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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Legend Of The Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
When I was gathering items for my beach mantel decor I ran across some ceramic sand dollars that I had picked up, somewhere, sometime.  I don't even remember where they came from!  Does that happen to you? 
The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
When I saw them, I remembered, that many years ago, my mother had a shadow box with a real sand dollar in it with a poem that was on the wall in the hallway of our home.  I remembered walking past it many times and stopping to read it. I knew, when I found my faux ones, that I wanted to create a tablescape with the legend of the sand dollar poem as my inspiration.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
I used my go-to thrifted woven placemats and then layered on an oversized dinner plate I got at Goodwill several years ago. 
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
They are an off white and there is a very thin brown band around the edge.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
A rounded edged square salad dish comes next, with a sand dollar placed on top along with a copy of the poem.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Flatware from Bed Bath & Beyond and a fringed napkin and woven napkin ring, both from World Market, on the left.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
With thrift store goblets, that reminded me of water bubbles, on the right. 
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Each place setting also has its own shell with sand and a tea light candle next to it.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
For the centerpiece I filled a large round vase with sand and sea shells and a chunky pillar candle.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Anchored on each side with teal candleholders from World Market.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Here is the The Legend of the Sand Dollar poem for you to print out if you'd like:
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Beautiful isn't it?  Now you can see why I remember it so fondly!

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26 comments:

  1. Oh Kathe I love this- all the different textures and thoughts you put into it. The legend of the sand dollar poem is wonderful- very inspiring! The centerpiece is perfect and those World Market candle holders are the perfect color!

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  2. This is beautiful Kathe. I will save this poem. Now I need to find some sand dollars! xo

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  3. Reminds me of growing up as a child in south Florida. Our back yard was the beach. Sweet!

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  4. Oh Kathe the candle in the shell is so pretty. I'm going to steal that idea, sorry.

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  5. Beautiful tablescape! I also got a bit teary, my Grandma used also have a picture of the Sand Dollar poem as well hanging up! How sweet is that :-)

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  6. Absolutely beautiful Kathe. I especially love the centerpiece and the napkin rings very much. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  7. What a great idea for a beach theme. Of course I enjoy all the nature based elements and the color palette, but what's really special is the use of the poem, because it's meaningful to you. As an artist who does event graphics, I love incorporating text and graphics with my tablescapes and you've done so very nicely here. Lovely!

    Lory
    Designthusiasm.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing such a lovely poem and legend and such a pretty tablescape. I love the colors and textures and serenity of the table. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  9. Beautiful! I love all the textures and colors that give it a be achy feel!

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  10. Sand dollars make me think of days when we'd visit my parents in Florida, and the girls would have such fun digging up sand dollars in the water with their toes. They rarely could find one on the beach in Galveston so the bounty was overwhelming.

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  11. Lovely table Kathe, and I have never seen that poem before~thanks so much for sharing it, I have new love of sand dollars!
    Jenna

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  12. I love beach tablescapes! Thanks for sharing the Sand Dollar Legend and the decor with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  13. Kathe, this is a great table! Love the legend of the Sand dollar and how you made it the theme of your table. Goblets are also very cool. Hugs!

    Linda

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  14. I love this version of the sand dollar! Melts my heart! I have heard other versions and even used them with our ladies at church but do not think I have ever used this one! Thanks for sharing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  15. Awesome, Kathe!! I pinned also and added the url from your post in a comment. (it's supposed to help with number of incoming links... someone on forum said that... at least something sticks.):)

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  16. Love, love you tablescape... Just beautiful ~ I love a beach them and the sand dollar and poem are wonderful. Pinning this.

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  17. Kathe, I love the beach inspired theme of your table - so very pretty. So, many of the elements stand out but, I think the legend of the sand dollar itself is my favorite. It brings back the memories of living in Florida and digging up sand dollars with our toes off of Sanibel Island. What fun that was. Thanks so much for sharing... Cathy

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  18. I love the beach inspired theme. It reminds of home, you did a lovely job. I love the centerpieces with the sand in them.

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  19. Beautiful table Kathe! Thank you too for sharing that wonderful poem. I have never heard it before and will always remember it whenever I see a sand dollar.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  20. I love beach themes - yours looks so lovely!

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  21. This all looks so nice and beachy. Years ago, I gathered sand dollars on the beaches of the low country in South Carolina, and my hostess shared this little poem with me at the time. She showed me how to bleach them and dry them in the sun to get them beautifully white. I had them for years. I wonder what ever happened to them? Thanks for the memory.

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  22. Kathe,

    My parents use to take us (all five kids) in the car from PA to Florida for vacation when I was a kid. I remember this poem from there. What a great job you did with the table. I love how natural it looks with just a pop of blue that looks like sea glass which I still look for on the beach today. Have a great one. I found you on Christine's Rustic and Refine Linky

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  23. Loved this, Kathe! The poem is wonderful and the beautiful textures in your tablescape are marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  24. Kathe, You have created a beautiful and serene color pallet with the white plates set on the woven place mats and the beautiful wood tones of the table itself. I had not heard of the legend of the sand dollar before. Thank you.... Candy

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  25. Beautiful! I love the legend of the sand dollar, awesome touch! Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. I hope we get to see you tonight at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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