Polymer Clay Inspiration, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cindy Lietz Polymer Clay Tutor Seaside Oregon Cannon BeachVideo #304: Roadtrip #1-09: It’s not often you see formal pink gowns billowing in the windy surf on a warm summer’s day…

With all the devastating hurricane activity that happened last week along the US Atlantic coastline, it seems a little surreal to be sharing such a peaceful and relaxing video of the breezy ocean scene at Cannon Beach near Seaside, Oregon.

This video was shot shortly after visiting with Alisa Burke in her Gallery, during our first PcT Roadtrip visit to the Oregon Coast. It had already been a hectic (and sometimes stressful) journey, so this incredible gorgeous scenery and warm sea air was a welcome and inspiring escape for the entire family.

When we arrived at the beach, it was almost completely clear of people. But just as we were setting up, a beautiful Bride/Grad model and her photographer waltzed in behind us to get some shots of their own.

It’s not often you see formal pink gowns billowing in the windy surf on a warm summer’s day… so Doug just went with it and kept his camera rolling as I did my thing in the foreground. Everything seemed perfectly timed, as if it was meant to be.

Beautiful Eh?

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  1. Anna Sabina, 05 November, 2012

    I could not find the Thumbs Up until I went to You Tube. there is a link on your video to view at You Tube. I was hoping you magically turned into that you lady in the pink dress. Wouldn’t that be fun? But would definitely want you back as our Cindy.

    I am originally from Long Island New York and got word from my Mom there still is no electricity at her house. No worries as she lives with my sister at a different part of the Island. But in all the years growing up and experiencing storms and hurricanes, I never remember electricity being out so long. It is not so much that her area was hit hard but the devastation in areas near by that has slowed the process. Keeping those people in our prayers.

  2. Catalina, 05 November, 2012

    I hope you mom is ok, Anna. It must have worrisome for you. This video seems like the beach is always calm and peacful but, I guess Mother Nature like to surprise us. Hope every one that has been touched by the hurricane are on their way to recovery.

    Thanks, Cindy for the little vacation to the beach!! It was nice :-)

  3. Jocelyn C, 05 November, 2012

    Somebody makes some mean hot chocolate…yummm….

  4. Patty J, 05 November, 2012

    Wow loved it. Never been there and wondered what the fuss was about and now I see. I used to run along santa monica beach and the oxygen high you would get is outstanding and just watching your video, I felt it again. I like Dougs coif., my brother has that style too and I really like. what a memorable trip for you and your family. wont be forgotten. sigh. Wish I was a mouse tucked away in the trailer and yes hot choc looks really good and waffles I love the best. thanks for sharing I just took a vacation watching.

  5. Marie Roozen, 05 November, 2012

    I want to thank you for coming to seaside my friend Cindy Peterson took my daughter Elizabeth to meet you and you showed her how to make beautiful roses. She had a blast. Again wanted to thank you


  6. Cindy Lietz, 05 November, 2012

    You are so welcome Marie! I am so glad Elizabeth had a nice time. She is a real darling and it was fun getting to know her and seeing her work. She has a lot of talent! We did film a segment of our time together at the campground that will come up soon here on the blog, so stay tuned for that. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  7. Jocelyn, 14 November, 2012

    Marie, duely noted that you have raised a lovely, helpful, and artfully talented young lady….she is precious. You must be so proud, she was a joy to watch.

  8. Elaine Faulks, 05 November, 2012

    Mmmm Cindy,
    Could almost taste the salt on my lips as I watched you enjoy and describe Cannon Beach. Those rock formations were awesome and the happy shots of you all really made me grin. Great to see Doug looking so relaxed, bet he needed some R & R after hauling that rig! Nice smile Doug.
    Looking forward to the next mini episode and have put marshmallows on my shopping list………………………………………..cheers xx……………………..

  9. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 05 November, 2012

    Yes the beach was definitely a great place for some R&R :-)

    BTW: I see a couple of you noticed my Campfire Cocoa Supremo’s. They always taste best when made on the grill over an open flame. A side benefit was that it gave me a chance to teach Fisher how to chop wood. He caught on pretty quick and we ended up grilling several meals, pioneer style. In fact that old waffle iron you saw sharing the photo with the cocoa mugs, was a true relic from way, way back… but it still works like a charm!

  10. Jocelyn, 06 November, 2012

    So glad for both of you that you know the value of family, and spend time with the kids on adventures like this. Plus, it’s fun to watch.

  11. Joyce Folsom, 06 November, 2012

    Wonderful video, makes me want to be there with you. Love the pic of you and Doug, Cindy. It had to be a special moment and the one with Willow and Fisher too. You certainly are creating
    memories that will be forever for all of you and us. The scenery is just awesome. I have always loved the ocean as well as the mountains growing up in southern New Hampshire where the seaside was so close by and the mountains a bit further. Memories are so presious. Thanks for
    sharing. Alisa’s blog is wonderful.

  12. Peggy Barnes, 07 November, 2012

    Wow I just emailed my dear wonderful friend Elizabeth Schydlower and told her I hadn’t been here for a while now. Right here is where I met Elizabeth her and her wonderful sense of humor. The clay family I have met here is such a blessing. I have been to that very beech in Oregon with my Mom and all her sisters. Living in Iowa makes being on the beech such a wonderful blessing. The beauty and sound, even the smell is just so amazing. Just takes your breath away. I am so happy for you and your family. These trips must be so rewarding for all of you. The video was priceless and I hope you all cherish it for a very long time.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us Cindy. I know it brought back many wonderful memories for me. The coast in Oregon is beyond any words I know. I would love to live there but most of our family is in Iowa or very close by. That itself is a blessing we are not willing to give up. So maybe another trip someday.
    Many Uuuggggs to all.

  13. Peggy Barnes, 07 November, 2012

    Oooooops beech beach sorry don’t know what I was thinking or spelling. Oh ya guess I must not of been thinking. I think I even did it twice at least I am consistent.
    Sending more Uuggggs. Better say Good-night and get some sleep, Much needed sleep that is.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 08 November, 2012

    Oh Peggy how nice to hear from you!! You have been greatly missed around here! I hope you are feeling well. I know those darn shingles kicked you in the pants over the last year, so hope that they are now gone for good.

    How nice to hear that an Iowa girl has made it out to the Oregon Coast and to the same beach at that! It really is such an amazing place to be. I could easily spend a lot of time there. I hear storm season is pretty cool… I’d be interested as long as the storms weren’t as big as that crazy Sandy!

    I sure hope to come see you out in Iowa some time soon. I would love to see the fireflies… I have never seen them and Doug’s sister Sandy (I know we have been bugging her about the trouble she has been causing) who also lives in Iowa, says that the fireflies are just magical! I can only imagine how inspiring it would be to see a field covered in them!

    Any way, I hope your comment is a sign that you are returning to us. We can’t have you away from the family for soo long. The new ones here haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet.

    Love you! (Say hi to Elizabeth from me… and tell her to get her butt back here as well! We have really missed you both!)

  15. Peggy Barnes, 12 November, 2012

    Hi Cindy,
    It has been awhile and I miss everyone here also. Wish I could say my shingles were gone but no for some reason they are haunting both myself and Elizabeth still. My fibro is out of control right now also and I think is my be in connection with the shingles but either way between the two of them they are kicking my bottom. New Dr. and new ideas if it works out I will share later. You have had some awesome tutes Cindy I just wish I felt better so I could do more of them.
    Fireflies or as my family calls them lightning bugs. I remember as a child chasing them all over and the not so lucky ones ended up in a jar. My Mom would always convince me they were much happier free. We use to take the light off of them and put it on our fingers for rings. They would glow a long time. Well when your a kid they felt like a long time. Then our girls would do the same as it was my turn to convince them they were much happier flying around dancing in the black sky for everyone to see. Living out in the country we were blessed and both myself, children and now grandchildren share the lightning bugs dancing in the sky. I love watching my grandchildren dance in the yard with the sparkle of the beautiful bugs. I guess I just thought this was a dance summer brought to all children. Now I treasure Iowa even more than before. But I did indeed love the Oregon Coast.
    Will try my best to stop by more often as I do miss sending all of you Uuuuggggs. Will let Elizabeth know she is missed also. I notice the family has grown and would love to get to know them all better.
    As you can tell my rambling on is still a part of me. This will always be the sweetest clay family I have. Might not be around so much but you are always in my heart and prayers.
    Cindy you have truly touched each and every one of us in a very special way like no other pc artist could. Now we are blessed even more as we get to know your entire family and what a warm and loving family you all are. God has truly touched each and every one of you and how blessed all of us are to witness what you all share together.Thank you for opening your heart and doors to us.

    Lots of Uuuugggs for all.

  16. tantesherry, 12 November, 2012

    Peggy it is so nice to hear from you<3

    Hope all is well at your home – I convinced my mom to get her shingles vaccine by sharing your story, I bet it helped a lot of others too :)

    ps: I miss Elizabeth (& her 'Manny' stories – too funny) also.
    -maybe you could tell her next time you guys talk :)

    there are of course a few more I miss…but no more naming names – Just know you are thought of time to time in the 'nice memories dept of my mind'

    sending you an Ugg back -sherry

  17. Peggy Barnes, 12 November, 2012

    tantesherry – You are so sweet and kind. Thank you for letting me know about your Mother I hope everyone age 50 or older talks to their Dr. about the shingle vaccine. It is just hard to imagine the pain unless you have had them yourself. If I can convince just one person to lesson their chances of this awful virus from attacking them they I am thrilled. Poor Elizabeth keeps getting attacked like myself only she gets the rash again and the whole 9 yards. I have only gotten the rash back 2 times but the pain returns to remind me – they are still in charge. The shingles are still active in my cornea but blessings continue as the scaring has increased it still has not caused me to go blind. My sight is worse and sometimes very fussy but it clears up some from time to time. I continue on drops and the antiviral antibiotic, for how long who knows. So please anyone else out there that knows someone 50 or older or you are please get the vaccine. It is not 100% but even if it just lessons an outbreak it is well worth it. Some states it is free and some insurances pay for it. Unfortunately not medicare. But look into it and find out.
    tantesherry I am so glad you convinces your Mom. she is blessed to have you as all of us here are too.
    I will contact Elizabeth and tell her she is missed along with her awesome sense of humor. She might be a little thing but she is a mighty good friend and I love that we found each other here along with so many other dear friends.
    Miss you all and Uuuuggggs going out to each and everyone of you.

  18. Catalina, 13 November, 2012

    I will agree about the shingles vaccine. I will turn 50 next January! (Don’t tell anyone, ha ha) but I think I will gift me the vaccine. Anyone with small children should get the vaccine for chicken pox. This will help even more people from getting shingles. Blessing to all! May everyone’s health be greatly improved in the coming new year. (I want a head start on New Year’s blessings, :-)

  19. Francine C, 09 November, 2012

    I guess we could have a seaside Oregon palette, couldn’t we ? ;-)
    Thank you for these gorgious views

  20. Peggy Barnes, 12 November, 2012

    That is a great idea Francine just think of all the colors in the Ocean. Just the water itself glistens with so many blue shades. WOW an endless list of color. I want to go to the coast so desperately right now.
    Unfortunately the east coast not so pretty at this time. I want to take a moment to tell everyone involved with Sandy’s burst of emotion, you and your families are all in my thoughts and prayers. It will be a long journey but with the help of so many wonderful people it will get closer each day. God Bless all involved with loss and those now helping.

  21. Natalie Herbin, 12 November, 2012

    Hi everyone…have t has a chance to watch all the most recent videos… Getting ready for a. Fact sir this Thursday and then one on dec 2.. Got a big question for all my pc friends and cindy…. I have been using Pledge Future shine using a brush ..I’m very careful not to get bubbles when I pour out a quantity into a small dish but when I brush it on with a Brush I get bubbles… Any suggestions. …what type of brush should I use? I have been using the sanding pads and then the dremel with their budding pad…b I am gettting frustrated a about these silly little bubbles that appar st the past step of each item….-all advise will be greatly appreciated …also what an I do in stead of future shine….as I said I do the sanding a dremel… I am thinking of investing in a rock gum le for the ears it I make a lot of other things like pendants and pins

    On a different topic…I need everyone’s prayers… Going to the gyn oncologist on Wed ..hope what I saw is just an on tease in scar tissue from the last biosy and not th return of the cancer

  22. Peggy Barnes, 13 November, 2012

    Natalie You most definitely are in my thoughts and prayers. Asking for prayers here on Cindy’s Blog you should get lots of prayers and I feel very strong that when prayers come in quantity the power is even more POWERFUL. I will also put you on our prayer chain at church. Jesus is an Awesome King and is there for you always.
    Many Uuuugggs and God Bless you and your family.

  23. Catalina, 13 November, 2012

    I agree with my dear friend, Peggy, prayers are on the way to your speedy recovery. My mom just got shingles a couple of weeks ago. I felt so bad for her. I now realize how terrible this is and I hope Peggy and Elizabeth get some very needed relief, soon!
    The bubbles you are getting might be due to the type of brush and how you are putting the Future on. A very soft brush and very little strokes will help diminish the bubbles. Do not “scrub” or keep going over the same area over and over. Dipping the bead in a small jar or bowl and shaking the excess off is another technique. If your bead has a lot of texture the dipping method might work better.

    I hope your news is good! Keep positive thoughts!

  24. Peggy Barnes, 13 November, 2012

    Cat I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I pray is goes away fast and doesn’t come back They are even recommending the vaccine for patients who have had the shingles. I had the vaccine while still being active in my eye. They told me as long as I had no rash for over 2 weeks there would be no problem having it. Your Mom might want to ask her Dr. about it after her rash is gone. It sure is a lot more common then people realize and definitely more painful. If everything goes good for your Mother she may be over it in 30 days with no problems sneaking back. Please let her know she is in my prayers and if she has a bad case get in touch with me I can tell you about some meds they tried on my aunt that helped her. She has been fighting shingles for almost 2 yrs. now. Yes please gift yourself with the vaccine on your special birthday. You also are in my prayers along with your wonderful family.

    Love and Uuuuuuggggs

  25. Catalina, 13 November, 2012

    Peggy, we need to talk again soon. Miss you and value your friendship. This has been a hard year for many people here at the blogg. So, glad we can lean on each other. I will pass the info on to my mother and I hope you are feeling well enough to clay! I just made the poinsettia earrings for the first time! Just love them! That Gum Paste kit is soooo cool! I wonder what flower Cindy do next?

  26. Cindy Lietz, 13 November, 2012

    Hi Natalie, I am so sorry that you have been going through so much lately. Seems like you have had more than your share of troubles. I am glad to hear that you have such a strong will though. It is heartening to know that you are using your love of clay to keep positive and make it through your challenges.

    With your question about the bubbles in your finish, Catalina has some good advice there. However, if you are going to the effort of sanding and buffing, do you really need to put on a finish at all? It may look nicer and be a lot easier if you didn’t use Future at all and just got your shiny finish from your dremel.

    A rock polisher is nice for sanding large quantities of beads (especially round ones) but it isn’t the ‘Magic Machine’ for getting a glossy finish. It will give you a quite smooth surface and if you buff them after you can also get a satin sheen which is very nice. I do have tutorials on using a rock polisher if you didn’t already know.

    The best finish is hand sanded and buffed (and waxed if you like it even shinier) if you can do it efficiently. It is always best to make fewer high quality pieces, then lots of lower quality pieces, if you want to sell your work, like I know you do.

    Good luck. We’ll be thinking of you!

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