Created from images of pressed seaweed collages by Santa Cruz nature artist, Beth Shady. Ten percent of profits donated to ocean conservation.
My husband Bill and I recently took a ride down the coast on Highway One to visit Point Lobos State Park. It is one of my favorite “hidden gems” because the scenic trails are well marked and so easy to hike. We hadn’t been down to visit in a while and since we have a German Rotary Exchange student living with us we thought we’d like to show her the sites. If you’ve never been to Point Lobos you must go. It’s spectacular natural beauty is life affirming and restoratively recharging. I went as a gift to myself to unwind and recover from a particularly challenging and hectic month at work. Aaaahhh…. Here are some snapshots of our visit.
In honor of Facebook’s Throwback Thursdays, I’m posting this photo of my sister Julie and me taken many, many years ago in the summer of 1965 in Avalon, New Jersey, about a 2 hour ride from our home in the Philadelphia suburbs. I was about 4, she was 2, and I still have vivid fond memories of that vacation. Our parents rented a house very close to the beach and while they slept in we took off for the “shore” as we called it. There was a lot of freedom in those days. (Parents didn’t fret like they do now. ) We built sand castles, dug for clams and chased hermit crabs as they scurried across the wet sand.
As we got older we took summer jobs in Wildwood, New Jersey to earn spend money and pay for our college tuition. On our days off, we’d have beach picnics noshing on tins of smoked clams while lounging in beach chairs along the water’s edge reading summer novels and working on our tans.
These are our ocean memories, and it was these early experiences that instilled in us a life long appreciation for the ocean, its natural beauty and the joy it could give us.
Santa Cruz surfing legend and wet suit inventor Jack O’Neill recognized this need to reach children at an early age when he founded the O’Neill Sea Oddysey Program, a floating classroom aboard a 65 foot catamaran, that teaches children about the importance of the living sea and its relationship to the enviroment. By engaging them and personalizing the experience, it inspires a life long love and appreciation for the ocean, an imprint that lasts a life time.
This is my call out to you to share your story. Post your ocean memories here in the comment section and the first five respondents will receive a SeaweedArt gift from me.
It’s been a while since I’ve driven down the coast to Big Sur to visit the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see the breath taking 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. The park is named after a pioneer woman and resident rancher who died in 1928. I love the magestic beauty of this gorgeous, serene place, especially on a rainy, misty day.
Come check out SeaweedArt prints, cards and holiday cards this Sunday at Jingle Shells, the annual holiday craft fair at the Seymour Center. It is my favorite event of the year. Lots of great arts and crafts– all homemade, wonderful food, an incredible view of the Monterey Bay and just so much festive fun holiday cheer. Support local artists in our support of ocean education and conservation. Don’t miss the whale lighting at 5:45!
When famed wetsuit innovator and surfer, Jack O’Neill, founded the O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) Program in 1996, his intention was to inspire children with a life long passion and appreciation for ocean conservation. Hence, a living classroom was created on board the 65-foot Team O’Neill catamaran, where 4th – 6th grade students sail the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and receive hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program is conducted on board the catamaran with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor. It is free of charge, but students earn their way into the program by performing a project to benefit their community. OSO also serves special needs students through a program sponsored by the Adam Webster Memorial Fund.
I support many ocean advocacy programs, but I’ve always had a special soft spot for OSO because they know that the best steward for clean oceans are children. For that reason, for the next two months, SeaweedArt will donate 10% of all profits to the O’Neill Sea Odyssey Program. For all you ocean lovers out there, start shopping and spread the word. You make also make a direct donation to OSO here.
This is my favorite place and my favorite time of the day. All is so peaceful, quiet and serene. The early birds chirping mixed with the city sounds of trolley bells and street sweepers.
Images of a recent walk to the Santa Cruz lighthouse at sunset…
We bought a boat. A big boat. An old wooden boat. A 42 foot Grand Banks, which we will keep in San Francisco, just in time for the America’s Cup.
This is something my husband and I have always dreamed about. It’s a fixer upper and he’s OK with that. The hull and engine are in great shape. It just needs some TLC.
This photo was taken a few weeks ago. We are keeping a log of the restoration. Stay tuned for more. There will be a lot of changes to come.
In addition to my creative SeaweedArt side and my passion for ocean conservation, I am also an independent insurance professional. These are two paths that lead me to helping others and I give back to the community. In the spirit of giving I have developed a fundraising referral program that benefits marine conservation causes. Here’s how it works.
I will donate $25 to the ocean cause of your choice for any referral sent to me that turns into a policy. The average household typically has three policies– two autos and a homeowners/renters policy, which totals $75. That adds up fast.
Not only will I pay the referral fee(s) to you when the policies are issued, but also when they renew annually, so long as the policy stays in force. This is an easy, hassle free way of generating revenue that is on going.
To learn more about how you can enroll your organization in this program please contact me at Beth@seaweedart.com.