I was looking through one of the books that I sell in the store… The World is Blue, How Our Fate And The Ocean’s Are One by Sylvia A Earle. Ms Earle is an oceanographer and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. In her book she talks about how we have learned more about our oceans in the last 50 years, than ever before. She states that the changes that the ocean has endured has threatened the existence of life on Earth. How the planet is about to be on an irreversible environmental crisis, not just from the recent oil spill but also from wasteful fishing, pollution, and global warming. She offers suggestions and solutions that we need to act on now, before it is too late.
I am very much a nature lover. I have lived around the ocean my whole live, and have spent countless hours either playing in surf, snorkeling with the dolphins, photographing the shore birds, picking up sea glass, shells, or beach pebbles. After looking through the book, I began to think about how the water world and the land world are very connected. Not only by the animals that live in both land and sea, but also the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, and the relaxation and enjoyment that we get from beach combing.
The decorative weave in the Sailor’s wristlet was used in Turk’s Head Knots in sailing ship days. Traditionally the wristlets were made out of a cotton rope and waved. They were allowed to shrink on the wearer’s wrist to a snug fit. It is said that they would wear the wristlet in case if they fell overboard, it would aid the rescuers from their hands slipping off of the person in the water.
Today, it is a great memento from the beach, and always reminds me of summer. I remember as a child, my parents would always get me one to mark the beginning of the summer. The night before school started it was a tradition to cut it off, and only my tan line would remain.
On Tuesday, June 1, I took the donations that was collected to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Delaware. I drove down this long shady road with large trees on both sides. The road dead ended at the Frink Center for Wildlife, the home of Tri-State.
When I walked into the building I saw this large glass window, where I saw a few of the staff members feeding four baby robins some water with a small paint brush that they dipped into the water and let the water drip into their mouths. I was then greeted by a staff member. I introduced myself and told her that I was bringing the donations that we collected from the Wildlife drive. They were very appreciative.
I asked for a tour the facility. She said that they do not allow visitors to walk around the grounds near the birds. They dont want the birds to get startled and possibly re-injur themselves or get use to humans. She did however, walk me up to the outside deck which over looked many of the birdhouses.
All of the birds at Tri-State are rescued, rehabilitated, than released back into the wild, except for one Ishta who is a Peregrine Falcon, who can not fly very well, so he has become a permanent resident at Tri-State.
No one really knows when or where the ancient art of wire wrap originated. It is known that Egyptian and Phoenician artists practiced the art over 5,000 years ago. It is the only known metal jewelry that is created completely without soldering or casting. The wire used may be from many different alloys such as copper, brass, sterling silver or gold.
Surviving records indicate that jewelry from the 17th century and earlier was made by braiding, twisting and knotting as part of their design motifs, similar to what you find in wire wrapping today.
Certainly jewelry of any sort was rare in that time, but what was available was usually in silver. It was mostly worn by merchants or someone with some social and monetary standing. Many people were farmers and merchants so their jewelry needed to be very wearable and sturdy.
Although this art was lost for a while in history, it reappeared during the Victorian Era, where its popularity surpassed traditional cast jewelry. In the last 30 years, wire wrapped jewelry has continued to increase in popularity due to uniqueness, flexibility, and the “create ability” of its artisans.
If you enjoy wire wrapped jewelry, Sand N Stones in Lewes, Delaware offers a collection of 14k gold-filled and Anti-tarnish Sterling Silver wire wrapped jewelry. Each design is handcrafted by Michele Buckler. You can choose a gem out of the case, or Michele will custom wrap a special gem, sea glass shard, fine bone china, Cape May Diamond, or give a handcrafted look to something you already own.
Several people have asked me why I changed the name of the store from Just For You Unique Gifts to Sand N Stones, Delaware and Nature Shoppe. I want to tell you why and maybe you will also understand why I have started this blog. Right now in my life, I am at a cross roads, I am finding that I am re-creating myself once again. Perhaps it is because I reached a mild milestone in my life hitting the big 40, or perhaps it is just because the world today is a very different world then what it was just five years ago.
Today, I am enjoying simpler things, like spending time with my love ones that includes my two yorkies, Topaz and Jasper, wire wrapping gemstones, and taking pictures of the world around me, spending time walking the beaches and the gardens of Delaware picking up Sea Glass, Sea Pottery, Cape May Diamonds, Beach Stones, and Shells. I have a shop, Sand N Stones, in Lewes, Delaware where I sell my wire wrapped or what I like to called wire framed jewelry, and my photographs, along with some Nature and Delaware books and gifts. When I think of Lewes, I think of Cape Henlopen State Park where I spend countless hours walking and photographing my surroundings. I also think of the rich history that Lewes has to offer. Lewes was the first Settlement in 1631 as well as the first town in Delaware.
My vision for my blog at this time, is to tell you about Delaware, talk about the wildlife that you would find on Delmarva, what is going on at Sand N Stones, and a little bit about what is going on with me, but like everything else in this world, it will always be evolving.
I would like this to be an interactive blog, it isn’t much fun to hold conversations with myself.