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

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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

Catalina Festival of Art

Me & My Ocean Side Booth at the Catalina Festival of Art

Me & My Ocean Side Booth at the Catalina Festival of Art

I’m finally getting around to writing about the Festival of Art we had here on Catalina Island, September 21, 22 & 23.  It was a beautiful weekend (which is no big surprise here in Southern California) though some complained that it was too hot.  Being originally from the east coast, where this summer it was scorchingly hot and humid, I thought it was perfect.  Not to mention, the nice warm to hot weather we’ve had this summer made the ocean water a refreshing 74 degrees F.  I was actually just swimming at Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve a couple of hours ago with my daughter, Mom & Dad and the water was crystal clear and the perfect temperature!  But, I digress. 

My Original Tile Design on Glass Necklace

My Original Tile Design on Glass Necklace

Some of My Crochet Headbands on Display  (click to see crochet headbands for sale at Catalina Inspired)

Some of My Crochet Headbands on Display (click to see crochet headbands for sale at Catalina Inspired)

I was so honored this year to receive an Honorable Mention for my tile jewelry from the Catalina Art Association!   Awards are given for the categories Fine Painting, Fine Jewelry, Fine Crafts and Photography.  I love the Art Festival each September here on Catalina Island.  I get to see so many islanders and fellow artists who are normally too busy in the summer for socializing (the winter here is another story – there’s plenty of free time). 

My Lotus Flower Notecards Made From Almost 100% Recycled Materials

My Lotus Flower Notecards Made From Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Now that the Art Festival is over, it’s time to enjoy the warm ocean water for a few more weeks before it becomes too cold and meanwhile,  start gearing up for the holidays!

Hope you are having a great day!

A Wave at Lover's Cove Marine Preserve on Catalina Island, California Channel Islands

A Wave at Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve on Catalina Island, California Channel Islands