Mermaid Dreams | Monthly Wrap Up

Last month was crazy to say the least! Between the kids getting sick, school starting,  broken ac, unexpected auto repairs, and all the normal life stuff that seems to inconveniently pop up when you least expect it, I’m not sure how I managed to get anything accomplished. I’m excited to get rolling into the next month. Maybe this one will be less chaotic, probably not, but one can dream, right?

As I scrolled through my photos of the month I realized creating was minimal but there were a couple beauties that I have to share! Like this ammonite crystal heart dream catcher! Crystal hearts are my favorite to add in the center of cup shell dreamcatchers. The cup shells used for this style dreamcatcher were purchased from a shell shop in California before I knew the truth about how shells were commercially acquired, (inhumanly collected and dried under heat lamps). So, unfortunately, I will no longer be carrying this specific shell (fortunate for the other sea creatures living in the shell). I will try my hand at using local cockle shells that wash up on our coast next month as an alternative and see how they turn out.

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Last month I also designed a new style dreamcatcher with a message in a bottle. They featured a tiny glass bottle holding quotes of inspiration suggested by my Salt Hippy Instagram family. The timing was quite perfect because at the same time I was lucky enough to meet the two sisters of Tribe of Daughters.

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I had the chance to collaborate with them for this super cute “Sweet Dreams Surfer Girl Giveaway”. One lucky winner received their own copy of the book Queenie Wahine and a message in a bottle dream catcher featuring this quote from the book: “She walks to the water and sticks in her toes, she pauses and thinks “You can do this. Let’s go!” The sweet girls that won were ecstatic! Shoot, I was ecstatic watching them open their prizes on their shared video!

 

Lastly, I want to share a unique custom piece created this month. I will be the first one to admit I’m no jewelry artist, but when a client wants to do a custom with shells I’m all in! This magical necklace was requested for a mermaid costume, and I was totally delighted to oblige!

Over 60 shells, local and repurposed from a large personal collection recently gifted to my family, were drilled and hand tied onto white bamboo cording. Turquoise African recycled glass beads were added for a touch of color.

These glass beads from Ghana, Africa are my favorite to work with. To me they represent everything that I believe in: repurpose and reusing materials to create something new and beautiful with minimal impact to the environment. The beads are created in Africa by hand crushing old glass bottles to a fine powder. The powder is then poured into ceramic molds and heated at high temperatures until melted. Once melted they are left for hours to slowly cool. Lastly, each one is removed from the mold, then hand smooth in sand. The texture and feel is so much like sea glass and the colors are vibrant just like the story of how they are created. I can not express my love for these precious gems enough, I can only continue to share them with the world through my art.

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Thanks so much for reading along for this month’s creative wrap up. I hope you enjoyed seeing all my favorites and learning a little about them.

Live simply, so you can really live.

Love Sophie & The Fam

– Salt Hippy

 

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Messages of Inspiration | Monthly Wrap Up

Each month I come to this place to share my favorite creations with you. When I think back of what I’ve accomplished this month I seem to forget so much. As I scroll through the photos captured of my favorite creations I realize that time has a funny way of erasing so many memories. Memories of late nights, memories of all the lovely beach finds slipped into my sandy pockets, and even the feelings when my soul was hit with a burst of inspiration.

Luckily going through these photos bring them all back. So much has happened this month in a blink of an eye. Like my first class! I was so nervous, and I think everyone else was too. But in the end we all enjoyed ourselves. Plus, it was an amazing feeling to be able to meet some of my Instagram family in person!

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In my first class, I showed a group of amazing women how to make these beach dreamcatchers.

I experimented a lot this month. It slowed me down when it came to the quantity of dreamcatchers I made, which is ok. Experimentation is good. It feeds the soul and helps it blossom.

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I carved a few selenite palm stones with waves and the moon. This is my favorite one!

I also added new matte postcards to the shop that have the most beautiful earthy eggshell feel to them! One of which I watercolor painted years ago but never got around to doing anything with it until now.

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My glass beaded wind chimes made it to the list again this month. I worked on a few new color combinations that will be added to the shop soon. I can’t decide which is my favorite: the pink, brown, and orange combination or the yellow and aqua. But, I am certain that they look amazing grouped together like this. Can I please string these across every window in my house?!

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The last pieces that have really moved my heart this month are these precious dreamcatchers containing tiny messages in a bottle. I recently asked my Instagram followers to share some of their favorite quotes so that they can be added to these dreamcatchers. You all sure came through with some super inspirational words! I just love these dream catchers! When you scroll through the photos you can glimpse a word in some of the bottles. It’s powerful, like this triangular one below with the word “she”.

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Do you have a quote you’d like to see added to a dream catcher? Tell me below in the comments, I’d love to hear it!

Thanks so much for reading along for this month’s creative wrap up. I hope you enjoyed seeing all my favorites and learning a little about them.

Live simply, so you can really live.

Love Sophie & The Fam

– Salt Hippy

 

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This Month’s Favorite Dream Catchers | Monthly Wrap Up

This month we had a little more color than usual between the rainbow moon phase dream catcher and the colorful beaded window chimes, which were my top seller this month!

In the past dying fabric and making vibrant dream catchers was a daily operation. But last year with our move across country from San Diego to the Outer Banks, I was forced to put away my fabrics and dyes because of the lack of space. It was a great way for me to use my imagination with minimal supply, and of course, order new supplies since half of them were in storage! I mean, that’s a valid excuse, right?

 

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Often I hold on to special shells or crystals just because there is something different about them that intrigues me. Then I’ll get a request for a custom order, and it hits me! I have the perfect thing for you! Last month it was a large cracked scalloped shell, that came out beautifully!

My client wanted a large pink shell, and honestly this one was THE one. This cup shell was the only one out of 12 that had pink! A special request for a self love altar, it only seemed natural to use a seer stone to translate the symbolism of looking inside oneself. A seer stone is a tumbled crystal with one face fully polished allowing you to see inside. The energy is so gentle and loving, it even seems to radiate out with the pink ridges of the shell. I really, really enjoyed creating this custom cup shell dreamcatcher.

 

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I couldn’t help but add this rose quartz necklace to the list too. The shell is a pink calico from Sanibel Island that I picked up during a trip earlier this year. The shells in Florida make me extremely happy. The whites and colors are so much brighter than what I’m use to here in North Carolina. This style of necklace, featuring African Krobo Beads, will become a permanent accessory in the shop. Yay!

 

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Throughout the month it was filled with my favorite beauties: shells and drift wood! Ever since my wonderful friend shared with me about the drift wood vines on the beach I seem to find them at least once a week now. They’re quite meditative to wrap as you’re walking along the shore. They also ease my irritation with the current high volume of trash on our beaches, so I’m very grateful to have them. Its a fair trade, pick up trash and receive these precious gifts from the ocean.

 

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This here “Namaste” sign was so majestically created by my friend Laura from Boho Beach Treasures. I just love it! I have two others from her, and they’re all so perfect! I wish that I could buy every single sign in her shop!

 

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Lastly, these starfish dreamcatchers were a huge hit! It was an accidental creation. I cut my string too short when weaving and decided to find something to fill the space instead of starting over. There were only five star fish in my pre-antishell shop stash (say that five times really fast!), so unfortunately, unless I can come across some more starfish to repurpose or non plastic starfish this style won’t be available again.

So which one is your favorite? Tell me below in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks so much for reading along for this month’s creative wrap up. I hope you enjoyed seeing all my favorites and learning a little about them.

Live simply, so you can really live.

Love Sophie & The Fam

– Salt Hippy

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Custom Drift Wood Dreamcatcher | Inside the Art

There is something so satisfying about creating from the soul. It’s a place where your body moves without the lead of the mind. It’s a flow that is channeled from past experiences. It’s a dance between soul and hand on the dance floor of your art.

So when a customer tells me that they “trust my judgment”, my soul does a little squeal and a happy dance. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a custom order where my clients like to be involved. Those carry a special place in my heart too. Working hand and hand with a client to create something from their mind into reality is really quite amazing. My heart fills with so much joy when they tell me “this was exactly what I was envisioning!”

My latest custom dreamcatcher is filled with everything that makes me feel at home with myself. You know that feeling when you’re happy with who you are and where you are in life? That’s how these drift wood vines dreamcatchers make me feel. A dear friend of mine gifted me these beautifully weathered drift wood vines from the coast of the Outer Banks. I was blown away by this precious gesture. These are drift wood vines, woven so that I could have the honor of making dreamcatchers! I know the words seem so simple, but who ever knew that such a beautiful gift from the sea existed. I held on to them for months. I knew they were special and had to be saved for when my soul was ready to tell their story.

 

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This past month, the transition from winter to spring brought so much inspiration after this incredibly long winter. Even though I’m a winter baby the cold is not my friend. I become sluggish and unmotivated, almost glued to the couch with my fuzzy warm blankets and endless cups of tea. Let’s face it, I’m at Cali girl, and island girl, we’re not made for these long stretches of cold. So when daylight hours extend and flowers bloom I can literally feel the energy of the world waking. That’s when I come to life!

“art combines slivers of your story into an emotional experience you can cherish in your home.”

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Past experiences leave an imprint on you. From the reason why you love a particular crystal, the way the ocean makes you feel; its all apart of your story. Putting these elements into a piece of art combines slivers of your story into an emotional experience you can cherish in your home. Thats why I love to ask my clients questions about their favorite elements. I want to incorporate pieces of their favorite stories into my work so that it inspires their soul.

This particular dream catcher contains amethyst and ammonite, which are favorite colors of crystals of my client. I also added amethyst and quartz both snug in a bed of moss to add a touch of woodsy vibes, which she also liked. Though the moss looks much like sea sponge it still has a wonderful feel and smell of the forest which won’t take away from the ocean theme of this piece.

Its been almost three years since I started Salt Hippy and I am still so honored to think that someone wants to hang my art in their home. The kindness from the people I have worked with makes this journey so incredibly rewarding. The way people trust to share their most precious experiences, the happy and the sad, with me. In those minutes we’re in the same story, the same moment, exchanging bits of our life, and that is such a precious gift.

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Live simply, so you can really live.

Love Sophie & The Fam

-Salt Hippy