September means we truly are not going to get away for a family vacation this year. Sure there have been mini vacations here and there between the boys and Claire but nothing like we are used to taking. I am feeling a bit sad for the time we usually share together. Our oldest is two short years from leaving the nest for college. I am left revisiting some of last years mementos. A good excuse to get them dusted and cleaned.
We have a large built in shelf in the family room that my kids love to fill with their collection of sand and rocks from places we visit. Turning these former dirt clods into decorator items is a challenge I am willing to take on.
Pickle jars filled with Lake Superior agates help to contain a collection and display them at the same time. Each one hand picked form various beaches we visited. I can usually find a kid proudly proclaiming which one they found.
Nesting among dime store jars these collections are more of I spy jars than storage.
Ball jars in the color of sea glass are perfect for sand. Carefully poured as to show which beach it was scooped from this is a treasure jar we all favor. Each beach we recall by the color of sand.
Copper dog tag from Etsy stamped with the date and destination make this jar more than it was intended. This is our vacation in a jar.
During our vacation a few years ago to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan we took the kids copper hunting. Using metal detectors and old fashioned shovels. Rock hounding has never been so much fun. We have several budding geologist in our house. It is hard to leave anywhere without a rock...even a parking lot.
This is our biggest copper find. In its natural form. (I am a little proud that I found that before anyone else!)
My most favorite treasures...sea glass and pottery. All found on Lake Superiors shore with a few French pebbles from my dear friend Amy's travels abroad. I could hunt for these treasures day in and day out. Always excited over the next piece no matter how small. Some in pink. Some in lavender. Others green. Most are white. Tumbled for years in the great lake of Superior. Now nestled in a vintage depression dish for my memories....I am now saving for a vacation!
I am now saving for a vacation!
Thank you all so much for your kind words about my mending room. The doors are always open.
Another fabulous door that is always open and now offering a fabulous giveaway is Imagimeri. Pop over and enter to win one of her wonderful vintage sculpture creations. She is an amazing artist.