Vacations and crafts go hand in hand at our house. Partly because, for me, it isn't a vacation unless I'm walking along a beach somewhere looking for shells. I've collected shells ever since I can remember. We always went to the beach two or three times a year when I was growing up and I always came back with buckets full of shells. I still have them. They've been lovingly and carefully wrapped and stored in old biscuit (cookie) tins and shoe boxes and have always moved with me.
Crafting with shells is one of those timeless crafts many of us enjoy and since the "beach" theme always seems to be trendy in some form or another, shell crafts never go out of style. Take a look at the photos I took in one of the showrooms at Dallas Gift Market just last week.
And, talking of photos, shells have been the focus (no pun intended) of a lot of mine. In 2005 I created a line of transparencies, "Quips, Quotes and Anecdotes" featuring photos, sayings and one liners to use on cards, scrapbook pages, etc. Because they're on transparencies, they could also be used on glass for cool 3-D photo effects....... but, that's another post. Here's an example.
I found these shells in 1985 while on holiday in the Cayman Islands. My son (7 yrs old at the time) dived down to get them for me from the ocean floor just off the beach - yes, I still have them...... and here's a banner I compiled from a bunch of different shells I photographed, then printed out to make a border for a beach, scrapbook page............
Hopefully I'll find the Sailor's Valentine I made and I'll post about it later this year. I just love them, and the history is absolutely fascinating.
Wish I could say I was off to the beach this summer, but..... maybe next year.... Enjoy! Y'all come back now........