September 7, 2009

summer souvenirs

sea ranch: rock 2

as summer
melts into autumn,
it's time for change.
i start putting away
my tank tops and sandals
and thinking of
corduroys and cardigans.
there's always something
a little sad about
summer ending.
like the last few days
of vacation before
you head home and back to work
(even though many of us
work right through summer).
perhaps it is a reminant of
our school days
years ago.

i remember
as september
would near
i would collect
sand dollars,
sea urchin shells
at the water's edge.
my souvenirs
for another
summer gone by.
to hold those
relics in my hand
as the weather
cooled and
dusk came
each evening.

sea ranch: my collections

as autumn nears
i like
to rearrange
and redecorate
my apartment.
put away flower vases.
arrange acorns
on the windowsill

in piles
in the garden.

searanch: collection

there are many
and beautiful ways
that artists
(and you too)
can use rocks
as decoration
in your own home.

rocks with felt covers

Beautiful art rocks to buy:
* woven rocks by white forest pottery
* porcelain pebbles by Manos/Karin Eriksson
* pet rocks by stephanie congdon barnes.

rocks with felt covers

rocks with felt covers

Make your own felted rocks:
* Craftzine: How to make felted rocks
* DIY felted rock on DesignSponge
* Martha Stewart: felted rock paperweight
* see some here.

you can also
or crochet
your own covers.

i knitted covers
by knitting in the round
with simple
and decreases...
knitted rocks

i covered
all sizes of rocks.
knitted rocks

then i put them
in the washing machine
in a delicates laundry bag
and washed them a few times
while doing my
weekly laundry.
knitted and felted rocks

you can mix
and unfelted
felted and crochet rocks

for more
check out
one of my favorite
everyone needs
a rock

green crochet rock

your rock.
enjoy autumn.


Unni Strand said...

Lovely post!

f. pea said...

You have inspired me to go around the house and rearrange all our rocks, stick and pine cones. Welcome September!

lisa s said...

super sweet.
i want to felt rocks now [but i have no time!!!]

Kerstin Svendsen said...

such a sweet post. thanks for the inspiration!

patty-jean said...

I just stumbled here, blog hopping! What a wonderful blog - full of useful, inspiring posts! Thank-you!

babelfish said...

Relics of a summer gone by, so beautiful...I love this post!

nicola said...

beautiful beautiful post. i love rocks and photo and post about them often!

heather said...

Oh, this is so lovely. You've captured the bittersweet becoming of fall so eloquently.

I'm a kindred rock-loving spirit, with sea stones scattered throughout my home. But your post has inspired me to be a little more intentional with their placement this season. A little end-of-summer balm....

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Ontario Stucco said...

Beautiful, how you intertwine poetry with these rock creations that make for Christmas presents.

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