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Cape May

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When I was a child, this was generally the week my family went to Cape May New Jersey for vacation. If you’re not familiar with it, Cape May is a charming seaside resort that is like an architectural time capsule. There was a fire in 1878 that destroyed most of the town, causing a good bit of it to be rebuilt in the Victorian style. So, for me, seaside vacations are tinted in pinks and purples and teals, and shaped with fanciful swirls of gingerbread, turrets and widows walks, and wildly flowering gardens with images of women in long Victorian dresses. While my personal aesthetic is definitely not Victorian, I do still find myself drawn to these colors and shapes when I think of the sea.

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August

August always feels a little bittersweet. Autumn is coming, back to school sales have started, and the kids are trying to finish their summer reading.

But at the same time, there is still a lot of fun to be had! Trips to amusement parks, water parks, the seashore, and tubing down local rivers, as well as quiet times, sitting in a fragrant garden with a glass of iced tea and a good book, a hike in the woods with your dog, or the whimsy of creating a fairy garden with your kids.

The hot days tempt you to be lazy, but the speeding calendar urges you to fit in as much fun as you can before it’s back to the grind of school and activities, homework, short days, and cold nights.

Make sure you squeeze what you can from this month, but at the same time, remember to take the time to soak up the sun and smell the roses!

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Summertime

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Summertime brings to mind lazy days with friends, soft grass between my toes and wildflowers blooming along the roadside. I remember picking berries in the wild brambles growing in my neighbor’s yard, and wading barefoot in the local creek looking for minnows and crayfish.

Games of Red-Light/Green-Light and Mother-May-I, and the smell of back yard barbecues, not to mention the calls of sea-gulls and the dance of the ocean waves with the soft beach sand all combine to make summer a season of magic for me.

I hope that my summer jewelry collection evokes some of these memories for you as well!