14 January 2014

Vacation In A Bottle


When you go on holiday,
do you bring anything back?

A coin, a postcard, a rock?

We've started to collect beach sand
when we travel

from rivers, lakes and sea




I write the location and date on the bottom of the base
(bottles from local craft store)

My kids love the collecting
and I love the different colors and textures

Each bottle represents a family vacation
filled with wonderful memories

Do you have a collection from trips?

19 comments:

ann said...

My daughter tried bringing sand home from California, but airport security found it. I cannot remember if she was able to bring home, but what a cool idea.

Robyn said...

This is such a cute idea !! Love it! I write in the inside of shells- place and date.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Glad you had a fabulous trip to South Africa- I'm back off to Uganda in February- and so excited to be returning to East Africa.

X

Claire said...

i have a friend who collects rocks from the hills when we go to the lake district, problem is they are usually collected on a long walk and have to be carried back to the cottage haha!

Iota said...

What a lovely idea. We just stick to photos, but you've got me thinking.

Iota said...

I've been meaning to ask you, as you embed yourself into life in England, have you acquired a taste for "The Archers" yet? Some good storylines on it at the moment!

Pura Vida said...

I also do this...I buy jars at Hobby Lobby 1/2 price fill with a handmade label to where..cork from wine, bark, shells, leaves..I love this idea

Barbara said...

These look great! What a fun idea. We send ourselves postcards while we are on vacation. It's always fun to see who gets here first - us or the postcards. We then put them in an album, the kids like remembering the places we've been and seeing all of the different stamps is always so much fun!

Amy at love made my home said...

A great idea if you remember to take something to bring it home in - which I would forget! Lovely to have a little piece of where you have been! xx

Jeanie said...

These are so pretty -- it's a wonderful idea!

I will often bring back a rock, pebble, stone or shell. I also look for earrings and holiday ornaments. Each year as we decorate the tree, it's like remembering our past vacation holidays!

Michelle said...

LOVE this idea! Wish I'd heard about it when I got married over 29 years ago….

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ann- yes, I usually have to take out the sand at security as the machine usually can't figure out what it is.

Amy - we just bring the sand home in an empty water bottle & I transfer it into a decorative bottle when I get home

Iota - we are early-to-bed folks, so I confess that I'm not on top of British series as I should be. Ill have to check it out. I'm sure if you say it's good, it's good :)

Barb said...

What a creative idea! I've heard of collecting rocks, but your method gives a wonderful display and memory.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I only have a small bottle with Caribbean sand. When I was there, I thought I'd never come back and filled a little bottle! But your idea is nice, and I should bring some from every beach I go to... On second thought, given I live on the seaside, I might fill the whole house; but bringing some from beaches that are attached to nice memories would be great!

Janey and Co. said...

What a pretty display of great memories. I usually look for those little rooster creme pitchers to bring back. They are all alike with different paint jobs. I use to buy a piece of art...but my walls got full!

Mandy Southgate said...

Oh, what a fabulous idea! It probably sounds stereotyped but my husband and I collect fridge magnets. We use them to attach our niece's and goddaughter's art on the fridge.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I've brought home shells and rocks from. Killiney Beach when we lived in Ireland - my hubby couldn't believe I was lugging home a bag of rocks :)

Rose Fern said...

Ι used to do the same, until I had collected much too many and stopped! It's a great collection, though!

Tammy said...

Lovely! Our Japanese friend told us that he did this so when we were visiting him in Dubai one time, our youngest son filled a small water bottle with sand from our desert adventure to bring back to Kuwait. You can't believe the problem it caused going through security. Yikes! :) I printed one of the pictures of Zack sitting in the sand and adhered that to the front of the jar I ultimately put the sand in. It sits in his bedroom now. Best wishes, Tammy

Tina in CT said...

My friend has a nice collection of beach sand in matching glass bottles that sit in a metal stand. I did bring back pink sand from Bermuda many years ago and brought back smooth stones from the beach in Sochi this month as we were at the Olympics. In the years to come I will look at them and think of the memories.