I am home and back at my desk, but happily in possession of both some wonderful memories and a few trinkets from our trip to the seashore.
We stayed at a small, family owned lodge called the Hyannis Holiday Motel. It was straight out of a 1960's movie set - complete with the "return to" information on the key! It was quirky (in a good way), convenient, and our kids thought it was way cooler than your average Hilton property.
It didn't take me long to find a pair of souvenir earrings. Longtime Chatham jewelers - Forest Beach Designer-Goldsmiths - have a lovely shop filled with work created by the owners, and other local artisans.
My eyes landed pretty quickly on a pair of sparkly silver drops. At first glance I thought they were covered with micro pave sized diamonds - but to my happy surprise - they are simply textured to create the sparkle (making them incredibly affordable)! When I saw them, I said to my daughter, "these are going to be perfect with my lost wax pendant." I was absolutely right!
|Hyannis Harbor Artist Shantis|
In one of the buildings, sisters Christine Esperson and Jean Esperson-Golden, were selling their jewelry and accessories. As I looked around, I visited with Christine about her travels, her jewelry-making and what drives creativity. I knew I wouldn't be able to leave without a pair of her earrings, and settled on denim blue druzy drops, bezel set in an oxidized silver. I expect, that much like blue jeans (with which the earrings share their color) these are going to be a pair that are easy to wear a lot because they will go with everything.
|Photo credit: Dune Jewelry|
Lest you think I'm the only one who went home with goodies - let me assure you - my daughter, sons and husband found things too, just not jewelry.
We visited two breweries - where the guys picked up tee shirts, glassware and some beverages to enjoy back at the hotel. My daughter chose seaglass - but instead of jewelry, she decided on a sweet piece of 3D art for her dorm room.
We are now all back to our regular grinds - working or studying - but we had a wonderful time, and each have our own special memories and tangible treasures.
Until next time.