It is so fun watching my girls' faces as they jump into the waves, find cool seashells, and even come across a crab or two.
As for me...there is nothing like the beach - instant relaxation! I've always been drawn to the sights, sounds, and saltwater smell of the ocean. I grew up vacationing to the Oregon Coast and it feels like night-and-day difference between the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline and the flat, populated beaches here...but at least the water is warm!
So after picking up a couple of cool starfish with the girls at the Kure Beach Pier, I was inspired to put together a simple sea-inspired summer mantel...
Except for the starfish, I didn't even have to purchase anything. I just pulled different elements from around my home like the glass apothecary jar with shells from my bathroom, candles from the dining room, potted fern from the back porch, assorted blue jars that I always have around, and some old calendar prints that I popped into some frames I had on hand...
I finally washed and moved in my huge, antique wine jug that I purchased at the Luckett's Spring Market a few weeks back. I was a good girl and didn't buy much, but when I saw this marked down to $50 at the end of the show, I knew it was coming home with me!
It is so heavy...I can't imagine what it was like to move it when it was full of wine!
Now I have a little bit of beach here at home to keep me going until our next trip!
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