Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Treasure On The Beach

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
--Jacques Cousteau 

At this magical moment, my daughter was delighted at finding two large white seashells on a Florida beach, and she was running to her father with her treasures.  Now she is about to be a mother herself,  so some time has passed since the photo was taken - but I chose this photo because there is just something so timeless about the beach.  There is also a beautiful timeless element in the sheer joy on a child's face when they discover something new and wonderful in the world.

On the left side of this l/o, you can see my newest obsession: Dusty Attic laser-cut chipboard embellishments!  This one is a Garden Fairy:

I took a few dabs of white paint and altered the Garden Fairy into a sun-and-wind-weathered Beach Fairy, looking down upon my daughter when she was 2.

I also added a few DA mini-flourishes in the corners of the l/o:

Flowers were cut from cardstock and burlap using Tattered Flowers Alterations die.

Then I added a little Stickles, a little white paint, and a lot of paper -distressing to give everything a more weathered look.

I am working on my next vintage/heritage layout - hope to have it up later this week!

“The beach is in our blood. Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.”

--Sandy Archibald

For other beach people like me, or anyone who just craves some beach therapy, there's "A Gift From The Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. (You can read excerpts here) This little book is filled with  bits of timeless beach wisdom and reflections on being a busy wife and mother in mid-20th century America. The book was wriiten on Captiva Island in Florida.  (And that's where the photo of my daughter was taken.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a nice, bright LO. I love how you have used all the white in it!