My name is Beth Powanda Shady and I am a nature artist. I’m an ocean lover and I love to bring the beauty of the sea into my home. I create sea-inspired arts and crafts using raw materials I find in nature–seaweed, driftwood, seashells, bamboo, flowers and herbs. I am also a “sea foodie” who loves to cook and entertain in my tropical backyard year round serving up healthy, coastal cuisine.

collage of seaweed pressed on paper

I live in Santa Cruz, CA with my seafaring, surfer husband Bill and our five kids.

Bill holding surfboard

Our quaint, beach community is celebrated for its temperate climate, pristine beaches,

stretch of Santa Cruz beach known as Pleasure Point

rocky shores

Rocky shores at Pleasure Point

and surfing.

I created this blog a few years ago to write about the joy and pleasure I experience living by the beach.  I moved here from the East coast several years ago and I am still in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds me. I want to share my love of the sea with you.

The SeaweedArt greeting cards for sale on this site are printed images created from seaweed collages. The seaweed in the orginal pieces was sustainably harvested from the Monterey Bay in accordance with the regulations for seaweed harvesting along the West Coast of North America.

starfish found in tidepool at Pleasure Point

Beth Shady holds a B.A is Theatre and Speech from De Sales University and an M.S. in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University.


See it in the sea, buy it on a card— Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 4, 2012.

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