Sticks and stones might well break bones, but shells & driftwood excite me!
Every time we come back from one of our outdoor adventures, my husband and I find that our coat pockets and bags are filled with interesting stones, shells and unusual sticks that my daughter has collected. It happens every time, and our garden is littered with memento’s from our beach and forest visits. I hate throwing some of them away, as it reminds me of certain days out and the fact that my daughter spends hours placing them around the garden. It really is special having them on display.
I have been thinking of how I can display them properly without them all looking like just another pile of shells on the shelf. The first idea came while I was wandering around one of our local bargain stores near our home. I spied a lovely clear glass vase which seemed like a bargain at £3.50 and so I snapped it up. When I got home, I filled the vase up with all the variety of shells from our beach visit, and had a very colourful and personal memory display…..
Next were the pebbles. My daughter had a friend over to our house, and with some craft googly eyes, felt pens and glue, they created their very own garden rockery stones, which they decided will protect the animals who visit our garden. Again, very simple, but a good recycle activity that was quick, and ultimately brightened up our garden.
Our biggest challenge is the driftwood. Collecting unusual driftwood is one of my husband’s hobbies. We love finding pieces while at the beach, then deciding what could be created, and how we get to achieve it. Our shed is full of random bits of driftwood, in all shapes and sizes, ready for creation.
Our first project is turning a big piece of driftwood into a large, free-standing photo frame. A visit to a local timber yard meant that we could shave the back of the driftwood flat, so that it would sit against the wall more securely and, visually, would look a lot smoother and cleaner. The next job will be sanding down the wood and, if the weather stays like this, I will be sitting in the garden , enjoying the sun and getting creative. I’m really excited with this project and can’t wait to see the results.
Watch this space……
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