Tiny Oceans

I  flipped when I saw these little corked bottles!  I have a serious penchant for tiny objects.

At first, I put some butterflies in them…

But they needed something more. Then I found the Summer of Color blog challenge and read that the color for this week is ‘brown’. 

I immediately thought of brown speckled shells nestled deep in brown sand.  A little sand for the bottom of the bottles, and then some water almost to the top.  Little shells dropping one by one down onto the miniature ocean floor…

A tiny bit of blue coloring…

Tiny drop of bleach, which causes a perfect bit of sea-water haziness…

I made the smallest bottle into a pendant and put it on a necklace for my daughter.

Each bottle is a tiny ocean…

Who do you think of when you read the words on this one?

Words that remind me of days at the sea when I was little…

Love all the browns: sand, shells, twine, jute, and corks.

You can see more of the ‘brown’ inspired projects at the Summer of Color.


  1. Thanks for the blog visit! This is amazing–what a great creative mind you have!

  2. So BEAUTIFUL! Love these little mini-oceans, great idea.

  3. mandy at eight is enough

    awww…i love these…what an adorable idea for your daughter…a necklace with the sea in it…classic!!!xxx

    • bscarlettc

      @mandy–Thanks, yeah it turned out cool, but we did break one inthe process, but those pictures wouldn’t have been very interesting!! lol thnx for your comment!

      @Jeana–actually that little bit of magic came from Brandon, lol, he said, you better put some bleach in there or stuff’s going to grow–haha! ~S

  4. Doesn’t everybody know that blue food coloring with a drop of bleach makes
    perfect ocean water? Sheesh !!!!! I don’t know where you come up with all of these great ideas !!!! How pretty !

  5. Susan in TX

    Your creativity continually amazes me!

    • bscarlettc

      @Susan–You are very kind, hope to see you all again before the summer’s over.

      @I. Ikeda– I’m bordering on *jealousy*—I SO want to go to the beach this summer….thanks so much and I love all the things you’re doing lately, too.

      @Annette-I appreciate it! Thx for stopping by ~Scarlett

  6. I agree, this is amazing! What a great idea and the execution looks perfect. We’re going to the ocean next week and if I can find little bottles like those………

  7. These bottles are beautiful and love the way you think. Annette x

  8. Scarlett,
    I am so thrilled you joined in~ I know exactly what I think of when I read this comment! I think of those tiny shells I use to find when I was around 6yrs old at my shore. The shore of my youth…It is one of my most favorite places in the world! When I go home,(800 mls) from where I live now; I am not officially home till my fit hit the shore and my feet touch the end of the town wharf~ oooh, these are so lovely and make me smile! Great Job!

    • bscarlettc

      @Ella–what a great memory! I think of a time when my mom took me to the beach
      just for a ‘mother/daughter/ trip when I was around 8 yrs old. It was a sweet time though I did learn what a sunburn was during that trip! Thnx so much, I find the best
      things from your blog! ) ~Scarlett

  9. We are headed to the beach in two weeks. I always collect sand and put it in larger bottles. I love the idea of making necklaces with the kids. These are so fun!

    • bscarlettc

      @Vicki–Thanks for stopping by and have a blast on your trip to the beach!…there are just so many wonderful things to see at the sea, hope you find beautiful things to collect in your jars.. 🙂

      @Jen–You are so kind, thanks for your lovely comment, I appreciate it so much!

      @Helena–Thank you so much, nature has the best color combinations ever doesn’t it? Hope you come back soon!

      @Elisabeth–Thanks! I’ve been wanting to go to the beach so bad this year, but alas, art will just have to satisfy my longing for now! I appreciate you comment, hope you come back again sometime!

      @Julie–Thanks! I asked my daughter if I could borrow it sometime! lol! Have a wonderful rest of the week. 🙂

  10. Now – why didn’t I think of that?? ;-)) These bottles are such a great idea, and they are so lovely the way you did them. I adore the words on them also! (Love your cards with the sand on them too by the way! 😉

  11. these are fabulous – love the story that goes along with them and the hint of blue in the water and – well all of the lovely creativity

  12. I love, love, love, love these! I would love to wear one. So Gorgeous!!

  13. These are just divine! What a great idea. I love, love, LOVE them with the words. Perfect!

  14. Uh. WOW. Yeah. Amazing. Really beautiful, unique and inspired. And your pictures are stunning. You have really left an impression on me with this one 😉 Thank you for sharing your this with us, xo

  15. I would love you to add this to the Flickr pool if you have an account and would be so inclined. It is so beautiful, xo

    • bscarlettc

      @Kristin–You’re very kind, and I really appreciate it!

      I do have a Flickr account so I’ll hop over there and see if I can add a pic or two. Thanks again for hosting such a great challenge! ~Scarlett

  16. Melanie Keel

    Thanks so much for my tiny ocean! I was able to get the one I really wanted!! Your so sweet. Love you honey, Aunt Mel.

    • bscarlettc

      @Melanie–You are so welcome!!I I’m glad you liked it!! LOVE YOU!! Scarlett 🙂 Hope to see you again soon!

  17. hello Scarlett 🙂
    these must be some of the most beautiful little bottles i have seen! and the color brown so well presented in your series of photos!! actually, your whole blog is beautiful … i love how you photograph your art and present them!!
    thank you for the visit … and from one LOTR fan to another … Mae Govannen 🙂

    Luthien 🙂

    • bscarlettc

      @Luthien–You are very kind and I appreciate it so much! Finding unique and artistic blogs like yours is the best part of blogging for me!

      And thank you for your kind words for Knox and our family, as well.
      He breaks my heart every day but, like you said, we try to stay positive and enjoy every moment with him!
      Thanks for stopping by, your caring words are much appreciated ~Scarlett

  18. Oh these are precious little treasures. So well put together. I truly love these.

  19. Creatively Beautiful!

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