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Crinoid Fossil Bracelets

Posted: August 22, 2009 in going coastal, texas

Crinoids were animals even though they resembled plants and have been called sea-lilies and feather stars. They have five-part symmetry and are kin to urchins and starfish. The best estimate I have found is that they are older than 320 million years old. They lived during the Carboniferous Period and during a mid-Carboniferous drop in sea level there was a massive crinoid extinction event. Texas was covered in ocean and large deposits of limestone and coal were forming at the same time. These crinoid fossils became imbedded in the limestone and millions of years later, erosion and expsoure have released the crinoid fossils back into the rivers and lakes of Texas. All of the crinoid fossils used in the bracelets that I make were found in the Brazos River. Check out this great wiki entry about the Carboniferous Period:

And BTW: I find it almost painful to part with my crinoid fossils, so that is why my bracelet listings are few and far between!

Naturally waxed hemp bracelets featuring crinoid fossils from the Brazos River, double the hemp twine for added durability, and an adjustable knot closure for a perfect fit! Completely unique, no two are alike! NOTE: lots of room – unisex size

Texas crinoids are millions of years old. Texas was once covered in ocean and these crinoids moved about on long stalks (unlike modern day crinoids.) Fragments of these stalks were embedded in Texas limestone and after millions of years of erosion they can readily be found along the banks of the Brazos… that is, if you have a good eye for fossils. Native Americans used them for jewelry making and as currency, and in the 1700’s they were popularized by their use as rosary beads.


Bracelets available at:

Ocean Breeze Hoops

Posted: July 27, 2009 in going coastal

I love the color turquoise! It’s inspiring… so vibrant and beautiful. Whenever I’m lacking motivation I can just look at a turquoise gemstone bead and see something.

These hoops were made from sterling silver that I formed into ovals, hammered, oxidized, and wrapped with sterling silver wire and turquoise gemstones. I am keeping the first pair because I love them so much… but I will certainly make 2 – 3 more pairs!

Ocean Breeze Hoops


Posted: July 14, 2009 in going coastal

***This is just a pretty generic message from Etsy, but I really do love being a part of it, and for every person that says they were refferred by: goingcoastal, I get ‘reward’ points that will eventually lead to free promotional spots in the Etsy gallery. So if you haven’t yet, check out Etsy! And tell ’em goingcoastal sent ya! ;)***

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Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. You’ll find a creative community of independent artists and designers and the very best in handmade goods, craft supplies and vintage. It’s an excellent place to find one of a kind items, to give as gifts – or as gifts for yourself! Since you’re buying directly from artists on Etsy, you have the special opportunity to form personal connections with the people who create your treasures. Signing up is free and easy!

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FREE Summer Shipping!

Posted: July 13, 2009 in going coastal

FREE SHIPPING on ALL items listed in my Etsy shop!
FREE SHIPPING on ALL custom orders, so browse my sold items for ideas and request something today! FREE SHIPPING on everything in a multiple item order, the more you buy the more you save!

For a limited time only, so take advantage while you can!

Setup Practice – Take One!

Posted: April 8, 2009 in going coastal

Amanda and I got together this past weekend to do a “practice setup” for the Funky Finds Spring Fling craft show. I spent an entire day at my other job… not doing my job, and instead making 100 palm tree gift tags for the show. This may not sound too terribly bad unless you realize that each tag is composed of two different size circles that have to be punched from two different color card stocks, and then the smaller circle is punched with a palm tree punch, AND THEN you put the two pieces together and hole punch through the top center portion of both. But that’s not all folks, then you cut a piece of purple hemp and tie a cow-hitch knot through the tiny hole. 100 TIMES. My theory was, the more I finish at work, the more wine Amanda and I would get to drink later. It’s just too bad that when we got together it was magic and we came up with our setup idea within minutes… and that the said setup would NOT be requiring 100 palm tree tags. Oh well.

I am so excited with the tables! Here’s a sneak peak of what you will see if you come to Will Rogers in Fort Worth on the 25th of April. Everyone got that? FUNKY FINDS SPRING FLING – WILL ROGERS IN FORT WORTH 10am – 6pm ***APRIL 25TH!***

Funky Finds Spring Fling

Posted: March 30, 2009 in going coastal

FEATURING ME… and others. 😉

Q: What is the Funky Finds Spring Fling?
A: The Funky Finds Spring Fling is an indie art & craft fair featuring the work of over 100 artisans. The public is invited to attend our event & enjoy a day of shopping!
Preview participating vendors beforehand.Q: Do vendors accept checks or credit cards?
A: Attendees are urged to bring plenty of cash. Some vendors may accept credit card payments via PayPal or ProPay and some may accept small personal checks (with ID). All accept cash & there are two ATMs on the Will Rogers property (
see detailed map).Q: What’s the deal with the charitable raffle?
A: Our generous vendors, sponsors & other business owners have donated thousands of dollars worth of items. Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each (cash only). All the money benefits
Aflac Cancer Center & Blood Disorders Service, Humane Society of North Texas, and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The first fifty people to purchase a raffle ticket will receive a handmade swag bag full of goodies!Q: When does the event begin & end?
A: The doors will open at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 25, and close at 6:00 pm.
Q: What else is there to do in Fort Worth?
A: Make April 25 a fun-filled day by hitting up other local hot spots near the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Modern Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Zoo, and Sundance Square are just a few of the exciting sights Fort Worth has to offer.Q: Where is the Will Rogers Memorial Center?
A: The Will Rogers Memorial Center is located at 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth 76107. The Spring Fling will be held in the Small Exhibits Building (also known as the Poulty Building) located between the Sheep and Cattle Barns.
View our maps for detailed directions.Q: Will food and drinks be available?
A: Concessions will be available for purchase. The menu includes classic chicken caesar salads, classic chef salads, small dinner salads, nachos, hot dogs, assorted potato chips & candy, Beverage items include water and assorted bottled 20oz sodas (Coca-cola, Diet Coke, Mr. Pibb, Sprite).
Q: Can I bring a camera?
A: You may bring a camera, but please ask vendors before taking photos of their merchandise and booths.


Please come visit my Funky Finds Spring Fling Booth on Saturday April 25th, 2009 @ the Will Rogers Colosseum in Fort Worth. Amanda and I will be working my booth with a couple of extra chairs for any visitors that would like to stop by. I will be accepting CASH ONLY
(If your credit is good with me, ie: friends, family, SMS girls, I will accept a check or I can send you a paypal invoice.) The first 50 people to buy $1 raffle tickets get a free swag bag, and the whole event is FREE! Support local artists and spend a fun Saturday out in Funky Town!!!

Thanks to all of the support from my fam and friends… I wouldn’t have the guts to do any of this without you! Love y’all! ~Sara

Q: What is the admission price and cost of parking?
A: The event if FREE! Yes, you heard right. There is no fee for admission & no fee for parking.

Q: Who can attend the Funky Finds Spring Fling?
A: Everyone! We welcome families, children (supervised, of course) and pets. If you bring your pet, please have them on a leash & make sure they have up-to-date vaccines.

I’m having a last minute sale to help pay for my vendor booth for my upcoming craft show. This one is in Fort Worth (so excited!) so I hope to see you all there! Check out the great sale prices listed now at:

And pass it on! I truly appreciate the networking! 🙂