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The Ocean Stirs the Heart - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade


The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul - Robert Wyland (marine life artist)



This past week, I was able to reconnect with the ocean when visiting the Coos Bay / Bandon, Oregon area.  While my husband golfed, I explored the amazing land that is southwest Oregon.  From huge trees to craggy cliffs by the sea; from the multitudes of birds to the fog interlaced with sunshine, I was taken with the landscape . . . and the very friendly people.  And I was actually able to meet a long-time artist friend face-to-face for the first time. What a lovely person Sue is!




The beautiful Indian princess, Ewauna (Face Rock)




Scenic byways hug the coastline with many laybys conveniently located to you could get out and admire the scenery. and get down to beaches. Islands, amazing rock stacks and wave pounded reefs are filled with wildlife.  One of my favorite set of rocks was near Bandon:  Face Rock (pictured above), Komax (sometimes called the Wizard's Hat) and Cat and Kittens Rock. A Coquille legend ties all three of these famous rocks together, having to do with an evil spirit of the ocean, a beautiful Indian princess (Ewauna), her faithful dog (Komax) and a basket containing a cat and kittens.  If you would like to read the tale, click on this link:  The Legend of Face Rock.





Komax (rock in front) still barking, warning Ewauna of danger.




Cat and Kittens, located near Face Rock


Since I had such a soul satisfying time reconnecting with the ocean, looking at the rocks stacks, birding (saw three somewhat rare Tufted Puffins!), picking through driftwood (you should see my driftwood ray gun!), talking to people and taking photos, this week’s Wonderful Handmade Wednesday is titled The Ocean Stirs the Heart and features artisan items that remind me of the ocean, whether it be colors or critters.  I hope you find these items as lovely as I do.  If something catches your fancy and you want to see more photos or information, please click either on the photo or the description under the photo to be taken to the item in the artist’s shop.  Enjoy.  





Tribal Turtle Totem Earrings with Copper and Czech Glass Handmade by Gloria of Chrysalis Tribal Jewelry



Green and Teal Seabreeze Lampwork and Beads Bangle Bracelet Handmade by Nancy of Nancy's Knots, Lace and More 



Copper Sea Horse Oval Earrings Components, 1 pair, Handmade by Kristi of Kristi Bowman Design



White and Blue Knit Baby Boy / Infant Jacket Hoodie, 3-6 months, Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories



Pastel Blue and Pale Green Mixed Gemstone and Sterling Silver Bracelet Handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at My Feet 



Sand Dollars and Starfish Summer Beach Dog Bandana Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin



Sand Brown and Dark Red Ceramic Starfish Pendant Handmade by Linda of Linda Landig Jewelry



Crystaline Dichroic Fused Glass Dangle Earrings Handmade by Jo of Umeboshi Jewelry Designs 



Blue / Green Wire Wrapped Jasper Pendant with Silver Wire and Aqua Bead Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage



Mokune Gane Caribbean Opal Summer Earrings with Lampwork and Crystals Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




I hope you have enjoyed each and every one of these unique handmade creations featured in The Ocean Stirs the Heart!  If you would like to make my day and the day of the talented artists featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!



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I love reading about the face

I love reading about the face rock, very interesting. Thank you for including my jacket with these wonderful creations.
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West Coast

I have lived on the west coast all my life and the sea is very important to me. It not only stirs my heart, it heals my heart, thrills my heart and calms my heart. Thank you for including my ceramic starfish pendant. Bet you saw some cool starfish in the tide pools at Coos Bay!

you always write nicely :O)

you always write nicely :O)


What amazing pictures!!!


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Love the Ocean

Love lakes, stream, rivers, ocean and everything nautical. Great theme, and thank you for including my turtle earrings.

Lovely post about a very

Lovely post about a very special place. I love the pacific northwest, and while the palette of my sea breeze bracelet is certainly more tropical, the ocean stirs my creative heart too. Thanks for including my bracelet with your treasures this week.


Thank you for including Keli and our summer bandana in your selections! Sounds like you had a great trip!

Pinned and tweeted all, except your sold out earrings - congrats!

The Power of the Ocean

There is a special power in the ocean to invigorate and heal us! These beautiful creations capture that in their inspiration and beauty! Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful things!

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