Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Having grown up just a few miles from the ocean (Long Island Sound, actually, but that's close enough), I have many fond memories of playing on the beach, making sandcastles, chasing and catching minnows, and drawing in the sand.
One day as I was browsing through the many shops on Etsy, I came across a shop called CaptureCapeMay, that offered photos of personal messages written in the sand in Cape May. Wow, I remember doing that! Here's someone who took something so commonplace, looked at it with a fresh eye, and created a great new concept. This is just genius!
This shop is run by a mother-daughter team. Amanda runs the online stuff and her mother, who is a great photographer, does the tidings. They've combined their love for computers and photography to create unique photographic works of art.
They write custom messages in the sand on one of Cape May’s many famous beaches and capture them with a Cannon Digital Rebel XT. The photos are printed on crystal archive paper and can be made in various sizes.
Lots of great gift ideas spring to mind. The photos would make great unique wedding gifts ("Michael and Anna Forever," "Amanda and Matt 09-30-2006,"), anniversary gifts ("Happy 30th Anniversary Howard and Holly," ), and would be a great present for new parents ("Welcome Baby Brandon." )
(Someday I would love to own a little cottage near the ocean. It would definitely be decorated with sea shells and sea glass and little sea-themed knick-knacks. There is no doubt in my mind that I would absolutely need one of these photos on my wall. I think it woul say something like "The Watsons Est. 2023,")
If you would like to learn more about CapturingCapeMay, here are some links you might want to check out:
http://www.capturingcapemay.etsy.com/ (online shop)
And here is their favorite charity:
I just wanted to add that unfortunately, Amanda's mother has not been feeling well lately. She's the one that lives in Cape May full-time. Amada is there in the summer and one or two weekends a month so she relies on her mother to do the Tidings.
Please keep Amanda's mom in your prayers.