Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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beck's picture beck

WE don't have sea shells here. Nope. I wonder if it's because we have rivers and not lakes? If we DO go to the lake, we can find little bitty shells.
We polish pennies with vinegar and salt. Another fun summer project!


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

What a great tip? We've got just a few small shells from our Florida trip, but the kids regard them as highly as jewels! They would be so happy, to see them all shiny and new. We will do this and then maybe I'll find a pretty vase to put them in.
Thanks for the inspiration!


MommaT's picture MommaT

So after I read the first paragraph, I thought, "HELLO! Didn't you watch the Brady Bunch episode when they were in Hawaii and found a little tiki (I think) and kept it for good luck, only to find it brought them bad luck?!" But I read on because I knew you had a fun Mommy trick up your sleeve.

What a fun way to use your shells. When I was little, we used to go to my Grandma's house. She was an advid shell collector and had tons and tons (and tons) of shells. She and her Mom would make shell creations too. (here are some pictures: http://item.slide.com/r/1/87/i/6l-vB-QN0D9BTa0v06ENIVUGs4_R7kes/ and http://item.slide.com/r/1/87/i/uB-fN1AT3D-1ul1dt_dcNsITwTZhJ_mE/). We used to love playing with them. Now that I'm older, I look at them differently (just another dust collector) but when I received a bag of shells from her to put in my house I found a little Jamaican guy she made in there. So I propped him up with the other shells. His dust will be more special that the regular dust. Lord knows there's plenty of that. HA!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Those shell creations are fantastic MommaT! I love the little Charlie Chaplin-looking fellow...and I remember that Brady Bunch episode with the tiki statue! :)

Rocks come out amazingly well when you use clear varnish on them--especially the rocks with lines and whorls in them, or different colors. And Omaha Mama--they look great in a class jar or vase!


MommaT's picture MommaT

My sis is a science teacher (8th grade) and my BIL gave her a name plate made of rocks. Hers was engraved, but that might be a fun idea for kids. Hot glue rocks together and then add alphabet stickers to them. Would be fun to make on that says, "U"... Get it? You Rock!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

What a great idea! The possibilities are endless...