Category Archives: Our Natural World

Posts and pictures on the subject of connecting with nature.

Sea Glass Etsy Store & Jewellery Giveaway!

A little selection of some of my sea glass jewellery

A little selection of some of my sea glass jewellery

Can you all contain your excitement?! Did any of you know I was even opening a jewellery store?! 😉 Sorry I’ve been underground for a while, finally got ourselves moved to the countryside a few weeks ago which is just wonderful. Now we’re almost settled in, I figured it was time to push ahead with my sea glass crafting business which I’m really excited about as I’ve had so much wonderful feedback on my designs. It feels amazing to be able to share my love of sea glass with everyone and to discover the many other passionate sea glass hunters/enthusiasts worldwide who have given me the confidence and encouragement to follow this new life path.

The field behind our new house on a 7.30am walk

The field behind our new house on a 7.30am walk

The view as I sit at my work desk

The view as I sit at my work desk

It feels strange sitting here at my studio desk, looking out over the trees and fields with my sea glass surrounding me while Coppertop plays in the garden. More and more each day we move closer to that increasingly simple life that I aim for and I couldn’t be happier with it. We finally have a place that feels like ‘home’, where I’ve been up before 6am each morning with the dawn chorus, sitting outside with a hot cup of delicately flavoured white tea surrounded by the chattering birds and the rising sun. Where there are community allotments a mere 2 minute walk away and the family farm is just up the road. Where the almost empty living room with trees in view is the perfect space for yoga and meditation. I finally feel like I can breathe out here and we have so much to look forward to in our future! Which brings me back to the sea glass jewellery…

My new Etsy store will be the main home to showcase my sea glass crafts; wire wrapped and drilled jewellery, sea glass mobiles/ wind chimes and dreamcatchers (eventually, starting off with my jewellery!) To celebrate the launch I’ll be giving away two treasures, one wire wrapped and one drilled pendant. One winner will be chosen via our Instagram account and one will be chosen via our Facebook page so head over there, get liking and sharing, you never know it could be you! The competition is open worldwide 🙂

The two pendants being gifted at the end of this week, head over to our Facebook or Instagram for details on how to enter

The two pendants being gifted at the end of this week, head over to our Facebook or Instagram for details on how to enter

I promise at some point I’ll get around to sharing proper photos of our new sacred space and most definitely will be getting back to vegan recipe sharing soon, I’ve been eating without a camera in hand (shocking, I know) for far too long now 😉

Lovely to connect with all of you again and can’t wait to develop our new rhythms here which will allow me to post more often. Hope you like the store, feel free as always to leave me a comment 🙂

Autumn Acorn Forest Folk

Our adorable acorn family, how cute is that baby!!

Our adorable acorn family, how cute is that baby!!

I love creating things inspired by nature , especially if it’s something that Coppertop will enjoy. This charming little Autumn family created from cones and acorns fit that criteria perfectly. We made these last Autumn but thought I would share as they brought us a lot of fun and lots of happy memories. The day we foraged our supplies was a typical Irish Autumn day, showers of rain on and off, punctuated with blue skies and golden light, just cold enough to have our gloves on but warm enough that we were hot after running about in the leaves for a while. We decided to go on a hunt for Continue reading →

Sea Glass Foraging & Autumn Adventures

Hi everyone! After a little blogging break I’m back to reflect on one of my favourite places here in Northern Ireland, that has gifted Coppertop and I with many special memories.

allotment in walled garden

allotment in walled garden

beautiful flowers in the walled garden

beautiful flowers in the walled garden

Antrim has a stunningly scenic coastline with many different attractions ,but the place closest to my heart would be Glenarm. From the Walled Garden in the castle grounds with its beautiful floral displays, water features, fruit trees and allotments, to the magical forest walk and pretty beach. We discovered Glenarm forest after walking up through the town and ended up spending a few unexpected hours surrounded by the most enchanting elements of nature in Autumn. Continue reading →

My Sanctuary

Do you have a place where you feel instantly calm yet uplifted the second you’re there? Where the worries of the world fade away and you can get lost in the moment? Well this is mine. Our family’s (non-working) farm that I visit weekly. The perfect place to unwind , where I come away feeling relaxed yet invigorated

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Most people have at least one place like that and for many it involves being out in the elements. To feel the wind on your face, the noise of the birds,waves on a shore ,the babble of a mountain stream,the scent of a rose garden.

With the modern day hustle and bustle where a social life can mean a group of people staring at their phones in the same place for a few hours , it does wonders to be able to slow down and reconnect with the amazing natural world around you. To spend time noticing the way a butterfly flits from plant to plant or the way barley in a field bends and sways in the breeze ( see above photo), instead of worrying about emails, or Facebook notifications,deadlines and to do lists.

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I say everybody should find a similar sanctuary, go there, switch off your phone for a day ( ok a few hours if that’s unthinkable) and take time to recharge. Also why I’m working on creating a life where that’s incorporated into the daily routine , make it the norm , not the exception. I’m not sure who said it but this quote springs to mind  ” Instead of planning a vacation, plan a life you don’t need to escape from” …