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Meet the Maker at Susan’s Jewels of the Sea

Let me introduce myself

I’m Susan, the creator and founder of Susan’s Jewels of the Sea. I design sea glass jewelry using real, collected sea glass. My goal is to create joy and inspire you. I find my inspiration by the sea. I love the story of transformation in our own lives and how this is illustrated by sea glass. Click on my YouTube link to learn more

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Touch Nature Global, Making a Difference

Touch Nature

In 2004 , I first learned of Touch Nature while visiting the country of Nepal as part of a medical team. I observed women making candles and soap. At their plant nursery, I saw the plants which are grown and harvested for essential oils. I met Jo and was able to see her enthusiasm and joy for this ministry, and the women she works with. Their workplace provided childcare , and was a safe haven for these families.

“Touch Nature Global is a freedom business that provides employment to trafficked women by giving them a way out through the handmade soaps. The founder of this company, Josephine saw the plight of mothers in Nepal and felt called to help them.”( quote from website)

So what part can you play in supporting these women?

1. Purchase Touch Nature handmade soaps and candles as a gift to yourself or for someone else,linktr.ee/touchnatureavailable for purchase on (fullfilled by Amazon),

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2. You can purchase jewelry from my website(susansjewelsofthesea.com) or locally at Uptown Collective, Dixon. A portion of each of my sales is given to Touch Nature ministries,

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3. Become a social media volunteer Like, comment and share on social media to increase awareness. Website: touchnature.com. Visit their Instagram, or Facebook page.

Josephine said, ” Touch Nature to me, is a safe haven. It has provided light that has brought many out of the darkness of slavery, trafficking and poverty. Alongside with my team here at Touch Nature, we hope to empower more women to step out of darkness. I believe that through Touch Nature many will be reached, rescued and restored.“( website)

Touch of Nature, Visit to Nepal 2005

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

Let me know which of the 3 actions you chose to support Touch Nature. I have a special gift for the first person to comment on this blog and let me know . Susan

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Heart of Africa Necklaces

My heart has been touched as I have traveled in the past as a medical professional, but what has left a lasting impression on me has been the number of childrens that are orphaned. Did you know that 12% of children in Uganda are orphans, over 2 million by Unicef estimates? I was shocked to learn this. What can you do?

I have formed a relationship with an orphanage in Uganda, Hope for Africa Missions Orphans Ministry. They provide loving care to over 120 children. My goal is to offer an opportunity for people to purchase a Heart of Africa necklace with proceeds from every necklace sale going directly to the orphans.

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10 Reasons To Love Sea Glass

Jewels of the Sea, Unsplash Josh Sortino

1. Just like you, each piece of sea glass is unique.

2. Each piece bears the marks of its journey.

3. True color shines through the imperfections.

4. Age creates a beautiful layer of frost.

5. Each new discovery of sea glass brings you joy.

6. Some pieces are hidden awaiting your discovery.

7. Other pieces of sea glass are readily visible bringing instant joy.

8. Sea glass once trash is now considered treasure.

9. Sea glass unites people around the world in celebrations of awe and wonder.

10. Sea glass reminds me of the work of transformation that occurs in my life .

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Sea Glass Hunting, California

Sea glass stack from recent travels

It’s spring vacation, beautiful weather in California and time to visit some of the beach. We selected 4 beach areas for our sea glass hunting expedition. My husband is very supportive and enthusiastic about helping me find sea glass treasures. Our teenage son joins us, although his preference is connecting with friends on social media, he is good at spotting sea glass.

Davenport

Our first stop is Davenport, home of fabled sea glass. Discarded bins of artisan sea glass from the Lundburg glass studio washed into the sea when a creek overflowed, which resulted in beautiful glass being washed into the ocean. We planned for an arrival at low tide, but brave sea glass hunters venture into the dangerous waves to capture Davenport sea glass. We did bring a shovel to dig in the sand, and found a few small pieces of ordinary sea glass. Perhaps next time, I’ll plan a longer time to dig in the sand, but this was also a road trip, and the road was calling to us.

New Brighton Beach was our next stop. We were able to spend morning and afternoon sea glass hunting. The landscape of the beach looked very different at high tide than low tide. My beach shoes were a welcome addition and allowed me to wade in the water. Probably this was my favorite beach for walking on, and logged about 5 miles a day of beach walking.

Seaside has a long stretch of nice sandy beach. There was lots of sea glass. There was a person hang gliding there, so that was fun to watch, but most of the sea glass was rough and jagged, not the smooth, frosty pieces. Of course we know that the conditions on any beach vary greatly from one day to the next, so, this was just our experience there. Cambria’s Moonstone Beach is enchanting. There are so many beautifully colored pebbles. I found myself just picking them up even through they weren’t sea glass. The multicolored pebbles made finding sea glass among the many colors quite a treasure hunt. See if you can find the one piece of sea glass in the small stones below. Hint, it’s green.

Thanks for visiting these beaches with me. Please share with your friends. I would love to hear from you, please comment or ask questions.

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All About Sea Glass

All About Sea Glass

Before cities used landfills, people buried or burned their garbage on the outskirts of towns. Unwanted glass was often dumped onto beaches, finding its way into the rivers and oceans. This is where transformation to sea glass begins.

Because glass is unrivaled in its sustainability , what was tossed in to the ocean 30-50 years appears on our shores today as sea glass. The history of a location is key to understanding found sea glass .

The ocean’s currents transforms the appearance of ordinary glass. Chemical changes result in the cloudy appearance of sea glass. The soda and lime, used in the making of the glass are leached out by the salt water. Minerals are deposited which contributes to its sparkle.

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Sea Glass Transformed

Sea glass is known for its polished, smooth appearance. The sharp or rough edges of glass are polished by the oceans currents, rocky shores and coarse sand.

Sea glass is seen as a symbol of renewal and healing with a new purpose found for broken pieces. Broken bottles, dishes or decorative glass previously of no use, are transformed into a thing of beauty over time. Sea glass is valued by collectors world wide.

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Sea glass collecting, sharing the joy

Why do I love sea glass collecting? There’s nothing more restful to me than spending the day at the beach, enjoying the majesty of the ocean’s waves, soaking in the scent of the beach, and being calmed by the sounds of the ebb and flow of the waves.

After months of sheltering at home during the pandemic, I’m ready for an adventure. The beach calls to me and I can’t wait to answer the call. It has been stormy weather the past few days. This has raised our hopes high for finding sea glass. The morning sun greets us aiding us in our search. The sunlight reflects off the hidden sea glass. Our entire family shares in the joy of discovering sea glass this trip.

Four beaches later, we are at our last beach. We enjoy chatting with the few beachcombers we have met on these windy days. But at our last beach, the comradery of sea glass lovers blesses us. A family with young children seearches the beach nearby us. Their goal for the days was to find green sea glass. They joyfully share a beautiful piece of turquoise sea glass with me.

Needless to say, as I experience the sense of belonging to the sea glass community, my family is also sharing in the joy of this journey. Join me on this journey and marvel at the beauty of sea glass as an adornment.