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Just beachy


Now that both of my kids are school-age, I find that I appreciate my role as at-home Mom most deeply in the summer.  I’ve gotten used to having them both on schedules and gone for a great portion of the time during the school year, but in the summer?  In the summer, we can drop everything and meet friends for a movie if we want to.  Or we can make last-minute plans to spend the day with grandparents.  And there is no reason at all why we cannot follow the call of the ocean when we hear it.


My youngest and I did just that yesterday.  It’s a relatively short trip – about ninety minutes when there’s traffic – and when you know there is an aunt and a grandmother also there for the day, and a bedroom you can crash in if you want to, well, the decision to take off for a 24-hour vacation kind of makes itself.



Digging in the sand



Now, if you are a polymer clay fan and a book addict, you probably know that there was a new book due out yesterday, too.  And if you know me at all, you probably can guess that I got some crazy hairbrained idea about sewing myself something for the beach at the same time that I had a pile of books I wanted to pack up.

This is how I became a multi-tasking crazywoman on Monday night.


I’m happy to report that the books were packed up and sent along without so much as a hiccup.  The sewing? Not so much.  My Garden Party wrap skirt saw much seam-ripping, re-cutting of panels, and creative substituting of fabric to replace what was mis-cut.  It also took me about twice as long as it should have.  And in the end, the skirt ended up being a good three inches narrower than it was supposed to be.  Being a wrap skirt, it was still wearable, but I will admit I wasn’t entirely confident on the windy boardwalk and spent a lot of time holding the flap closed with my hand.  Just in case.

The things we do for our creative urges, eh? 😀


I feel like there’s still one more shore trip in me before summer ends, although the calendar may think otherwise.  I hope it’s do-able, because really, there is nothing like waking up in a bright sun-lit room, with an ocean breeze caressing your bare shoulder.  And if you also happen to have a snuggly six-year-old and his boardwalk-won stuffed doggie for company, all the better.

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9 thoughts on “Just beachy

  1. I loved the new book!
    I need a beach day like that so badly, thank you for allowing me to live vicariously through you.
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    1. My pleasure! Any time you need a beach fix, just let me know and I’ll hop in the car with my camera, LOL!

  2. Hi Lisa,

    How fun to escape to the beach for a mini-vacation! And I think your skirt looks great, even if it caused you some pain.

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    1. Thank you – I’m happy with the way the skirt looks, too, and while we were sitting on the beach my MIL suggested I add an extra small panel to it to make up for the length issue. I think that’s a perfect idea!

  3. Lisa,

    Those photos are so gorgeous, so warm. How on earth do you get that Kodachromey color? Are you shooting film or digital? Using filters? Fantastic! The umbrella picture makes me especially happy. Thanks!
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    1. Hey, Paul, thanks for the complement! I use a second-hand Canon S3 IS to take my photos, but lately I’ve been experimenting more and more with Paint Shop Pro to enhance them a bit. On most of these, I added a warm film effect, and a vintagey bluish effect of my own design on top of that.

  4. Lovely photos of the Shore, Lisa. I could just feel that warm, salty breeze. I love your tropical skirt!

    1. Thanks! I can’t wait to wash the sand out of it so I can wear it again 🙂

  5. looks wonderful. wish we had a beach that close.
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