I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Seashell Saturday

Hello, and welcome to Seashell Saturday! I thought we should start at the beginning. Well, not the beginning of my shelling career, at my front door!
This wreath has shells, and corals, from both coasts. East meets West. I see Florida, Virginia Beach, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington when I look at my wreath. There is also a sand dollar on it from Washington. Near the center right is a piece of the big blue coral I bought from a shell shop on the pier in Va. Beach in the late 80's. We have so many great memories from there. Our kids played in the waves, and ran on the beach in the hot, Virginia summer sun. We had some great times. Our kids grew up on the east coast beaches when we lived in the DC area. While living out west, we enjoyed the west coast beaches. By then, the kids were nearly grown, and we usually went to Oregon, and Washington as a couple. Thinking about it is making me want razor clams, and dungeness crab.
I made this wreath when we moved back here, in 2003. I gathered various shells from our favorite beaches, and started gluing them onto a grapevine wreath. Everything from oyster shells, to spirals, clams, conchs, cones and corals. There's a little of everything on it.

 This wreath is not a lightweight, either. It weighs a ton! At least it feels like! The only time I take it down is for the holiday season, and this year I may just add a white or aqua bow. My tree is nautical and shell-y, so the wreath would match my Christmas decor as well.

David wants to get away again soon, and I'm all for it. Gulf Coast here we come! The sooner the better!

I'm working on another shells and pearls creation, and have another shell and wood piece going on, too. I will be back here on Monday to tell a little story ;)

Del

10 comments:

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - this is one of the most beautiful wreaths that I have seen. I love all the different shells and pieces...and the fact that they bring all kinds of memories back to you. LOVE it. Just gorgeous.

Shellbelle said...

Yes, I agree with Deb, your wreath is gorgeous, but that fact that each shell brings memories is the best!

I haven't had Dungeness Crab since I left California, it's almost as good as lobster, lol.

The Gulf Coast awaits your arrival!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh it's just GORGEOUS!!! I am a bit jealous! LOL

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's beautiful , Della! I love that it's been collected over time, too! I bought a wreath that someone made...and now it looks a little sad! I need to take pics of it soon and see if you think I can revive it! lol Hugs! ♥

Della said...

Thank you all so much! You are so sweet! Diane, I bet you can revive your wreath, but I'd love to see it!

Amanda said...

I love your wreath! And especially the memories attached to it. I once made a shell wreath by gluing seashells to a grapevine wreath from the craft store. It's nice but your's is much more beautiful :)

OnePerfectDay said...

Lovely shell wreath!
It's such a great way to showcase so many memories!

madebymum said...

your wreath is soo intricate and a great way of keeping your memories.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a cool wreath! I just love all the memories it holds and how personal it is :)

Della said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed my wreath as much as I do! The memories are the real treasure here. Thank you from the bottom of my shell lovin' heart!

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