Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living

Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living.
Welcome to our blog "Coastal Creations & Design." We hope that you'll visit us often and read about our favorite coastal destinations, beach-inspired products, inviting seaside spaces, original artists works and people living the coastal lifestyle.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nautical Belts for Men & Women

Looking for the right nautical belt?   Well here's a few new and all time favorite seriously sea-worthy nautical inspired belts that will certainly satisfy even the saltiest of tastes!

Nautical signal flag belt at Skipjack.

Skipjack's signal flags nautical belt is perfect to wear with your favorite khakis, jeans, or corduroys. This cotton web ribbon belt for all seasons has full grain drum-dyed leather billet and buckle ends accentuated by the solid brass buckle. Men's sizes range from 32 to 46 in stock. This belt is available with your choice of red or white webbing as a background to the signal flag ribbon. Other sizes are also available upon request.  From their collection of nautical designed belts. Skipjack's Nautical belts.

Bonefish Wave canvas club belt from Vineyard Vines

 Vineyard Vines Bonefish Wave Canvas Club Belt is made of 100% canvas webbing with Italian saddle leather trim. Features signature silk pattern panels and a solid brass buckle. Sizes from 30 to 44 inches. Vineyard Vines Bonefish Wave Belt..

Nantucket braided belt from Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren's Women's Nantucket Braided Belt. Elegantly finished with a covered O-ring buckle, our 1 1/2" belt is crafted from chic braided cotton for a rugged yet classically feminine look.
Covered single-prong O-ring buckle with supple leather trim at the interior. Finished with a gracefully pointed tip. 1 1/2" wide. Imported. Ralph Lauren.

Sailor knot belt from Jennifer Behr.

Jennifer Behr women's sailors knot belt- Hand-knotted cotton cording fashioned into an extra large knot at front. Finished with metal endcaps and brass hook at back. Wear with jeans and ballet flats or unexpectedly pair with a dress. One size fits all. Jennifer Behr.

Cape Cod cat boat belt from Cellar Leather.

Still one of my favorite classic men's nautical inspired belts is the Cape Cod Cat Boat buckle in 1 1/4" antique nickle silver over brass with a plain 1 1/4" belt. Handmade on Cape Cod by local craftsman and women . The nautical themed buckles are made using a traditional lost wax process. Also available in brass. Check out their other great nautical designs!  Belt sizes range from 26" to 56"  Cellar Leather. 

Patty Anderson starfish buckle with sunshine gator belt at Skipjack.

Incorporate seaside style into your wardrobe with this elegantly crafted Starfish belt by Patty Anderson. Each belt features an exclusively designed buckle inspired by the beach and sea. Using CAD, Patty Anderson's buckle designs are converted into molds, and molten pewter is poured into the mold to yield the finished product. The result is an exact, high-quality duplicate of her original three-dimensional design.
 Four belt designs include starfish, scallop, sea turtle and sand dollar. Pair the buckle of your choice with a leather belt in any of 14 colors. The choices range from the classic subtlety of Chestnut Brown to the bold statement of Sunshine Gator. Patty Anderson belts at Skipjack.

See other nautical style mens belts from an earlier post. Click here:  Nautical belts

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Betty Burnell's Coastal Inspired Jewelry

Betty Burnell’s exquisite jewelry sets the standard for “elegance with character.” Each one-of-a-kind piece is hand-made from the finest in metals and precious stones. Using sterling silver, kiln-formed glass, mother of pearl, swarovski crystals, and many more brilliant gems and stones, Betty crafts her jewelry into pieces of art that has her collectors and admirers anxious with anticipation for her newest creations.

Seahorse in resin pendant with sterling clasp-oxidized sterling silver chain.

Every time I thought I had my life carefully planned, I came to a really sharp curve in the road or a steep hill that blocked my view of what waited on the other side. The surprises have been interesting and stimulating and, at each turn or rise, have challenged me to try something new or different. I have learned so much along the way and, happily, I’m learning still.

Sterling silver fish combined with brass, lampwork glass, sodalite and sterling silver. Perfect for all of your coastal occasions!        
Sheepshank and smoky topaz necklace. Simple but elegant. Betty has combined a sterling silver sheepshank with smoky topaz pendant on a brown cord choker. Match it with a pair of sterling silver sheepshank earrings!  
Perfect for just about anything! Sterling silver bracelet with fresh water pearls and sterling silver sand dollars charms.

Betty Burnell's new direction has taken her back to her roots growing up near the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay and is the inspiration for her latest original coastal jewelry .  A seaworthy blend of silver, shells, bead, stones and charms create a unique and creative collection of marine themed bracelets, pendants, necklaces and earrings.  Sea horses and nautical chart pendants, sterling silver sheepshank knotted necklaces and earrings, Naga and Paua shells, silver fish and colorful lampwork glass create new compositions sure to please the coastal enthusiasts.

Coastal curio necklace. A great Betty Burnell coastal creation necklace using shells, turquoise, fresh water pearl, antique brass trade ring, antique Chinese coin and sterling silver. Adjustable length

It was during my work with the museums that I became interested in glass, beads and jewelry design. I was fascinated with the range and depth of color and texture in glass forms and beadwork. I continue to learn new techniques and experiment with materials, and I have taken some classes with established artists in kiln-formed glass, lampwork, precious metal clay, and metalsmithing. I also learn by experience, otherwise known and trial and error! I have a renewed interest in textiles and fibers and have begun to dabble more seriously in that medium.

You can see all of Betty Burnell's Coastal Collection by visiting her artist page on Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Galleries Website. Click here.