This week I didn’t write a weekly column. It felt weird when it was a Monday and there wasn’t one. I’ve been writing for almost 23 years, since my daughter was born who will be 23 in a few days. I started writing professionally because I wanted to be home with her, and it’s been a fantastic career, one I have always loved and one I’m still working in and always will be. Right now I’m working on a book. But my weekly columns, from far back in the day to old newspaper columns called “Quite Contrary” through my recent columns at Splice Today where I work as an editor, have totaled over 1000 and right now I’m taking a little hiatus.
I’m starting a business called SeaCrate. More info is at that linked word. It’s a monthly subscription “beach in a box” club where people can get sea glass, shells, and ocean-themed salty/sweet treats, home decor items and more delivered each month. It’s a culmination of my work in the sea glass community and meeting people from around the world but mostly from the fact that I mail a lot of sea glass to people and wanted a way to share even more of the ocean’s gifts and “vitamin sea” with people who might not be able to get to the coastline on their own. I’m really excited about it. The first shipment will be in June, and the shop will open thirty days before. I will make an announcement when you can sign up- it’s a limited edition run the first time because a fantastic jeweler (to be announced soon!) has contributed some amazing pieces for the first shipment. My Facebook sea glass page is also now offering beachcombing canvases I make and adding other Chesapeake sea glass for sale as well.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me through the years, whether it’s been through reading my work or attending sea glass lectures or following my Instagram beachcombing finds. Even if a monthly ocean-themed box isn’t for you, they can be given as one-time presents also so I hope you’ll consider some treasures from the sea in the future for your gift-giving. I can’t wait for you to see what’s ahead. Thanks again for being here. Please email me at marytmccarthy @gmail.com so I can get you on the mailing list for SeaCrate updates.