|Wildlife in South Beach, HHI|
I have similar memories of Ocean Isle, NC, where my family spent a few weekends and weeks for a few summers in a row, although we stayed in a much more humble environment! I would absolutely love to own a beach house so we could go more often and pass it down to our kids. I dream of spending family holidays someplace like that. Instead, we settle for our good memories and pick up souvenirs.
|The Calibogue Sound|
Most years I buy a Christmas ornament whenever we travel somewhere so we can talk about that trip and remember which year it was each time we decorate the tree. I was about to buy a shell and Spanish moss ornament in Hilton Head last year when I thought I ought to make one myself. Of course, here it is, three more trips later and I only just now did it!
|A mussel shell angel|
|Madonna and child|
|The ornaments look nice as everyday decor, too.|
|Sets of ornaments for sale in my stores|
I am glad to have some pieces to remind us of our Hilton Head adventures. I sure hope they keep offering their sale, because I think we will all be devastated if we have to stop going, and we definitely can't afford to buy a place there! I did get to check a bucket list item off this time: swimming with dolphins, check! There I am in the photo below. The dolphins came even closer than you can see in the photo. The water was cold but it was totally worth it! Now I am thankful for my early childhood training swimming in icy Lake Michigan. The kids were too wimpy to get in the water with the dolphins, but I was all over it! I did catch a cold, but again... worth it! I am thinking of printing some of the beautiful photos we've taken on our trips to sell, so be watching for those in Atelier Mandaline.
|Me, swimming with dolphins!|