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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Seashell Jewelry Set Bracelet and Earrings in Vivacious Violet and Sterling Silver

This seashell jewelry bracelet and earring set is the essence of spring in Florida. This beautiful soft pink shell is complimented by luscious vivacious violet freshwater pearls, and accented with sterling silver. Sparkly Swarovski crystals in a nice, big, 10mm bicone of Light Violet, add to the brilliant femininity of this lovely one of a kind bracelet. The earrings are a perfect accent to the bracelet, with matching pearls, crystals, and sterling silver.
This is The Ultra Feminine in beachy seashell jewelry. Aren't those lovely ear wires?!?! I, personally, ADORE this set. The pearls are exquisite!

I thought I would share this with you first. I haven't listed it yet, but I'm hoping to get it listed today.
It will be in the Del's Sea Shell Jewelry section of the shop.

We are having perfect beach weather in Florida! Our temps have been in the mid 80's, and it is beautiful! This is when I like to go shelling, when it's nice and warm. If our temps hold, I'll have to plan a beach trip real soon!

Have a beautiful, sunny day!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Seashell Saturday

I have found many shells in various sizes over the years. Some have been the size of a pencil lead, while some of them have been nice size shells. Today I want to share with you one of my most prized shell finds. It may not be the prettiest, but it is one of my faves.

This Florida Horse Conch is one of the biggest shells I have found. It is weathered and worn, and far from perfect, but I treasure this shell. It's about a foot long.
I was overjoyed when I found this one about 7 years ago. It isn't everyday that you find a horse conch this size! I never in my life dreamed I would find one, so imagine my surprise when I spied this washed up on the beach. Actually, hubby and I saw this at the same time, and there is still a friendly argument about who found it. I'm pretty sure I was the first one to touch it ;) Our shell sits majestically above the kitchen cabinets, with our other large shells, and corals... some found and some bought.
This awesome specimen was of course, found on the Gulf Coast, around the Fort Myers area. I can't wait to find another big shell to go above the cabinets! They are few, and far between, but they are out there. I certainly intend to find more! 

I hope you enjoyed Seashell Saturday, and I hope you find some wonderful shells out there! Just be a sweetie, and only take shells that are uninhabited. There are plenty of empty shells to collect!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mermaid Seashell Necklace

Today I did a small change up on my coastal style  Mermaid Seashell Necklace. It has such a feminine feel to it, and has received 2 hearts, but I think it needed to be shortened. When I made this one, long necklaces were so the rage. Not so much anymore. I removed the chain, and changed the lobster clasp to a pretty textured toggle. I love how it hangs now! I think that I will make my jewelry the way I like it,  and not let some new fashion fad change my normal designs. I have several necklaces that I want to shorten now.

This pretty scallop shell is accompanied by Aventurine gemstone beads, jade green glass beads, and pink pressed glass roundels. I am very pleased with this one! You can get a more thorough description of this in my Etsy shop.

My photography skills are improving! It will be nice to have everything re-shot, and the shop looking more put together, and appealing to the eye.

Here's a sneak peak at what I'm working on now. These freshwater pearls are deliciously perfect, and the color is vivacious violet! 
The shell looks so pretty and delicate next to the pearls! This will make it's debut soon, so stay tuned.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Seashell Saturday

I thought it would be neat to show some of my favorite shells, new finds, or other things I've made with shells. I contemplated this idea, and decided to call it Seashell Saturday. I'm sure I have more than enough shells, and shell items, to do this for years!

For my first Seashell Saturday, I picked the whelks we found last weekend :)

 He found the larger, manly whelk, and I found the small, dainty whelk. When we find shells that are alike, his always seems to be the larger, manly, rugged shell, and mine are the smaller, feminine, dainty shell. I'm so lucky to have found HIM! Actually, he found me :) We are so alike in so many ways, and I'm so happy that he shares my love of the sea, the beach, and shelling.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Wonderful, Beachy Weekend

I don't think I can quite express how much I enjoyed my weekend. Although it was a bit chilly, and windy, we still had a great time, and did a little shelling. I didn't find all the minis I wanted to, but I'm sure I will next time.

We met up with an old friend in Ft. Myers, went to lunch, and then headed over to Sanibel. We hit Bowman's Beach first, at least I think that was the name of it. This is where we found the most shells. Tons of calico scallops, cockles, other clam shells, hubby found a beautiful 4 inch whelk, and I found a little 1 1/2 inch whelk. It is darling! I have made 2 necklaces with little lightening whelks, so I'm not sure what I'm doing with this lil' cutie yet. I'll post some pics after I clean my shells. I'm still a bit sore from doing the 'Sanibel Stoop' too many times! It has been months since we've gone shelling, and my bod is out of practice. I can't wait to get it whipped back into shape!

Our next stop was Sanibel Lighthouse Beach. We saw a dolphin swimming around, I think it was his dinner time.
you can just see his fin sticking up

Della and David at the Sanibel Lighthouse

Me at Bowmans Beach with my shelling bag
I did stop and take a pic of the beautiful Magnolia tree by She Sells Sea Shells. While I was at it, I also snapped one of the pretty sign.
I love the font on this sign!

Next time we go down, I want to take a look around this shop.

Our last stop was somewhere along the way, where you can pull over, picnic, fish, and hang out. Our friend said this place has the biggest shells he's ever seen. Of course, I had to see what he was talking about! OMG big southern quahogs are what he was talking about. We picked up a few, and most are as big as my hand, and larger! I will probably use the largest one for a soap dish.

Sanibel is a really pretty place. I love how the shops and stores go with the Island theme. Even the 7-11 is pretty! I think I'll have to start looking for places to spend a weekend down there for our anniversary, or our birthdays.

I think tomorrow may be nice enough out to clean my shells, and sort them. I can't wait to play with them!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Seashell Photo Frames for Beachy Home Decor

I'm feeling somewhat better, and I think I'll make it to the beach this weekend! WooHoo! I can't wait to get there. We are leaving Friday morning, and we'll head home Sunday evening. We want to spend as much time there as we can, it's been a while since we've been.

I love the look of seashell photo frames! I tend to prefer the more simple styles. Like something you would see in a beach cottage.

I picked up some plain wood frames at the craft store. I have various colors of non toxic acrylic paints on hand. For the cockle shell frame I chose a tan shade, dry brushed the grain with white, and roughed the edges a bit with sandpaper. I glued on the cockle shells, and sprayed the whole thing with a matte sealer.

For the other shell frame, I painted it white, and glued the shells on, then sprayed it with a matte sealer also. I can't remember what kind of bivalves those are! I just really loved how they were so stark white, with such dark brown markings, and they look as if they were intricately carved.

The photo's in the frames were taken by me! The top photo I took at Daytona, and the bottom photo of the pelicans and gulls, I snapped it at Flagler.

I better start packing! I like to get an early start on things, and seeing our luggage out will prepare my poor dog that I am going away.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A New Charm

Hi ladies, and thank you for your comments concerning my font! I'm so glad you like it, and that it is legible for you to read! Whew!

Also, a big welcome to new followers, thanks! I appreciate every one of you ;)

I'm absolutely chomping at the bit to start a new shell project. I've been making Valentines jewelry for over a month. I have a couple of pair of the red lace heart earrings to make for a regular customer, and then I should be finished with Vday. Next, my Gainesville ladies want St.Patrick's Day earrings! I will have about a 2 -3 week window to make something shell~y, and I fully intend to use it!

I was uptown the other day, and found the cutest little beach pail charm! I don't know what I'm using it for, yet....but I HAD to have it.

It's just too cute! I have a thing for miniatures. I also found the sweetest little stuffed animal Boxer puppy. He's in the dash of my Trail Blazer, I needed a co-pilot.

I'm also trying to decide what to do for a give away, so stay tuned! I've really been thinking hard about this. So many choices. Necklace or bracelet? Beaded or chain? You will be the first to know!

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