Rustic Jewelry Hanger Using Upcycled Wood

 
Recycled Wood Jewelry Hanger by Kristy
Recycled Wood Jewelry Hanger by Kristy

Summer is really over now, although it doesn’t feel like it here on Catalina Island.  Even today it’s in the mid seventies and there are only a few wispy clouds and a bright blue sky beyond.  

My newest project is a collaborative effort.  My Dad (a retired Carpenter/Contractor) is making the bases for my rustic recycled jewelry hangers from wood he’s saved and repurposed.  The branches, which act as hooks to hang necklace or bracelets, are left over when I prune shrubs in the garden.  I lightly sand the branches and base and seal them with non-toxic, water based, varnish. 

Recycled Wood Jewelry Hanger by Kristy
Recycled Wood Jewelry Hanger by Kristy

This example has a hemp cord tie to hang it by and a hole in the back for a small nail.  I don’t really like how it hangs so I’ll be keeping this one as a prototype.  I think I’ve solved the problem of hanging it, so my next attempt will hopefully be featured in my Etsy Shop, Catalina Inspired.  It’s fun working on a project with my Dad and especially using recycled materials.

Recycled Wood Jewelry Hanger by Kristy

Autumn Kayaking on Catalina Island

Kristy kayaking off Catalina Island

Kristy kayaking off Catalina Island

Ok, I know I’ve said I’d be working hard at stocking my Etsy shop, Catalina Inspired,  for the holiday season, etc., but the beautiful weather we’ve been having here on Catalina Island just couldn’t be ignored.  Two days ago I went kayaking off Descanso Beach for a couple of hours and my arm muscles are still sore, but it was so worth it! 

The rocky Catalina Island coast meets beautiful blue-green water.

The rocky Catalina Island coast meets beautiful blue-green water.

A long bout of illness and the two-year old love of-my-life have kept me from kayaking for quite some time and I’ve really missed it.  I’m hoping to do some more kayaking  as long as the weather here holds out, which may not be very long since, according to weather reports, cool temperatures and rain are predicted early next week.  The great thing about Catalina, though, is that after the rain blows through, the weather could very possibly return to the way it is now, warm and sunny.

Kayaking off Catalina Island - Frog Rock

Kayaking off Catalina Island – Frog Rock

Anyway, enough about the weather and all the other wonderful distractions here on Catalina.  I really am going to get to work on my shop – any day now – really!

For more information about Catalina Island, check out my website Catalina Inspired.  To see my Etsy shop of the same name and my original Catalina Tile Designed Jewelry, click here:  Catalina Inspired on Etsy

Summer on Catalina Island

Sunrise View of Avalon Harbor From My Window

Sunrise View of Avalon Harbor From My Window

I love living on Catalina Island but I must admit it can be rather distracting in the Summer.  I’m so lucky to have an amazing view of  Avalon Harbor and the Pacific Ocean right out my living room window.  It provides endless inspiration and beauty and I never tire of seeing it.  However, frequently in the Summer, those waving palm trees beckon me to come out and play.  The coconuty smell of suntan lotion wafts up to my window and it’s all over.  It’s all I can do to keep my mind on whatever I should be doing such as hotel business or projects for my Esty Shop. 

 

My Daughter & I at Lover's Cove on Catalina Island

My Daughter & I at Lover’s Cove on Catalina Island

Yesterday my daughter and I dropped what we were doing and went out to enjoy the Southern California sun.  It’s a slow time of year in the shop which makes for a great excuse when you’re looking for one.  The only problem is that it only fuels the fire.  That warm, clear, sea water sure did feel great!