Monday, May 31, 2010

My “Beach Balls”

Well, we’re off of “Tybee Time” and back to “real time”, complete with mountains of laundry and eight months (literally) worth of paper work to do in one day! But I couldn’t go another minute without showing my beach balls! I had intended to do some beachy crafts while we were down there, and share as I went along, but I had so much fun just going to the beach and riding bikes with my family that I didn’t have time to really “do” them! I thought about them, planned and started them, but finished them up at home! I really wanted to do these beach balls completely with beach items that I bought or found on the island….but real life set in there too and I had to resort to using a few things I had on hand already.

I bought some catfish twine because it was dark and I already had jute. Well it’s dark because it’s tarred..so when I opened it guess what it smelled like?!?!?! TAR! The longer it was open, the less it smelled, so I made a very small catfish twine ball.Then I used some old, faithful jute twine and wrapped another bobber:

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105_1457I also used different sizes and types of shells to do several other bobbers. First I coated them with Aleene’s Quick dry tacky glue and rolled them in beach sand to cover the red and white.

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105_1458TThe last ones I  rolled in “tabby”. When we studied Georgia history with my co-op class, we learned that Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island is built of tabby. Some descriptions say that tabby is crushed shells mixed with mortar, and others specify oyster. I’ve also heard that the British called the coquina shells (which are plentiful at Tybee) tabby. Okay, I wasn’t going to get into that, but when I was making these, my 9 year old walked up and said “Cool, you’re making that out of tabby!” I love it when they retain and retell something that we have learned! :-) So there is your history lesson and here are my tabby balls!

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105_1464 105_1462 105_1463 I am still not sure what I will display them in…a jar, bowl, plate…any suggestions?…but they will be going into my bathroom, which is in the process of being redone. I’m sure I have plenty of time to find something…. :-)

Off to do my paperwork!


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19 comments :

  1. This is a great idea especially if you want to display all of those shells you collect when you go on vacation to the beach. I really love the look of your beach balls.

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  2. I am following from Domestically Speaking! These are great ideas!! Never would of thought of it!

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  3. What a great idea -- I'm from a beach that's just a tad further north, on Cape Cod, but I think your idea would be wonderful up here, too. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jude from Cape Cod
    dolcecapecod dot blogspot.com

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  4. Those are gorgeous - the sand is a top notch idea!!

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  5. Wow !! These look great !!

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  6. Very cute! I have a lot of beachy decor in my yard and something like this would be perfect! Coming over from Blue Cricket Design and a happy new follower!

    Jeanine

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  7. What great ideas!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

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  8. They are beautiful! I don't have beach decor, but I would almost want to make sure I do just to fit those in somewhere!

    I would find a long narrow plate and place a few of them in a row...I think that would look stunning...

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  9. What a great idea. They look fantastic. I would put them in a big bowl in my bathroom.

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  10. This is a great idea. Could be a good craft idea for a beach or mermaid party. I'm going to link it my blog!

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  11. SO cute and clever and I love all the different textures. They look so beachy and stylish, I have to make these.

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  12. So creative. Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

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  13. Great idea! They all turned out so cute and make for a wonderful display!

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  14. What a great project! They turned out fantastic!

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  15. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  16. thanks for linking up to my balls party! i love these and wish i had a beach house to put them in!

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