I graduated in 1970 from Liberty High School in Youngstown, Ohio and although most of us moved away and lived our lives separately from each other, we still manage to have a girl's get together every few years. On this celebratory year, my buddies Rachel from Boulder, Colorado and Debbie from Columbus, Ohio came to Long Beach, California to stay with me for a long weekend. Their only request was to visit the ocean which we certainly did. We absorbed the Pacific in all in its glory and walked the full boardwalk of Seal Beach feeling enveloped by the ocean as we looked down from above. We watched surfers continue to both catch and tumble with the waves. Back in Long Beach, we saw boats in the harbor, took in the seabirds at the lagoon, and culminated our ocean visit with a glorious gondola sunset ride through the Naples Island canals with a singing gondolier, a bottle of Prosecco and appetizers. Life is certainly good!
The crashing waves cresting with blues, greens and browns blended together with white foam all hitting the shore and dissipating into that clear water color blending with beiges, grays and white inspired all of us to want to create. Rachel and Debbie had never felted before but I was confident that they would really enjoy creating a felted vessel inspired by the Pacific Ocean.
What gorgeous and inspiring vessels we all made. I was amazed by what both Debbie and Rachel created and they were so very pleased as well. I am so grateful for them in my life and so happy that they came to visit and were able to take home a piece of the Pacific with them in the form of a felted vessel. They can proudly display them in their homes and will always be able to admire them and smile about the memories we made during our 50th high school graduation celebration.
I was so jazzed about what we made that I went on to create a few more Pacific Ocean inspired vessels in the few days after Rachel and Debbie went home.
|Our 50th high school graduation year.|