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Soul Surfer’s Mom – Sea Glass Necklace

July 15th, 2012

White Sea Glass and Blue Agate



Cheri Hamilton the mom of  Bethany Hamilton and the Author of Raising A Soul Surfer is the new owner of this Mermaid inspired Sea Glass Necklace.

Cheri and Bethany Hamilton - Raising a Soul Surfer

What a privilege and inspiration to meet Cheri Hamilton Saturday morning (7/14/2012) at a women’s event in Hermosa Beach, CA.

Cheri is so kick back..chill, easy going in spirit and attitude, solid as a rock in her faith as a Christian, devoted mom and wife and life long surfer.  She took a little time from her

book-signing tour to visit us.

Being the mom of a surfer myself I just needed to ask her a question.  Me –  ” Are there days when your child goes out in the ocean that you feel it is more dangerous than others “

Cheri – ”  ALL THE TIME “

As our eyes connected there was an instant bond as only mom’s of surfers could understand.  In a moment of wanting to bless her I unlatched my  Sea Glass Necklace, reached over the book-signing table and motioned for her to lean forward so that I could place this gift around her neck.  It looks so pretty on her…it was always meant to be hers.  In amazement and delight Cheri accepted…running her fingers across the Sea Glass she excitedly proclaimed that she loves Sea Glass and that Bethany does too and will want to wear her necklace…she just might let her borrow it now and again.  I told Cheri no worries I’ll make one for her too.

What a blessing to meet Cheri Hamilton.  If you need inspiration on how to get through tough things you don’t understand her new book is a great tool.

Raising A Soul Surfer

Cheri Hamilton

Published by Regal

I’ve named this Sea Glass Necklace The Soul Surfer

If you would like one similar to this ( no two are exactly alike ) you can contact me at:


Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon    Artist/Collector

Keep it Real!!

June 30th, 2012

I Hate Fake!!

Don’t let the pic throw you off …there really is a point.

I’m not what you would call a “Shopper” I didn’t get that girly gene so when I do finally get up the fortitude to go forth and endure such an adventure for a treasure I expect perfection.  Any one else out there like me?

So yesterday the hub is away for a day and the son is lifeguarding and hanging with friends so I thought I’d look for a slouch bag to accomodate my rather thick diary/calendar/sketch pad.

Need coffee for this 1st so I get my mocha to charge up my batteries.  Done.

I go early in the morning cause crowds make me claustrophobic…I know…got issues.

So I’m thinking I’d like something Boho/Hippie looking cause that’s my era and it’s making a splash again as a trend, a couple of possibilities but no cigar.  So the search continues looking at anything slouchy with a long strap.  I’m in that department so long I notice the not so undercover plain clothes security person hanging out near me for about 1/2 an hour.  I hate shopping…it really is painful.  After deliberating over 5 I choose ” The One ” a Marc Fisher Celebrity Bucket Bag in camel.  It’s so soft and looks cute but can’t find the dang label to see if it’s leather or not.

Time to check out, pay for my prize and head home.  Once home I pull out all the stuffing inside the bag and am looking just everywhere for the label.  Finally, a teeny tiny tag at the bottom…Da da…100% PVC….What!!!   Not possible!  I spent all this time for a piece of %#$@>!   You gotta be kidding, I thought this stuff was banned.  I was so bumming out.  The bag is so cute.

I returned the bag this morning in dismay and shopped for another bag at yet another store.

I like things as natural and real as possible, it’s healthier, looks better and generally is a better investment.


Mermaid’s Purse Sea Glass Jewelry is NOT fake.

No tumbling, false shaping or buying it from Michaels.

The Sea Glass is collected by me or friends from the shore and used as you see it.  The surface patina is not altered.  I use real leather, sterling silver and semi-precious stone beads and pearls as embellishments.  In the event something is not real I will let you know up front ( no searching for teeny tiny tags ).

Stripe Linen

This is my new’s bigger than it looks…very summery & cheerful 🙂

Keep it Real!!

Fair Winds and Calm Seas

Deborah Leon

Sea Glass Jewelry Mother’s Day Shopping

April 28th, 2012

Mermaid’s Purse
Sea Glass
Shop in My Garden for Mother’s
Saturday, May 5th      8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One Day Shopping     Sea Glass Jewelry    For Mom
Garden de Leon – visit my studio too while shopping
All Sea Glass Earrings
Sea Glass Earrings $30 – whites, ambers, green, olive set with crystals, pearls, shell or semi precious stones
Necklaces, Bracelets, Pendants and Rings also available –
Sea Glass on Leather for Coastal Casual
Sit and enjoy Lavender Lemonade, visit my studio and solder bench, let’s chat about our MOMS.
1819 260th Street, Lomita, CA  90717

Go ” GREEN ” with Green Sea Glass

March 2nd, 2012

Erin Go Braugh

Celebrate Ireland with Green Sea Glass Earrings

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day


More Green Sea Glass Jewelry to shop

All Sea Glass is authentic, collected in Southern California and are original designs by Mermaid’s Purse

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon/Collector & Designer

Sea Glass Jewlery / 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

September 7th, 2011

Mermaid’s Purse
Sea Glass Jewelry
Join the Team

WHY:  26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup
WHEN:  Sept. 17, Saturday
TIME:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Noon
WHERE:  1201 Hermosa Beach ( registration is near the pier)BYO
reusable bucket, trash bag and garden or disposable gloves.  If you don’t have these items
they are provided at the event.
OPTIONAL – extended pincher picker or stab stick….saves the back!!
For Most Trash Collected
Sea Glass Jewelry
Mermaid’s Purse

to be eligeble RSVP on or before  Sept. 12, Monday
Deborah Leon

let me know how many will be participating

Fair Winds and Calm Seas





June 21st, 2011




Learn two techniques of wire wrapping and come home with two pendants you made for yourself.

1st technique – learn to wire wrap anything elongated like crystals, stones, sea glass and in this case a coral branch.

Wire Wrapped Coral Branch

2nd technique – learn to wrap a cabochon ( a flat cut stone ) like cameos, old broken pendants, coins…but you will be wrapping a turquoise cross pendant.

Wire Wrapped Turquoise Cross

Class is limited to 10 openings


9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

COST – $30 for class + $5 for supplies ( pay by check or cash on 1st day of class )

Location – 1819  260th Street, Lomita  90717

Instructor – Deborah Leon  artist/owner Mermaid’s Purse

RSVP By June 24th

310. 989.3503



Sea Glass Jewelry for Mermaids on Land or Sea

January 4th, 2011

Estate of Grace

Sea Glass Jewelry:

Pieces of vintage and antique glass transformed by the Sea.

Washed ashore as a new Estate of Grace to be re purposed as wearable art.

Check the Gallery to own your own piece of Sea Glass Jewelry!

Have your own piece of Sea Glass that you’d like to see re purposed?

I’d love to design it into wearable art for you.

These baubles are perfect for all  Mermaids on land or Sea.

Order now and receive a FREE piece of  Sea Glass as a memento.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon     artist/collector



All I Want is Red Sea Glass Like Rudolph’s Nose For Christmas

December 21st, 2010

Rudolf in the Smithsonian?

Santa, I’d like a piece of Red Sea Glass like his nose.

A vintage idea so loved it has a place in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History..That’s staying power!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to create a Christmas story the store could give away to shoppers as a promotional gimmick.

The retailer had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year; and it was decided that creating its own book would save money. In the first year of publication, 2.4 million copies of Rudolph’s story were distributed by Montgomery Ward.

May’s brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, decided to adapt the story of Rudolph into song. Marks’ musical version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.

click here for more info

Get your Piece of Vintage Sea Glass Jewelry at MERMAID’S PURSE.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon  artist/collector

Sea Urchin Ornaments

December 18th, 2010

Unusual, Beautiful, and Coastal

Sea Urchin Ornaments

These were so pretty and unusual I had to share them with you.

These are perfect for any coastal Christmas tree.

The artist is Joan Perry from Charleston, South Carolina

Order your Sea Glass Jewelry here at Mermaid’s Purse for a Christmas gift sure to be unique, beautiful and green.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas

Deborah Leon artist/collector

Christmas and Sea Glass

December 8th, 2010



Sea Glass

Through out the year

Another one of my favorite things at Christmas, and all year through are

These hand made artist mugs by Sandy Kryer…they make me happy 🙂

While sorting through Sea Glass, one of these mugs is always at my side filled with  my favorite warm beverage.  They also serve as inspiration…knowing that this local artist ( Long Beach, Ca ) is doing what she loves.  Once a year my friends and I will line up at her house for her seconds and clearance sale.

Hand crafted mugs by: Sandy Kryer

Sandy crafts all kinds of dishware and her colors are as varied as Sea Glass.

Visit Sandy on her web site:

Ahh..time for a cup of tea…which mug should I use?

Christmas is nearing..

check the gallery for a special gift

made with SEA GLASS.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas

Deborah Leon   artist/collector