“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Six weeks? Time flies when you are being hunted by a groundhog and mending a broken heart over an unrequited love. Yes, the wild thing used me up and left me. Perhaps a raven told him of my plans to have him neutered: “You will have fun nevermore.” Of course the ravens had an ulterior motive.
Regardless of the reason, Wild Thing has moved on to greener pastures, no doubt one filled with felines in heat (and I’m not talking about the weather.) Wherever he is, I hope he’s purring and well fed.
I went Good Will hunting with my mother on Saturday and returned home with a few items to use on my Summer mantel. I liked the lighthouse scene on this new hand painted porcelain cup. The original price tag was $14 but I got it for .99!
The conch shell on the black spindle has a Yankee Candle Co sticker on it but the price was blacked out. Goodwill had it priced for .49!
The matted and framed Cape May Pink House is numbered (297/1000) and signed by the artist, Donna Elias. I know this painted lady (the house, not the artist) and could not pass up her beautiful portrait priced at a mere $1.99.
At a quarter a piece, Goodwill has become my book store of choice. I discovered two favorites — Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift From the Sea, and A Walk on the Beach by Joan Anderson.
I also found a new 8 x 10 frame for $1.99 that is perfect for a print I already had. I planned on spending $5.96 but the print and frame were half off so I totaled out at $3.98!
I decided to create a mantel based on one of my best places on Earth — Cape May.
I started with a wire basket filled with treasures I’ve discovered combing the beach. I sat it on a silver pedestal to add height and make it easier to see from across the room.
Thomas gave me “The Entrance” when owning a Victorian by the sea was only a dream. I stacked my books and placed the shell on the spindle and light house cup on them. I filled the cup with sweet peas from my garden.
The Cape May Pink House is followed by a print that reminds us of Buster and times spent with him.
The antique bottle holds Poe’s poem, Annabel Lee.
I included vintage postcards and prints, some collected over the years and others that were gifts from friends. I like to imagine that even if we had met 100 years ago at the seashore, we would still be friends.
The temperature is forecast to reach the 100’s by mid-week. If I don’t make it to the beach, I’ll feel cooler looking at my reminders of the sea.