I have been "on hiatus" from doing much with sea glass and beach combing. April was pretty much "eaten up" by travel and doing "family things." In May, I spent a lot of my time focusing on my writing business (which is one of my "day jobs") which has been suffering somewhat from a "lack of attention," for several years. Subsequently, I spent several weeks restructuring my rare postage stamp business (my other "day job"), in large part due to some of the changes and new rules taking place at eBay.
|A pile of red seaglass-- bright, but all pieces are quite tiny|
Over the last couple of years, I have also become increasingly aware of just how much sea glass truly is a "shrinking resource." The fact that there is less and less to be found hasn't diminished my love of the beach, but it has decreased the volume I am able to offer the rest of the world as a seller. I have been collecting since I was a "wee pup" so these days I do sell most of what I find-- I only save maybe a handful of exceptional and unusual pieces for my personal collection, out of each 1,000 pieces I pick up.
This fall, I am hoping to do "something" with my photographic "library" of sea glass. Over the years, I've amassed some 50,000 high quality digital images of sea glass, and I am considering turning some of the best ones into frameable or framed prints, maybe greeting cards, possibly even a picture book of sorts. I'm a bit of a stickler for quality, so this is only going to happen if I can determine that I can come up with something "truly special" for the world's sea glass enthusiasts. This is just personal opinion, of course, but there is just too much mediocrity in our world...
In the meantime, I've been sorting some of my "old bins" of sea glass, and hope to get both the eBay and Etsy sea glass stores "re-stocked" in the course of this month.
Hope everyone had a great spring, and looking forward to a beautiful summer!