I Googled “sand dollar” for some fresh inspiration and stumbled on a photo of a sand dollar on a bed of broken shells. Hmmmm “what about a bed of pearls?” my brain said because I need to dump…I mean use up… a shoebox of pearls.
I collect sand dollars from time to time on our beach and have always been a little worried when I picked up one that wasn’t bleached white by the sun. When I clicked on this photo it took me to iLoveShelling.com and I thought it would be fun to share their informative blog post about sand dollars.
So now take a look at this next photo…. is this still alive? No. Even though this SAND DOLLAR is still gray in color, there’s no possible way it could be alive since there are no SPINES nor CILIA nor TUBE FEET. It has no way to breathe or move without those things.
So next time you see a SAND DOLLAR while walking the beach, remember to leave it alone if it’s dark and hairy but if you are unsure if it’s alive… take your time to inspect this amazing creature before you assume it’s a “keeper”. Look for any signs of hairs, fur or velvety skin.
Now I won’t be worried if there is a gray sand dollar waiting to be picked up. I put them on my back deck in the sun and they bleach white in about 7 days.
After I used Mod Podge to glue all the pearls, I filled in the blank spots with white sand. I have been debating if I want to add my new sand dollar phrase: “The Beach Makes me Feel Like a Million Dollars”. I sort of like this piece as it is so it can tell it’s own story.