And the Winner Is…

…Bellywho! (A.K.A. Kelly) Ruby, I excluded you from the drawing because, as my blogging partner and lovely, long-time friend, you are already slotted for your own package of Mexico goodies, including one of these, which will be part of Kelly’s package.

Behold, one of my first attempts at both wire-wrapping and seaglass jewelry.

Thank you ever so much everyone for all your super-nice birthday wishes! I found a TON more seaglass yesterday in Cozumel, so I will be making more jewelry and most likely giving some of it away here, just to spread the love out in the blogosphere! Stay tuned…

♥Emerald

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May 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm 4 comments

MY BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

Here is a little arrangement of things that just happened to be sitting together on my kitchen counter: some pink lilies we rescued from a trash can on our street, a rose-scented Virgin of Guadalupe candle from the supermarket, some pesos, and a neat shell I found a few days ago.

By the way, today is my birthday. In honor of my birthday, I will send one of YOU a gift when I’m back home in the States and postage is both more reliable and affordable. All you have to do is leave a comment wishing me happy birthday. The winner will be chosen at random, and the prize will be a box of cool beachy, Mexican-y stuff I’ve bought, found and/or collected while I’m here.

Good luck, thanks for playing along!

May 20, 2010 at 7:00 am 14 comments

My New Obsession: Sea Glass

Ever since we got here, I’ve been looking for sea glass, and yesterday I ACTUALLY FOUND SOME! I learned about sea glass about a year ago when Ruby sent me a link to website where a girl was selling some really awesome sea glass jewelry. If you’ve never heard of it, sea glass is exactly what it sounds like- glass from the sea. More specifically, it is little shards of broken glass that have been worn smooth and frosted by tidal action and saltwater. And, it is the COOLEST. STUFF. EVER.

Sea glass is this whole thing that people are completely obsessed with collecting (and I can see myself becoming one of those people). Some people also get really into researching what KIND of sea glass they’ve found–in other words, what it was before it was sea glass, how old it is, etc. Apparently some sea glass dates all the way back to the 1800s.

Anyway, I’m PSYCHED to have found some on a deserted rocky beach that seemingly no one ever visits. It was kind of tricky hiking around the rocks in my flip-flops, but totally worth it.

For more about sea glass, click here.

May 19, 2010 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Pics of the Day

Oh, goody! Looks like the WordPress server in Mexico (if there is one) is going to let me post pictures today!

This is the view from my balcony.

There are hibiscus bushes EVERYWHERE. Sometimes I can’t resist plucking one and tucking it behind my ear: Caribbean jewelry.

Hanging basket nests build by a species of weaver bird in our backyard banyan tree.

May 18, 2010 at 8:11 am 6 comments

Grrrr….

Sorry about the lack of posts; I’ve been having problems with the photo uploading thing on WordPress. Seems like it’s hit or miss. Don’t know why, but it’s frustrating!!!!

May 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Vamos a Tulum

Yesterday we went to see the Mayan ruins at Tulum. It took about thirty minutes by bus, and was pretty spectacular. They were the first ruins we’ve visited, not counting the small temple on a nearby inlet.

My husband had a theory that all the former Mayan residents have been reincarnated as iguanas, because there were SO MANY of them. Ruby would not have liked it–she has a strong objection to lizards. Personally, I think they’re pretty cool.

You can totally see why the Mayans built a city here. It was an important trade port, but it was also a gorgeous stone city towering above the cerulean sea.

The one disappointing thing about Tulum was that you can’t climb any of the ruins like you can at some of the other sites. Of course I understand about wanting to protect the archeological integrity of the place. This was the only building people could touch and get close to.

Well, seems I’ve got the technical difficulties resolved for now. Until tomorrow…

♥Emerald

May 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm 4 comments

Technical Difficulties

Just wanted to update briefly that I’m having problems with WordPress down here. I can’t upload pictures and typing it acting weird.Hopefully I’ll get it figured out soon.

May 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

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