Spring Vignettes and Counting Sweet Blessings

When we were busy raising children, running households, full-time jobs, gardening and traveling there just was not much time to sit and process. 

We still have active and busy lives but now I can actually sit and reflect and for that, Iโ€™m so very thankful.

Today, I am reminded of many sweet blessings along with the time given to share them โ€ฆ one of which I consider is my love for photography … and vignette photography.

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Putting together this vignette was in honor of Spring. I hope you get a feeling for that.

To drape across the pictures, I decided to make a burlap and button flower banner.

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ย Thought the banner needed a little somethin’ – somethin’ so I added

torn strips of yellow gingham material to fill it in.

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I love how pretty the rustic banner looks against all the little glass jars of seashells.

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I used a repurposed yogurt jar with seashells, chalk paint and glitter to make this floral bouquet.

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ย Remember the huge box of children’s blocks I found at the thrift store awhile back?!

Well, yes, still have lots left to play with … I made this one using a pineapple stencil.

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How sweet is the pineapple block tucked into the vignette?!

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Thank you for letting me share with you,

I hope you found a bit of Spring inspiration and enjoyed the vignettes, too! ๐Ÿ’›

Wishing you all a beautiful Good Friday and as always,

thank you for following along today. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›

See you on the beach! ๐Ÿ’™

๐Ÿ’™ Julie Smith, Chic in Myrtle Beach

Happy National Gardening Day – Myrtle Beach Style

If I weren’t usually busy with my photography OR if we were all magically given more hours in a day, then gardening would be my second favorite thing to do!

So, when I come across beautiful flowers in our travels, I always take a little time to admire them.

Bright purple Ornamental Cabbage on the Riverwalk, Conway, South Carolina
Star Flowers by mermaid statue, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Yellow Iris at McLane Park, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Atalaya Castle walkway with Geraniums flower boxes, Huntington Beach State Park

And, of course everyone should have a wildflower or two in their garden …

Yellow wildflowers from the Yaupon Trail, Myrtle Beach State Park
Hibiscus flower by the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Potted Hydragea in lattice shadows, Conway, South Carolina
Christmas red Roses at Market Commons, Myrtle Beach

Luckily, there are a few flowering shrubs that were already growing in our yard.

I think it’s an unspoken rule …

If you live in South Carolina, there must to be a Crepe Myrtle tree in the yard …

Purple Crepe Myrtle still life

Oh, and also an azalea bush or two …

White Azalea in jar still life

I hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating National Gardening Day with me

and as always, thank you for following along today!

See you on the beach!

Julie Smith, Chic in Myrtle Beach

Fabulous Flamingo Fountain at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Discovering the lush Flamingo Habitat was such a treat during our recent stay at the

Flamingo Hotel and Casino!

The lush Flamingo Habitat provides a sense of relaxation and serenity on the busy Las Vegas strip.

In the middle of the habitat is the beautiful Flamingo Fountain.

Flamingo Fountain in the Flamingo Habitat, Flamingo Hotel & Casino Resort
The Flamingo Fountain flamingos gleam in the sun!
I’m sure all your wishes come true from this Fountain!
The Fountain is especially beautiful at night!

The best part is even if you do not stay at the Flamingo Hotel,

you can still visit the gardens any time and it’s free to the public!

Thank you for stopping by today, I love sharing my photography with you!

I hope you’ll take a moment to Like, Comment and Follow!

See you on the beach,

๐Ÿ’œ Julie, Chic in Myrtle Beach

Let’s Go for a Winter Walk on the Beach

Written by Julie Smith, owner of Chic in Myrtle Beach

Having lived near busy coastal tourist areas, we look forward to the slower paced off-season!

Our family has always loved walking the beaches, maritime trails and marshes all throughout the winter.

Our son and daughter in the marsh near Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina, 1992

Now that our children are grown with families of their own, my husband and I still enjoy our winter walks, maybe just at a slower pace.

Come along wonโ€™t you and letโ€™s go for a winter walk on the beach!

I love to bring a thermos of hot coffee to enjoy in the car afterwards.  Also, donโ€™t forget the camera, a plastic bag for seashells or other treasure, a bit of sunscreen (yes, even in Winter!) and sunglasses โ€ฆ youโ€™ll thank me later!

The most important thing to remember is to always dress in layers.  Whether it’s cold, warm, rain, shine or windy, youโ€™re better off being prepared for any weather condition.  And donโ€™t forget your comfortable shoes or boots! – a pair of pull-on ankle boots are nice as theyโ€™ll keep your feet warm and dry with no holes or seams for the beach sand (or water) to get into. 

During our winter walks or surf fishing expeditions on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I had absolutely no problem donning full-on knee boots with my one-piece hunting coveralls if the occasion called for it!

Here in South Carolina, our favorite place to walk – actually any time of year – is the almost mile-long stretch of beach in the Myrtle Beach State Park.

State Park entrance sign, photo by myrtlebeachstatepark.net

I like parking down by the last and most southerly walkway to the beach.

Just look at those beautiful red winterberries along the walkway!

Red winterberries and wax myrtle shrubs

The first thing youโ€™ll notice near the beach is that most of the dune grasses have become a shade of winter brown but lovely just the same. 

A winter dune

The beach seems to be even wider at this end of the park and looks more natural.

You’ll also notice the surf is up a bit more mainly because of the more northeasterly winds that prevail this time of year. 

South end of Myrtle Beach State Park

Shorebirds are a familiar sight here along with the always hardy and stoic seagull.  There is also a large flock of pigeons, crows and geckles that all nest in the covered area at the end of the pier.  During the day, they come out to look for scraps of food and sun themselves.

Bird identifier plaques at the end of the pier
More bird plaques on the pier
A pier pigeon stops preening for just a moment to pose for me

From time to time, a group of horses will go by which makes for an amazing photo op!

Myrtle Beach State Park is the only section in Myrtle Beach where horses are allowed
(November through February)

Oh, and watch where you walk!  Horses will be horses supposedly and I hear tell that what they occasionally leave behind is the most organic substance you could come across, so โ€ฆโ€ฆ.

And speaking of โ€ฆ thereโ€™s a bathhouse practically at every vantage point in the park which is always nice to know if necessary.  The park staff always does an excellent job keeping them all clean.

Once our walk is done, weโ€™ll stomp our shoes on the walkway to get rid (most of) the sand before getting into the car.  Can’t use the beach showers as they’ve all been turned off this time of year so they donโ€™t freeze over.

Finally, once we get to the car, we’ll pour a cup of hot coffee from the thermos we brought and start heading home!

Hope you enjoyed the walk today, thank you for following along and as always, please also look for me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

See you on the beach,

๐Ÿ’™ Julie

Chic in Myrtle Beach

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