What do you do with all the things you collect on the beach?
I had a pile of sea shore scores that were sitting in a bin, for over 2 years, that I finally sat down to organize. All the odds and ends, my boyfriend Ashley and I collected from the beaches of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas—sea glass, drift wood, shells, broken pieces of coral, tiles, plastic bits, metal fragments, sand and seaweed—that had surfed the ocean waves and wound up on the shores of this tiny island in the Abacos. Squatting, head down, we rummaged through sand, heaps of seaweed and ocean fleas, under and in between rock, we battled waves and caked on layers of sun block to hoard all our finds in a closet for years-for what?
After sorting everything and picking out my favorites, I spent an afternoon lining the pieces up by their color or material, fitting everything together like a puzzle. I used a glass-covered specimen case so they could be displayed. I covered the inside of the case with a nice piece of pale blue linen to resemble the color of the Bahama water. Using Steam-a-Seam, a double faced fusible interfacing, I adhered the fabric inside the case, so that it was completely secure for mounting all my finds to. I used a multi-purpose cement, 527 glue, to secure my collection in place.
After creating, not only a piece of art, but a 3D scrapbook page of memories, I wrapped the collection up and gifted it to Ashley for our 8th anniversary (Valentine's Day) along with two other shadow boxes. A special trip to a beautiful island is remembered forever now in this display. The hours spent roaming the beach, hunting for treasure, is now something Ashley will treasure.
Think I'm going to watch Lost now.