There's an unequivocal sense of calm I get when I am at my favorite beaches. My favorite pastime while walking on beaches is looking for shell treasures and sea glass that wash ashore. I never take anything alive, but those I do collect I sort, boil clean, and take home as memories of my favorite trips. Today I've made them an integral part of my tablescape which I've labeled Seaside Beachcombing.
The napkin rings represent the sea turtles we've come to love and respect both on land and underwater in the places we visit and scuba dive. The threats to these ancient earth creatures are many, including poaching (shells for jewelry & accessories, meat consumption), debris, artificial lighting, oil spills and pollution, etc. Please, take a minute to read more at the link provided so you can be mindful when going to beaches where seas turtles nest and inhabit.
Using a drop cloth tablecloth as a base gives the feeling of a light-colored (my favorite) sandy beach, and an open crocheted cloth draped across the table lends the impression of a fishing net. The centerpiece consists mainly of a lidded glass jar full of shells collected over the years, with a curious sandpiper and various glass fishing floats surrounding. A larger shell and coral - lucky finds in the Caribbean between two hurricanes - are also placed on the table.
The beverage service is acrylic, in various shades of blues and greens, very much like the glass floats on the table, and very much like the colors found on the beaches we love best.
Seaside Beachcombing Source List
Placemats, Napkins, Napkin Rings - The Best of Everything, Naples FL
Chargers - MacKenzie-Childs Parchment Check
Lunch Plates - Pfaltzgraff Filigree
Appetizer Plates, Glass Floats (some are Blenko) - Estate Sales, Antiquing Finds
Tablecloth - Lowe's (drop cloth, cut & frayed)
Crochet Cloth - Susan Nowell (My Place to Yours)
Flatware - Horchow
Acrylic Glasses - Pottery Barn
Carved Sandpiper - Gift from Hilton Head
Shells, Coral - Grand Cayman, Hilton Head, Naples, Sanibel
|Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman|
Thanks for joining me today at my Seaside Beachcombing table!
Rita C. at Panoply(A special thanks to Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate and Sandra Garth from The Sweet Sensations for featuring this post on Celebrate Your Style #138).
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