Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beach Memories

By Cora Chevalier
No Charm Intended
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan



Jane, Ruby and I have been invited to the Big Island Craft Retreat this summer and to say we are excited would be an understatement. We adore the beach. Who doesn't?
But I'm sad to say I've not been very many times. As a native Pittsburgher, I was a child of muddy creeks and riverbeds. My family did not vacation at the shore like so many of my friends. Same with Jane.
Even since I've been an adult, I've rarely had the time to indulge. I remember once when I was a teenager, we visted South Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I loved walking along the rushing ocean with my feet in the sea foam. And collecting sea shells was a magical experience. Even as an adult, I still think that it's the coolest thing. Of course, now I think of all the crafts I might make with them. I love sea shell frames, and mirrors and all things mermaid. And I have a lovely box made of sea shells from the time we visited Myrtle Beach.
I hold these memories dear, for they are so fleeting. My grandparents are both gone. They are who raised me, you see. I'm not certain, but I might hear them whisper to me in the surf at Big Island Craft Retreat. I find that such a comfort.
What about you? Do you have beach memories? Have you ever made beachy crafts?

One of you lucky responders will get a copy of "No Charm Intended" and "Death Among the Doilies."

65 comments:

  1. Myrtle Beach is a favorite vacation destination with so many good memories. Now to figure out how to keep the sand out of my knitting!

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  2. My fave spot is Cape May. Never made any beachy crafts but I have plenty of memories seaglassing. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I live in the Midwest. Only "beach area" is the lake and dam west of here. There are some good memories of going to the lake with the kids when they were interested in going swimming. Didn't do any beach crafts though. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. I grew up in Pittsburgh. So it was lakes, rivers, and creeks for us.

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  4. I love the beach! The closest beach to me is about 6 hours away, so I don't go a lot. I am not really very crafty, so I don't do beach crafts. I like looking for shells on the beach, though. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. I am from the Midwest, so while I didn't grow up with ocean beaches, we definitely had lake beaches. I do remember the first family trip to the ocean, the saltiness of the water was such a surprise.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I was 5 the last went to a beach in Massachusetts. I remember it being a cloudy, dreary day and i was siffimg in the sand and my mom and dad staming at the water's edge talking.
    lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. hmm seem something I typed dissappeared....should say "the last time I went to the beach"

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  7. The beach memories I have are all for the lakes. Camping and bonefires near the waters edge. Not very crafty so no crafts but the laughter and stories I will always remember.

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  8. Beach memories from my first ever beach encounter. The ocean was amazing, beautiful and a setting in Maine which was incomparable. Not a crafty person. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. My beach memories are limited to childhood visits to a state park that was located near the Kentucky River. We often visited there and played on the beach. Thanks for sharing!
    Connie
    cps1950@gmail.com

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  10. I was introduced to the beach, ocean in my early twenties and I was hooked for life. A week long stay wasn't enough so i returned each summer. I pine for those days. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. One of my best beach memories was the first time I saw the ocean. I was amazed at how warm the water was because I was used to cold mountain steams. I found a beautiful shell that day that I still have. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  12. Our beach is on Lake Superior, the North Coast. Lots of happy memories there. bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Cora, I've never been one for beach crafts though growing up, when the beach was 80 miles from home the generally once a summer trips to play in the sand and surf did mean that my whole family were avid shell collectors--one of these days I have to find something to do with all those shells!
    Thanks for chatting with us. I look forward to reading all about your adventures! Rbehling1916(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I love the beach. I make fairy fountains for fairy gardens with shells. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

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  15. Never been to myrtle beach. But the sample chapter I read makes me want to

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  16. I have been very fortunate to have taken some wonderful beach vacations, from Texas (and other spots along the US) coast to Hawaii to the Caribbean. They're all special. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I grew up in Ohio and we went to the beach nearly every year on a family vacation. I love all things connected to the beach-the waves, the salty air, collecting shells etc. We usually went to the beaches in DE because we had relatives there. But trips included Myrtle Beach and beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf sides of FL. I now live in MN, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but no lake beach could ever compare to the beaches of the ocean anywhere!
    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where we have the best beaches ever! My husband and I go at least once a year, so we have many memories. Thanks for the chance to win.
    aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I am from the west coast and currantly live in the midwest. I get so excited when i can go to Ca and visit the family and also the beach. I used to go to school right on the coast so i miss the coast dearly. The Mississippi is just so dirty and you can;t even put a foot in it so that's so discouraging but i do have a grand----- due in Nov we are not sure what sex at this point but my son is paying my trip out to him and he will help me with my wheelchair and my meds so i am so excited plus get to go to the beach and stick my toes in ! thank you for the chance to win ptclayton2@aol.com

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  20. My nieces enjoy collecting sea glass as we walk along the beach.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  21. I have several beach memories of going to the ocean and the gulf. Being in Southwestern Ohio, we are only blessed with small man-made lakes, so most memories are of our local lakes. These are definitely so much better than a mud puddle. About five years ago my favorite aunt (two months older than me--we are too quickly approaching 60) and my cousin (two years younger than my son) invited my son and I to a vacation (our first in over 15 years as I am grossly underpaid and my son a college student). We went to Atlantic City, NJ. We went there once when I was about three, but I have no memory of it--except the taffy and a black sweatshirt with white lettering saying 'Atlantic City'. Funny how the mind works--or in my case, it is exciting when it does. Anyway--our trip was wonderful. We stayed at an efficiency on the beach (cooked in our room to save money). One morning we were at the beach and I was only about waist deep--I do not swim and fear what may be swimming with me--and got knocked over by a wave. No big deal--it pushed me to shore. I tried to stand--another wave shoved me over again. My body absorbs the salt water, so I was so swollen my knees and ankles would not bend. Picture a beached whale flailing about trying to stand while the waves kept coming and knocking me back each time. The lifeguard was trying to decide whether to come help me or if I was playing. I got so tickled I could not stop laughing. Once that starts--I am done as I lose all muscle control. My aunt, son and cousin came to my rescue. It had to be a spectacle for everyone on the beach--but a fun and a bit scary memory for me as I swallowed about half the ocean trying to get up. I also found a few small shells that week--one landing on my leg as I was getting shoved over by a wave. I glued them to a photo frame with a picture of us all and gave it to my aunt that Christmas. She says the photo helps keep the mice out of her house--haha! I love that lady!
    Have a wonderful summer!
    Steelers4Sandi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  22. When I was a kid my family made multiple beach trips to Destin, FL. Always a fun vacation.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Honestly, I love the whole central coast in California. It is so beautiful, and the Pacific is awe inspiring. As a land-locked mid-westerner, beaches are always a joy. kchinetti at gmail dot com

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    1. I've yet to go to California. I really want to someday!

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  24. As a child we vacationed at Ocean City, New Jersey, and my husband and I lived in Northwest Florida for 27 years. I love the beach! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  25. Since I am from Indiana there are not too many beaches.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  26. I went to the beach when I was little, the photos are eerily telling. It's a sad story so I won't go into it.
    I took my kids just over a month ago and had a great time.
    Can't wait to read this book!

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  27. We love going to the beach! My family likes Isle of Palms, South Carolina. It's about 20 minutes outside of Charleston. We love making sand castles and collecting seashells. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  28. I have so many wonderful beach memories, and am a shell collector. One of my crafts was to get a pretty ribbon, tie a bow on the top and let it hang down about a foot. Then I glue-gunned some of my favorite shells to it, and it turned out really lovely and always reminded me of when I collected those shells ~ Next time I go to the beach, I'd love to start collecting sea glass -- that really fascinates me. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  29. Love going to the beach in Oregon! Love just watching the waves and listening to the ocean. Thanks for the giveaway! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  30. My days at the beach are some of my fondest memories. I love to do paintings of the beaches and crafts using stones and shells, and the hard to find sea glass. But I am now and for the past five years, unable to walk on sand or for any distance at all, and cannot get my mobility scooter to the beach nor over sand so have not been able to get onto the beach in a number of years, and honestly, it is devastating to me. I wish so much for the ability to walk down to the waters edge and to look for smooth stones, shells and glass. I try to bribe my grandchildren but they prefer to play in the sand and lose interest in the treasure hunting I did years ago. I went to Cape Cod with my daughter and sister last month for three days and we at least got to see the water from our balcony and to hear the waves crashing so that was wonderful, but it sure was sad to not be able to even get onto the sand. Thank goodness for memories I guess. This book sounds great and I surely ho9pe to read it and winning it would be a lovely surprise. Thank you. Cynthia ceblain (AT) tmlponline (DOT) net

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  31. I love to beach comb. I use the shells to decorate. I attach them to coffee tablecloths with a crochet edge. Make great gifts.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  32. Yes, I grew up in Florida not too far from the beach. I still live in Florida and I enjoy visiting the beach often.

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  33. I live right on top of a mile wide River with beaches so my childhood was swimming and picnics and I loved it. Several times we went to Florida in my teens and I apparently went to California and some other beaches as a baby...but as an Adult.. Savannah GA and Charleston, S.C. are my two favorite by the Ocean places...

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  34. I have many beach memories from when I was younger. Unfortunately, I don't go much anymore. And yes, I made some beach crafts when I was a kid (using shells glued on to different things, mostly), but I don't believe any of them were very good! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  35. We have lakes with beaches here, so no seashell crafts. I'd love to visit an ocean beach, though. patwalkerp(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. When I lived in Michigan we use to spend the summers at the beach at Grand Haven. When I go back to Michigan we go to Grand Haven and have lunch at the beach. I have never made any beachy crafts.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I fondly remember spending afternoons at our local swimming hole at the beach----just a lake since I grew up land locked.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  38. I love the Jersey Shore. I love crafts, but I'm not very good at them. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. We always used to make bracelets and necklaces out of the little shells. I loved going to the beach all the time. Thank you for the chance. Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  40. I was born & raised in Nebraska where there are no beaches. Many herds of cattle and thousands of corn fields but no oceans in sight. As far as beach crafts are concerned, when I was a Girl Scout leader I used sea shells and sand in many of our craft projects. Thanks for a chance to win in the give-a-way! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  41. I loved the beach at Wildwood, New Jersey & St. Augustine, Florida. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. I have very few beach memories as I really dont like the beach. I guess my best though would be when I was a teen and my family drove to Florida. We went to Panama City. It was great fun being with the family, playing in the water and laughing at everything. Oh and it was the first time I tried a DR Pibbs. No real crafts though. I did love going to the beach at night to watch the little crabs. Oh I just remembered a few years later we went to Hawaii, I guess that was a much nicer beach, but not as memorable, lol

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  43. I have fond beach memories. My family used to go down (usually somewhere in Florida) fairly regularly. We had other family members down there that we would go see and sometimes my grandmother would go down for a work convention and Mama and I would tag along. Been awhile though since I got to a beach. I'm not sure that I've ever done anything that would be considered a beach craft though. Thanks for the chance to win. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. MN lakes for me with a few trips to FL. Not too fond of ocean beaches after having a run-in with jellyfish!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  45. Beaches bring back many great memories to me. I've always lived along the northeast corner of Ohio along the shores of Lake Erie. Vacations were generally in Florida or North Carolina areas where the ocean was our playground. This is a book right up my alley since I also love to craft. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I have never made any beachy crafts, I have never been to the beach. Utaker555@gmail.com

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  47. Marvelous choices
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  48. my favorite beach memory is from one of our cruises. White sand, beautiful sunshine. A completely relaxing day. cheers at MarjimManor dot Com

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  49. Just a couple times on the beach. Once in Florida and once on the southern tip of Thailand. I burn like a lobster so it's not a fun thing for me. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  50. Live in the midwest so no beaches :-( parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  51. Growing up, my family spent 2 weeks at the beach every summer. During the first week, my father would bring along his Boy Scout troop, who would camp outside the cottage and work on earning various merit badges. On Wednesday, he would take the Scouts back home and bring the youth group from our church. On Saturday afternoon, he would take the youth group home and return to the cottage. During the 2nd week, it was just family members. Have some great memories from those outings.
    elainehroberson(at)gmail(dot)com

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