This piece of pottery I bought in 1981 from the artist, Paula Teplitz, in San Luis Obispo. The small dish reminds me of Scott O'Dells award winning children's book, "Island of the Blue Dolphins". It is a story of a 10 year-old girl stranded on San Nicholas Island in the Channel Islands lying off the Santa Barbara coast in the 19th century. A truly lovely story for any age. This group of California islands are largely responsible for my love of sailing, and in particular anchoring in quiet remote spots.
While the 'head' is not a public room I would normally choose to publish a picture of on a blog....I wanted to show the mermaid print I got in Hanapepe on the island of Kauai a few years back. The notion of mermaids doing the hula makes me smile. Hanapepe is one great place to walk around and appreciate local artists work as well as enjoy lunch at an outside cafe.
These fragile mermaids are only one example of the girly stash I have stowed aboard El Tiburon, that both delight and drive my husband crazy. All I can say is, Love Me, Love my STUFF! And thank goodness for bubble wrap and museum clay which allows me to bring along my favorite treasure trove, my mermaid muses, while we cruise about in El Tib.
Museum putty does a great job of anchoring down treasures, getting the shells to stay in place while heeling is a different story.
|A few of my favorite things|
|A carved mermaid graces a doorway|