August 22, 2011

how I'm inspired by the ocean

ocean wave earrings in recycled fine silver and sterling by Jennifer Kistler for sale on Etsy
wave earrings with apatite drops
I had the privilege of being featured on a fellow Etsy artist's blog yesterday! You can read more about how I am inspired by the ocean in my interview there. If you're thinking of buying something from my shop soon, be sure to read the entire post, there's a little goodie tucked in there for you. Check it out here: EBN Art Studio

August 11, 2011

beautiful summer on the Oregon Coast

ocean wave necklace handmade pendant with aquamarine gemstone beads on Etsy
wave pendant with aquamarine
While much of the country has been overwhelmed by oppressive heat the last month or two, the Pacific Northwest has spent a long time just waiting for summer to arrive. A day of sun here and there, just enough to tease us, but never really summer. Finally, the last few weeks have felt like summer! So it is hard to believe I already have school supply shopping lists to take care of. And I didn't mean to leave such a long gap in my blog posts, but summer break with all it's distractions (sunny or not) has a way of doing that!

We just got back from a quick family trip to Eureka, California to visit relatives. We tried to do some fun things on the way down and back to make the long drive more enjoyable. On the way down, we took a tour of Fire Mountain Gems, a huge jewelry supply company that I order from. Going both directions we saw the whale in the Klamath River that has made the news.

On the way back, we took a detour out to Cape Arago. The Oregon Coast is absolutely gorgeous, especially the central part, but I had no idea there was a place like this along our coast! The area has several vistas to enjoy, trails, and a small protected bay with calm waters and a beach perfect for hanging out (which was very busy, being a summer weekend). We stopped at a few viewpoints, and chose the safest-looking trail down a cliff to one of the southern coves. Even that trail was a little insane (I don't think it was an official trail!), but we ended up at a rocky shore with tidepools full of little snails, and a few large rocks that contained assorted shells. I'd say they were fossils, but I'm not sure they are completely fossilized. Below are just a few pictures, there is so much more to see that I couldn't do it justice. If you are ever near Coos Bay, check out Cape Arago!

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
Cape Arago (Oregon Coast)

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
part of Simpson Reef at Cape Arago

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
just north of Simpson Reef

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
Steven was fascinated by the little snails in the tidepools

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
Andrew loved finding the large rocks with embedded shells

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
shells in a rock

Cape Arago Oregon Coast photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2011
more shells in a rock

at top: recently completed ocean wave necklace, large pendant in Fine Silver, strung with Aquamarine gemstone beads