You probably have no sense of just how much beach glass we’ve collected over the last few years of living near the beaches of Lake Ontario. I’ve always said that for as long as I’ve lived where I do, I would collect as much as I can because store-bought glass can never beat authentic sandy beach glass. Someday I’ll do something with it and celebrate this time of our lives, but for now you could just say we’re hoarding it. The situation has gotten a little out of hand.
To rally the troops (troops being the 6 different containers that had been displayed/stored throughout the house) I spread a piece of white craft paper over the dining room table, and we went to town sorting through all of the colors.
It’s obviously a family affair. We’re three people that really, really love the challenge of finding wonderful beach glass. And, for some reason, the kid never seems to consider sorting glass by color as a chore, which makes the whole process enjoyable (and quicker). American and Canadian breweries and wineries love their brown, green, and white recyclables, but we have amassed have a fair collection of light blue, a handful of purples, and an appealing pile of rare bright, mint, and olive green shades.
Each piece varies in size. I started a separate container of pieces that are larger than 1″x1″ (seen at the bottom of this post – the same rectangular container filled almost halfway as of today) because the light flows through it so much differently than the densely packed smaller pieces shown here. Those honkers aren’t included this mission, nor are several gigantic and well-worn pieces we found on the beach the day that Pete proposed to me; they’re actually on our bathroom windowsill where I can enjoy them daily.
When it came to reorganizing the glass, I decided to consolidate the whole collection into a single vase by color. This clear glass cylinder was purchased for <$10 at Marshall’s, and leaves us room to re-sort and grow the collection this upcoming spring and summer.
The top layer is my favorite, the perfect mashup of beautiful cool colors, I could just eat it with my face.
Its round base is too wide for any windowsill, but it works well right now atop our living room shelf.