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sticks and stones

March 3, 2013

this is a post about procrastination, crafting, and literally, a stick and some ocean stones.


Last October on vacation with my lovely Cristybella, we happened upon a beautiful Caribbean-side beach where we saw zillions of little ocean stones with holes in the middle.  I curiously picked up a few with some discretion, thinking I’d see zillions more throughout the remainder of our vacay.  I didn’t.  But I brought home the few stones I’d collected and deposited them on my craft room desk.




speaking of craft room… notice the cool periodic table of the elements hanging there?  a gift from Cristybella – who knows me better than anyone else on the planet.




anyway, several weeks ago, someone contacted me requesting permission to use some of my photos of seashell wind chimes I’d made a year or so ago.  and then I got to thinking about those ocean stones sitting there on my desk.  I had something similar in mind for them but had procrastinated for months.




Gathered together my scissors, string, a small driftwood twig, the ocean stones and a few porcelain beads (just for fun).




mental note to self:  collect more ocean stones with holes on next Caribbean vacation.

Had this item been larger, it would be better as a decorative piece for my home.  The small scale gets lost in the big collection of stuff going on all around it.




however, it’s an easy, versatile and most of all fun DIY project.

hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!


6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2013 6:00 pm

    Those stones are great. Funny how you think you will find something again that is so easily accessible one day – then you never see it again. What a simple and nice idea for the wind chime. Love it.

  2. March 3, 2013 6:05 pm


    “someone contacted me requesting permission to use some of my photos of seashell wind chimes I’d made a year or so ago.”

    Hey congrats on that, Diane! And I’m not surprised at all, because the way you photograph your crafts look as though they came from a professional catalog.

    And can I just tell you how much I’m lovin’ this wind chime with the shell and beads? I have this “thing” for anything with an Asian/Oriental feel to it, so I REALLY love it!

    “notice the cool periodic table of the elements hanging there? a gift from Cristybella – who knows me better than anyone else on the planet.”

    Aw…how sweet of her! I’ve never seen one of those, it’s really cool!

    I know I’ve shared this before, but your home is so lovely, my friend. So airy, clean, and open.

    Thanks for sharing!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  3. girlwithaskillet permalink
    March 4, 2013 2:19 am

    Very cute project! I must try something like this with my thousands of collected shells…I’d have to drill some holes, but this is so pretty, I think it would be worth it.

  4. March 4, 2013 7:37 am

    Me parece muy interesante el resultado de conjuntar materiales diversos con piedras. Las piedras agujereadas por la propia naturaleza, son en si mismas “esculturas naturales”!

  5. March 4, 2013 11:06 am

    Lovely project – I don’t have stones, but we have collected tons of shells on our last vacation in South Carolina… I should make something cute for the studio too.
    And yes – the first thing I saw was the Periodic Table and I though: my son would love this room! 😉

  6. March 4, 2013 1:39 pm

    Hmmmmmmm……I’m thinking if you hang it from the ceiling over the desk–the impact will be different. (YES, pun intended! LOL)
    It IS adorable, and it makes a statement for such a ‘small thing’. :-/
    I found a few of those in England when I was scootching around on my rearus endus–just two, I think…and I put them in prominent places in the bowl so they’d show off more–NOT prominent enough, mind you. Perhaps *I* need to hang ’em over my desk?! LOL

    Wow…can I just say I HUGELY respect the person who asked permission to use the photo! That’s awesome!!!! So many times I hear about that happening without the photographers permission–it’s refreshing to know it happens WITH permission! Well done, them!!

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