We traveled last weekend to South Padre Island, TX to meet family by the shore. It was a beautiful place, with pelicans flying in formation and agile seagulls always happy for a tossed treat. We visited the Port Isabel Lighthouse state park and the eclectic shops that flanked it (including Davy Jones' Ice Cream Locker). We found beautiful local art, and Son One got a stone turtle necklace that he couldn't wait to put on.
We also visited Sea Turtle, Inc., a rescue that housed and treated sea turtles of all sizes. Each one had a printed history of its arrival by its tank; several were found tangled up in plastic. Maybe a new year's resolution to churn out less trash is in order.
For our new friends!
Out on the beach, oyster shells were coming in with each tide, larger than I'd seen anywhere else. Something out there was having a holiday feast! I couldn't resist taking some back to Tennessee.
I saw Santa ornaments like these in a local art shop, but I couldn't get Son One interested. He wanted a giant gold star filled with potpourri (who can guess these things?). From RecyclArt:
But I have another idea in mind. I put in an order for a small tiara so I can get busy on crafts for 2018!
I also found small clam shells with symmetrical round holes in the top, perfect for threading and embroidery. I searched the reason behind those tiny holes, and as I'd suspected, the little bivalves met an untimely end. From Beach Chair Scientist:
So a mollusk gets lunch and saves me the trouble of boring holes in the shells. What's more, it provided some inspiration for this year's embroidery entry for the state fair! I had already picked up an upholstery sample at SmArt Art that felt promising, and the color combined with the shells will be a great start to a seaside scene.
Who's already thinking about the state fair? A 2017 blue ribbon winner, that's who! Gauntlet has been thrown.
We're almost ready to celebrate the New Year! I found lots of cute, glittery crafts online, but I decided we were going to "leap" into the new year with a tabletop catapult aimed at a 2018 target. I searched around and found that Denmark (consistently one of the happiest countries) traditionally does the same by jumping off of chairs at the stroke of midnight.
My plan's probably a little safer for the boys (although let's be honest, they will turn the catapult against their parents). I hope it will still channel that luck and spirit from across the Atlantic. Add our disco light and some sparkly juice, and at a minimum, we'll have a blast to start our 2018!