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Making the Beach Last Just a Little Longer

We returned from our vacation Saturday on evening to clean house, nearly stocked refrigerator, and a freshly mown lawn, thus confirming the sheer awesomeness of our children.  Though we had mounds of things to unpack, my only desire was to brew a big cup of coffee and spend the rest of the evening catching up with them.  Only our oldest daughter was home, as my youngest daughter was officiating a wedding while her fiancé was doing the wedding photographs. By 11 pm everyone was home and we stayed up well into the night chatting and laughing.

On Sunday, I meant to start my unpacking and laundry early in the day, but I just couldn’t bring myself to begin the activities that signaled the true end to our vacation.  Instead, I grabbed a bucket and some towels and took the huge pile of seashells that we collected out to the patio to wash and sort. My daughters joined in, and a couple of hours later we had a bucketful of gorgeous, sand-free shells.

After this task, I should have accepted my fate and turned on my washer, but the sparkling clean shells beckoned a trip to Michael’s Arts and Crafts store for display jars and other beachy accoutrements.

Of course, Michael’s didn’t let me down, and I soon had ten lovely jars of King Triton’s treasures to decorate with and give as gifts.

Just a few of my shell jars! (photo by me)
Just a few of my shell jars! (photo by me)

At one of the craft shops in Nag’s Head, I bought this little ornament and decided to break out my beading tools to make a few, (well, maybe more than a few), of my own!

An oyster shell ornament from the Seagreen Gallery in Nag's Head, NC. (Photo by me)
An oyster shell ornament from the Seagreen Gallery in Nag’s Head, NC. (Photo by me)
One of the shell ornaments that I made. (photo by me)
One of the shell ornaments that I made. (photo by me)
Another of my creations. (Photo by me)
Another of my creations. (Photo by me)
Another ornament made by me. (Photo by me)
Another ornament made by me. (Photo by me)
Beachy goodies! (Photo by me)
Beachy goodies! (Photo by me)

 

 

 

 

Finally, around bedtime, I’d conjured up the gumption to begin unpacking.  As, I sit here preparing this post, my washer and dryer are thumping and humming their welcome home song.  My butt may temporarily be planted in my recliner typing, but my heart is most definitely still at the beach!

My husband hung this by out front door last night.  Beachy houses don't always have to be near the actual beach! (Photo by me)
My husband hung this by out front door last night. Beachy houses don’t always have to be near the actual beach! (Photo by me)

23 thoughts on “Making the Beach Last Just a Little Longer”

  1. It’s always nice to take the vacation home with you! I love your creations! I wonder if sea shells would make for a decent wind chime? Just think, in a few short years, you’ll be living at your vacation destination. How cool will that be?

    1. It will be more than very cool!! I think the wind chime idea is a good one, thank you! I have only one more load of laundry to go, and I’m officially done. Then it’s off to the gym. It’s funny, after three days of non attendance, my gym sends a computer generated email saying that they’re missing me. I hope they missed me enough to save my favorite Octane machine for me when I get there! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great Monday!

      1. I’m dragging today. I stayed up for the hockey game last night, and then I tossed and turned. That usually happens when I have a good weekend. Like your vacation, I don’t want it to end!

      2. I forced myself to get up at 6:30 when my husband’s alarm went off, to start laundry. Now I want a nap, but am not going to give in to my sleepiness! Sunday nights are never good sleep nights when you know you have to get up for work early. Get some coffee and find an excuse to wander away from your desk! 🙂

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