Creating memorabilia from memorable moments?
And also kind of stressful, come to think of it.
Remember my recent adventure in ocean snatching?
Well, guess what?
I finally did something productive with all those seashells, ocean water, and sand.
My masterpieces are finally done!
What can I say?
My creative streaks ebb and flow.
(Just like the tides of an ocean!)
It took me a few weeks to envision exactly what I wanted to create with all my awesome ocean loot.
All I knew was that I wanted to recreate a beach scene.
But how, exactly?
I’ve got my very own tropical island oasis right here at home, with a beachy island-themed office room that I’d designed myself.
Complete with an inflatable palm tree.
Yet, figuring out the best way to recreate the ocean at home with real ocean parts is no small feat.
Don’t get me wrong.
I love crafting.
I love making memories.
And I especially love the beach.
It’s a dangerous combination.
Forget all the money spent on the vacation itself…
If you truly want to preserve your memories, you’d best be prepared to shell out even more money with a trip to Hobby Lobby.
But first, let’s talk about glue.
One year, my brother gave my boys a cool sock puppet kit for Christmas.
But there was an awful lot of sewing involved to assemble and accessorize those puppets, and I am not a big fan of sewing.
Why sew when super glue is so much faster?
As glue oozed like a spewing volcano out of the tube, I discovered the sock puppet had become glued shut.
With my hand still inside.
Glue and I clearly have a complicated history.
And so there were all these little factors I had to take into account for my ocean project.
Like how to glue sand and seashells without having shells permanently attached to my fingertips.
And how to ensure ample air ventilation to avoid passing out from toxic glue fumes.
At any rate…
On a burst of creative energy, I was finally ready to turn my collection of goodies from the ocean into a work of art.
One combining most of my prized loot into a display:
(A shadow box with a layer of beach sand as the backdrop for my Atlantic seashells, along with a little heart-shaped jar for the ocean water.)
Another for a more sensory-filled experience:
(My little sandy beach jar, with some of the smaller seashells. If sand beneath my feet isn’t an option, then I’ll settle for sand in my hands. Ooh, that rhymes!)
A stress-relief meditation jar:
(No, the glitter and pink water are not from ocean. And it’s also not technically a “jar”. But the seashells on top are indeed from the beach. Besides, it’s something to shake and throttle. What’s not to love?)
And another heart-shaped vial of ocean water:
(Because it seemed wrong to dump the leftover Atlantic Ocean water after all the trouble we went through to collect it. And drinking it just didn’t seem like a very good idea.)
Trying to capture the magnificence of a real beach is damn near impossible.
But if you’re going to steal from the beach, you might as well do something awesome with your loot, right?
Oh, and as for all the glue I used for my projects?
No matter how many times I scrubbed my hands afterward, they were still stickier than a pot of Winnie the Pooh’s honey.
I had to wear cotton socks to bed that night.
On my hands.
Because I was terrified I’d wake up glued to the sheets.
Or somehow stuck to the wall.
Or worse, with my hands permanently attached to my face, like that kid from Home Alone.
Whenever I use glue, I truly seem to have the whole world in my hands.
In the most literal sense possible.
I finally have something to show for my moment of blissful ocean kleptomania!
And yet, I still have 493 pictures from my trip to sort through, organize, and arrange into a scrapbook.
So much for the stress relief of crafting.
Where’s that !&#$ meditation jar when I need it?
~Happy Saturday, friends! Have a great weekend!~