UNIQUE BOUTIQUE FRIDAY! “Butterflies Are Free”


These beach glass and shell butterflies look like they’re ready to fly away! 

Melissa Francisco’s use of galvanized metal and rustic wood frame combine unlikely elements to create such a whimsical piece. 

4 x 6 with easel back


UNIQUE BOUTIQUE FRIDAY! (okay, so I’m a day late…) “Spring Has Sprung”

No matter what the weather is outside, it can always be springtime with this cute little bird hanging out by its birdhouse and the budding flowers beneath the leafed out tree, created by Melissa Francisco using Lake Erie beach glass and pebbles. 

outside measurements: 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″





UNIQUE BOUTIQUE FRIDAY! “A True Love Story…Never Ends”

Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine?  Look no further! 

This original watercolor with the message “A True Love Story…Never Ends” is in a handmade driftwood frame embellished with beach glass and sits nicely on a driftwood easel.

The painting, frame, and easel are all the works of hometown gal, Carol McDonald.  All the driftwood and beach glass were collected by Carol right here in Vermilion at Main Street Beach .   

Gere Flick ~ Wood Turning

Gere Flick  is a resident of Linwood Park in Vermilion, having moved here after retiring as an insurance executive for forty years.  He has been married to his wife, Carol for over 55 years and they have three children and 5 grandchildren.
Gere has always enjoyed woodworking and took up wood turning after retirement.
He became interested in exotic woods while serving in Vietnam, where the local craftsmen turned wood goblets and other objects from amboyna wood.
He mainly turns small pieces such as pens, bowls, and, his favorite ~ kaleidoscopes, in which he uses beach glass he and Carol find on the Linwood Beach, and they’re turned from Lake Erie driftwood!

Carol McDonald ~ Mixed Media and Beach Glass Art

Carol McDonald is a retired enterostomal therapy nurse.  She and her husband moved to Vermilion three years ago from Minnesota. Growing up in Ohio, they came home to retire.
With a life long love for the arts, it didn’t take long for Carol and her husband, Jim to combine their two joys: His, the love of the outdoors and hers, creativity.
Jim began bringing home handfuls of beach glass, interesting pieces of driftwood, and other beach finds.  It didn’t take long for Carol’s creative juices to start flowing.
From driftwood and beach glass lamps to small desktop canvases (like this one), the fun began!  Soon, Carol began getting requests for custom pieces.
“I get to do what I love, and make others happy”.