Sightings in Stockholm

Although I didn’t see this Solar Egg Sauna or Yash’s mural in Stockholm, Sweden, these other travel sightings were well worth the visit.

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Stockholm was the first stop on our Scandinavian cruise this summer. We missed the first day but had a wonderful view of their Tivoli directly across the bay from our balcony on the ship.

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We got a closer view on the tour bus when we visited the historic old town.

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We were able to experience a day in the life of a Viking at the Viking Life Museum and witness the reason their ship building skills were so superior. Notice how the boards were layered over one another like roof tiles. The hulls were sealed on the outside making them impervious to water and leaking.

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This was an unusually calm cobblestone street scene when others had so much hustle and bustle.

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Street shop signs have a lot of individual character in Stockholm.

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We were able to dodge potential falling, renovation-debris with their use of protective covers over construction areas in the courtyard where we walked.

Walking through tunnels also helped to bypass some hazards.

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Coming across early Viking runes was an interesting discovery and some of the last remaining Viking finds in this city. Runes were rudimentary carved messages left to show the significance of an individual.

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We soaked everything in back on our Viking Ship, where we enjoyed some contemporary artwork with sequined fish in the World Café and a colorful rock collage below the main hall stairs.

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Viking Ship Sequined Fish Art

Organic Rock Collage aboard Viking ship on AIE

Organic Rock Collage aboard ship





What to Do with All Those Shells?

So you’re back from the beach and have a huge shell collection. Now, what do you do with all those shells?

I love shells but I no longer have room to just store them. Plus, I’d like to look at them and enjoy them. Here’s a crafty way to make decorative use of them and bring the beach back with you.

This is my shell collection from last year. I assembled them in piles by type and they took up the entire dining room table.

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I saved all the small and various size scallop shells in the far left corner to make this decorative shell-ball accessory that can act as a paper weight but more importantly, I just like to look at it.

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I then bought a small styrofoam flat wreath and started hot-glue-gun gluing the remaining shells onto it in a way that was visually appealing and allowed the more prominent and different kinds of shells to be seen and highlighted. I have this on my door now and it reminds me of fond memories of the beach even when I’m not there.

Shell wreath on Art Is Everywhere

You can even create air plants that look like jelly fish with dome-shape, top-shells. They house the air plants that you just mist to keep alive.

Shell Air Plants on Art Is Everywhere

Follow this Pinterest Beach Memories board for more shell ideas.

Other ways to bottle that serene beach feeling and keep it going throughout the year are keeping your photos up front and center by putting them onto a digital photo frame so they can rotate and you can continue to see them daily.

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Early morning kayaking with still, still water with one seagull also enjoying the solitude.

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Fishing — for ducks?

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You can also turn some of your favorite photos into artwork via apps on your phone or your computer. This Prisma phone app turned a great kayak photo into something truly artworthy and frameable.

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Beach Kayaks photo turned into illustration on Art Is Everywhere

As an illustration

Beach Kayaks photo turned into art on Art Is Everywhere

Or a painting

When things get busy this fall, recall the peace and the calm of the beach and you’ll find some meditative power to refresh your energy.

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Click the link above to go to the video resource.

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Click here to see some other ways you can bring the beach back home.