Of course, projects were involved!
The tree needed a pearl garland. Pearls come from oysters and there are always some oyster shells to be found on beaches. Totally forgetting that there was a long strand of them in my Christmas bins, I pulled out some cheapo fake pearls I had in my jewelry-making stash and began to string them onto lightweight fishing line. About 9,000 pearls later I had a 9-ft. garland and I swagged it around the tree.
A couple of years ago, Mr. Bill and I went to North Carolina. While there, we bought a boxed set of silver sea shell reproductions. He and I disagree over where we were exactly when we found them--New Bern or Manteo on Roanoke Island. They look as if they were cast in molds created by real shells--cockles, scallops, murexes, etc. So, on to the beachy tree they went!
It needed more! How about some starfish? Check. I had some real, but no longer living, pencil starfish that I bought, again, somewhere in North Carolina. Also had some small starfish that I do not know the name of--some were white, some were turquoise. How about some scallop shells painted turquoise, too? Had the scallops, had the paint; just had to get the two together. But before that, holes needed to be drilled so they could be hung.
Smallish sand dollars that we gathered in Florida were also strung on the fishing line and were added to the tree. Here's what it looked like when finished.
coral, Atlantic giant cockles, paper fig,
Florida fighting conchs, channel whelks, and
one shark's eye
I wanted to have something beachy to put Christmas cards in. Remembering a post by Susan, who blogs at Between Naps on the Porch, I finished up my version of her glass-lined candle holder (which I had started last summer!) and plopped the cards in it. The blog issue with her project is here:
Here is my beachy card holder.
Hope everyone has had a very merry and happy Christmas!
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