Sand Box 4/23/15

A few weeks ago I was in a florist shop in the European Village in Palm Coast.  I fell in love with something they called a “Fairy Garden”, a miniature world nestled into a large bowl of sand.  Since the “garden” at the florist cost almost as much as next week’s groceries, I immediately started working on putting one together on my own.  I didn’t want a fairy garden though – I wanted a sand box!

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I chose to use the large round tray on our family room coffee table.

The hardest part was the sand.  You’d think all I’d need to do is walk across the street and fill up a couple of buckets, right?  But – after doing some research, I learned I’d have to wash and sift beach sand many, many times and then go through a long, slow process of baking the sand to make sure the millions of organisms left by tiny sea creatures were all killed and the sand sterilized.  Add to that a couple of pooches with radar noses who would have sniffed out anything “leftover” that remotely smelled like sea life!  Who’s got time for that?

At first I thought I’d buy a bag of sand at Home Depot (like for a child’s sand box), but it just wasn’t the texture I wanted.  I called the fairy garden florist, and she told me to go to a pet store and buy the sand used in the reptile cages!  It was perfect!

I've had a blast adding miniature items to the sand box.  I purchased the starfish, the fox shell and the spider shell from a local shell shop, but the other shells we picked up on the beach.

I’ve had a blast adding miniature items to the sand box. I purchased the starfish, the fox shell and the spider shell from a local shell shop, but the other shells we picked up on the beach.  There’s a bench with an iced-down bucket of soda, some tiny tools for raking and shoveling, a bicycle (thoughts of Mackinac), and a faux succulent plant.

At night I throw in 2-3 votive candles, and the sand box turns into a moonlit beach.

At night I throw in 2-3 votive candles, and the sand box turns into a moonlit beach.

I plan to add a sea turtle when I find the right one.  Who knows what else?!  Visitors can “play in the sand” to their heart’s content and add treasures they find on the beach.  When it gets too full, I’ll just cull it out and make room for more!

A work in progress . . . . . .

CATS OF THE WEEK

Oliver - a 3-year-old male with a heart of gold.

Oliver – a 3-year-old male with a heart of gold to match his eyes!

Sweet Whiskers whose neck and chest reminded me of a penquin!  Whiskers is only one, and you can just tell he is Mr. Personality!

Sweet Whiskers whose neck and chest reminded me of a penquin! Whiskers is only one, and you can just tell he is Mr. Personality!

Precious little 6-month-old Moonbeam was very scared.  Notice how one side of her face is gold and the other side is black?

Precious little 6-month-old Moonbeam was very scared (she made the trip back to her cage riding on my back, with me bent over from the waist, but hey – whatever works). Notice how the right side of her face is gold and the left side is black?

Her sister's (Sunshine) face is the exact opposite - left side gold and right side black.

Her sister’s (Sunshine) face is the exact opposite – left side gold and right side black.

This is Lil'Bit - a seven-year-old female.

This is Lil’Bit – a seven-year-old female.

They tell me Lil'Bit came to the shelter afraid to be touched, spitting and hissing at everyone.  Now she loves poses for photographs and has a purr-motor that didn't run out of the gas the entire time I was working with her.

They tell me Lil’Bit came to the shelter afraid to be touched, spitting and hissing at everyone. Now she loves posing for photographs and has a purr-motor that didn’t run out of the gas the entire time I was working with her.

Sagittarius (aka Sage) has been with us since she was a very small kitten.  She's now six-months-old and more than ready for her forever home.

Sagittarius (aka Sage) has been with us since she was a very small kitten. She’s now six-months-old and more than ready for her forever home.

Black cats and dogs get overlooked so often, but they have the same loving hearts as their multi-colored brothers and sisters.

Black cats and dogs get overlooked so often, but they have the same loving hearts as their multi-colored brothers and sisters.  Sage is a doll-baby!

SO HAPPY to report that the vast majority of the cats you’ve seen on the blog so far have been adopted and are enjoying being pampered and spoiled by their new families.  A few of them (ones that had been with us for a long time) were moved to Jacksonville last week in an effort to make them available to a larger group of people.  Flagler Humane Society will do just about anything to get a dog or cat adopted, including transporting them to larger cities.  I love that about them!

WHERE WE’RE HEADED!

The Inn at Stonecliffe posted a new video today of this fabulous vacation destination.  Ted and I are so excited to be going up to Mackinac Island for four days in June, where we’ll be staying at Stonecliffe, and I’ll be writing a series of blog posts about this special venue.  This video just makes me that much more ready to go!

Click here: https://www.facebook.com/stonecliffe/videos/741280812582222/?fref=nf

 A FEW EXTRA PHOTOS

Sometimes the reflection of a sunset is almost as pretty as the sunset itself . . . .

Sometimes the reflection of a sunset is almost as pretty as the sunset itself . . . .

. . . but not quite.

. . . but not quite.

Please take the time to read the prayer requests after last Sunday’s blog, and add these needs to your prayer list.  And please let us know of others who need to be lifted up.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here Sunday – good Lord willing.

God bless.

15 thoughts on “Sand Box 4/23/15

  1. I so enjoy your columns, Bree. Haven’t told you for awhile, and I’m afraid you might forget. It’s only proper to express appreciation, right? Love it all, and am excited for you to spend time at Stonecliffe. It’s a different part of the island than most ever see, and it’s lovely.
    Also, thanks for the cat pictures! Maybe you’ll start to notice the differences in cat personalities and their color – just as you know different breeds of dogs act different ways. And I love your ‘adult sandbox’! Just might work on our back screened in porch. Thanks for all of it!

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    • Thanks, Barb, for your sweet words – so glad you’re still enjoying the blogs! A screened porch would be a perfect place for you own sand box!

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  2. I too enjoy reading your blogs. Love all the pictures you send our way. The kitty pictures have added a lot for me. It’s a good thing I’m 16 hours from them or I would own a lot of cats right now. I love your “sand box”. Nicely done! Very ingenious take on the Fairy Garden. I actually have several Fairy Gardens. One is in a dish similar to yours and the others are set up amongst my garden plants on the ground. All are outside so my season with the Fairies is short. It’s so relaxing planting the live miniature plants and arranging the Fairies, their houses and all the tiny accessories. You can find accessories for your “sand box” at several Fairy Garden supply websites.
    We have never stayed at The Inn at Stonecliff but have been on the grounds. We have been to Sunset Rock during the day but would love to view the sun setting from that spot. You’ll be right there. Lucky you!

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  3. Love your fairy “sand box”..so cute and appropriate with all the mementos…great idea!! I would appreciate being added to the prayer list… I tripped over a cord (call me klutzy) last Friday and fell into the chest of drawers…thinking I just had a nasty bruise (bruises) I continued on to the memorial service for Fred’s brother in Kalamazoo…(his only sibling)…as the weekend went on it was obvious I should have gone to the doctor..well Tuesday I had xrays taken and found I have a fractured impacted humerus bone (bone between shoulder and elbow)…it is in a good position so I don’t need surgery but I am in a collar and cuff sling for about 5 weeks…and lots of pain…but I am trusting the Lord for a complete healing!! Thanks for praying!!

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  4. Brenda,

    I guess I don’t have to tell you that I enjoy your blogs, all of them, but I will anyway. “I enjoy your blogs,” just as everyone else does, maybe more. I also like your new sandbox and I’m pleased to see the Mackinac Island bike in there. My favorite of the cats is Li’l Bit. My brother and his wife used to have a dog by that name. She looked like a little fox. I’m glad you used the Stonecliffe video. It’s a very good one. I saw it this afternoon and hoped you would use it.

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  5. Love, love, love your sandbox. My niece and I are going to be on Mackinac June 7-15. So hope to run into you and Ted somewhere on the Island. I love biking out to Stonecliffe and than stopping at the Woods for a drink and popcorn. I stayed at Stonecliffe about 15 years ago and loved it. One of these days, I would love to stay there again. Maybe in the Fall. Thank you Brenda for your wonderful blogs!

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  6. I think some pretty sea glass would look nice in your collection too. I love the idea of the sand box!
    So happy to hear that some of the cats are being adopted. I’m sure it’s because of those fabulous pictures!

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  7. LOVE love the little bike in the sand…that is so..Mackinac! I want to come play in the sand. 😉
    I also watched the video of Stonecliffe. It looks so nice there. Bud and I have given Stonecliffe thoughts before but we always changed our mind, preferring to stay in the heart of downtown instead, but we do walk up there at least once each time we stay on the island. We also stop at the Woods and once even took the shuttle back to town, which by the way was awesome!! By the time we got back to town we were the only ones on there and our driver took us for a little extra spin. 🙂 Ahhh yes, that’s Mackinac.

    Alice, Sending you special get well vibes and healing thoughts.

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