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?