I'm definitely a water-girl. And as school holidays are approaching, we will soon pack up and get away for a couple of days to enjoy the sea-side. So nothing comes easier than a beach theme for this post. Especially about all the good craft material you can find in abundance at the shore. Sand, water, shells and flotsam. Here we go:
All you need for a good sand castle (or tower, or animal, or monster, or...) are some buckets, a spade or two and some "cutting" tools like broken shells, a pocket knife, pointy pieces of wood or plastic spatulas. The more compact your sand pile is in the beginning, the better you can shape your creation later on and the longer it will last. More about sand sculpting can be found on Paul Hoggards and Remy Geerts' web site. The amazing pieces below are from (clock wise) Sue McGrew, Ellen van de Wetering and Maxim Gazendam. Needless to say mine will look a bit simpler ;)
Sand painting is another way to get creative. The short-lived, but gorgeous results always amaze me. I haven't tried it out myself yet, but read on several web sites that it's easy to make your own coloured sand with food paint. Truely inspirational are the famous and ever inspiring sand mandalas of the tibetan and bhutanese monks. But also the Navajo native americans are known for their intricate sand paintings as you can see below.
Then, of course, there is beach combing. Especially when you're the type of person (like me) who enjoys going to the beach during atypical weather (windy, not too sunny, just after a storm). Dr Beachcomb has a great site with tips on where and when to look so you can increase your chances for finding something nice.
All that sand and flotsam not your thing? Maybe you're a crocheter then, and lazy beach-afternoons might just be the right time to start on a shell stitch shawl that'll keep you warm when the sea breeze gets chillier. Darla Sims book has over 250 variations on the shell stitch and the lionbrand site offers an easy pattern for free. The seagulls are actually a wall paper and a re-edition of a Voysey design by Trustworth Studios. A site worthwhile to visit.
Have a good summer!