Do you ever get inspired by unusual things? Well I do! Earlier this summer a "Main" country road which connects two of our State Roads had a road long garage sale so my son, his fiance and I decided to hit the road and see what we could find we couldn't live without. We stopped at one house that we've driven by for years and years and the same old lady still lives there. She must be 90 or so but she was out there with an assortment of stuff she had decided it was time to part with.
On one of the tables was this jar...
I was initially intrigued by the label - Black Sand Beach - Hawaii - 1964. I asked her about it and she told me that when she was a young dental assistant there was a convention in Hawaii and the entire office got to go. It was the first time she had ever been out of the state of Indiana and had never seen a black beach before so she collected this jar full of sand as a keepsake.
While I have been out of the state of Indiana before I've never been to Hawaii and doubt I ever will but I was and still am fascinated by the sand! It has a much larger particle size than the sand we have here in Indiana. I don't know all the technical why's and where's but it's beautiful so I bought the container and knew I'd do something with it.
Not too long ago Altered Pages got these nifty little glass bottles in stock. They have a handy rubber stopper that has a built in hanger which is great for altered charms and I knew they would be perfect vessels for my sand! I bought several packages of them and went to work!
And here's what I created...a charm which pays homage to Hawaii! I have of course poured some of the sand inside the vial and added a strip of paper with the word Hawaii on it so folks would know where the sand came from. I added some wood & bamboo beads which looked "tropical" to me. I hung a small shell off a short piece of chain which has a little surprise inside ~ a fresh water pearl! Now I know these types of shells don't produce pearls but I thought it was a fun addition to the charm. Oh and I tied the stopper to the vial with a piece of faux reed.
I'm happy with how it turned out and I hope the folks who get one in the charm swap enjoy it as well. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend...