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I grew up in Fife (on the east coast of Scotland) which has a beautiful, rugged and varied coastline and returned there with my young family about 8 years ago. My husband and I wanted our boys to grow up by the sea and felt it important that they developed a connection with the outdoors.

During our time here we have rediscovered and explored approximately thirty miles of the Fife coastline and have found a number of beautiful and interesting beaches – each with its own characteristics and unique mixture of treasures. The various finds available at each site reflect the local geography and the socio-economic history of the communities along the coast. It is amazing how different two beaches only a mile or two apart can be.

I believe there’s a desire in all of us to forage and Etsy has provided a platform not only to indulge this passion,…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 12
  • Joined March 21, 2010

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sea glass, sea pottery, driftwood, sea metal, fossils

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About

I grew up in Fife (on the east coast of Scotland) which has a beautiful, rugged and varied coastline and returned there with my young family about 8 years ago. My husband and I wanted our boys to grow up by the sea and felt it important that they developed a connection with the outdoors.

During our time here we have rediscovered and explored approximately thirty miles of the Fife coastline and have found a number of beautiful and interesting beaches – each with its own characteristics and unique mixture of treasures. The various finds available at each site reflect the local geography and the socio-economic history of the communities along the coast. It is amazing how different two beaches only a mile or two apart can be.

I believe there’s a desire in all of us to forage and Etsy has provided a platform not only to indulge this passion, but to allow us the freedom to spend as much time as we desire doing it, as it more than pays for itself. It is lovely to think our children make the connection that work needn’t be something you don’t enjoy, and that it’s possible to make choices about work/life balance.

Etsy has been a good tool to teach our boys about the value of things, how it’s possible with a little imagination to create ‘something out of nothing’ essentially, and how it’s possible to find beauty in discarded objects and breathe new life into them giving them a sense of worth once more. This is important, we feel, especially in a society which is largely driven by ‘single use’ consumerism.

Most days I can be found on the beach. When not foraging, I tend to spend my time doing something creative. I studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art for 6 years and now work as an art practitioner mainly teaching children, so while there is not a direct link, I do enjoy the creative aspect of having an Etsy business.

It is lovely how a pleasurable family activity like beachcombing can generate enjoyment for others and simultaneously support our family life and children’s future.

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