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."