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Girls’ Weekend in St. Joe Beach

As you may have deduced from Instagram, a few of my ADPi girlfriends and I got together at my parents’ beach house on St. Joe Beach this weekend!  We try to get our little group together at least once a year (outside of weddings), and it was my turn to host.  I’m a day late and a dollar short on posting about it because 4 of us (including myself) brought home a stomach bug as a souvenir (one of us had it while we were there), and I was out of commission the entirety of yesterday.  It was an unfortunate return to reality, but we still had SUCH a good time!

I prepared for their arrival by planning a couple of little party favors for them.

Custom Oysters & Pearls Candles from The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

First, I created a custom scent at The Refinery and brought in a random assortment of jars I had saved up.

Candles from the Refinery for Oysters & Pearls

My custom scent was appropriate for the weekend, I thought: a mixture of cotton blossom (representative of Georgia and The Refinery in Bainbridge) and Still Waters, representing Still Waters and The Refinery themselves but also the fact that our weekend was spent by the water.

Custom Candles for Natalie at Oysters & Pearls Blog by The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

The ladies tied one of my oyster shell ornaments on each one, plus a Refinery tag on the other side, and they turned out to be the perfect little party favor.

College ADPi Girlfriends Reunion with Candles from The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

Naturally, I had to add a custom koozie commemorating the occasion.  I created these myself and had them made at Vistaprint.  They only come in white, which worked perfectly for our purposes, and fortunately they are heavy-duty and and have a neoprene-ish texture, which will keep them from getting dirty.  That isn’t an affiliate link or anything, I just thought I’d review their koozies while I was at it, since I had never ordered them from Vistaprint before.

We all got to the house very late Thursday night, and the girls all loved both favors!

Friday it was raining most of the day, so we all had a mimosa and got dressed and headed into Port St. Joe for some shopping, eating, and bar hopping.

We started at Provisions with pitchers of red and white sangria, their TDF bruschetta, and goat cheese fondue.  I had the St. Joe Saute for lunch, which was a pasta dish full of bay scallops, shrimp, artichokes, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes.  It was delish!

Then we hopped on over to Joseph’s Cottage, my favorite little store in all of St. Joe.  I dropped off some of my handmade oyster ornaments there while we shopped and chatted with the sweet-as-pie owner, Melissa.  I think they’re the perfect fit in her shop!

Afterwards, after popping into a couple more shops, we headed over to The Thirsty Goat at the Port Inn and had some bevs with Sir William.

He’s a charming fella.  Afterwards we moseyed over to Sunset Grill for an excellent supper and more drinks, which is also where Wheat and I had our rehearsal dinner.

Anyway, are you sensing a theme, here?

After that, we headed back to house for more fellowshipping (after a quick pitstop at the Haughty Heron for supplies, of course).

Saturday morning we woke up to a gorgeous, albeit exceptionally windy, day on St. Joe Beach!

 We braved the wind and posted up on the beach in front of the house.  However, the wind disguised the fact that we were getting burned… badly.  OUCH.  I don’t think I’ve ever, ever been this sun burned before.  #amateurhour

Saturday night we went out to eat at Killer Seafood for a very late dinner, which was great, then came home and nursed our wounds and played Cards Against Humanity,
 also known as the most fun game known to man.

And then Sunday around noon, we said our goodbyes.  I was so sad to see them all go!  Hal and I stayed and finished cleaning up, then met Wheat at my parents’ house to check on our bees there.

As you may remember, we tied honeycomb from the hive we moved into frames for their new digs.  Marc and I checked them last Wednesday evening, entirely too late in the evening, actually, and we saw the old queen, who I have since dubbed “Bee-yonce.”  We also saw a juvenile queen we think must have hatched from the queen cells we left in there.  We can only assume they fought to death, as queen bees will do, because they haven’t swarmed since then. We were checking for that on Sunday, when Wheat and I returned to cut the twine off.

Cutting Strings Off of Frames | Oysters & Pearls

As you can see, I’m much braver now and ditched the bee suit (despite my bee sting on Wednesday – to be explained further tomorrow) and also standing extremely awkwardly due to my painfully blistered legs.

Natalie & Wheat Beekeeping | Oysters & Pearls

Nat and Wheat Beekeeping | Oysters & Pearls

The bees are doing really well, and busy as… you guessed it.  We won’t bother them again until we add another super and a queen excluder to the top, possibly this weekend.  More details on that later!

We went with my parents to The Whip afterwards, and then around 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning, I was struck with the stomach bug and promptly lost my Tailfeather sandwich.  I spent a miserable day in bed and on the couch yesterday, but mostly I just really despise laying around all day, even when I need (am forced) to do it.  Thank goodness I had a good nurse to go get me pedialyte!

I’ll be back with more bee posts the rest of this week.  Hopefully I’ll be 100% by then!

Until Next Time

Mini Oyster Shell Wreath & Shop Announcement

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Obviously mine was pretty low-key, as evidenced by the fact that I actually got my act together enough to write up a Monday morning post.

Wheat spent the weekend at a bachelor party, so I spent it relaxing whilst being productive (we all know I can’t sit still very long).  Friday night I drank wine, caught up on my DVR, and prepped a whole bunch of my handmade Oyster Ornaments.


I took some to Native Nurseries on Saturday morning, so you can find a few of them there… or you can order them online over on my new Shop page!  If you order some ASAP they’ll probably make it to you by Christmas, but I can’t and won’t make any promises.  I plan to hang them all over my house and don’t see them as being limited to Christmas whatsoever, but I realize that could just be me.  Speaking of my obsession with oysters…

DIY Mini Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

I finally hung my mini oyster shell wreath!

Way back when, I posted about how to clean oyster shells.  Takes a while, a bit of elbow grease and hard work, but not too bad.  I’ve shared some pictures on Instagram of my gold leafed oyster shells, but that step is totally unnecessary.  You can use cleaned shells of any sort (even non-oyster shells!) for this little DIY shell wreath.  But anyway, on oyster shells, aside from the one large oyster you shuck and eat, there are usually a few tiny baby oysters attached to the outside of the large one’s shell.  When I scrubbed the oyster shells down, these all came off.  I saved them (natch) and ever since I’ve had a large plastic Subway cup full of tiny oyster shells.  I knew I’d think of something.

So I gold leafed them like their larger Christmas Ornament counterparts.

Tiny Gilded Oyster Shells | Oysters & Pearls

I started the wreath with an old wood ring that used to hand agate slices as a wind chime.  Literally, the wind chime is from when I was in elementary school.  The agate slices are now perfectly on-trend coaster, and I’d been hoarding saving the wood ring they hung from for years.  This is an excellent example of my extreme hoarding tendencies, and a true success story with a hoarded item being revamped into something that is actually used now.  This alone justifies at least one closet worth of junk.

Old Wooden Wind Chime Ring | Oysters & Pearls

Because the oyster shells probably wouldn’t cover every little spot on the wood, and because I want to gold leaf everything in my home (#midastouch), I gold leafed it, too.  Duh.

Gold Leafed Wind Chime Ring for Tiny Oyster Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

Next, I just started haphazardly gluing shells to the wood ring with Liquid Nails.  After some oyster-obsessed-blog research, I deduced that apparently liquid nails is the very best way to glue any sort of shell to any sort of thing.

Tiny Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

Anthropologie catalogs make excellent painting and gluing backdrops, clearly.  Let the Liquid Nails dry for 24 hours, then hang!

Miniature Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

I don’t particularly love this ribbon, but it was the right size, the color matched my chairs in my kitchen, and it was in my house.  I’m on the hunt for a small champagne satin ribbon to replace it ASAP.  But it’ll do pig, it’ll do.

Miniature DIY Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

It now lives next to another new acquisition: a print I got at the Apalachicola Seafood Festival last month of the Indian Pass Raw Bar, which is a place very near and dear to my heart.

Indian Pass Raw Bar Print | Oysters & Pearls

This is the beginning of a little gallery wall by our back door (hence the keys).

Beginnings of the Back Door Small Gallery Wall | Oysters & Pearls

And… that’s basically it for the weekend.  I got a gorgeous little hot pink/red Christmas cactus at Native Nurseries while I was there (how did I not already have one of these?), made a trip to Michael’s to hit up that 70% off sale, had lunch with my MIL Nancy at Hopkins Eatery (the Greek Spin was delish, as always), and a quick pit stop at Miss Mandy’s Cottage Living to see Marc Ventry’s Southern Restoration Furniture and Nunyabeeswax in live and living color.  Oh, and had another awesome meal at The Whip with my parents.  Twas a laid back but good weekend indeed.

Oh, and for those of you purchasing and receiving (or even gifting) holiday plants, I found this Grumpy Gardener post on Holiday Plant Care over on The Daily South very helpful.

Tiny DIY Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

Hope everyone has a wonderful week before Christmas!  See also: how-is-it-already-the-week-before-Christmas?!?

Until Next Time