Sunday, December 5, 2010

Preoccupied

The challenges of getting back to a regular blogging schedule are a bit overwhelming.

And that's only if I count things I have to do. Have to as in things for work and daily living. Grading, prepping, going to meetings, showing up... Eating, sleeping, having clean clothes to wear.

Then there are things I like to do. Walking BC. Hanging out with my kids and friends.

Well. I have a new one. Helping daughter with her new thing.

I have bags and bags of shells I have found during the summers when I go snorkeling on the North Shore. We have shells surrounding our candles, bottles of shells in the bathrooms...

Daughter and I went to the craft store and bought stuff to make shell barrettes and refrigerator magnets. So far, I have been so busy with grading and what not, the girl has made all of our inventory.

Most of the barrettes and magnets are wrapped in beautiful little boxes and ready to give to her friends as Christmas gifts.

These are the ones she made today.


The shells are all from our own stash. But we went to the bead store and bought some beach glass and seed pearls.


We are thinking about selling them down the road. What do you think?



This one I'm keeping. I was actually saving that big shell to make a necklace with someday (someday as in the shell has been sitting in my bag for two or three years). But I remember vividly when I found it. I threw a small fit when I saw it glued to a barrette so Daughter kind of had to tell me I could keep it.

Each of these pretties gave me a thrill when I claimed it out of the ocean. The beach we go to has a strong current and to dive down and grab the shell while it is tumbling with the undertow requires both timing and tenacity.

The clam shell came from a bag of shells I moved with me from California. All those other shells are from Hawaii. The two on the outside are made into magnets.


This is a magnet. I might keep it too. Daughter says I cannot keep them all, but I think this one looks like it has a face. The profile is facing you in this shot.

Daughter has also been hand making these gift cards to go with her hand made Christmas gifts.



Can you imagine how behind I will get on the blog when I actually sit down and join her?

31 comments:

Twenty Four At Heart said...

So beautiful! Love, love, love!
But then, I'm a beach person.
But still?
Love, love, love!!
: )

Mr. Condescending said...

i miss the summer :(

hillgrandmom said...

They are all so pretty and so perfect, especially for someone wanting to remember their beach holiday. The cards are so pretty too.

Ocean Girl said...

They are so yummily pretty. The cards are pretty too. And there is never enough time but being preoccupied and busy I think is good.

Hello Pseudonous Highschool Teacher. I am glad to be able to visit again. Your blog looks great.

only a movie said...

Etsy site? All of it looks like so much fun! :-)

Michele said...

Love these! Your girl is very clever. I'd say Etsy, also.

FYI, I'm an earring whore. So if she makes some of those we'll be talking.

Gaston Studio said...

Daughter is very creative... and beautiful!

Another idea is to glue them around plain photo frames; just use really good glue!

creative kerfuffle said...

lots of great ideas...earrings, photoframes...etsy store. i really love the cards. i don't wear barrets, but those magnets are pretty cool : )

Anna See said...

Super pretty! Is their a giveaway in your future? Hint, Hint!

Wild Child said...

I was going to suggest Etsy too. You will have fun when you find the time to sit with her. I think that will be more special than the shells. The memories of working on it together.

Linda said...

Brilliant idea! Beautiful, Simple, Natural, Lovely. I think it's a great idea!

Jan said...

I think they're absolutely beautiful (not unlike your daughter) and would definitely buy some! Will you be heading over to Etsy? I hope so.

Kristan said...

Your daughter looks so beautiful!

As do her cards. Has she considered selling on Etsy?

Brian Miller said...

these are really lovely...love the look of shells...little pieces of natural art...best wishes with this...to her and you...

Mama Badger said...

I feel an Etsy store coming on. These are beautiful! Those of in the snow would put them in on these really cold days and imagine the warm ocean they came from.

Liz said...

But think of all the new stuff you'll have to blog about if you start a little seashell knick-knack side business!

They're beautiful - I think you should go for it!

Lori said...

I love these! I say go for it...how creative is this and how neat that she has already started...giving these as gifts for Christmas is a brilliant idea...your daughter is gorgeous as ever! Happy Monday sweet lady! XX

Pastor Sharon said...

Lovely! All of them!

blueviolet said...

I think you've got something quite special there! (The shells...and the daughter)

secret agent woman said...

Those are lovely.

Sprite's Keeper said...

I think they look wonderful! Definitely a path worth following!

Captain Dumbass said...

They're beautiful. Are you going to open an Etsy store?

Midlife Jobhunter said...

As a lazy blogger of late, probably not the best thing to say - but that creative venture of shells and cards looks like much more fun than coming up with a post. And, time with your daughter, well. I'm so a mother of boys. Jealous.

lisleman said...

since it's Dec 7 and you live Hawaii I thought of this blog. Just wondering what activities go on with the remembrance.

Nubian said...

Will you let us know if she starts to sell these items on Etsy?

Jack said...

I love all of them! If you do decided to make an etsy shop, will you be able to ship your inventory internationally, with them being shells and all?

goodfather said...

Hey, we're coming to Hawaii! Scary, I know. I won't tell you when or where.

Love the shells!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a great reminder of the beach-- Your daughter is very talented and puts your gorgeous shells to good use.

I'm guessing you're looking forward to Christmas vacation from school. I hope it's nice and long!

Enjoy, jj

tulpen said...

So pretty. I think she should definitely start an ETSY shop....

Casey said...

Hey stranger! Love the shells, they are beautiful. Elliot is my shell-getter, she wills spend an entire beach trip picking up bits and pieces of shells and then telling me to hold them for her.

Hope all is well!

♥ Braja said...

Your daughter is beautiful...which made me realize that after all this time, I don't know what you look like :) Send me a pic, Pseudo :))