Back in the summer our good friends @whulkenberg (James) & @rachaelcgibson (Rachael) came home for a catch up as they now live in Kuala Lumpur. One afternoon we stopped by James' mum's, his mum Julie is a keen beachcomber and it was lovely to see all the beautiful things that she had found. There was one piece in particular that really caught my eye and it was this little piece of sea tile. A lot of the tile that I find is patterned with flowers where as this captures the scene of a man wearing a hat, by what I think is a fence. I believe it may be from a Dutch design? Anyway I suggested to James that we devise a plan to set this unusual piece of sea tile as a little surprise for Julie. And so the espionage began.
James sneakily pocketed the sea tile a few days later, he then then passed it onto my partner Sam whilst they went away for a boys weekend celebrating their 30ths, then Sam brought it back from their trip to Oxford to me in ye olde Whitby. James and Rachael returned to Kuala Lumpur and from there I began designing the pendant.
Just over a week ago I knocked on Julie's door the night before her birthday and passed her the small brown box, she looked a little perplexed as I said it was from her son and daughter in law who were all the way in Kuala Lumpur. I wrote a little hint on the tag and then the next day I received the kindest of messages thanking me for the necklace. It was a hit!
So from Julie's beachcombing in Whitby, and friends helping out with the thieving of sea tile, together we've gifted something that can now be worn always. All that's left is the wonder of who the little Dutch man is on the tile? .
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