I've been seeing these bottles in all the upscale boutiques and catalogs. It occurred to me that they would make the perfect vacation souvenir; especially if you've been to the shore. In my case, it was a staycation, far from the beach but pursuing one of my favorite pastimes, junking.
I found these old bottles in a cardboard box under a table at a local church rummage sale. Old bottles abound in junk shops so they aren't hard to find. If you can't get your hands on some, add a small amount of white paint to a larger amount of water. Pour the mixture into a bottle and swirl it around, then pour out. This should give the desired effect.
I found my shells at an off-price store for a few bucks.
So who's to know that I didn't find a message in a bottle and a shell at the beach this summer?