The Endless Summer - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - July 22, 2015

Yesterday, as I was taking the handsome and oh-so-lovable Seamus to doggie daycare so he can romp and play with his four-footed and two-footed buddies (and come home totally tired out - the real ulterior motive), I was listening to NPR's "Morning Edition" like I normally do.  I'll be the first to admit that I am an NPR junkie - love their wide variety of insightful reporting.  

Anyway, an interview of William Finnegan really caught my ear.  William Finnegan is a New Yorker journalist and author, having covered wars and other controversies.  But he is also a long-time surfer.  He just published a book about surfing, tracing his love for it to his childhood watching waves break in Ventura, CA.  "It seemed, "like they were arriving from some celestial workshop . . . carved by ocean angels," he writes.  "I wanted to be out there, learning to dance on water.""  Well, I was hooked with those beautiful words.  The interview goes on about him surfing all over the world, trying to find the perfect wave.  He is 62 now and continues to surf.

Here's the NPR interview with William Finnegan:  A Lifelong Surfer Explains Why There's No Such Thing As A 'Perfect' Wave

Mr. Finnegan brought up The Endless Summer, a classic surfing documentary that heavily influenced him.  I saw the film many, many years ago and always thought it would have been fun to quest for the "perfect" wave.  Here's a trailer:   The Endless Summer

So all of this is a long way of explaining how the theme for this week's Wonderful Handmade Wednesday post came about - The Endless Summer.  I scoured the shops of Indiemade friends and came up with a great selection of oceany items, mostly in shades of blue but with one red item included.  See the waves, the anemones, the corals, the sea shells, the glorious blues of the ocean where Mr. Finnegan wanted to learn to dance:  


"Sea Goddess" dichroic fusd glass dangle earrings handmade by Jo of Umeboshi


Sand dollars and starfish summer bead dog bandana handmade by Donna of SewAmazin


Navy blue birthday greeting card in a grunge style handmade by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!


Opaque dark turquoise nugget lampwork beads encased in clear glass with silver leaf and fine silver handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads


Cobalt blue and white badge / ID necklace with water stain design beads handmade by Mary Beth of The Twisted Redhead


Rare red rose natural Mediterranean coral beads, three strands, offered by Anna of Anna's Faire


Genuine turquoise nugget and graduated heishe shell traditional tribal style necklace handmade by Carmon of Wooleycreek Tribal Jewelry


"Seabreeze" green and teal lampwork and bead bangle bracelet handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy


"Blue Implosion" hand blown borosilicate glass pendant handmade by Breanna of Untamed Rose 


Ocean wave design copper wire wrapped earrings with sodalite, quuartz and amazonite handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at my Feet


Mykonos seashell and Sleeping Beauty turquoise earrings handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs


I hope you have enjoyed these ocean inspired selections!  If you would like to make my day and the day of the artists featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


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Endless Summer

Absolutely adore this Endless Summer blog! Thank you so much for including my tribal necklace along with all the other wonderful summer fun items!

Thank you, Carmon!

This post was definitely fun to write, Carmon, and, unlike most posts, came together very easily. Thank you for your comment!

Summer joy

There is such joy in the summer with the ocean! We are fish at heart. I love the handmade selections that you have shared here. My eyes and heart lingered long on the lanyard by the Twisted Redhead. Thanks for sharing these! Sharing on FB.

Thank you, Jo!

I agree, Jo, since we humans evolved from the oceans and spent nine months in a liquid filled womb. Most peeps are naturally attracted to water, it's timelessness and is sound. Many thanks for your kind words and the share. I, too, lingered in Mary Beth's shop.

Summertime at the seashore

I am glad I got the coral listed on IM in time for this fine blog, Catherine. Thanks for including it. Off to share now.

Thank you, Anna!

Me, too, my friend! Love having that pop of red in with all the other blue items. Thank you, Anna, for sharing.

Love the surfing connection!

Just love how you connected this collection of beauties to a surfing storying on NPR. Thanks so much for including my card.
Lisa :)

Thank you, Lisa!

It was one of those serendipitous moments, Lisa - it just happened (: So glad to include your card and thank you for the sharing I've seen you do.

Summer Fun

Wonderful choices, as always, Catherine! Thanks so much for including my beach inspired dog bandana - have pinned them all. Wishing everyone many sales!

Wonderful collection of

Wonderful collection of beauties! Thank you for including my bracelet. All items have been pinned and tweeted.

Great summer items

Hi all. At a campsite with wifi tonight in between four days before and to follow without anything! Loved your post and all the wave inspired creations. On a funny note, our trip in the camper right now could be called " search for summer" as we are the warmest we've been in months....and in Wyoming! Thanks so much for showing my ocean wave earrings. I appreciate it!

Endless Summer!

Oh I hope not must admit the heat is messing with my torching times. I've got to get an AC unit!

Lovely collection as always and thank you for including me!

The Endless Summer

I feel the heat of the Endless Summer around here. But enough of that! I enjoyed your blog and how it came to be. Thanks for including my large hole ready to wear lampwork beads.

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