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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Seaside Inspiration: Half Moon Bay

A beautiful warm sunset in the Bay
I went to the seaside this past weekend to celebrate my birthday. It was a beautiful, warm weekend considering it is the middle of winter, and we went to Half Moon Bay. 
There was plenty of beautiful inspiration there, as well as some mystery… 

If I had a boat/ship, a mermaid would certainly
be my nautical figurehead!
 Always on the lookout for mermaids, this one was quite unexpected! 
But mermaids are often full of surprises and mystery..

A lovely moon at midnight
☾♥︎ How perfect it was to see a half moon while in Half Moon Bay! ☾♥︎

A vintage Zoltar fortune teller in a little shop. When you put a dollar
in the slot, he moves and speaks to you, usually just words of wisdom,
then a little fortune teller card pops out of the slot with your fortune on it!
I was lucky enough to find a vintage Zoltar Fortune Teller, and I couldn’t wait to get my birthday fortune. Although Esmerelda is my favorite Fortune Teller, I do love Zoltar too! The fortunes I collect are the inspiration for my gypsy fortune teller cards. (I actually took a video of Zoltar talking and telling me my-he moves and talks when you put a dollar in-but the video would not upload ):, so here is just a screen shot of him!)

I never get tired of looking at the sea

Tea Time Treats from the Moonside Bakery. I loved the crescent moon cookies!


About Me

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I grew up on the beach in Malibu, California and began traveling to Europe at a young age. Although my heart belongs to the sea and life at the beach, I loved the history and old-world feeling of Paris and London compared to my sunshine filled beach life at home. I often found myself searching through antique stores and vintage shops during my travels in Europe. Dusty leather bound books, prints, vintage handbags, and old apothecary bottles were my favorite things to collect. After attending colleges in California, Hawaii and England I graduated with a degree in illustration and I planned to become a children's book illustrator, but then I took a course on bookmaking and letterpress at Otis College of Design in Los Angeles and I began making my own books. As my handmade book collection grew I decided I really wanted to recreate more of the beautiful antique books and other things I remember finding in the little shops in Europe and that's when WANDERING MERMAID was born. I like to think of my ETSY shop as the mysterious little vintage shop you find down a hidden alleyway . You never know what you will find ❤