I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Autumn Hearts

The calendar may say autumn...

but here at the beach it is still high summer.

Today I decided to set aside my indigo quilt project (more on that in the future!) and instead I packed my cooler, got out my hat and sand chair and lugged all the makings for my next batch of HEART sachets down to the beach to enjoy the summer perfection of the day.

This is not such an easy task---more like a labor of love!
I filled a huge LLBean tote with a couple dozen pre-sewn hearts, made with an assortment of autumn hued vintage and antique fabrics, half a bag of batting and a giant Ziploc baggie filled with my handmade potpourri.

Plus all those useful little tools, a big old silver spoon, a funnel, scissors and pins, a kebab skewer and an antique brass letter opener. Ten minutes later I was set up in solitary splendor at the beach, just me, the seabirds and a few surf casting fisherman.

The lure of beachcombing---treasure fever---tempted me, but I got a lot done...

Now if the first autumn storm rolls in tomorrow as predicted, I'll fill my blue Le Crueset pot with homemade corn chowder and sew by the window. But if not! I'll be right back here, enjoying my beach...



               .......gone to the beach