Thursday, December 02, 2010

a coastal holiday part 1

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?!

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!

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.

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.

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

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

I search through rocks

until I find the perfect one.


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


When I get home I spread everything out

and sift through my findings.

I organize by size,


and color.

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


  1. whyducks7:29 AM

    Alisa you are truly blessed with where you live. We are snowed in at the moment and although it is very pretty it is very limiting when you cannot get out!

  2. i will gladly pop back in! i am also a beachcomber but i comb the freshwater, lake superior, not many shells but lovely rocks, bones, glass, and rusty the ocean too, but not very convenient...

  3. oh my! can't wait. love this post.

  4. I'd have kept up with you! Can't wait to see what you create.

  5. I love shell collecting at the beach too! I'm so excited to see what you will do with all your pretty finds :)

  6. Kittyj8:56 AM

    I can't wait to see what you do! I LOVE beach treasures!

  7. I, too, am looking forward to seeing what you come up with! The beach has always been fun for me, no matter where it is. Very relaxing!

    Happy hunting!!

  8. Love this post! I'm dreaming that I am on that beach and finding such fun treasures! Can't wait to see what you create with them.

  9. wow beautiful! can't wait to see!!

  10. We aren't allowed to take stuff off the beach at Doheny as it's a nature preserve. So I have to look and leave.

  11. Hope to do some early morning Beachcombing next week while I'm in Redondo Beach. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Your ideas are so very inspiring!

  12. You could be my best friend ever. I adore beach combing and do it all the time. I am like you and can spend hours enjoying the search, sand and surf (with or without sun!). I will say your shells are more awesome than what I can find on my beach but that won't stop me. :o)

  13. Wow, your photos are so lovely, just looking at those shells and the sand makes you dream of the ocean. It brings peace and serenity. I'm also looking forward to see what you can create with them. =)

  14. Can't wait to see what you do with these. I have similar photos of sheets of great shells from my East Coast beach combing during the summer.

  15. Love beach combing - I can get lost in the treasure hunt. Always searching for those prize agates, unique colored rocks and shells... Just curious, what camera and lens do you use for your beautiful crisp photos? They're enchanting!

  16. Oh my.. u are so blessed to be living where u are.. hubby and I hv a dream of living by the sea one day too.. check out my reverb 10 post a bit down on my blog today! Love your post.... I can't wait to see what else u will share.. beautiful!

    If u are going to seaside soiree, say hi to some of my brave girls friends for me, I was with some of them this past Oct.. hugs bonnierose

  17. I too do what you do on our Aussie beaches.

  18. beautiful world we live in

  19. Beachcombing is something that I have been wanting to do ever since moving to Portland (OR), but I don't know where to go for good beachcombing!!! Do you have any recommendations/tips for us? :-)

  20. Je crains avoir fait un peu la même chose ces derniers jours!!! mais avec tant de plaisir.

  21. My daughter and I created a "Sea and Sky" tree a few years ago. We glued ribbon to our collection of shells for ornaments and added small birds to the tree (just because we like them). We have a starfish for a tree-topper. I'll have to take a pic of it and post it when I get it up this year. Can't wait to see your finished product!

  22. Thirty minutes is no time at all when wandering the beach! What fun!

  23. Alisa l used to live my the sea for many years in many different countries. Now l live in London which l love but l do MISS the sea and collecting shells , stones and sea glass. Enjoy your timexlynda

  24. Alisa l used to live my the sea for many years in many different countries. Now l live in London which l love but l do MISS the sea and collecting shells , stones and sea glass. Enjoy your timexlynda

  25. Alisa l used to live my the sea for many years in many different countries. Now l live in London which l love but l do MISS the sea and collecting shells , stones and sea glass. Enjoy your timexlynda

  26. I love beachcombing!And what I collect most is sea glass!I would love to see your sketchbook with painitngs of sea shells,stones and sea glass.Ariadne from Greece!

  27. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Love it!!;-) I had actually been thinking of making a similar tree this year. I love the beach & I'm so envious that you get to live there full time!! Have a Merry Christmas!


  28. It's so good to go home! Nothing like a coastal holiday ;)

  29. I just catching up on the blogs I read and came across this post and my heart just jumped. Oh, to live near and comb the beach. I need to move! I love coming home with little treasures. Right now I live a mid-sized city and mostly I pick up scraps of metal I find in the gutters. Just looking at your pictures gives me a sense of calm.

  30. Anonymous2:38 PM

    What Beach did you go to find the beautiful shells and rocks?