Monday, 22 June 2015

Some vintage fabric, sea shells & sand dollars and a little embroidery.....

My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I do love walking along the seashore and beach combing, it is still one of life's free great pleasures.  We have a beautiful beach in Poole in Dorset called sandbanks and there is a cove called shell bay.  At shell bay when it is not in full swing with beach goers, sunbathers, sand castle makers and family playing games there, you can walk along the seashore in blissful quiet and listen to the waves lapping at the shore and the gulls calling you to feed them.....

There are some beautiful thing to pick up and I have, before now, found sea glass there and some lovely shells and driftwood.  However I have a fondness for sand dollars as you all know and these are not found on our shore but in the States.  You can of course pick them up on the beach but they have to be treated or they will smell considerably bad and rot.  So last year when I was in the States I purchased some sand dollars and some other lovely shells from a shell shop and Ta Dah! they survived the journey home.  I have them in a beautiful box that I bought and they are wrapped in tissue but it is time to take them out and do something wonderful with them for our home...

I am going to make a picture with them which will not only involve the shells and sand dollars but vintage fabrics as well.  I think I must set too this weekend and do it because I have some pictures to go to the framers next week and the more I take at one time the more discount I receive, so it makes perfect sense ...

It really will not take me too long as I have already decided what I would like to do with them and how to go about it.  It will make a great picture for the bathroom or en-suite so I am going to get out my glue gun for the shells and choose some lovely fabrics.... Then it is decide on the saying or poem to go along with it.

I have some beautiful sea china as well and have collected over the years so I must do something with that as well.  But for now I am going to concentrate on the beautiful sea dollars that fascinate me so much.  If you break one open they have little star type pieces inside so I am going to sacrifice one to get some of these out for my picture.

Well I must stop dreaming of the Oceans now and get back to my work in hand ( some hand embroidery and a little applique - So for now I hope you all have a wonderful day and of course as always..

Happy Stitching!

“The sea will grant each man new hope, and sleep will bring dreams of home.”
 Christopher Columbus

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