Show and Tell ~ My First Wire Wrapped Class

Ok…after seeing the pictures up-close, I see some adjustments needed and a few mistakes I made…but all in all, I like it. 🙂

Classes at Mill Street Beads & Rocks, here in Reno, are only $25 AND all the tools and supplies are included. Unfortunetly, they are retiring and closing up shop soon. Anyhoo…there were four stone beads to choose from, I picked a pretty olive green one since we were using copper wire.

Fun! Fun! Fun! I bought a few packets of copper square and half-round 21 gauge to play with it some more.

I’ll be using some liver of sulphur on this pendant to antique the copper…it’s way too bright for me. 🙂

I need to scoochie the wraps closer together and get rid of the black mark.

The front.

The back of the piece.

Here is a piece of petrified wood I’m going to try next! I just don’t know which side to make the front. What do you think? I bought this for $3 up in Chilcoot, CA on our way to Portola after class…it was Train Days (will post pics on Monday).

Which side should be the front?!

Gifts from Mother Ocean

Gifts from Mother Ocean on my weekend trip to Pacifica, California.

Weekend in Monterey at the Beach Resort at Seaside

OMGosh…Best Western’s Beach Resort Monterey was very nice! We walked into the main lobby and my niece, nephew and I left my mom at the front desk and immediately put our noses to the wall-to-wall windows facing the ocean. You’d think we’ve never seen the ocean before. We arrived about 12:30, since our rooms wouldn’t be ready until 3:oo pm we went out to the beach to roam. (We had oceanfront rooms on the ground level) After settling in, cleaning off the sand and changing clothes (those of us that got all wet) we drove into town to find dinner. Ate at Chili’s then came back…my sister, niece and I took a long walk north and took pictures of the sunset.

Saturday morning I got up around 5:45 to hit the beach looking for glass and whatnot before hightide hit again. Shut the door, turned around and saw Humpback whales swimming not too far off shore! Spun around and pounded on our two rooms for everyone to come out to look. After all the excitement three of us went back to bed and the rest of us went for a very long walk towards Monterey. We found lots of sea glass, some bones, cool rocks with worm holes, 2 dead seals and lots of whole sand dollars….we left the seals there. On the way back we had dolphins follow us back.

Looking back at the hotel, which is the next group of buildings past the brown condos.

Back to the hotel to clean up and then went to the Aquarium.

And my absolute favorite ~ the Rays. They are so soft…and I love feeding them. They were my favorite 20 years ago and they’re still my favorite.

After a mini arguement on where to catch the 17 Mile Drive, we found it and headed on our way. BIL drooled over the golf courses and the large homes…we ooowwww-ahhhhed over the beach and seals.

Back to the hotel…scoured the phone book for a pizza place, drove to pick up dinner. Then off for another evening walk for more glass. The same time I found a sharks tooth (1/2 if a fossilized Great White tooth), my sister found some blue glass…we exchanged as that is what we were looking for! 🙂 Had to reign in the boy from chasing seagulls and headed back.

Sunday morning I went for a walk by myself, didn’t see whales nor dolphins, but there were three seals playing in the surf in the direction I was walking. I took some plastic bags and collected trash while picking up sea glass and rocks…I did throw the broken glass back out into the ocean, hoping someday someone else can comb the beach for sea glass. 🙂 It’s amazing how we humans litter the beach…plastic and paper trash everywhere! If you had room to pack it in, then you have room to pack it out. Grrrr.

We left about 9:30-ish back for Sparks. Went from 66F-68F partly foggy partly sunny to high 90F smoke filled sky. Welcome home. ACK!

Forgot to show my treasures ~ here they are!

My sister just sent me her picture of one of the seals from the 17 Mile Drive near Pebble Beach ~ he’s laughing at something! Probably getting a good laugh at all of us taking pictures.