Thursday, December 02, 2010

a coastal holiday part 1

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Having lived at the beach for most of my life, I consider myself to be an expert beachcomber and other than being an artist, it is truly up there as one of my favorite things to do. Is there such a thing as a professional beachcomber?!



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For a few years, I've been kicking around the idea of having a coastal themed holiday where I put my love of beachcombing to use. Instead of being tempted to buy ornaments and decorations (yes, even though I typically make everything, I still get tempted to buy more) I would
work around a beach theme, find all my decorations at the beach or make the rest- everything inspired by the sea.
This is the year that I challenge myself to do it!


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So for the last few days I've made my way down to the beach. Lately we've had some minus tides (translation: VERY low tide) and this is the best time to go beachcombing.


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I cover a lot of ground when I'm in "beachcombing mode" and prefer to go alone (everyone I know runs out of patience after about 30 minutes) because I spend hours and walk miles . I traverse back and forth from the water line up to the dry sand, covering everything in between and then back down to the water line- back and forth for miles.


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I sift through tiny pieces of shells. This is where you can find teeny tiny treasures.


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I crawl around on all fours- sometimes this is the only way to see everything.


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I search through rocks


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until I find the perfect one.



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I only look for shells that will fit with my ideas- otherwise I could come home with WAY TOO MANY treasures!


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When I get home I spread everything out


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and sift through my findings.


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I organize by size,


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categories


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and color.


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and now it is time to get to work!

Check back in the next few days to see what I have been creating with all my beachcombing treasures

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