Dear Mummy, while we were on holiday in Northern Ireland we visited a beautiful beach on the Causeway Coast called White Rocks.
The golden stretch of sand was located just outside Portrush and before the Giants Causeway (which we visited on the same day). It is one of the nicest stretches of sand we’ve ever seen and the beach has been award a Blue Flag!
It’s called White Rocks because of the large white limestone cliffs and fallen rocks which surround the fine sandy beach. The tide was out when we visited and the edge of the water seemed miles away! It was very windy when we walked down to the shore so we sought refuge from the elements in a little cove.
Dark holes and caves were cast into the cliff face and we were intrigued to see what was inside them. Remnants of beach parties and bonfires were clearly evident and had left their marks on the sand. Burnt wood and some beer bottles were tucked inside so we didn’t venture any further.
I spent the majority of the time combing the beach for treasure. My mummy even found an arrow painted on a rock in chalk pointing to a cross in the sand. X marks the spot.
I found some beautiful white pebbles which had been washed up onto the shore. They were all smooth and soft having been battered by the elements. I collected some of them in my pink bucket to take home as mementos for my family.
We decorated them with felt tip pens, my mummy helped me to produce some beautiful designs. I signed each one of them and added kisses to them. We drew waves, rainbows, rocks and seagulls on them. My mummy even sketched a mermaid for me on one of the smooth pebbles.
They dried almost immediately as the surface of the pebbles were porous. Once we were happy with the designs we covered them with clear nail varnish and let them dry.
We hope you agree they make pretty little mementoes of our trip to the beach. An everlasting reminder of our holiday to Northern Ireland. Who needs a souvenir shop eh?!
Love Bella xx
32 thoughts on “Creating beach mementos”
I would love to visit Ireland and these photos just confirm that! Such a lovely way of keeping memories, I might have to pinch that idea! #whatevertheweather
What a stunning place and I love the idea of making beach mementos, you’re right much better than anything you can find at a souvenir shop. They came out beautifully! #WhatevertheWeather
Thanks Cindy 🙂
Ohh this looks beautiful and I love your painted pebbles!xx #whatevertheweather
Thanks Wendy! My signatures on the back went down well! Priceless pieces of artwork those pebbles! 😉
That looks like an amazing beach to visit. Love the sky and sand, your mum took stunning photos too 🙂
I’d love to visit Ireland. The beach looks amazing and the photos are fab. Looks a great idea of painting the stones.
What a lovely idea for creating little keepsakes. It looks like you had a great day at the beach xx
Thanks Lindsay… Our house is now full of pebbles!!
Oh wow what a gorgeous beach, reminds me of the beaches in North Devon. x
sounds like you had a lovely time, i love the pebble artwork
What gorgeous photos, this looks like a lovely day out. Your paintings on the pebbles are so pretty – a really nice memento of the day.
Thanks Alana x
I would love to visit Ireland especially if this beach is to go by! The paintings on the pebbles are cute.
Thanks Ana X Ireland was stunning!
This looks like it was great family outing and activity for the kids to find some pebbles and paint them. Such a great activity to do.
Thanks for Sharing
Now this is an idea I love. I have a mason jar of shells, but never thought to date them x
Thanks Rachel – they make great keepsakes x
The beach looks amazing, you take great picture. Oh wow, love what you have done with the pebbles, very creative 🙂
Looks like you had a lovely holiday. Love the pebble decorating! We’ve collected pebbles from our holiday but haven’t had time to decorate them yet so we must get round to it soon #whatevertheweather
This is such a lovely idea. we are always collecting things from the beach so we will be doing this the next time we are on our travels
Northern Ireland and Ireland are on my list of places to travel to and I have just added this to my list, looks beautiful
What a great idea for an activity – think I may have to do this with the kids
It looks beautiful fab photos #justanotherlinky
What a gorgeous place to spend the day even if it was a little windy and you look like you had a wonderful time. Those little white pebbles are so pretty and love how you’ve decorated them – what a wonderful memento of your visit 🙂
What a beautiful place and you like you are having a great time. I love the white pebbles too and the fact that you decorated them as a memento for your visit. xx
What beautiful beaches in Northern Ireland and plenty of gorgeous pebbles to find. I collect them from the beaches here too, they are great to paint and pen on. The nail varnish is a lovely idea, I tried it once with Farmer Nicks clear varnish and it all smudged, perhaps nail varnish is the answer as yours look beautiful and a perfect keepsake from your visit. Thank you for sharing with me on #Country Kids .
Beautiful creations! Great idea – my daughter will love doing this – thanks for the inspiration! Now, where’s my clear nail varnish… Lovely to read.
What a fabulous idea to collect the stones and decorate them. You’ll have so many great little keepsakes from all your little holidays if you do this. They look so pretty too. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx
That looks like a great day, love the rocks you’ve painted what a lovely idea! 🙂 #countrykids
How wonderful and such a brilliant idea. Lovely photos. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx