Well, dear friends, how are you this fine Friday in July? I do hope you're not yet tired of hearing about our week at the beach because this week's Friday Finds comes from our trip last week.
When we visited a few years ago, I found this little handmade stone with the word 'inspire' on it. Since that was my 'word of the year', I bought it. Now, I have to tell you ... I'm a dismal failure at this word business but I still liked the word and often looked at the little stone. Fast foward to this year. Delighted to find that the shop was still in business, I went in search of more stones and what you see above is what I came home with. I just like the words; I like the inspiration they give; I like their tactile nature; I like being reminded of a place I've come to love.
The sand dollars go back a long way ... a very long way, probably at least 25 years. Steve and I used to go in the fall, until we were chased home by a hurricane, an otherwise beautiful time of the year down there. We had rental bikes at the time, creaky uncomfortable things. But they had one thing going for them: baskets. So anyhow, one morning, we decided to get up and ride to the as yet undeveloped east end of the island. Oh, my! What a long, hot ride that was! The days heat up quickly on the beach.
But onward we rode. It was low tide and we came upon a treasure trove of sand dollars at the tip of the island, whole, unbroken, lovely sand dollars. We filled our baskets, our pockets, our jackets, anything we could find to put them in. We probably came home with 100 of them. We still have them, scattered about the house in sweetgrass baskets, such as you see above, some large, some small.
Sweetgrass baskets are an art form in the Low Country, a tradition passed down from generation to generation, dating back to the slave era. They are all completely hand-woven, really works of art. They're not inexpensive but they are delightful.
So there you have it. More tales from the Low Country, a place that I, a born and bred Yankee, never thought I'd come to love and think of as my home away from home.
With that, I'll sign off and meander over to Friday Finds, where I hope you'll join Kim and friends. It's a real treat and I look forward to it each week.
Wishing you a grand July weekend,