Things That Bring Me Joy – August 2013

Jul 31, 2013



“One foot in sea and one on shore”… this quote from Shakespeare describes me to a “t”. While I love my home and flower gardens, and quite fancy the desert, too, my heart feels most at home by the sea. So, this month I bring you all sorts of coastal themed treats. I hope you get to spend a precious bit of summer time by the sea…or at least enjoy a beachy state of mind along with me!

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Artist: ‘Amazin Walter’ McDonald

A Texan residence since birth, Walter says he’s been hooked on sand sculpture since age 12. He is the founder of Sons of the Beach, which Walter describes as “a not profitable disorganization dedicated to having fun, helping others have fun, and unlittering (to properly dispose of more garbage than you generate.” To check out this artist and more of his architectural sculptures, head over to his website.
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Crafting/DIY: Beach Tote
Can’t find that perfect beach tote to carry all those summer goodies? Check out this DIY to make your own! Blogger Olivia Kanaley from San Francisco has created this easy tutorial for sewing a summer tote bag. Check out her blog, A Field Journal, for the instructions.

Fashion: Beach tote

OR…If sewing’s not in your bag of tricks, head on over to Zappos for this colorful tote from Mara Hoffman! This canvas bag with a vibrant graphic print has dual napa leather shoulder straps and is perfect for all your beach essentials! (If you’re a bag lady like me, you’ll agree that one can never have too many bags!)


Joy with Family: Fun Beach Activities
There are so many fun activities you can do with your family, especially families with kids. Whether you build a sandcastle, play fun beach games, or make a seashell wind chime with shells you collect, the possibilities are endless. Check out this list of 22 Summer Beach Activities for more ideas.


Travel: Featured Beach: Victorian Cape May

Cape May is one of my favorite haunts at the southern tip of New Jersey. The city is designated the Cape May Historic District, a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings. With a rich history, award-winning beaches, designation as a top bird watching location, and many examples of Victorian architecture, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. The town hosts all sorts of festivals year-round and boasts some fine dining, too. Cape May is also home for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, which offers year-round arts classes.


Books: Beaches by Gideon Bosker & Lena Lencek
If you can’t make it to the beach in person, this beautiful book will transport you! Beaches is a breathtaking visual treat. From moody, craggy coastlines to serene swathes of turquoise water and white sand, Beaches is an astounding photographic survey of the shoreline. Renowned photographers stir the spirit, capturing the beauty of sand, sea, and sky. Available to purchase on Amazon.

Charity: Save Our Seas

It’s sad but true. Our oceans are in trouble. We are at a crossroads in history, and the actions we take—or fail to take—in the next decade will decisively impact the future of our seas and of our planet. The Save Our Seas Foundation is committed to protecting our oceans by funding research, education, awareness and conservation projects focusing on the major threats to the marine environment. Save Our Seas’ generous contributions of financial, practical and scientific support have, to date, facilitated over 150 marine research and conservation projects around the world.