Bring the Ocean Home

Denver, Colorado · 297 Sales


Bring the Ocean Home

Denver, Colorado 297 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Last updated on Feb 5, 2016

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The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson

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The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson


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One day we left everything behind and ran away to sea.

The Bosun grew up in Northern Indiana, in a town surrounded by fields and farmland. There was snow in the winter, fireflies in summer, and no ocean in sight.

Sarita Li grew up in the Mojave Desert, in a little pit stop town halfway between Vegas and LA... with no ocean in sight.

One day our paths crossed on a 103' sail boat in the Puget Sound, and our adventures took us to New York City, all over Connecticut and Long Island Sound, back to Indiana, and then, five years later, we came full circle and moved onto an antique wooden sailboat.

Our newest crew member, Keani Kai, joined us in 2011. He's still getting his sea legs. And his land legs.

When we were landlocked in Indiana, everything reminded us of the sea, and we realized that living in a farmhouse in the Midwest was no reason not to have authentic nautical decor. So we continued using the sailor arts and knot work that we had learned at sea, and made beautiful, functional pieces for our home. Since then, we have moved back to the coast, and our pieces have found homes in Massachusetts, New York, Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, Los Angeles, Boothbay Harbor Maine, Atlanta, Nova Scotia and Ontario Canada, and most recently, Indianapolis Indiana!

We hope we've made something that you will love.

Shop members

  • Sarita Li

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Shipper

    Sarita Li is a maker, fixer, teacher, and explorer. She has lots of ideas and not nearly enough time to explore them all.

  • The Bosun

    Maker, Designer

    John J worked as Bosun on the tallship Hawaiian Chieftain, where he learned marlinspike seamanship. Although he later served as Chief Mate, Editorial Assistant, Windows Support Consultant, Certified Mac Technician, etc., Bosun is his true calling.

  • Keani Kai

    Curator, Mascot, Chief Morale Officer

    Keani Kai keeps our boat afloat and our priorities in order. He ensures that we have regularly scheduled nap times and never work through dinner.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 4, 2017
Welcome to our Etsy shop!
It was created to share sailorly (and a few lubberly) things with the world.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Refunds are granted only if USPS confirms that the item was lost/damaged.

However, we would much rather re-create the item for you, and not leave you empty handed!
Etsy direct checkout is the preferred method of payment.

Colorado sales tax is charged on orders shipping within Colorado.
Ready-to-ship items are sent out via USPS (unless otherwise noted). We usually ship on Tuesdays.

Tracking is included in the shipping charge.

International buyers are welcome! Please convo us for estimated shipping costs if your country is not listed. Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.