This last spring my husband and I went on a trip to Hawaii. We visited beaches, LOST sites, a nature preserve, surfed Waikiki, ate at fun restaurants and even the famous went to the Aloha Stadium swap meet.
We took a lot of photos, but I wanted another way to remember the great time we had. I couldn’t find anything at the swap meet I was willing to put out in my house, way too tacky tourist. I decided to collect nature from some of my favorite spots. I brought gallon Ziploc bags and loaded up. Sand from a romantic sunset at Sunset Beach. A small rock/sand mix from a river bed near our condo. Tiny bits of shells, rocks, sea glass and coral from a tiny island we walked through water to get to. Beautiful white coral chunks from a quite beach.
I packed my luggage and carry on full of sand, shells, and coral (oh and bags of drift wood, but that is another project!). Off to the airport. Everything sailed through the agricultural checkpoint and it was time for airport security. There they took away my Hawaiian Tropics sunscreen, but said nothing about my “souvenirs”. My husband had to put my carry-on in the overhead compartment, it was far too heavy for me, ha ha.
Once I got home, I knew just where to put the souvenirs. Four large glass containers from Ikea, that were only $4.99 each, would be perfect. They stored bath products in my bathroom in their previous life.
Each Ziploc was emptied into it’s own jar and printed off simple labels on flecked paper. I cut them out and glued them on with a glue stick.
Bringing nature indoors isn’t always easy, and neither is finding souvenirs and trip reminders that aren’t “touristy”. These jars filled with sand, rocks, glass and coral are a beautiful reminder of a trip, that look great anywhere in my house.
What treasures have you incorporated into your interior design? Do share…
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