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In garbage picking the other day (totally normal!), I stumbled on a Narragansett Beer bottle cap.

Hmm… I am selling my wares off the Narragansett sea wall and these bottle caps have ‘Gansett  written on them… hmmm…what can I make out of these???

So I made a few necklaces and a bracelet to try out tonight.  Let’s see if anyone finds these cool or wonders why I strung some garbage on a chain and tried to sell it ;)

Making a Mess!

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My favorite part of summer vacation is my morning walks.  Every morning I grab a cup of joe and a couple canvas bags and head out.  It is complete isolation.  An introvert’s paradise.  Not another soul for miles and miles.

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It’s a driftwood paradise.  Too rocky for most people’s taste. To me it’s a playground.

This year I took home 12 bags of driftwood of every shape and size.

Ohh… my poor husband who so cleverly tetris-ed all of it into our car :)

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I had absolutely no intent on searching for sea glass which is the only reason I found the amount I did!  I came home with a gallon-sized Ziploc!

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Now home, the chaos persists :)

It wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t occupy that poor husband of mine’s parking space in the driveway.

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But I have slowly begun to tame the chaos.  Small shapes, fin shapes, fish heads, tails… into organized chaos.

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Ideas coming to fruition…

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Some final pieces…

I have 8 more giant driftwood fish to complete.

Hee Hee Hee….they’re still in the driveway, but rest assured husband – I am working on it!

Desk-Top Beaches

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The succulent gardens I made to sell this summer have been such a hit, I thought the kids on vacation might like to make some as mementos of our beach vacation.

I went to our local cigar shop to ask for some boxes which they were happy to supply me with.  While on vacation we collected shells, rocks, driftwood and sand.  I also had succulents from home to include.

Here is what the kids came up with:

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Nothing like bringing home a little bit of vacation :)

Rock On

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Have you heard of this? This is sooo cool!!!

So, I’m strolling through a garden in my town and I look down and see this pretty little flower rock.  When I flip the rock over there is a message to go to a Facebook page.  When I get to the page I see all sorts of people hiding and finding rocks throughout my community. People post photos of the rocks they painted and then they go hide them all over town like an Easter egg hunt. The person who finds the rock then goes to the Facebook page and posts a photo of where they found a particular rock.  This way the painter can follow where their rock travels to.

Let’s talk about all the positives.

First, I can’t tell you how excited I was to find a little piece of treasure and I’m a grown-up!  Through this activity you are anticipating making random strangers happy which is a great small lesson in selflessness.  Next, it’s creative and free!  What??? Creative and free?   Who knew you could spend hours at a table chatting with loved ones and decorating with little to no cost?  Brilliant People! Finally, the entire activity is madly addicting.  The painting, the hiding, the finding and the checking in on the local rock page are just too fun to stop!

Now consider this.  I am vacationing on a little island, it’s raining and we have a house full of kids. Yep. You guessed it.  We collected buckets of rocks and got busy!

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By the time the rain stopped, we had amassed 117 painted rocks and seashells.  I don’t know which part they liked better, the painting or the hiding.  We walked all over kingdom-come finding silly places to hide rocks.  My son put one in the bottom of a soda dispenser.  My daughter snuck one into a book at the library.  They rocked the ice cream parlor, window boxes, landmarks, bikes, stores, streets… It took us a good two hours.

All FREE!

It’s been a few days and we are still finding people through Facebook that are still finding our rocks.  Seeing someone smiling in a photo with the rock you painted?  PRICELESS!  I’m telling you, you have to get in on this craze. I’d imagine you can Google “painted rock hiding” in your area.  If you don’t find a community page, you need to create one!  Trust me, it’s a terrific way to spend a day :)

CATCH UP

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Time is flying!

From the day of my first festival, it’s been non-stop!

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This weekly festival I am doing is awesome.  I have a fantastic ocean view and everyone that stumbles by is in a “I’m on vacation” groovy kind of mood. Great vibes. Cool breeze.

Things are good :)

I was away on my family vacation last week. I have some fun artsy-fartsy projects we accomplished on our rain days… and there were a few of those. I’ll post in the next day or so.

I hope everyone is enjoyed nature and the great outdoors. Carpe the Diem out of this awesome season!

Souvenir RI Ring Dishes

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These little ring dishes were experiments in creating my own stamps for pottery.  Each has a sea theme and something about Rhode Island.  We are such a small state, I think it’s safe to say when you come to visit, it’s very easy to see it all. That’s why I find it so hard to write very specific towns on everything. From Providence, to Newport, Watch Hill and Narragansett.  It’s all beautiful and an awesome place to play.  So I will stick with my favorite saying  -I love RI!

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My poor family can tell you.  I am a collector of junk.

My darling husband is forced to carry bags and bags of driftwood down the beach.

My children are mortified their mother is picking up beer cans and bottle caps off the street.

Oh yeah, I am sure I am a dream to live with :)

Well family – Ya see???

I’m using all the garbage I collected thank you very much!

I have found a way to apply all of my treasure-hunting into a perfect marriage with my other passion, pottery.

I’m a little nervous because I’ve never shown anything like this to the world yet.   I am crossing my fingers that people find them as fun as I did collecting and constructing them!

 

One Mans Trash is Totally my Treasure

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My neighbors have been having a series of yard sales for the past few weekends.  At the end of each sale they have been leaving all the items they no longer want to deal with on the curbside.

You know I can’t help myself right?

Rummaging… free stuff… I just can’t resist poking around a little… or a lot ;)

I knew I couldn’t bring all this treasure into my house.  One my husband would kill me and two it would force me to have to have my own yard sale and I don’t want to go there! So I decided I would hide all of my favorite finds around the yard.  I wanted to keep it subtle, but if you looked behind a bush or in a planter, you might find something that would make you smile.  It’s sort of like a yard scavenger hunt.  What can you find when you walk through my gardens? Oh my, I have been having way too much fun!

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Ok.  so I’ve been trying to be all “artsy”. I know, I know… stop already!

Now my husband has a terrible sense of humor.  It’s what I love about him most.  So he sees me fluttering around the yard making all of these vignettes and apparently he felt so inspired, he too must have wanted to get in on the action.

I hear my neighbor yell across the street “I love your Garfield!”.  I don’t know what she’s talking about. I smile and it goes in one ear and out the other.  A couple hours later, I’m out in the street and I see it.

Neon Orange Garfield.

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Laugh out loud.  Now I have my husband and Garfield (stuck 10 feet up in a tree ) to remind myself to not take myself so seriously!

Ha.  I love it!