It is so hard to find the perfect vacation souvenir. Often they cost a lot and break quickly or you end up with a closet or dresser of shirts that say I went here. While I like getting the occasional shirt, they aren't something I want an entire closet of. So, I try to think of better ways to take home vacation memories. A few years ago I went to the Black Hills with the husband and we got a few bottles of wine and while on a hike I took a grocery bag of dirt from a river bed home to fill the bottles. While we all know about putting sand in a bottle to remember a special trip, maybe adding a candle to the top if we feel it's right, but what else can we create from our collection? Before adding the sand I had to filter it out for rocks, I did get it from a river bed. I ended up with a large bag of rocks. So, I grabbed and empty soup can and started hot gluing them to the side. Now I have a cool vase, pencil jar, penny toss, or paperclip and rubber band container.
Every-time I look at it or someone asks about it I can re-count how we hiked into a picturesque area where we had to remove our shoes to cross a river and how cool the mountain water felt. I turned something that normally gets tossed and something that came free from a beautiful moment and created an amazing souvenir!