I have to credit Mom's buddy Mike with introducing me to her beautiful decorative starfish collection in Florida and I have been loving playing with them here at home. I can adorn anything with sparkles, and what better than the starfish?
These are decorated with other shells and (what else?) VINTAGE pieces! I have been making some to hang and some to sit on a ledge or next to a candle or in a jar...you name it. They are all over the house, bringing me the beach all week long and of course inspiring good beach karma inside. I made some bigger ones but have given most away! A special one is on the mantle in Stone Harbor, overlooking the window to the ocean, maybe looking for some of his friends out there!
I also love the poem called "The Starfish" (author anonymous):
THE STARFISH POEM
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking
on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would
dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."
Make a difference today for someone! I know I have my own special starfish!