Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Exchange

No, I have not moved to the southern hemisphere, but this swap over at Rhythm and Rhyme has had me thinking about summer.

Southern hemisphere seasons are opposite northern hemisphere seasons so the the crafted items in this swap are connected to the theme of summer. At first I wasn't sure that, as a northern hemisphere resident, I could join in the fun, but when I read that the swap was open to everyone, my mind starting spinning with ideas. Around here, we kissed summer good-bye about 2 months ago. Now I'm surrounded by autumn foliage & pumpkins (and looking toward sparkling winter) so it's been an interesting challenge to think about summer-related projects.

I delved into summer by opening my copy of A Child's Seasonal Treasury by Betty Jones. These two finger-play poems sent my imagination dancing with sweet summertime seashore images.

The Golden Boat

This is the boat, the golden boat,
That sails the silver sea.
These are the oars of ivory white,
That lift and dip, that lift and dip.
These are the ten little ferrymen,
To take the oars of ivory white,
That lift and dip, that lift and dip,
That move the boat, the golden boat,
Over the silver sea.

The Sea

Here is the deep blue sea.
Here is the boat and here is me.
And all the fishes down below,
Wriggle their tails and away they go!

I grew up in Los Angeles a few miles from the ocean. Wide, warm, sunny beaches are a big part of my childhood memories.

Now I live in Northern California, 10 miles on a small, winding road from the ocean.

Northern California beaches are a far cry from the beaches of my childhood; Around here we dress in wool caps and pullovers when we head to the shore.

Our beaches are blustery and rocky, teeming with tide pools and wild life. My favorites are the soulful-eyed sea lions, ever present, basking in thin rays of sunlight on rocks nearby.

But, I digress. Returning to the topic of the swap... I'd been thinking for some time about making solstice lanterns from recycled glass jars, Mod Podge and kite paper. Instead, with summertime spinning my imagination, I began dreaming up seashore scenes.

I started by cutting shapes and laying them out on white paper.

Having the company of a curious kitty is always nice, don't you think?

After that, it was just a matter of brushing Mod Podge on my jar & applying the paper cut-outs. After it had all dried I gave it a second, all-over application of Mod Podge.

The little lantern looked like a mess while it was drying, but once everything had dried completely, the result was lovely!

Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos while I was creating this little water sprite... Now that her paint is dry, she has whispered in my ear that she is looking forward to testing the waters in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland (that's where she's headed!) She says the water around here is too chilly for her taste and she's longing for warmer climes.

As part of the Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Exchange we may send 5 items total. Not all of them are required to be hand made so I am including a beeswax votive (for the lantern) and two stones from our wild, rocky shores. I hope my exchange partner will enjoy bringing the seashore to her nature table.

Goodbye little water sprite. Safe journeys to you -- I wish you happy swimming in the sparkling Coral Sea, far from our misty shores...


  1. Oh! I love both the candle holder and the little sprite is soo very sweet...I want one too! I love furry help, tis the very best kind :)
    I am inspired and want to start making stuff!
    Did you stick your finger in the sea anenome? i love the way they suck.
    will you do another post when your parcel arrives?

  2. Hello Shannon! Oh, yes! I love putting my finger into sea anemones to make them close up like flowers.

    I will try to post again when the package arrives from my swap partner... Meanwhile, I've been meaning to email you about organizing another swap (maybe for the Southern Hemisphere autumn?) Would you care to collaborate? I will try to email you further about a fun idea I have...


  3. Lovely! I hopped on over here after writing you a note on Etsy and was so tickled to see your kitty in the images of this beautiful project. I turned to my husband and said, who does that look like? She is the spitting image of our cat Bete! This sounds like such a fun project. I've been thinking of the southern hemisphere too as I make my seasonal gnomes, reflecting that other plants and images might call up the spirit of the holiday for other folks and wondering what they might be. I'm intrigued! And I do love your pictures of the shore. They remind me very much of my girlhood beaches in Puget Sound.

  4. oh so beautiful. Thank you for participating! Katie

  5. Gorgeous!!!! Perhaps this might have to be our winter candle for Moondew!!Great work!


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