>> Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Today was a lot cooler, but it's been miserably hot all week and I couldn't stop thinking about the beach. We lived in Florida when I was a kid and - in my memory at least - we went to the beach every weekend. There was a great sandbar that we could swim out to. The water was shallow enough that we could hang out there for hours and I remember it being loaded with sand dollars. Sea urchins too, if I remember right. But what was really on my mind this week was seaweed - lovely, cool, slippery (I won't say slimy), green seaweed. We had the basic ribbony stuff, but I also seem to remember some that looked like grapes on a string, with leaves that could be popped like little balloons. I looked online to see if I could find a photo or botanical drawing, but nothing seemed quite right so I designed this pattern from memory. It's pretty stylized, which I like, but I'm starting to wonder if I imagined the stuff.