Wild horses, I learned, are part of the experience at Assateague Island National Seashore. This scene while on a summer vacation a few summers ago was just unreal, and totally unexpected. It was fun observing the behavior of the horses near the water. They wanted to cool off, but they did not want to get wet.

I live in South Texas and close by we have South Padre Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a beautiful tropical paradise with a lot of wild life, but there are no wild horses roaming the beach. There are companies that provide horseback riding experiences, but to see the horses  you have to go find them in the areas where they are contained.

wild horse on the beach close to an umbrellawild horses on the beach with swimmers and people sunbathing in the backgroundwild horses on the beach against the odds



This image contains a little project I created recently with 4 cardboard packaging inserts from a box of lightbulbs. They were perfect little tubes and I felt bad throwing them away.

I had them stacked up in their original state on this shelf in a high traffic area of my home.

When I finally decided it was time to get rid of them because they were not very attractive, it occurred to me that I could transform them so that they could blend in with the other items on the shelf.


I collected these pieces of coral from two different locations with the intention of displaying them as a piece of art. The set of slender pieces came from a beach in the the Cayman Islands. I put them away when I returned home as I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use them.

On a separate trip to Florida the following year, I noticed that there were many rounded pieces. I knew then that I would combine the two sets to create one display. Both times I focused on finding a few pieces that were similarly shaped, but with the small difference in size from one to the other. I wanted it there to be a small to large theme to the display. The 6-7″plate came from an antique shop, and it too has been repurposed.

Of course, I could have gone to a gallery and purchased a polished piece of art, but this little exercise in creativity  for me was quite satisfying, and I don’t think I caused damage to the environment, or Did I?


And one more silly art project from repurposed materials. One day, when my daughter was in elementary school, I handed her a large piece of foam packaging insert and told her to have her dad help her create a piece of art with it.

They disappeared for a while and came back with the piece below. They had a lot of fun creating it, and the piece still sits on a shelf in her bedroom. It is maybe 13-14 years old!