little drifters…
Posted in canada, handmade, hunter gatherer, nature July 27th, 2010 by pia

So there is this guy, his name is Lenny, and amongst other things he loves to comb beaches. With his findings he makes the sweetest little boats…

…are they not the most fabulous things you’ve ever seen? Anyway, he inspired Jeff from booooooom to host a community event in Vancouver this past Saturday where anyone and everyone could come along with their box of found beach/forest treasures to  make little drifters and set them sail on Trout Lake Beach. The event was then featured in The Vancouver Sun

The little drifters featured here are all Lenny’s, but check out booooooom and The Vancouver Sun to see what everyone made on Saturday, they are all awesome.

I also thought this could be lovely inspiration for those of you participating in poppytalk’s collecting nature flickr pool. Wouldn’t this make a great project? I think I don’t even have to ask, or answer,  that question.

I have to do a summer clean up inside my houseboat this week because it’s just getting too cluttered, perhaps with my dried up flowers and collected bits of wood I can make some little drifters and send them off on the canal. If I do, I’ll take some photos to post here in the (blog)house – that idea is pretty much the only thing inspiring me to tidy and clean.


PS I had a really great weekend, I hope you did too. I’ll tell you about mine a little later, for now I’d just like to daydream some more about these little drifters.

PPS I found out all of the above from dear Erin at Design for Mankind. She always knows about the good stuff.

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  1. Lisa says

    There all very cute, and what a wonderful idea to send all your bits and pieces off on a journey down the canal.

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  2. linda dacey says

    My good old Dad always , tongue in cheek, says “whatever floats your boat”; these certainly do…

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  3. Prudence @ Flotsam Friends says

    These are simply divine. Basic but so special and from the heart. I think he’d appreciate my flotsam dolls. Anything natural from the sea… Pruxxx

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  4. Christine says

    What a great idea. The results are beautiful.

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  5. Becky says

    These are so beautiful, looking at the photos of them floating on the water makes me feel very calm and serene.

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  6. Noodles and Waffles says

    What a beautiful idea!

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  7. Leanne T says

    so gorgeous!

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  8. erin / dfm says

    oh you are so sweet, pia. isn’t that the best project ever? jeff is a genius. 🙂

    i miss chatting with you, dearie!

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  9. becka says

    what a cute idea!

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  10. brownwyn says

    These are really beautiful. They are like magic. This would be a great project to work on with children. I know my daughter would love it. I’ll have to try it with her.

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  11. Ivette says

    These are pure magic. I love them. The last one is my favorite! It looks ready for a fairy passenger. So lovely.

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  12. Milk and Honey Home says

    your photos are always so stunning and really tell a story

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  13. Laughter-Loving Stacy says

    How cute!!!

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  14. kate says

    these are inspiring. My little ones will like to have a go at these. We made a raft recently for fathers day and sent it adrift on a pond. Sadly my husband didn’t see it as he was climbing a mountain and cycling 300 miles for charity! Although he did get some cards to open on top of a mountain, he was happy with that.

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  15. Zee says

    I am reading this post with my kids. I was just thinking on something we could be doing today, any interesting project they would like and this is cool. Thanks so much for sharing this! There is a pond nearby and I hope we can work on our little drifter.
    Have a good day!

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  16. Shanon says

    I am mesmerized by these little boats and the gorgeous water…

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  17. MissHeliotrope says

    I do wonder where I could drift in one of these…

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  18. Annie says

    These little drifters were so sweet, they made me cry. xoxo

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  19. Susie says

    these are awesome. I love them. 🙂

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  20. Krista says

    Absolutely LOVE this!! How utterly charming and delightful. 🙂

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  21. Ŵ e Đ r i f t says

    via little drifters… | pia jane bijkerk…

    via little drifters… | pia jane bijkerk…

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  22. Jessica says

    i’m new to the blog world, but am continually inspired by posts like this. i just HAD to link to it!

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  23. Anci says

    The boats are so sweet ! I want to have one of my own 🙂


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  24. Morning Linkage (Aug 4) says

    […] much to regret. Mean­while here’s a sum­mer ver­sion of play­ing with bits of wood and water. Lit­tle Drifters. Lenny makes other things out of flot­sam and jet­sam […]

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