Mix and match: sun, surf, and sand!
~Imagine the possibilities~
Upside down glasses, beach treasures and beach scented candles, it’s that easy!
Posted by Jody on October 13, 2012
'Tis the season for homemade Christmas ornaments! Well, not really, it's not even Halloween yet; but a recent weekend away at the shore had me itching to finally get around to putting together some nautical ornaments I purchased supplies for months ago. I must say, I'm pretty pleased with the way they turned out.
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Posted by E.G.D. on September 15, 2012
So, as those of you who read my posts know, my niece and nephew collected a truly amazing number of shells last time our family visited the gulf coast together. Some of you might recall that particular event ultimately led to my discovery of seashells as a decopage-able item. Well, a couple weeks ago, I finally decided that something must be done about the fact that all those shells were still in bags and buckets half full of water and sand. I fished them out of the plastic crate that had been their home for a good number of months, and I spent about an hour one evening and washed them all, laying them out to dry on towels and dumping all the excess sand in the backyard. Now, I know this may sound like an odd thing for an aunt to do of an evening, but I had a very good reason, and the reason is as follows: one day, I decided to string some of my beach treasures from the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and my nephew walked into my room and said, “wow, Aunt Elisa! Those are beautiful. I hope I can be a great necklace maker like you when I grow up,” and my immediate response was, “Liam, you can be just as good a necklace maker right now. Here, I’ll show you…” but, what with his being five and a bit flighty, he was out of the room before I could get his hands on my shells.
Now, I won’t say I sprung immediately into action or anything, but I can say that the very next time I found myself in a craft store, I bought a large package of plastic necklace cord and two large packages of miscellaneous plastic beads. I’m sure you have guessed this by now, but that was the night I went and washed all those shells, and I carefully picked out every one I could find with a proper, natural hole in it.
Well, that was a long story, and I feel I oughtn’t make a long story longer, so I shall present the result to you in pictures, though I am sorry to say that Liam was asleep when I took them (this was seashell necklace evening #2). However, I did get some good shots of his necklace, and Oona was happy to demonstrate the process for me ^_^.
As you can see, this is a simple, fun project for beachcombers of all ages, and the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend this sort of project to any family of beachgoers. I absolutely guarantee the little ones will love the entire process, from collecting to stringing! Happy beach treasure crafting- E.G.D.
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