Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SEWING SEA SHELLS BY THE SEA SHORE...

 
When packing for any trip it is essential that I include some sort of crafting supplies and my recent trip to the sea shore was no exception.  I chose a small pair of folding scissors, three sizes of needles, a partial spool of white thread, and a mini bottle of Tacky Glue (not pictured)...
 I stuffed two little satin coin purses (purchases from one of Beth's shops (blog: Gathering Dust) Gathering Dust etsy shop or Sugarpinkmoon etsy shop) full of tiny bits, one with fabric scraps left over from my latest project...
 The other with a few fresh water pearls, assorted beads, and some ready drilled shells and stones...
 Adding a few beach finds once I arrived...
 I used as my inspiration a cuff my sweet husband purchased from Diane Knott (blog:
Diane Knott's Musings) Cottage by the Pond etsy shop a year or so ago.  It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.  Diane's hand work is impeccable!...
 I set out to create some embellishment pieces to add to some fabric back grounds I had previously sewn...
 To use as pages of a fabric book to chronicle our vacation to the beach...
I sat sewing sea shells by the sea shore creating little embellishment pieces that were mostly done while relaxing on the B&B (balcony or beach!) where I could DREAM beside lapping waters...
 Soaking in the BEAUTY of the deep blue-green sea...
 Where the views of ocean, sky, and sand never cease to INSPIRE...
 Inviting one to EXPLORE...
 And DISCOVER the gifts of the sea...
Each embellishment is about 6 in. long and 1 in. wide.  I will be adding backing pieces as I attach them to the book pages.  The plan is that this will be summer project to work on when I feel inspired to.  I am still processing photos from the trip so I am not ready to begin assembling the book yet.

 When I got back home I started making my own version of shell embellishments for some of the book pages.  A little handmade paper, a loose sketch with a bit of shading, some wire, glue, and glitter later I had this...
Not too bad for the first try.

What are your "can't leave home without them" traveling art supplies?
Do you travel light too or do you pack your whole studio?

I hope your day is filled to the brim with small joys that make you smile and big blessings that make you grateful!

Blessings,
Sandy

P.S.  My blog posts may be few and far between, my mother has had a few bad spells, toss in a birthday, a three day holiday, a deadline that has to be met by the end of the week, a Handy Hubby who insists on going up to the farm a few days to get some projects done and I am tying to figure out how to breathe much less blog, I will see you when I see you!

Monday, May 21, 2012

FLEW THE COOP, BACK IN THE NEST...

 Thank you to each kind soul who sent a message of encouragement, said a prayer, or gave a kind thought for our family.  You will never know how those comments from my last post helped me as I absorbed the news of my mother's condition.  The timing could not have been worse as we had planned and scheduled for a year now for a vacation for our immediate family and I did not know if I should go or not.  After much debate it was decided by my family that I needed the break and staying home was not going to change anything so, I flew the coop...
 
And hung out with my favorite peeps at the beach...
 After a stroll across the sun warmed sand...
 Out to the rocky jetty...
 The lapping of the waves began to work their magic...
 The tension on the knots of emotion began to loosen...
 We stood in silence and took in the breathtaking views... 
 
Of sand dunes and sea grass...
A path of crystal blue waters leading out to open sea...
 The bridge, with Crab Island just beyond, where the sun sinks to sleep at night...
 And the harbor full of its bobbing boats...
 We took deep gulping breaths of the salt tinged briny air as seaweed and frothy ocean foam swirled around our bare feet...
 While the sea breezes ruffled our hair...
 We paddled in the ocean...
 We enjoyed some fine dining on sea food such as fresh clams and catch of the day fish...
 We scoured the sandy shores for treasures of the deep all the while introducing the grands to all things beloved about the beach like sun bleached shells nestled in the sugar white sand...
 Creatures from the deep...
 The scattered remains of the sea birds breakfast...
 They quickly grew attached to and embraced beach life... 
 Building little sand castles along the shore ...
 And rollicking in the rolling waves...
They spent numerous hours trying to catch one of the little shore birds wanting to bring it home as a pet...
The sun began to set on our stay...
And it was time to point ourselves homeward...

 And return to the Quill...
With our bottled memories...
 We bid the seashore farewell...
We have safely returned to our nest fully rested and ready for the next chapter of life.

Blessings from,
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