Maybe you noticed that there has been no "last week on Art with a Needle" since before Christmas. That's because we have been on vacation and who wants to write blog posts when you can be walking on the beach (or fixing meals for your adorable grandchildren and their adorable parents).
For more than thirty years we have been going to the beach in South Carolina at or near Christmas, not every year, but regularly enough that we notice when a favorite restaurant closes or a favorite grocery store changes ownership. Some years it's pretty warm, other years pretty cold, but usually it's warmer in South Carolina than it is at home and we feel lucky. In earlier years we shlepped the kids to all the obvious tourist attractions in and around Charleston, but lately we never seem to do much except walk on the beach. Or, this year, play cards and board games while it rained six inches in one day and walking on the beach didn't seem like such a good plan.
But the storm ended, the sun came out, and a big storm means a bumper crop of shells and what my daughter-in-law calls "sea junk" to pick up. Sometimes we leave our sea junk artfully arranged on the railing of the rental porch. Sometimes we bring it home, whereupon we throw it out. Other times we bring it home and stash it in the work room where with any luck it does not stink the place up. But this year, I processed the smallest bits of sea junk to make daily miniatures (and brought the larger bits home, where with any luck.....).
my past posts about teaching kids to sew.
It's getting late in the year, but I'm still hoping that Sharon Buck will send me her street address so I can send her an ornament!