listening to a lot of P!nk (explicit versions, ha) and making some big, bold statement pieces with lots of hammering involved. And I priced them higher than usual, because I am proud of them. I don’t even care if they sell or not.
That and a kick-ass training session (which felt easy, despite or maybe because of my week off training) and some writing, and I feel I’m on a bit more of an even keel.
Wonder what’ll capsize me tomorrow?! (No. Should be good. Family time.)
Cakes? Oh yeah. Made some sick cacao and peanut butter protein balls this eve. Not really cakes. But I liked the title.
Surfergirl’s Seaglass jewellery is now available at the Welsh Wildlife Centre! I love this place – a huge reedbed, lots of walking, a great cafe and awesome events. So I asked, and secured myself a spot.
I feel like a ‘proper’ jewellery-maker now. I had so much fun sorting all my stock and dressing my section of the table. Wowed to be in such great company as well – there is some consummate talent on show in the shop, which is is in a lovely building, all high ceilings, lots of glass and wood. It fits my stuff perfectly.
I’ve no idea if it’ll make much money, but I don’t really mind either way. I’m just stoked to be there. Start of bigger and better things for my little bits of ‘rubbish’ off the beach…because that’s what seaglass is really, old litter, and I love re-purposing it.
I have a month of making planned (if I can afford all the silver I want…hmm…credit card?!) and then it’ll be Christmas fair time, which is going to be so much fun. I can sit all day watching people and knitting (I plan a line of iPhone covers in fluffy and felted yarn), and I might even make some money. Also hoping to grow my network of lovely local crafters.
I’ve got an exciting collaboration planned too, but can’t reveal it till…well, till I’ve done something concrete about it! I also want to tie in with some of Surfers Against Sewage’s work, as well as #2minutebeachclean and #take3forthesea.
And it’s time to start making rings, which is really why I got so into seaglass and silversmithing. I wanted a seaglass ring, but couldn’t afford one. I hope to work out a way to make them so other people can afford them too. A lot of them are super-chunky, which is lush, but I want to make more delicate ones too, and stackers, and spinners, and…where is that Visa card…?!