Have you ever picked up treasures from the beach and brought them home with you?
I have jars of shells, bottles of shark teeth, sand dollars, and other treasures I've collected on vacations.
I named this post gifts from the sea, not only is that one of my favorite books but it's truly how I feel about the treasures I find.
This year I began to think about what I could create with shells, driftwood and the palm fronds from palm trees. I came up with and created a palm frond pumpkin, driftwood garland, and oyster shell earrings.
My inspiration and materials came from Edisto Island in South Carolina. It's a quiet little island a little over an hour south of Charleston, there are no hotels, no mini golf or boardwalk but plenty of wildlife, beach, palm trees, shells and sharks teeth.
I began going to Edisto in 1997 and have never stopped. It's a long drive but it's worth it. When I cross the inter coastal to the island and see the Spanish moss draping off the oak trees, egrets in the marsh and smell the salty air - I feel my whole body relax.
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Do you have a special place? A place that transports you? I have so many memories from Edisto, memories of my mom, my son when he was little, nieces and nephews as little munchkins.
Sunset on the Sound
My first several years at Edisto we camped at Edisto Island State Park, we'd fall asleep in our tent, just over the dunes from the ocean.
You could see a million stars, hears the waves lapping on the shore and sometimes the loudest sounds, frogs? birds? I have no idea! I've introduced so many people to the island over the years and I don't think anyone hasn't loved it.
I first heard about Edisto from a friend who lived on Sullivan's Island just outside of Charleston. One day I was scouring the beach for shells, yet there were none to be found.
My friend said that if I wanted to find shells, I needed to go to Edisto.
Over the years, my family and I fell in love with Edisto. My mom and Larry, my sister and her family and my brother from Texas and his family all made the trek many a summer to this sleepy little island where the shark teeth are plenty and the day can be spent watching dolphins and pelicans.
Dancing Fiddler Crabs
Over the years we've been lucky enough to witness sea turtles hatch and make their way to the sea, paddle with dolphins, go crabbing, enjoy amazing sunsets and more.
Paddling with the dolphins
We've spotted Heron, Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Oyster Catchers, Sea Otter, Sharks, Rays, Shrimp, Crabs and Kingfisher.
Egret Blue Heron Oyster Catcher