If you come into my home you may wonder why there are dishes of stones all over the place. I don't know. I have a love and fascination for them. Why? again, I don't know. What I do know is I enjoy finding them at the beaches. That's the first thing. I love history, geology and all that. When you think about the stones on the beaches and think about where they originated..........well some of them are from lava fields, that means that as we are in Michigan, they have no doubt been here, or came here from the beginning of the world. What I mean is, that geology tells us that the ice fields from Northern Canada came down through Michigan to form the Great Lakes as they melted. That means a lot of the rocks came from Canada and ended up here.
There are all kinds of things we find on the beaches here. Glass that has been polished and in pretty colours. As soda and soft drinks are now in plastic the amount of beach glass is less. It is so pretty and I will use what I find some day in glass objects or jewelry.
On some beaches we find Agates. I find it difficult to recognise them. I have none in my collection that I know of. Those are in need of cutting to find the Agate inside but I don't have the equipment for that. At one time I bought a rock tumbler, a small one. Well come to find out just how long it takes to polish them I gave up on that one.
Laura and I most recently have been looking for Blue Stones from Leland. Those are really slag. They make pretty jewelry and I have ambitions hehe, yeh right, no really I do.
The tiny ones I keep in glass bottles and small containers that show them off........for now.
The obvious thing around here to collect is Petoskey stones. They are ancient corals, extinct now. They have a unique pattern and when you know what to look for are easy to find.
There are other "fossils" and corals that can be found. For me they come under "pretty stones" or unusual stones. I collect heart shapes and now I am collecting flat stones that I can paint on or decorate. Some for outside and others for who knows what. I did think maybe Fridge Magnets.
I love the small flat ones that are the size of buttons. I can drill those and actually make buttons. That can be (Maybe) a Gerry project.
I enjoy them sitting around the house. I have much more than I show here. I also have a rock garden outside and I have put the blue stones and Petoskey stones in there. I know where to find them. I did worry about it being a waste but you know what? Those stones will be there, or somewhere until the end of time, just as they were in the beginning and THAT folks is what I love about them, you hold eternity in your hand.
This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
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