Exploring Wales from coast to mountains.

We had a lovely day today exploring some of our favorite little places in Wales. I won’t waffle on too much as there are so many pictures to show you. Firstly we stopped off at Conwy (formerly known as Conway) which faces the town of Deganwy across the river Conwy on the North Wales coast. It is a delightful historical small walled market town which is dominated by its imposing large historical castle. It has a small working harbour and even though the town is quite small there is plenty to see and can often become very busy in high season. We managed to visit today when it was quiet so we got to appreciate it much more.

Conwy Harbour

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Conwy Harbour

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Conwy Castle

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This cheeky seagull was quite loving the camera

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After Conwy we headed inland by around 15 miles and stopped off at the popular small village of Betws-y-Coed. Which actually means “Prayer house in the wood”. It lies in the beautiful Snowdonia National park and is popular with hikers, walkers and mountain climbers. Like Conwy it is small and can become very busy in peak season so try to visit at quieter times to appreciate it to it’s fullest. It is a very pretty little village with lots of walks alongside the river Lugwy. We took some pictures of the water falls from the miners bridge there.

River Lugwy Betws-y-Coed

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River Lugwy Betws-y-Coed

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River Lugwy Betws-y-Coed

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Next we drove for only another 20 minutes or so until we reached an area just outside of Capel Curig and just before Bethesda still within the Snowdonia National Park. There the terrain becomes just breath taking and I don’t think that pictures can really captivate the natural beauty of these mountains and lakes. We did take some pictures as we were driving along but also did manage to stop to take a few more.

Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Between Capel Curig and Bethesda

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Sea glass jewelry. What’s new?

We have a lots of new sea glass jewelry items since we last made a blog post. Time flies so quick but before we show you a few new items we want to draw your attention to our new mailing list/news letter.  We are currently offering anyone that signs up a 10% discount coupon to use on any order from our website and that includes all our sale items too.  By signing up you get to keep up to date with our latest products and offers straight to your mail box.

Now to show you a few of our latest items.

One of our favorites has go to be this gorgeous super soft pure silk wrap bracelet with authentic sea glass and a silver plated anchor charm. The colors in the silk remind me of the sea and sailing.

silk wrap bracelet

We also have  quite a large selection of new mermaid scale and sea glass items as well. These mermaid scales are iridescent and shimmer like mermaids tails would.

bronze starfish necklace

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mermaid scale set

Other new  items include a range of one of a kind vintage style bronze charms with sea glass necklaces.

bronze key and sea glass necklace

vintage sea glass necklace

sea glass bottle and shell necklace

Also check out our sea glass bracelets section for more popular sea glass bangle designs that have been recently added too.

 

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Blue sea glass

Blue sea glass is probably one of the most popular colors of sea glass and most sort after ,yet it is also very rare. It is still found in some parts of the world but no where near as much as the more common colors such as white, brown or green.

Blue sea also comes in lots of different shades too as shown in the picture below.

blue sea glass

Shades of aqua seafoam and turquoise even though they are shades of blue are normally classed in their own color category.

Pieces of blue sea glass are often found to be much smaller than the pieces of white brown or green we find too.  The picture below shows just how small some of the pieces can be. Shown against a US dime. This almost certainly adds to the difficulty of finding blue sea glass.

SMALL PIECES BLUE SEA GLASS

A lot of pieces found have often originated from Milk of magnesia, Vicks and poison bottles. These old bottles were also made in small sizes which again is why less blue sea glass is found compared to some of the other colors.

Blue sea glass also makes some of the most stunning pieces of sea glass jewelry too.

Blue sea glass and sand dollar earrings

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Sea Glass Locket

Blue Sea Glass Locket

 

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Latest sea glass jewelry additions

We have added quite a lot of new sea glass jewelry pieces lately but thought that we would like to show you some of our new favorites.

The beach is my happy place necklace is a firm favorite. It just about says it all really. The disc is 20mm and has been laser engraved and comes with white sea glass and a silver plated starfish and aquamarine crystal.

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We also introduced a lovely pure natural silk wrap bracelet in some really sea dreamy colors. This one also features white sea glass and crystals with a very apt tag with the words “dreaming of the sea”. These bracelets are so versatile as they can also be worn as anklets or necklaces.

dreaming of the sea silk bracelet

We also created a range of sea glass flip flop pendants in white, green and amber brown sea glass. Thee have all been individually hand drilled and created to give you the ultimate in hand made sea glass jewelry.

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brown flip flop sea glass pendant

green sea glass flip flop pendant

 

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Sea Glass Hearts for Valentines Day

What could be a better gift for Valentines day than a pretty silver filigree heart locket with authentic sea glass. We have blue sea glass heart lockets, and a green sea glass lockets and even a few very rare red sea glass heart lockets. A fabulous way to show just how much you care.

We also have sea glass earrings with silver hearts.

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We also have a natural shaped heart in white sea glass with a lovely red crystal. We don’t find many hearts so I am afraid we only have just one of these beauties.

Sea glass heart Pendant

Happy Valentines day.

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How to make an illuminated sea glass and seashell bowl

A while ago I posted a picture on our sea glass face book page about a bowl I made using sea glass and seashells and I got so many questions about how to make it I thought I would tell you all here.

The bowl itself when lit can give the impression that you have actually added water and that the seashells are floating. No water is added. This is just an optical illusion.

Materials you will need.

1 glass or plastic clear bowl

A couple of cups of seashells

Around 1-2 kilos of white sea glass

A couple pf cups of beach sand

1 set of  20  blue LED Christmas tree lights. Battery operated.

Step 1: Empty the sand into the bottom of the bowl.

Step 2: Put some of the sea glass on top of the sand and at the same time start to arrange the sea shells around the outside of the bowl.

Step 3: Start to feed into the bowl the Christmas tree lights.

Step 4:  Continue to repeat steps 2 and 3 until you reach the top of the bowl, leaving the battery case of the lights on the outside of the bowl so they can be placed behind it out of sight.