For the past couple of years, our social media team (Jenn and Diane) created posts that bring the OBX to YOU via facebook and instagram. OBX is the Acronym for Outer Banks, that became wildly popular in the past decade, on bumper stickers, clothing, and souvenirs.
Diane chooses one of Jenn’s original photographs and adds text that sometimes makes you smile, sometimes makes you think, and might even make you stop for a moment and anchor yourself in the present.
Sea Glass and Sunrise Photo from Hatteras Island, Outer Banks of North Carolina
If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?Rumi
Rumi is the author of many books of poetry and inspiration. Music or nature, or a combination of both, inspired many of his poems. This particular quote is a reminder to let go of the things that might irritate you in the moment, and remember that they are part of making you the beautiful creation that you are becoming.
Beachcombers seek for sea glass all over the world. The Outer Banks beaches, however, are not as quite bountiful with sea glass now as they once were. Basically, its origin is trash (bottles) being thrown or dumped into the ocean. (In the past few decades, thankfully, people have been much more responsible about not throwing trash into the ocean. However, this has also made it harder to find sea glass locally.)
The glass breaks into pieces and is tumbled by waves and currents on the ocean floor. The combination of sand and salt wears away the sharp edges of the glass, leaving a smooth, micro pitted, collectible item. Sometimes you can get lucky and find very old pieces that actually came from shipwrecks. Certain colors (namely red and purple) are extremely rare to find, and therefore make more expensive jewelry.
Sea Glass jewelry is a favorite souvenir of OBX visitors. We have several artists who work in Sea Glass. Locally, Mark Slagle creates wire wrapped sea glass jewelry. We also love the work of Etched by the Sea. At Etched by the sea, Kirsti Scott creates mosaics using beautifully worn pieces of genuine sea glass. She then photographs them and turns them into art prints, greeting cards, books, stickers, and more.