Posted by Jody on September 6, 2013
Seashell Framed Mirror
How cool is this? Our coastal friend Southern Sea Muse photographed this intriguing seashell framed mirror in an urgent care clinic in Daphne, Alabama. She was very kindly thinking of our fellow beach lover Eunice (aka: nutsfortreasure) at Living and Lovin who had commented on our recent “Got Driftwood?” post (featuring a driftwood framed mirror). ~Eunice, did you find that glue gun yet?~
Many, many thanks to Southern Sea Muse for sharing with us!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your glue guns!
It’s your turn to show us your beach-crafty side!
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Posted by E.G.D. on August 9, 2012
You know, some seashells just beg to be necklace pendants. Just think of how many beautiful shells you find on any beach trip that have perfectly placed holes in them, and I’m sure you’ll see what I mean. Recently, Jody and I drove down to the Louisiana Gulf Coast (sometimes called the Cajun Riviera), and I came home with three shells that found their ways onto chains and cords within the week.
Now, this is a project that anyone and everyone with a steady hand can do. All I used was a length of chain, a bit of waxed necklace cord, lobster-claw clasps (purchased at a craft store) and a pair of needle nosed pliers. Alternately, I could have used a “necklace kit,” which they sell pretty much everywhere, including Walmart and Target. Without further ado, here is the first shell necklace! It has interesting craters in it, so I call it the moon shell necklace.
I couldn’t have chosen a better place for those holes than the place nature chose for me!
This is the flip side. What a lovely shade of blue!
Here’s a slightly different angle
It hangs so nicely!
This next one I thought looked a little bit like a wing, and I strung it on a piece of waxed cord between two silver-sheen beads.
And finally, this one has a nice natural grunge effect. It is a thoroughly weathered lightning whelk shell.
Aren’t they fun? And it only took me about ten minutes per piece, most of which was deciding how long I wanted to make the cord or chain so that the shell would hang nicely. Goodness knows, I could do this a hundred times over with shells in my collection, and I wouldn’t have to drill a single hole! Nature does provide.
Happy beach crafting! -E.G.D.
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Posted by Jody on November 28, 2011
Outer Banks Memories / Seashell Wall Art
Many years ago we lived in the Tidewater Area (aka: Hampton Roads) of Virginia. Moving from Norfolk to Virginia Beach and north to Hampton and Newport News, our family enjoyed the inherent pleasures of living near the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay.
Becoming a Girl Scout leader was an easy choice, having a husband away on the USS Yellowstone and three daughters to keep occupied. As luck would have it, my Sandpiper Girl Scout troop decided to plan a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Earth Day weekend of 1990, eleven of us set out on our “explore” to discover the sights, culture and history of this naturally beautiful chain of barrier islands.
We all returned with such special memories. Each one of us came home with one or two favorite experiences from our coastal journey. For Kristie, the best part of the trip was exploring Jockey’s Ridge State Park, site of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. For Ali, the most fun was our walking tour of Ocracoke Island. Visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial, attempting to locate the legendary Pin Hill, getting up early to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean… the list went on and on.
We commemorated our Outer Banks adventure with individual hand crafted seashell wall hangings. Simple needle work and glued on seashell bits now remind me of how much fun we all had together on the coast of North Carolina.
Using burlap border found in a roll at the fabric store, Outer Banks seashell treasures, yarn, glue, and a little imagination, we had a great time crafting our wall hangings. My seashell wall art included the 11 of us stitched on the top of the banner, the prettiest seashell pieces glued into place, a Girl Scout pin, a needlework depiction of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse and the year of our trip. A small wooden dowel and hanging ribbon completed the seashell wall art. It captured treasured memories of our Colonial Coast Girl Scout troop and the fun-filled trip to North Carolina’s barrier islands that I still hold dear today.
Explore the Outer Banks Girl Scout Patch
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Posted by Jody on July 28, 2011
Can you believe it? Christmas ornaments are already popping up in card stores all over the country. Yep, It’s Christmas in July!
So many touristy areas have Christmas shops that are open year ’round. We have one here in Historic Old Town Albuquerque and there’s a Christmas shop near the Plaza in Santa Fe too. We are the kind of travelers who try to go home with a Christmas ornament carefully tucked away in our suitcase, no matter where we visit. Sure, lots of vacationers do this, but we beachcombers can add our own personal touches to the standard Christmas shop fare and transform these basic store-bought decorations into our very own kitschy little beach treasure mementos.
Kitschy Beach Treasure Ornaments
This is a really easy seashell craft idea for seashell Christmas ornaments. You don’t need to leave them boxed up in the attic or packed away in the garage, though. We keep these two out all year-long with our “memento tree.” (A little cast iron display “tree” we purchased from Orvis)
“Santa, Buried in the Sand,” was personalized by the addition of little shell pieces that two of my daughters and I found on Daytona Beach, FL. We were in Florida during college-search-summer for our second daughter. Of course we hit the beach! (She ended up in Tulsa.) “Sand Castle” was given to Greg, by our sweetest-ever four-year old grandson, as a Christmas gift last year. It’s Oh So Special because he had decorated the “sand” by gluing on small seashells Greg and I had found on Sanibel Island earlier that December.
FYI: There are only 150 days until Christmas!
Kitsch you later! -J-
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