Summertime means spending time at the beach. Whether you are soaking in the sun or trying to beat the heat, beaches are fun for the whole family! Originally,our family is from New York and we have since moved to North Carolina. We have enjoyed discovering new beaches in the South as a family. At the beach, our toddler girl’s seem to be getting more and more confident in the water. This summer,we have spent time at Jamestown Beach in Williamsburg, Virginia and Jordan Lake in Apex, North Carolina. What we love about summer living in the south is the frequent summer thunderstorms. We got to experience a beautiful storm while at the beach in Williamsburg. We also enjoyed looking for shells (and catching a strange bug flying near Elsie in one of our photos). For every beach the girl’s have been to, I have taken a few shells back to scrapbook. So far, none have been as big as the ones we found in Virginia. I felt as though these shells needed to be on display. When we returned home, our friends in Virginia recommended that we boil the shells in water on the stove-top with a small cap full of bleach. This is to rid the shells of any stinky or fishy smells. I thought that was a great idea! I have seen many shells put in frames and jars before, but I hadn’t seen any that were fun and funky. If you know me, you know I love bright, fun and funky colors! I sat the girl’s down for them to each paint a shell they had found using three different colors. You can even paint them in ombre effect or paint them more abstract like ours. Once the shells dried, we hot-glued them to paper that we placed in a shadow box frame. In the lower right hand corner I labeled the beach and year and ….. VOILA! Now we have a little piece of the beach on display to always remember our trip. I bet you could even take a little bit of the sand back with you to fill the bottom of your shadow box. We hope to visit a few more beaches before we head back to school with more shells and some new fun beach memories. Hooray for beach fun!
“Fringe Fiesta” one-piece Bathing Suit in Pink and Floral Bathing Bonnet from
LYLA & GENE,
Bonded Leather Playmat in color “Mint” from GATHRE (as seen in Babiekins Magazine Print Issue 8),