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September 5, 2010

I’ve taken so many photos lately, with both my own camera and the work “nicer” camera.  I’m hoping to get a new camera for myself soon too.  Nothing too fancy, just with a better telephoto and higher MP.

Finds from an “after work” relaxation hunt… 8-27-10

This was part of that find.  Tiny shells, fossils and unusual rocks.  And a fish scale (I think).  The round rock-looking ones with the hole or lighter center are called Crinoids.  I think I’ve mentioned them before, fossils of sea creatures something ilke 350 Million years old.

With a penny for scale.  If you look closely at the rock just below the penny, there is a tiny round circle.  That is also a crinoid fossil embedded.

Not sure what kind of stone this is, but I loved how it has so many different textures going on.  Not to mention the two colors.  I actually find quite a few stones with two colors like this, the center’s ranging from very light to very dark.

Two very small pieces of china found, one found that night, the other found the next day.

The rest of these were found over the course of the two days, Friday night and Saturday morning. 

These are kind of unusual with the way the black is kind of embedded in the white stone.  Some have a lot, some barely any (top left).

I love these bluish ones.  Been finding several now that I’m actively looking for them.  No idea what they are either.  I really need to get some kind of Great Lakes rock identifying book or something.

Another unusual color we find sometimes.  Range from light lime green to a darker kind of mossy green.

Rocks embedded in rocks.  Or more likely, ground down cement like the kind they used to make sidewalks with.  Remember trying to roller skate on the sidewalks when they were bumpy?

Pictures never do these justice.  Again, I’m not sure what they are, but they look like some sort of crystal or quartz.  The ones that are cracked have a sparkle to the center.  I pick these up every time I see one, I love them.

Other samples of not-ground-down “quartz” or whatever they are.  You can see the upper right, large one that has been cracked open, that whole area sparkles.

Chunk of black pottery.  Have different sized pieces and different patterns.  You can not see through it like you would a dark olive color glass.  I also have found some of the same material that have a fluorescent orange line painted around them.

Sometimes I’ll find pieces like this, which some call slag rock.  I don’t know their real name.

Tiny bottle filled with really tiny shells!  It’s almost full, added two more today.  Hope to fill the bottle totally then permanently affix the cork.

Last Saturday morning’s finds… 8-28-10.

Yesterday’s finds.  Two beaches.  Slim pickings since the waves were 6-8 feet.

Today’s finds.  Some nicely rounded pieces, but nothing exciting.  Only one really good was this:

A pretty small piece,  originally I only saw the green parts.  It wasn’t until I got home that I saw the tiny pink rosebud.  The “yellow” behind it I think is more just rusty than a yellow piece!

Might take more photos later or tomorrow.  My daughter’s boyfriends dad told her I could borrow his metal detector!  I’m excited about that!



September 5, 2010

We had soem pretty high waves on Lake Michigan yesterday.  High enough for the surfers to be out and coming in from Michigan, Ohio and even Alabama in addition to Illinois and Indiana. 

I borrowed the camera from work to take all the photos yesterday.  I also went to our Marina beach in addition to my regular one.  I rarely go to the Marina to look for glass, it’s good for pebbles and rocks, but very rarely do I find any good glass.

On the calmer side, within the harbor.

And because the waves were so high yesterday, I think I’ll head back out again today!

too much going on

August 14, 2010

I’ve been too swamped at work to make anything new, much less go glassing or update.  I’m in charge of our booth at our county fair, today and tomorrow are the last days finally.  It runs 10 days and trying to find people to man the booth for those days at four hour shifts for 12 hours is not easy.  And since its my job, I have to fill in where there is no one available 😦

Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get back to the beach.  Of course I hope it cools off some too, we’ve been in the 90’s with very high humidity for almost two weeks straight.  It’s supposed to cool down to the 80’s tomorrow.  With the coming of fall and the end of summer storms there should be some good glassing coming up!

busy week this last one

August 1, 2010

My friend Jim was visiting from the 20th through the 30th.  Visiting Chicago that is.  I wasn’t able to take any real time off work (too much going on there too), but we met up last Saturday and again this past Wednesday to hang out.

Saturday I took him to Michigan – just over the border is only about 45 minutes away – so we could say he visited three states in one visit!  Had lunch at Stray Dog Bar and Grill so I could get a tshirt from there (front has their name, back says “Sit! Stay!”).  We also stopped at Center Beach which is near Michigan City (IN) and on the way home I showed him how grant money SHOULD be spent:  a stop at the Portage Beach Walk that was just opened last August.  They did a really nice job redoing the beach and building a breakwater walk and reclaiming that land from the steel mills.  Here is a photo of Jim from there:

He’s off center so we could get the Chicago skyline in the back ground.

We also went to Whiting’s annual Pierogi Fest, which is a whole different experience in itself.

On Wed I met him in the city and we went on the river architectural tour

The locks leading in and out of the Chicago River.  Yes, it was a gloomy day, but I think we had a great time in spite of it.  I learn something new about the city every time I go (I grew up in Chicago and worked in the Loop for 10 years).  We had a great tour guide on the boat named Jeremy who was gayer than a blade, young, black with dreadlocks and absolutely hilarious.  I hope if I ever go again I get him as tour guide again.

Jim left Friday evening and the one photo I didn’t take that I’m now kicking myself:  of the two of us.  Jim lives in London and is originally from Scotland, Glasgow area.  We met in a chat room 12 years ago, and although neither of us chat anymore, we’ve kept in touch via email all this time. 

In glassing news…

A recent haul.  Slim pickings out there about now, as it always is in the height of summer around here.  Fall and late summer storms will bring better finds.

The silver piece seems to be a hunk of aluminum.  Which is made in one of the mills I believe. 

Crinoids, above and below

Have more to show… but kids are hungry and expect to eat.  Sheesh.  Kids nowadays.

pink and burgundy choker

July 19, 2010

I added this to etsy yesterday:

My daughter is my model.

I still don’t know if my friend received her package, so I can’t show their gifts here yet!

newest stuff

July 12, 2010

Added these to etsy last night:

This is a ribbon bookmark.  Close up of the glass:

And then a pair of earrings:


And a necklace:


Each of these has something vintage or upcycled!  I like being able to re-use components, or in the case of the necklace, embellish something old!

just added

July 10, 2010

Just added this to my etsy site:

chocolate ruffle bookmark

close up

There is a link to my etsy site above.

And here’s a few things I made just for me:

H bottle bottom

I found this quite a while ago, and bought two of these shadow box frames from a close out store way before Christmas.  Finally got around to framing this for myself.  I saved it just for me because my last name begins with H.  Of course, my daughter’s name also beings with an H!

K pin

Just a little something I can wear sometime!

And just a few more photos I took while looking for my glass:

Pinta replica 7-2-10

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta vessels were in our marina over the holiday weekend.  I wasn’t able to get too close the day I was there as they had just arrived and were still organizing things.

Guess they were going for a ride here…

Chicago skyline

I’d never walked out onto the breakwater before, so I never knew I could see the skyline from my city.  Of course, the air isn’t always this clear and beautiful either! Usually I go to Marquette Park in Gary to take far away photos of Chicago.