I found my first urchins in a little shell shop during the first Bead Cruise. I had never seen them before and was immediately inspired. I made some urchin beads that we sculpted and painted. I can't dig up the photo right now. But as soon after I created these urchins.
I keep a few bowls of shells and urchins scattered throughout my studio, they bring an instant smile to my face.
Part of the reason is that they remind me of one of my favorite family vacations. One Easter weekend we went to Galveston, stayed on a hotel right on the beach, visited Mermaid Pier, enjoyed the ocean and just had fun together. My girls seem so tiny to me in this photo. My oldest is turning 14 in just a few weeks.
Another reason I love the urchins, my soul is happiest on the shores of the beach - whether it's a lake, pond or ocean, when I'm near water I feel at home.