found on the beach - The Dainty Squid

found on the beach

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


 For the longest time I've been wanting to do something more with my beach trash finds but I just haven't been sure exactly what that is. I would love to leave my arrangements for others to find but I'm not sure how long they'd last with the waves and although doing this has never really been about cleaning up litter (because lets be real here what I'm doing doesn't even make a dent), leaving it behind just feels wrong. I finally thought of the perfect project for my finds so the last few times I've gone to the beach I've been gathering things and not throwing them away when I leave but instead bagging them and keeping them until a later day. The hatch of my car has handful of tote bags full of bottle caps, combs, lighters, hair clips, and other strange beach finds waiting to be turned into something awesome.

Since I've been keeping what I pick up, unlike my other photosets, the things in this set weren't all picked up on the same day. I really like the impact being able to say "these were all found on the same day" makes since it gives you an idea of just how bad the trash on beach is. But using my finds from a few different trips gives me a lot more control over the finished look. I had a ton of fun picking out some of the more colorful things from my big old bag of "treasures" for this layout.


You can find previous sets under my "found on the beach" tag.
xoxo

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  1. You seem to find a lot of toy soldiers. Wonder what the story is with them... The piece that really stands out to me here is the Barbie doll arm. Kind of sad. And I wonder where the rest of the doll is... and if someone still plays with her minus-an-arm.(I like to hope so)

    ~Melissa

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    1. I do! I guess lots of kids play with them and they're easy to leave behind especially if you have an army of them.

      Hah! That would be kind of cool if some kid out there was playing with a one armed Barbie but I would presume that the rest of her is floating out there in the lake or has washed up on another beach.

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  2. I love your finds. It seems like your beaches are way more 'treasure loaded ' than ours though :-). Maybe you should do art prints with your finds ?

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    1. I do actually sell some prints over on my Society6, but I meant something more in terms of what to do with everything after photos are taken.

      https://society6.com/thedaintysquid

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  3. I always love your beach trash photos! I do have an idea for you to do with your growing collection though-
    at Lowe's (home improvement/warehouse store) they sell these 2 ft by 4ft luan plywood sheets. they're five dollars a piece, and make excellent canvases for large pieces of artwork. I think if you painted it white with house paint or white spraypaint, and arranged the items in a rainbow, you'd have a very interesting art piece that could hang in a fireplace, living room, etc... Sorry for the long comment haha, I just wanted to share an idea. Can't wait to see what you do with everything!!

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  4. I always love these posts, as horrible as it is that all this plastic is floating around you always make it look really pretty. These photos would make great pouches!

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    1. Thank you!

      I'm actually working on some. Well, I'm in the process of gathering things, cleaning them up a bit, and plotting photo items. Sometime in the next few months! ;)

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  5. So cute and colorful! Your collection reminds me of one of those find it books!

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    1. Yesss! I love to hear that. I LOVED i spy as a kid.

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  6. I love the colors. It's sad how much garbage is left behind. It would be interesting to see how much a small patch of the beach collects over a week, month, or year. I can only imagine it's a ton.

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    1. I can't even imagine how much I would pick up if I went regularly over the course of a year!

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  7. I too go hunting for trash when I walk on my local beach and the rubbish I find is never that pretty.

    Bígí Cróga | Embroidery and the Environment

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    1. Well that's good, right? I wish mine didn't have so much trash.

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  8. I do think these are beautiful! This is how I.found your blog!

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  9. Yikes! That is awful. (Although you did make something very pretty!) Still, it's nice that you get rid of it, big dent or not. Every little bit helps! At least none of those bits will choke a bird now. :) Plus, seeing it altogether like that will surely impress upon a few people just how bad littering is. I keep a few odds and ends from the shore cleanups I go to - not sure what I'm going to make, but it'll be something eventually! Even if just supplies for my classroom's collage box.

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    1. True! It's just very overwhelming to see all the trash left on the beach still after I've spent an hour or so picking up.

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  10. I love how whimsy the arrangement looks the wide shots, where it's just a colorful square surrounded by the brown sand. It makes me giggle, in a good way!

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    1. That's exactly why I love those shots so much, the trash looks so out of place!

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  11. So so good! Some of that stuff is actually pretty cool! Might have to start doing this... (husband might not be so up for it..) :D

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  12. i love those beach photos... it's so nice to see how you turn "cleaning" into art :)

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  13. I always love the arrangements that you do with beach trash! I think they would look good on fabric if you know what I mean ;)

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