I'm flipping over photos my cousin Bethany just sent me of a necklace she made with her 2-year-old daughter, Grace. They live in Rhode Island, where there's no shortage of coastline, and she said they often go down to the beach to collect shells and rocks. It looks like she just drilled a hole and linked the shell to the leather with wire. I sent her an e-mail to get more details.
Bethany has always been a crafty genius--I remember her sewing her own clothes when she was something like 10 years old.
An update from Bethany and I added a photo of beautiful Grace wearing the necklace:
"I actually found these shells with perfect holes on the beach, nature did the work for me. I thought it was pretty amazing because the holes are perfect, but that's why I like to look for things on the shore because most of it's made from the earth. It's cool stuff!!"
Another lovely project (middle photo now) is something my friend Kristy did when she was pregnant with her daughter, Lyra. On her walks, she started noticing that pieces of bark often look like letters of the alphabet. Soon enough she had a whole collection (with the letter "X" being a couple of pine needles). She said she never altered the pieces to look more like letters. She just waited until she had all 26 and then framed them for her daughter's room.