Another Book

I bought another book when I was at the bookstore – The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects, by Donna Kato. I mostly bought it because there are a lot of pretty pictures in it! But I have to admit that I would really like to learn how to make polymer clay beads. There are so many pretty ones out there that it really intrigues me. In particular, I like the chapters on transferring images onto clay. I love all the asian influences in her work that appears in this book. The book was $19.95 at the bookstore – I’m sure you could get it for less on Amazon. But I needed something creative to look at, so I parted with the money (remember, I’m Scottish!).

Tomorrow we may go to Savannah, or we may stay here and see what time the girls get up – yesterday it was 1pm.

Little Shells

My mom is laughing right now, because I’ve always liked “little” things. These are the little shells I found on the beach last night – my favorite kind here at Hilton Head is the lacy, ruffly looking one on the bottom second from left. Probably because they are the hardest to find and there doesn’t seem to be very many of them. We don’t get a lot of “good” shells here – I guess it has something to do with the coast line – the shells here are like this, and usually broken up. No sea glass, either. But lots of jellyfish and horseshoe crabs.

When I was young, we went to Florida all the time because my grandparents owned a hotel there at Clearwater Beach. Sometimes we went to the beach and you could always find great shells there – I knew the names of all the shells! I even had a book, that’s how interested I was in them. But I had to find them – it wouldn’t be the same.

I’d love to go to a beach where I could find sea glass – I love the idea of it, and would like to be able to incorporate it into my jewelry designs. I would drill a hole to make a pendant, or earrings, or just dangly beads. I know, I could buy it, but it wouldn’t be the same. Right, engineer?

Windy!

It is so windy on the beach, the engineer shot this 4 second video just so you could see how windy it actually is! He had to leave for a few days, to go home to teach and do some consulting. He’ll be back, though, to help me drive back home. He’s having dinner with my parents tonight, so he’s in good hands! In the meantime, I have three kids here to entertain – not that it’s too hard, they get up late, watch tv and swim or go to the beach in the late afternoon. We just got back from the beach, and the water is so warm in the pool, they are going to go for a little night swim! See you tomorrow with some new beach finds. I’m heading to a little bead store tomorrow, too, after my bike ride with my son, so maybe I’ll find some good beads to show you!

My Beach Find

Yes, it’s true. Eventually, your kids do get older and you can leave them alone for short bits of time without them killing each other. That’s what the engineer and I got to do yesterday, when we went for a little walk on the beach, just us two! And look what I found! It’s pretty big too, at least an inch long.

I always love seeing new and not so new and exciting things on the beach! And in the ocean, like the dolphins we see here quite frequently. I’m not a camping person, or a spa person, I’m definitely a beach person. Have a great day!