Vacation Memories

I have been dying to get to this post! Within the last year, I have come across two of the most creative ideas to document your vacation memories. The first was on a home tour, and let me tell you, this is my FAVORITE HOUSE EVER. It is historical, has tons of architectural detail, and a fabulous layout. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the owner has loads of style and could make a potato sack look like Chanel. But I digress… Paula, founder of GAIA, has the most incredible vignette around this fabulous antique piece she uses for her jewelry. When they go on vacation, Paula and her husband take a photograph of their feet together with the scenery in the background. ย The photos are framed and matted in the same manner with the location and date below the photo. Love this! (Please pardon the photography, I am vertically challenged when it comes to these super high ceilings!)

Paula's Photos
Paula’s Photos
Lovebird feet on the slopes!
Lovebird feet on the slopes!
At the beach, in Marfa, at the ranch...
At the beach, in Marfa, at the ranch…

The second idea I spotted at our neighborhood social. As we were all drooling over Lee’s fabulous home, my Interior Designer friend Laura said, “You must see the sand!”. ย I thought, “Sand? Well, if Laura says I need to see it, then I better see this sand!” So into the pool house we went. There sat this lovely arrangement of shells and sand…and…wait for it…

Lee's beautiful shells and sand...
Lee’s beautiful shells and sand…

Turn the sand around and…

Years of memories!
Years of memories!

Years of memories of travels represented in one beautiful vase! ย Lee and Dave bring back a water bottle filled with sand from each vacation and Lee labels the striations with the location and year. Brilliant and beautiful!

I hope you loved these ideas as much as I do! How do you document your memories?



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33 thoughts on “Vacation Memories”

  1. I love this! My family and I try to go to a different beach every year, what a fun idea to collect sand from each vacation.I wish I would have seen this post years ago when my kids were little. Oh well, I am going to start the tradition anyway and maybe when they have kids they can start one too. This is so awesome, thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m not sure where she purchased the container, but you can find great containers at your florist or at upscale stores like Central Market who have great floral departments. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I’m going to do this when I go to different beaches in California this summer : ) This is a fantastic idea. Thank You <3 God Bless

      1. I love the sand vase idea too! I saw the link shared on “Iowa Girl Eats” blog and it got lots of great feedback there too.

        I lived in Emerald Isle as well, but moved to Hawaii two years ago so I am planning on starting a sand vase here ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. this is a great idea. I only have 2 comments – 1. It is unlawful in some countries to take sand. 2. Sand in the VI have sand fleas and they bite. So be sure to check the countries rules and regs.

  4. Love, love this idea! Does she have something between the layers of sand to keep them separate? I feel like, with my luck, they would start to mix as they settled. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I know! My friend who did this traveled to her new home with saran wrap over the top holding it in her lap! It would be great to make it solidify somehow…
      Thanks for the comment! xo

      1. What about mixing a little of the sand in some white glue that dries clear and putting that over the top of each location’s layer? Seems that even with the contours in the layers (which really adds to it, in my opinion), that should form an unobtrusive coating to hold the layer in place. I haven’t tried it, mind you, but one might experiment with even a jelly jar and some generic sand. The glue might need a couple drops of water added to it. Anyway, just a thought. Thank you for sharing the idea!

  5. Man, I’m so bummed as I first saw this in 2011 after a 10 day cruise to Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica and St. Thomas. Rest assured, when we went on a 10 days cruise this past April to St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten, we took along empty tupperware containers to grab sand! Just got my vases today to pour them into, now I have to figure out a way to keep dust from getting into the top layer while awaiting it’s future additions. Thinking maybe a coaster? As for keeping the sand in place, I’ve been thinking about that since I have cats that like to be cantankerous and my mom suggested melting parafin wax on top (once compacted and settled) to hold it all in place.

  6. I did something like this with a candle, I collected sea shells from various locals and put it in a homemade candle but I would forget what was from where…
    I got this one idea from a Martha Stewart magazine, but I take a map, guide book or travel book of the location and turn it into a scrapbook with photos, pockets made from envelopes holding wrist bands receipts and clear plastic “sleeves” to hold tickets postcards foreign coins stamps you name it! A great way to use those little moment is in an organized way! Of course little decorative or collages boxes for each local is great too!

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