Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shell Jars

    The first time I took my baby girl to the ocean she was 5 weeks old.  We actually DROVE from Minnesota down to the Gulf Coast.  She did such a good job & only cried in Nashville!  We traveled with my parents as they were looking to buy a Beach Condo.   We hit many of the gulf towns but spent much of the vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama, where my parents decided to buy.
    While at the ocean I collected Annie's first shell off the beach.  When I returned home I made a special jar for her to collect 1 shell from each trip to the ocean.  It is very special to her.
    I hope this is an idea you can use!  They make GREAT baby gifts and are so smple to make.  I just took an old jar & used a hot glue gun to attatch a shell to the top.  The letters are just scrapbook stickers.  Let me know if you try it!    

Each shell is numbered.  This shell is for her 4th trip to the ocean.  It has the year, her age, our destination, & tells who traveled with us. 

Here are just a few pictures from that first trip.

I had my mom snap this one just as her feet touched the ocean for the very first time.  It sure makes me smile to remember that day.


Auntie Cake said...

Way to post a pic of you in your swimsuit!!! Very brave, and you look good. Remember when Annie was that small? And we are definitely adding to that shell jar next summer... Right mom and dad???

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

This is a terrific idea. And the shell jar is just too dang cute!!! Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

charmaine said...

i LOVE this idea! what a way to create great memories. the jar is just too cute and your daughter is so adorable. i'll have to try this. thanks for sharing. i really love your blog. it's all about family and you have a beautiful family. your children are beautiful! i love your daughters curly hair. the picture of you and your sisters when you were younger, looks just like your daughter. i also have to tell you how awesome those costumes look. what talent, i wish i could sew. i'm going to take a sewing class soon. you've motivated me even more to get started. thank you for leaving me a comment on my other blog. i'm glad you like it. i LOVE all children but a little girls world is so much fun with all the pink frilly pretty things. and would you believe i have a son. i was all into boy stuff but now that he's a 19year old college student, i've just been going girl crazy over girl things. but i've always been a girly girl. i guess throwing that football and playing soccer with my son really caught up with me. LOL!! i can go on and on, so let me stop. i do appreciate this lovely idea and i pray that you and your family will have a blessed week!

God Bless,

Elise said...

what a brilliant idea !

Chrissy said...

Very cool idea! I love that you number them, so that later when she pulls them out one by one, she'll be able to tell where each one came from, and when!

Jodee Leader said...

Thanks for stopping by today!

I love this shell jar idea. I wish we lived closer to the beach. We have only taken our kids one time so far.

Cute pictures too!

Courtney said...

Just stopping by from another blog. I love your blog and have decided to follow. I love the idea of the shell jar!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

I love the shell jar you made!! What a wonderful idea, I'm sure your daughter will treasure this always.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Your blog is lovely, keep up the great work!