Saturday, January 31, 2009

Save the Manatee Club

When i was 12 years old I visited Florida for the first time. My parents, my 5 year old sister, and I loved it. My favorite memory of that trip happened in a seafood restaurant right on an inter coastal waterway, but it had nothing to do with the food (although that was good to)! The waitress was very nice and asked me what i wanted to be when I grew up (mind you I looked like i was 10) and i said "a marine biologist!". She seemed excited by that and said "come with me". she took me out onto one of the docks outside and handed me a handful of lettuce. She said "they will be here any minute". A few seconds later i saw bubbles and 2 wiskery noses poking out of the water. I had no idea what i was seeing, but i knew whatever they were I loved them. She said "It is a momma manatee and her baby, they come here everyday". I bent down to feed them the lettuce as they poked their heads out of the water. I was amazed at how gentle and trusting they were. After that experience I drove my parents crazy talking about them. Now I am a member of the Save the Manatee Club, and give 5% of all my sales in my Etsy shop to this worthy cause. Find out more about these amazing animals at!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My New Etsy Shop!

This blog will be about my new adventure, and you are invited to come along for the ride! I had been making handmade jewelry, hats, etc for awhile and realized they all had the same type of style. It seems my love of the beach comes through very clear in my creations. So, I decided i needed a way to incorporate all the random crafts I do into a shop. So now i have a new shop on Etsy called SunsetSurf. I even bought the domain name! I will be selling my surfer hats, beach-inspired jewelry, tropical flavored lip balm, and a few other things. I am so excited! Here a pic of the first item in my shop! They are Palm Leaf Earrings.