Beach-inspired shell, hemp, and bead bracelet.
Every time I end up at the beach I find my attention immediately focused at my feet, scanning the sand for the best bounty of the sea--interesting shells, sea glass, geodes, and bits of coral and pottery.  I am an intent beachcomber and always come home with my pockets full of sandy treasures.  I have jars full of shells and sea glass collected along beaches from Scotland to the Caribbean, and I can pretty much tell you where I found each and every piece.  I'm funny like that.
South Beach, Miami view of Ocean Drive
South Beach was insane last weekend--the 36th annual Art Deco Weekend was on and there was no parking and not much room to move around on the streets, or eve the beach! 

Everyone picked a spot and settled in...
Which was fine for a little while...
But with a view like that, and all that gorgeous turquoise water calling, who could sit still?!
Is there any better feeling than your feet buried in the sand? I doubt it!
I love walking barefoot along the beach, just inside the water line so the waves crash against your legs... it's so refreshing.  This weekend the water was cool and lovely, and the waves were brisk, a wonderful contrast to the sun's healing intensity beating down on my shoulders. 

There were people of every nationality and race all smiling, laughing, and playing like children, and it was a wonderful thing to walk along and drink it all in.  I find that I always feel like a child again when I'm barefoot walking along in the sand--it's okay to splash in the water, collect 'treasures', and chase seashells into the ocean as the tide pulls them back out on the currents.... pure bliss.
There were some wonderful finds...
And as usual I came home with a beach bag full of sand!

It would be so nice to capture that beach feeling and pull it out whenever I feel like it... so I pulled together a few simple materials and made a beach-inspired rustic shell bracelet.
This is so simple--if you have a few shell buttons lying around, you're pretty much set!  These snazzy pink shells are from a Canadian dollar store (my favorite!), the hemp rope is a fine to medium weight for jewelry-making, and the glass beads were from my (excessively vast) bead stash.  Really, this can be made from anything you have in your odds and ends of crafting supplies.
Essentially, the most important thing is to make sure you measure your wrist and figure out how many buttons it will take to create the bracelet (make it a bit loose so it is comfortable on your wrist!).
One strand of the hemp rope is fed through the buttons and beads, and it is knotted with the second strand of hemp rope to create a smooth line with the shell buttons laying nicely side-by-side.
The end loops are slipped over the button at the end of the opposite side of the bracelet, and it's almost unnoticeable when it is on your wrist!
A happy, sunny, colorful homage to a great day out!  And a reminder to be thankful for the joys in life--today in my hometown back in Canada the schools were cancelled due to the -39C temperature outside.  I guess I won't complain about it being a 'cool' 21C here today!


24/01/2013 2:13pm

Love your beachy braclet. I used to live in So Cal and now in Colorado and the beach and the palm trees are what I miss most. Your pictures brought back sweet memories! Found you at Sweet and Simple.

24/01/2013 2:56pm

Thanks Audra! I am originally a cold-weather girl myself, so your new location of Colorado would suit me just fine during the winter! It's funny how we get used to some things, isn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed the South Beach shots--thanks so much for stopping by!

Lavender Dreams
24/01/2013 3:40pm

The bracelet turned out so cute! I would love to try to make one! Thanks for showing up how! Hugs!

24/01/2013 4:32pm

Thank you! You should try it--it's so easy, and great for casual wear :-) Thanks for stopping by!

25/01/2013 12:49am

What a beautiful day and a beautiful bracelet Leisa! Thanks for helping me feel like I had a quick trip to the beach!

29/01/2013 1:05pm

Thank you, Mary! I'm so glad you enjoyed it--a little escape to the sun in January is always a good thing! Thanks for stopping by :-)

26/01/2013 2:47pm

Love that bracelet. Great idea.

29/01/2013 1:06pm

Thanks, Sally! It's so easy to make!

28/01/2013 10:15pm

Love this! So, so pretty!
I wish I were at the beach!
Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

29/01/2013 1:07pm

Thanks, Stacey! A little reminder of sunny days is always a happy thing :-)

28/01/2013 11:17pm

Love the beach and your bracelet is beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


29/01/2013 1:08pm

Thank you, Jody! I love seeing what other crafters are up to each week--Simple & Sweet Fridays is great for inspiration and sharing! So glad you stopped by!

29/01/2013 10:50am

Leisa, thank you for the beautiful view, I'm an east coast girl living in
the Washington DC area, freezing this week. I do miss the ocean so much. I'm thankful I spent so much time there as a child. Thank you so much for sharing the beach with me.

29/01/2013 1:10pm

Thank you, Jeannie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and had a little seaside escape to brighten a winter's day :-) Myself, I crave the water when I'm away from it for any length of time--I understand exactly what you mean! Thanks for stopping by--I hope to see you back again!


This is so pretty, perfect accessory for a day at the beach! Thanks for sharing at the Make-It party :)


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