Sunday, August 5, 2012

At the Sea-Side

At the Sea-Side
~Robert Louis Stevenson

A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup.
In every hole the sea came up
Till it could come no more.

Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)

Hello Everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend. It has been very warm here as usual but I realized that it is already August and Summer will be coming to an end in no time. I've been wanting to do a beachy post for a while now and my copy of The Mermaid Chair is perfect for that. The jacket is so pretty with its embossed shells, lime green and beige colors.

The Mermaid Chair
Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint, who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.

Miss Beaufort Mermaid at the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center. Also just in front of one of my favorite delis'. I can't remember the name, even though I've been there four times.

These pictures were taken at Edisto Island Beach. I went there with the intention of getting a beach picnic post. but it was so bright and sunny that day, that I couldn't see anything on my view screen and I kept casting shadows that I couldn't see.

Edisto Beach is made up of Oyster shells and this is a pylon from an old pier.

Yellow and Pink Lantana in an old ball Jar

I'm sharing one of my new teacups. It is Mason's~ Watteau England. I should have got a picture of the handle, because the print is so pretty. The saucer underneath is Spode transferware.

I have started collecting this soap. It is from The Squirrels Nest, a shop in town . It smells so good and the packaging is very pretty. (I like to match it up with my china)

In my little teacup is a hair ornament for the mermaid. It is a vintage piece that I got from an Antique shop years ago.

This silverplate spoon is sitting in one of the oyster shells from the beach.

In the eggcup is a Tumbler Ball from a North Carlina Cotton Factory. (I'll tell the story about that in another post.)

The Mermaid Chair
Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint, who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.

Thank you for stopping by.



Lavender Cottage said...

Sounds like a fun and whimsical book Clara. Your tea set up on the beach looks inviting and a pretty teacup.

Cynthia said...

What a lovely post!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've found so many beautiful ways to decorate with shells. Even the Mermaid book is perfect! You have some wonderful shells, too! Enjoy your evening!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post, I love the mermaid statue and the pretty straw hat. Everything says summertime to me. Beautiful mosaic and photos. Have a wonderful week ahead.

Snap said...

Lovely post and I must look for the book. I love the beach and shells and mermaids, too. Your teacups, hat and shells made a very clever post.

Anonymous said...

Well, I typed up a comment and then didn't log in correctly. Lovely lovely post. I enjoyed reading Sue Monk Kidd's articles in Guideposts years ago and have not seen her name until recently. I may look into that book - might be a great read? But, your post is wonderful - feel like I've been there done that . .. Love the spidery-leg shell against the china and the silver spoon rest - all very nicely done! Thank you for sharing.

Vee said...

Lovely combinations of china and seashells at the beach. The book looks completely charming as is this post.

Pondside said...

Mermaids are such attractive mythical creatures, aren't they? I like to use shells in the house and garden - ones that I collect on the nearby beaches. Your shells are quite different and beautiful.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So much pretty here! Love your teacup. Perfect for a mermaid. I'm going to savor every moment of summer we have left!

Bernideen said...

I agree with everyone - just beautiful photos. We don't have alot of "beach" here in Colorado!

Shelia said...

Oh, what a delightful post! Love the shells and of course I believe in mermaids.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Antiques And Teacups said...

A wonderful summer post. I love the Watteau pattern. I have seen the book, but haven't read it. I think your photos are lovely and so evocative of summer beach days. Thanks so much for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Clara,
Oh, what a lovely post! I love your new teacup and how pretty it looks on the Spode plate surrounded by the lovely array of shells. The collage with the hat is so pretty! I love the beach and it is always a favourite place for me to go so I find your post very appealing. Thank you for sharing.


kitty said...

Hi Clara, I love your new teacup and it looks perfect on the Spode saucer!!

My Little Home and Garden said...

The book sounds like it would be a delightful read and I enjoyed your thoughtful, beach-themed post.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a pretty post and perfect for the summer! I love your new teacup! I'm starting to collect brown transferware but its hard to find at a reasonable price. Have a beautiful week.

Lorrie Orr said...

A lovely, beachy post. I read The Mermaid's Chair several years ago and loved it. Your tea cup is so pretty, too.

Princesa Nadie said...

Meeting you has been a pleasure,a lovely post and a precious tea cup ,I love it
Your music is also beautiful

Terri said...

Hello Clara,
What a lovely summer post! I love your vignettes and the beautiful tea cup set you are sharing today. It looks marvelous among the pretty shells! The pattern is one I have not seen before. It really is lovely, and I can see a bit of the gorgeous handle.
Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Zaa said...

Hi Clara...What a charming post and I'm intrigued by the " Mermaid Chair" It's the perfect summer share with your lovely tea set and treasures from the sea... Thank you ...ENJOY your day...Hugs

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Clara, Your book is a beautiful inspiration for a beach post - looks quite lovely - love the hair comb. Dealing with light and photography outdoors is such fun isn't it! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Clara: What a beautiful post! I love the mermaid and the your book. I am especially fond of the tea cup. What a wonderful handle it has. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Jann Olson said...

Hi Clara, what a magical and mystical story. You created so many wonderful vignettes that made the story come alive. Love the hairpin in the cup and the spoon in the oyster shell. It all was very enchanting. The transferware is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

Stephanie said...

There's a lot of prettiness going on here. I enjoyed every bit of it. said...

Very pretty teacup! I love transferware of all sorts and colors. Your shells are gorgeous, too!~Audrey

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I love to hear from you. ~Clara~