Coastal Collection

by Cindy on September 3, 2013

Coastal Collection

I’ll admit I’m a collector of many different things.  If you’ve stopped by this blog on more than a few occasions, you probably already knew that. I know many of you have that collector gene as well, and I hope you’ll enjoy this post.  The great outdoors can be the best place to look for treasures.  We collected many wonderful things this summer…..and I’m tucking away special memories to go with each collection.


Collecting graduating clamshells

 Stacking graduating clam shells is fun to do!

Tiny shells

 The tiniest treasures all found one afternoon on the beach.

Sea Glass

 Sea glass wasn’t so easy to find….we played around and got competitive looking for it on a few beaches in Massachusetts and Maine (New England photos to come soon).


Flat rocks from Scarborough, ME

 Flat rocks from Scarborough beach.  If only we could carry more…but rocks can get so heavy!

Summer driftwood collection

 Driftwood – mostly from Scarborough beach.

Heart-shaped rocks

Heart-shaped rocks collected all summer long.   They are irrisistible to look for, and we found many more not pictured.  I had fun setting up little competitions with the kids; we found most along the sidewalk that leads to the beach in Ocean City.


Seashell collection

 Shells on parade!

 Did you collect anything over the summer?  Do tell! 🙂

Cindy xoxo



Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.   She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her wire jewelry design book , The Missing Link, will be released in the Fall of 2013.

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Beth September 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

Cindy your collections are amazing! I love, love, love those heart-shaped rocks! I also love the blue of those shells you have on parade! It looks like you guys had a lot of fun collecting this summer!

Mary K McGraw September 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

Really like how you arranged and photographed your sea collection.

Michelle T. September 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

I just love your pictures. You have such an eye for grouping and displaying. I love the stacked shells and of course the heart rocks. I only have 2!!

I collected some sand and little tiny rocks from the lake where we rented a camp. Hoping to incorporate into some jewelry…

Thanks for sharing!

sandi m September 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

Love the photos. The parade of blues/grays is so cool. Amazing that you found so many of the same style. And, of course, the hearts are just special.
I have a pile of flats from Lake Mich ~ now only if I had the right drill/set-up they’d make great “beads” and be perfect with some Missing Links …. must think about that ….

Tracy September 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

LOVE! It makes me want to decorate a coastal living style home with those beautiful collections and you designed your shots of them so beautifully. I have to say my fav is the collection of heart rocks!

I hope you had a good first day back to school. I know you and the boys must be missing combing the sand for treasures!

Rhonda September 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Wonderful finds and so artfully arranged…?

cynthia September 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

what fun these are to play with! LOVE your sea treasures

Sally Anderson September 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm

As always, I love your photos. The collections are so fun and so perfectly photographed. I tried to pick a favorite but couldn’t. I have to go with those amazing blue shells (I didn’t even know there was such a thing), the heart rocks, of course, and the stacked shells. But then the driftwood, the rocks and those sweet little shells in your hand? I can’t decide. I just love them all.

Kathleen Lange Klik September 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

What beautiful seaside collections! The heart shaped rocks are amazing and the driftwood is fantastic! The slate blue shells are really beautiful too. I collected some seaside treasures along Nags Head beach in the Outer Banks back in June. Still editing the photos from that trip, sigh! I have seashell/rock/sea glass collections from each coastal place we visit.

You did a beautiful job of photographing your treasures!

Laura Twiford September 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Cindy i love all your photos! As a matter of fact, today being our first wednesday off, Ray was going to take me on the boat out to his oyster grounds to scavenge, he has found old bottles and pottery there in the past but alas the winds are bringing the biting flies out in droves so will have to postpone until another day! I am in the mood to hunt and gather and seeing these pictures just enforces that!

Alice September 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Wonderful treasures you and your kids found. It makes me want to visit the coast….again.

And as always your photos are just lovely!

Kathyinozarks September 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Wow I love everything-especially the sea glass-(I am a new reader) Kathy

Patti Vanderbloemen September 5, 2013 at 6:56 am

Gorgeous shell collection…love your arrangements! Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I have been to Sanibel Island, FL several times and have BOXES of shells waiting for the perfect craft! One of these days…..

Stacie September 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Wow…what a beautiful collection…the sea has always been my favorite place to spend time…lovely memories and amazing shots……

CraftyHope September 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Oh how I love this post! I adore all the bits you collected, each and every one. And the pictures of them are so beautiful as well. Lovely all the way around, Cindy.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement September 27, 2013 at 1:54 am

I’ve always wanted to go to the beach and go on a scavenger hunt for sea glass. Every time I see it it inspires me to one day make that dream a reality; I would love to personally pick up the glass that I incorporate into my jewelry designs 🙂

What a story that would be!

You guys definitely got quite the collections going here 🙂

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