I had a great time and it was fun to see all the cousin's again and it is always great to see my sister. I only see the cousin's once a year and being the baby, it is fun to hear all the stories that I wasn't around to be a part of. I was born later and am young enough to be several of the cousin's daughter.
One of the cousins taught us about Geocaching. Wow, what fun that is and what a great way to get some exercise and visit fun places. If you haven't heard of it, go to www.geocaching.com. It is free to join. When you do, put in your zip code and I am sure you will find lots of caches close to you.
It also has my mind working on polymer clay...hmmmm can't think of what they are called in geo lingo...signature items (I think). The basic premise is...you use a handheld GPS receiver (global positioning satellite) much like the map ones in cars to find the coordinates of the "find". One type is a box with trinkets to trade. You take something (such as a keychain) and you leave something in it's place. There is a log for you to sign to say that you have been there. Read more about it. There is so much more! The cache's are all over the world and if you like treasure hunting, or scavenger hunting, you will probably like this. Once you have a gps (you can get them for less than $100) the cost is only gas to get there and time and exercise to find the fun.
Once I have a few finds under my belt, I will probably add a project for signature items and maybe have a link on my site to compare with other geocachers. Let me know if you have done this! I would love to learn more and find other polymer clayers that are having fun with it.
Back to the beach...every year we all bring little gifts for each other. This year, mine was a "shell purse" for hunting shells. I think it was a big hit and came in very handy on the beach. I wrote the project for the Poly Clay Play Kid's Club. It was made by decorating a plastic tube, shaped like a pringles can but plastic. Drink mixes come in them. Then I decorated it with a beach theme with a cord handle and a lid.
About Color...I just read about a neat place if you want to get a color scheme to match a photo. Go to http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/colors.php It is a neat place and may help if you have a brain freeze about what colors to use! LOL
OK...I really should be working since the weekend put me way behind.
Happy Poly Clay Playing!