Seaside Summer Memories Vignette

As many are nearing the end of the school year, my mind can't help but wander to summer vacation. Although we will most likely still be going strong with school at the end of May (crazy homeschoolers ;-)), my thoughts will take me to some of my favorite vacation memories. That's why I came up with this Seaside Summer Memories Vignette...to remind me of our trips to the Oregon Coast when our kids were younger.
Honestly, it all began with the vintage green bottle I picked up at a garage sale a few weeks ago for a couple of dollars. I wasn't sure how to showcase it, but seaside items kept coming to mind. So, with my mom's help (she was in town for a week recently), we were able to pull together this vignette. I felt like the bottle needed a little height, so I put in these faux twigs.
On one of my mom's trips to Fort Worth in March, we found ourselves at Home Goods and she picked up a big bag of shells.  Never one to hoard things(other than German black licorice), she split the bag up, giving some to me, some to SILAimee, and keeping some for herself. So, I arranged them on this wire cake stand and covered with a dome.
After, I put together the seashell display, I began looking for others. That's about the same time I had pulled out a bunch of shells from our trips to the Oregon Coast to make the Seashells and Succulents Centerpiece.
I scattered the leftover shells around and added a few more bottles. My favorite is the round one with the sand dollar attached. It was a hand-me-down from Moni a long time ago. We simply tied the sand dollar to it with some jute.
I love this picture of my kiddos on the coast. It's just so sweet. I knew it needed to be included in this vignette.
The entry table was almost finished when I remembered a water fountain I had purchased on one of our trips to Florence, OR. My SIL, Donna, and I both bought the same fountain. (Hers is frequently used as a fun water toy for her cat.) Not only does the fountain bring back fond memories of our trips together with family, but it also produces a lovely, calming sound just off the dining room where I do the majority of the blog writing. Ahhhh, serenity!
Finally, we added a few more shells and some shell necklaces to complete the seaside vignette. Sitting across from this collection of memories brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. Since we no longer live a reasonable distance from Oregon to do vacations there, we need to find a new favorite destination. Do you have any vacation spots that have been ones your family has gone back to year after year?
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27 comments:

  1. Love...love any vignette with a seaside theme!

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  2. The picture of brother and sister is just precious...so glad you included it in your seaside vignette. xx

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  3. Love the wire cake plate, round bottle with sand dollar--it all makes a very enjoyable vignette.

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  4. Love that green bottle, what a find and it definitely adds to the seaside vignette. The picture of your children is so precious and I love all of your shells. Very pretty display. Thanks so much for joinig Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Gorgeous seaside vignette! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  6. Hi Nici! I love everything about your vignette. Really, everything! The round glass bottle is so unique, and what a great idea to tie the sand dollar to it. I love the water fountain. My hubby bought me one for Mother's Day several years ago and I love the calming trickling water sound, but we keep ours out on the back porch. I've thought about moving it in, but I'm always afraid the tiny little sprinkles of water will ruin anything I put it on. Does yours do that? My favorite is the picture of your two little ones, and it reminds me that I have some pictures like that that I should get out and include in a similar vignette. I just came across three Zip-loc bags of seashells that the kids had collected on a trip to Florida years ago, and I never had the heart to throw them out. Now I finally know what to do with them! We have a lake house that we've gone to for many years, and lots of pictures from there as well. Anything "lake" reminds me of fond memories of true family time. As the kids get older, it's harder for all of us to get down there as often as we would like, which makes those precious times when we do all the more special. Hope you're having a great week!

    Debbie

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  7. This is so pretty! What a great idea. I actually have a bunch of shells and sand dollars that my family found on our recent vacation, just kind of sitting on my buffet because I haven't quite figured out what to do with them yet. I am so inspired now! The picture brings this whole display all together. Just lovely!

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  8. What a great vignette with great memories! We used to live not to far from the Oregon coast as well. It is so pretty...now I'm on the other coast. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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  9. I took many trips to the Oregon coast when I was growing up, some of my favorite memories too! This is such a great way to capture those memories! Nice job!

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  10. Very cute! I like the shells on the cake stand.

    Natashalh

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  11. Adorable vignette! I love the green jug with branches... and of course the picture of the kids on the beach is so sweet:) You did a great job on putting it all together!
    Krista

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  12. Love this! I live 6 miles from the beach, my entire house is beachy!

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  13. How beautiful! I collect shells and you've given me some more good ideas for displaying them! Sweet hugs!

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  14. Very nicely done! Love the seashells and how you displayed them. That's sweet with the picture and your big green jug works really well with this display. The soothing water sounds are always welcome. Great ideas!

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  15. Great vignette! I love shells and have plenty displayed around my house for the summer!

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  16. Darling! That wire cake plate is perfect! :) I love your big old green bottle too!

    ~Liz

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  17. Pretty collection of shells and bottles. Love them both. Sweet little framed photo too.

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  18. Oh I love this vignette, it is so full of cherished memories and wonderful treasures. Love you cloche and I totally adore the picture of your children. Precious. Thanks so much for joining the Cloche Party. Hugs, Marty

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  19. I am really getting idea's from this! I really do like this and I love the wire cake stand!

    BettyMarie

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  20. Love you beautiful arrangement! Aren't seashells incredible?

    Peace,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  21. Hello Nici,
    I guess this is my first time to visit you. I am enjoying browsing your old posts and I found that I missed so much from your smart ideas.

    I will link you as my fave blog and follow you.

    BTW, I love the green bottle, §:-) opppsss... I thought I am checking for your cloche right? That is gorgeous too.

    Have a happy day.
    /CC girl

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  22. Love the pic of the children on the beach. So precious. You are making me want to go to the beach. Your vignette is attractive.

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  23. Thanks, Nici, for sharing. Best wishes for a great weekend. Linda

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  24. Thanks for stopping by and linking up your awesome project! Stop by again next week and link up more of your awesome projects!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com

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  25. Hello Nici,
    Graciousness... I managed to linked you up on my fave blogs to read now.

    I am having trouble with either, my new Ultrabook or the new Windows 8. AIn't liking it.

    Happy pre-week-end to you and your lovelies.

    Hugs from Stockholm,
    /CC girl from D´BoX

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