8/19/12

Gifts From The Sea (or the Gulf)

One of our very favorite things to do while at the beach was to gather shells. We walked alone scanning the beach where the waves rolled in and in pairs in ankle deep water, letting out hoots when we would find pieces of sand dollars or unusual-to-us shells. We would do this for hours upon hours...so relaxing!




When we brought home our little bag of memories, I immediately put them in a bowl with a tiny amount of bleach and let it sit for a couple days....

 And then we poured them out onto a large clean towel to dry off, play with and sort...
 Once again oohing and aahing over the pieces that we had found...
 And wondering what some were...
 After admiring them on the table for a week or so, we knew we had to find a bowl to display our Texas Vacation Treasures! Of course I have cool bowls and dishes lying around that could've easily served this purpose. But of course I used this as another excuse to go browse one of my favorite thrift stores that had been ignored for much of the summer.
  Isn't she lovely? Found at Goodwill for a dollar.
 Sigh...and our shells have found a forever-home...



  Aren't they pretty?
 Just one more picture

And then just one more to sufficiently admire them.
So far they have been taken out and rearranged by each one of us at least once as an excuse to play with them once again. As it should be.

8 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what sweet and precious memories. The best ever kind. Hugs, Marty

Crystal in Texas said...

Beautiful shells! It sounds like you all had a lot of fun on your vacation...I don't know why I don't go to the beach more often...I'm really close!

ladyhawthorne said...

Reminds me it's been too long since I have been to Galveston. It's only a little over an hour away.

acorn hollow said...

Such a sweet memory. We have a bowl of the same from our vacation
but we took a bit of sand to run our fingers through also.
Cathy

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Marty, thank you! I miss you!

Crystal, YOU NEED TO GO RIGHT NOW! I would be there all the time.

Ladyhawthorne, YOU NEED TO GET THERE, TOO! I am so jealous you are that close!

Cathy...oh sand! Never thought of sand...that wouldve been a good memory, too!

svelteSTUFF said...

Remember when you are doing a 'photo shoot' for your ETSY shop of jewelry, that shells make cool props!! (ANY excuse to play with them I say!! - and who says you can't mix 'work' and 'play' ;-)

Sue said...

Beautiful display in the bowl. Have you thought about making a wreath with your shells? I have thought about doing that, only using a grapevine wreath instead of the green one.

C. Dianne Zweig said...

Such glorious photos, Dianne