Monday, May 9, 2011

A Mermaid's Tale

"From out their grottos at evenings beam,
the mermaids swim with locks agleam."
~Walter de la Mare~
On my recent vacation to Myrtle Beach, I made a mermaid on the shore. 

You see, I couldn't just be on vacation.....I had to be crafty, too. Because, making art IS relaxing to me. Even art that will be swept away in the coming tide. 

She was made of sand and shells. White shells for her fins and her halter, colored cockle shells for her hair. It took about 4 hours and by the time I was finished, the tide was coming in. 

In a lot of ways, making this craft on the beach was like posting on my blog. The beach walkers who stopped to look were the ones posting comments:

And, I even got some constructive criticism: 

That man above had added eyes and smiley face to my Mermaid:

But, the Munchkin thought it too closely resembled Dracula and we took the mouth off. In general, though, I was thrilled that people were adding to my Mermaid art....if I had had time I would have put up a sign inviting people to do so. 

As the tide came in, we fought the inevitable....mostly because it is just fun to try and thwart nature (knowing you won't win). 

We built walls around her and watched for the next big wave.

Of course, she couldn't withstand the pull of water. She was drawn back into the arms of the ocean. 
But I have no doubt she will reappear the next time we make a trip to the beach.

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  1. She is an amazing sand mermaid. I always build sand castle with the kids, but would have never thought of a mermaid. Love the way people someone added their touch with the face and the way she washed out to sea only to appear again someday, maybe on the beach I go to.

  2. I love it! Such a cute, cute post. It's great that people came along and stopped to visit her. I recently posted a pic of my daughter swimming that looked like a mermaid!

  3. I would love to see something like this on the beach. So creative! I have a linky party and would love for you to stop by.

  4. Super cute! This is impressive!

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

  5. I am so impressed! That was a beautiful story. I can't just sit on the beach on vacation either - I have to stay busy doing something!

  6. I live minutes from the beach, yet I can't remember the last time I played (really played) in the sand. Your post makes me want to buy some old school sand toys and have some fun! Great story and fabulous mermaid!!

  7. Love it! No matter what I am doing I am always thinking about crafting. :) Just happens.

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