I love shells, and pick them up whenever I have the opportunity. These are a few shells that I have collected over many years from various parts of Florida, some urchins my husband brought home from South Africa, shells from Aruba, Virginia and wherever. I actually call my shells, “treasures from the sea”, and each time I find one I am sure that it was there just for me to find and enjoy!
This little vignette is at the top of my stairs(on a table that I just found and finished, that is a story for another day though) and also showcases my little wooden float that I picked up at a fabulous antique store in Platte City, Missouri. The store is called W.D Pickers and is just off highway 29 if you are in the area. Some of the booths are a little pricey but there are some deals to be had, and there are so many interesting finds here.
I wonder where these floats have been, what miles have they traveled? Who used these floats, was this their livelihood? Or were they used just for casual fishing? I am sure that they have their tales to tell. As I write this I can imagine them bobbing in the ocean seeing things that maybe we will never see; a humpback whale frolicking with its friend, perhaps the migration of some turtles, or even some sea junk floating past or a container from a ship that fell overboard in a storm? Who knows?
|Brown wooden float|
|Floats, shells, paintings|
|So many textures|
Oddly enough, after I brought this little float home and pondered where to put it I remembered this bowl of shells in another room, and this tiny glass float and then put them all together. I love how these items from the sea marry up with my gallery wall of water paintings. Sometimes things just come together.
With this being the 1st of August there are not many more days to enjoy summer at the sea! Get out there and enjoy! I am speaking to myself too because I live about five minutes from the Atlantic Ocean I have not been once this summer. It is just too darn hot!
Going to these link parties this week: