Archive for December, 2010

Merry Chris Moose!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Speaking of Shopping….

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

I am a huge fan of buying useful things on trips…I have more clutter than I know what to do with at home.  So, when buying souvenirs, I generally try to make them useful.  I want something that will remind me of a great day, and make me smile.  I’m also a fan of unusual jewelry (my wedding ring is gold inlaid quartz, a one of a kind thing of beauty)…so of course, I picked up a few great pieces on our trip of a lifetime:

Mom's Gift to Me ~ From Tamarindo, Costa Rica

This is a piece of a conus marmoreus, a carnivorous and poisonous shell, that has been polished and mounted with sterling silver.  It’s about an inch and a half long.  It’s beautiful.  Mom insisted on buying it for me, at a great little shop in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, where she also bought some beautiful turquoise earrings.

In Puerto Escondido, I picked up a beautiful fossilized sand dollar for Mom.  It, too, is just a tad larger than a quarter.

Fossilized Sand Dollar

Finally, as a remembrance of our great days out on the beautiful blue Pacific ocean…a sailfish pendant.

Abalone & Sterling Sailfish

The abalone reminds me alot of (in fact, it’s almost indistinguishable from) my Austrailian Blue Opals….alas, that is a different post.  Suffice it to say, great memories!!!