............"Sea Shell, Sea Shell, sing of the things you know so well".....
This is the season when many people flock to the beaches and if you think beach, shells often follow. Young and old alike seem to enjoy looking for shells. I live less than an hour drive from nice beaches but seldom go there. It is just not something that draws me. I have spent some time with friends at the beach and thoroughly enjoyed that, however.
Over the years I have hung on to a few shells and have added on to that collection this summer - mostly because of redoing my dry-creek bed which now includes shells. So, in this post I will be showing my shells and how I use them.
A month or so ago after finishing up the dry-creek bed, I decided to do a shell arrangement in my trifle bowl. Heaven knows it has not had any trifle in it for many a year! I wanted to keep it simple and once finished I liked it here next to the sofa.
That didn't last long until I moved it here on the back porch and added the left over sea glass from the creek project. It was o.k. but seemed like it needed something more.
This big square platter was just the thing. If you look close you will see it has coral and shell designs on it.
I want to draw your attention to the big round shell which is not a seashell but an apple snail shell. Have you heard of those? They are plentiful around the lakes in Florida - huge snails! With all the rain we are getting and some over nights with standing water, I hope those whopper snails don't show up here thinking I now have a backyard lake!
With July being the red/white and blue month I thought it would be nice to add a little of those colors here.
Plates, napkins and dessert dishes that I already had. Unfortunately, those extra three people that I never invited didn't show up! But, I have enjoyed seeing the partly set table here on the porch.
Next in the shell theme is the little collection of tiny shells that I have had in my bathroom for a long time.
This little shell-gatherer is on an upside down rectangular basket - a great way to make a shelf for something you want a bit higher. Also, in this case the whole thing can be moved to clean around and under it.
This figurine sits in the Oriental Jasmine near the "mouth" of the creek bed.
For those that missed the post I did on this.
From the bottom looking back the other way.
A close-up where you can see some shells. I have added a few more since this picture was made. I am happy that it has not been hard to keep neat, so far. I know that will change when the leaves start falling.
So, now you have seen my collection. And, I will admit shells mean a little more to me now than before this project.
We can delight in the rhythm of the waves that smooths out the sand and deposits shells for the finding. Definitely a wonder from God's great world of nature to be appreciated.
THANK YOU for stopping by. I hope your summer continues to be very enjoyable, with or without shells.