I love hearing about people’s vacations. With our kids so small, we are forgoing vacations for a while, but it’s fun to see the pictures of everyone else’s. Anne B. Cole is back telling us a little about her Spring Break vacation with her family and sharing some seashell DIY’s with us.
Thank you Erin for hosting me here today.
My family usually ‘stays home’ for spring break and enjoys a week of rest and relaxation in the Midwest while thousands flock to the warmer climates. This year my oldest daughter is a senior in high school so we decided to take her and her siblings on a road trip to Sanibel Island off the coast of southern Florida. I was informed by seasoned travelers that Sanibel is beautiful in early April with warm gulf water and plenty of sunshine. The little island attracts families instead of the rowdy spring break crowd—perfect for us. We packed the car and left for a two day drive (1100+ miles).
Traffic was CRAZY especially in Atlanta.
When we reached the beach, the long hours of driving disappeared from our minds.
Shells, shells, and more shells lined the sandy water. It was impossible to walk without stepping on them. We picked up as many as our hands could hold and showed each other the different types we found.
Every day we would pick up more shells. We even found tiny crabs in some of the shells.
Back home in Indiana we sorted our shells on the dining room table.
Ideas for our shells started to pop into our minds so we went to the craft store and picked up a few items.
We placed some Sanibel sand in the bottom of the glass candle holder and added my favorite shells and a candle. In less than ten minutes we created a beautiful centerpiece.
I love to take pictures so we bought inexpensive frames to decorate with our favorite shells. First, we spray painted them white.
The next day, we glued the shells on with clear high strength adhesive. This stuff smells nasty, but works well.
Now I’m wondering what to do with the remaining shells…any suggestions?
Thanks for having me here today, Erin.
The Souls Trilogy continues July 2015 with Souls Estranged. Anne is currently writing the final book in the trilogy, Souls Endure with a tentative release date of 2016.
In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-three years.