When one of my little sisters was a toddler, she had the adorable habit of excitedly gasping out “seaaaaaaaaaa!” every time she caught a glimpse of the water while my family drove around on outings. At the time, we lived on a Pacific island and there were plenty of chances for her to enjoy the sea.
We are now far from those waters, and my little sister is a bubbly girl in college. But because of our family’s inherent love for the ocean, my mother has gotten into the habit of decorating the house with sea-themed items.
There is a beautiful wooden turtle clock in the living room. On the window sill sits a vase shaped like a fish and a picture of the sea hangs above some family picture frames. We also kept several fat goldfish and had a turtle that lived in our backyard.
If you’re also a sea lover, here is a roundup of four quirky items to bring the sea into your home:
1. NoClean Aquariums; $69.95
This self-cleaning aquarium functions without filters, batteries, or wire plug-ins. To set up, you just need rocks, water conditioner, food, live or artificial plants, maybe LED lighting, and your very own Betta fish. The kicker is that you don’t have to remove the fish or plants from the aquarium to change the water.
2. AquaFarm; $59.95
Just as you can use the expelled nutrient-rich water from the NoClean Aquarium for your houseplants, this self-cleaning fish tank puts a spin on that. Based on the concept of Aquaponics, you can grow greens on top of the tank, using the fish waste. In return, the plants clean the water. This fish home is suitable for one Betta fish or three smaller fish of other varieties.
3. Gluggle Jar; $40
This jar may look like a vase, but it’s actually a clever water pitcher that gurgles and glugs delightfully while you pour. It’s made of fully glazed ceramic, is dishwasher safe, and a great conversation piece. This type of jug was first produced in the late 1800s in England and there are even a couple of these collectibles in the English royal family.
Gyotaku is a centuries-old technique of painted fish rubbings, which the creator uses to render his Cape Cod catches. He uses water-based paints to first paint the body, then sets fabric on top to make the print. This set comes with a red snapper, striped bass, bluefish, and a bluefin tuna placemat -- amusing additions to your table top.
Are you crazy about the ocean, too? Share your watery adventures in the comments.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.