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Posts Tagged ‘seashells’

Picture Perfect Calico Scallops

Posted by Jody on June 10, 2014

Calico Scallops

Calico Scallops

It’s easy to see why these beautiful bivalves are the seashell collector’s dream. Each and every Calico Scallop (Argopecten gibbus) is a colorful, unique, and fun-filled piece of eye candy! They can be found in variations of pink, white, orange, brown, purple. Keeping only one is virtually impossible for even the most tried and true beachcomber! Commonly found on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, they range from Delaware Bay to Florida, into the Gulf of Mexico, and south to much of the Caribbean Sea.

Picture Perfect Calico Scallops

Picture Perfect Calico Scallops

These variegated seashells are especially plentiful and very easy to find undamaged on Florida’s sandy Gulf Coast beaches. The color-splashed Calico Scallops in this collection all hail from the world-renowned shelling beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.

Picture Perfect Calico Scallops

Picture Perfect Calico Scallops

Growing up to 2 1/2 inches across, Calico Scallops are almost circular in shape and very easy to identify. These seashells have about 20 strong, well defined, smooth (non-scaly) ribs. Look for each shell’s “ears” to be about equal in size.

Seriously, who wouldn’t be tickled pink to have a basket full of these picture perfect beach treasures in their collection?

Happy Beachcombing!

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Related links:

Sanibel Island, Florida: A Beachcomber’s Bonanza

The Sanibel Shell Guide

Beachcombing Regulations Abound. Know Before You Go!

Christmas with Sanibel Style

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A Seashell in My Pocket

Posted by Jody on March 10, 2014

Jody:

Pocket Seashells

Pocket Seashells

Happy Monday! I just found some of these little beauties on Maggie’s site and thought it was a great time to share these pocket-sized stress-busting beach treasures once again.

Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:

We’re always looking for ways to use our special beachcombing finds. Here is just one more idea for putting those beach treasures to good use ~ everyday!

You may have heard of worry stones (or pocket stones) – those little, highly polished pieces of gemstone with a slight indention for your thumb.  I’ve often seen them for sale near the cash registers of gift shops and kitschy boutiques. They can be kind of pricey.

Rumored to have originated in Ancient Greece, when held between the thumb and forefinger, worry stones are supposed to relieve stress and reduce worries. Light enough to keep in your pocket, you can readily fidget with one in stressful or nerve-racking situations.

There is another version of the pocket stone that doesn’t have the smooth indentation for the thumb.  They are called  reflection stones and are used as a reminder to stay calm, balanced, grateful, etc. …

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The Spice of Life

Posted by Jody on September 16, 2013

Texas Gulf Coast Seashells

Texas Gulf Coast Seashells

Variety is the spice of life!

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Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Monday Miscellaneous, Sand and Shoreline, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , | 11 Comments »

Seashells and Glue Guns: A Weekend Project!

Posted by Jody on September 6, 2013

Seashell Framed Mirror

Seashell Framed Mirror

How cool is this? Our coastal friend Southern Sea Muse photographed this intriguing seashell framed mirror in an urgent care clinic in Daphne, Alabama. She was very kindly thinking of our fellow beach lover Eunice (aka: nutsfortreasure) at Living and Lovin who had commented on our recent “Got Driftwood?” post (featuring a driftwood framed mirror). ~Eunice, did you find that glue gun yet?~

Many, many thanks to Southern Sea Muse for sharing with us!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your glue guns!

It’s your turn to show us your beach-crafty side! :-)

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Posted in Beach Treasure and Seashell Crafts, Beachy Keen Art, Seashells, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

A Gift from the Sea

Posted by Jody on June 29, 2013

Gift from the Sea

Gift from the Sea

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.

One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea

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The Oyster Shell

Posted by Jody on April 2, 2013

Upper Texas Gulf Coast - Eastern Oyster Shell

Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

“I am very fond of the oyster shell. It is humble and awkward and ugly. It is slate-colored and unsymmetrical. Its form is not primarily beautiful but functional. I make fun of its knobbiness. Sometimes I resent its burdens and excrescences. But its tireless adaptability and tenacity draw my astonished admiration and sometimes even my tears. And it is comfortable in its familiarity, its homeliness, like old garden gloves when have molded themselves perfectly to the shape of the hand.  I do not like to put it down. I will not want to leave it.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

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I simply love beachcombing for oyster shells – the knobbier, the better!  Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast beaches are often loaded with these one-of-a-kind beach treasures.

Here are a few interesting Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) tidbits:

Oysters are more than a seafood delicacy! They help the environment in the following ways:

Filtering (adult oysters filter up to 2.5 gallons of water per hour, improving water quality in the process)

Providing habitat (oysters build reefs, which provide habitat for fish, shrimp, crabs, and other animals)

Controlling erosion (oyster reefs are natural breakwaters that protect shorelines) Source: SC.gov

Other names: American Oyster, Atlantic Oyster, Common Oyster, Virginia Oyster

Eastern Oysters are plentiful in shallow saltwater bays, lagoons, and estuaries, in depths from 8 to 25 feet – with water temperatures between 28 and 90 degrees F.  They are native to the Atlantic shores and Gulf of Mexico coast of North America from Canada to Mexico.

Eastern Oysters range in color from a very light cream or tan to greyish/brown and from grey to black.

The Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is the official state shell of both Virginia and Mississippi.

Louisiana’s state gemstone is the cabochon (shaped and polished as opposed to faceted) cut gemstone, made from the Crassostrea virginica! Check it out: Louisiana’s State Gemstone.

~~~ Happy beachcombing! ~~~

Helpful links: Texas Parks and Wildlife, Maryland.gov

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Imagine the possibilities!

Posted by Jody on March 28, 2013

Mix and match: sun, surf, and sand!

~Imagine the possibilities~

Beach Treasures Under Glass!

Beach Treasures Under Glass!

Upside down glasses, beach treasures and beach scented candles, it’s that easy!

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Posted in Beach Treasure and Seashell Crafts, Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Decorating With Beach Treasures, Seashells | Tagged: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by Jody on February 14, 2013

A Kiss on the Sands

A Kiss Upon the Shore (©Jody Diehl)

Love’s Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
in one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?–

See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?

~Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

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Posted in Sand and Shoreline, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

What the heck?

Posted by Jody on January 18, 2013

I just received a note from Tonya who was lucky enough to be on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina last weekend. She found this very interesting looking beach treasure at Hatteras and tells me: “It was on the beach along with some other odd looking shells I never have seen.”

Tonya's Beach Treasure from Hatteras, North Carolina

Tonya’s Beach Treasure from Hatteras, North Carolina

Let’s have some fun!

Can anyone identify this peculiar looking beach find for Tonya? Thank you for playing along!

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Be sure to check out some of the other responses in the comment section below!

Posted in Atlantic Coast Beaches, Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Seashells, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , | 22 Comments »

3D Beach Treasure Picture Frame by KK

Posted by Jody on November 18, 2012

Today’s Awesome Crafter and Featured Writer is Fellow Blogger KK @ KnowledgeKnut

When I stumbled upon Jody’s blog (or maybe it was vice versa) I thought how fun it would be to submit a craft project for beach treasures that I was in the process of doing.  I also thought it would give me the push (read shove) to finish it!

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

So, I have a series of pictures to accompany the steps.  Even though I purchased this frame at Pier One, it would be incredibly easy to make.  The frame is 1 ¼ thick, 21” tall, 18” wide.  The wire could be replicated by using wire coat hangers (remember those?).  You can paint the frame any color you like, even to compliment or contrast your décor.  Consider what I will be showing you as something similar to a basic cookie dough recipe.  You can change it up any way you want!

I actually got two frames from Pier One for 50% off each.  They were marked down because the little clothes pins had been lost.  I simply went to a craft store, purchased a bag of small pins and painted them the colors I wanted.

Then I sat looking at the frames for a long time wondering what in the heck I was going to do with them.  My initial thought was B&W photos, but I don’t really have any of those and I don’t want vintage ones of people I don’t know!  So I finally settled on beach treasures.  Lord knows I have enough of them around the house.  But after I fixed up the clothes pins and attached the shells and things, it looked so blah.  That was when I came up with idea for a three dimensional look.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

What I really want is a vintage map of Point Reyes Beach, Sir Francis Drake Beach, etc.  These maps can run high ($$$), so my girlfriend found something else for me.  She says this is drawer liner (very nice weight).  Subsequently, I decided to give that a try for now.  The other thing I needed was something for the front of the frame.  I found vintage, used fishing net (not fishy), for a really great price on e-Bay (what can’t you find on e-Bay?).  I’m all set, ready?

3D Picture Frame(s)

The frames measure 21” T x 18” x W 1 ¼” thick.  I would imagine that any width of wood would work, and you can make it whatever size you need.  For informational purposes, these frames have 9 slots (for want of a better word).  The wire used is approximately the thickness of a wire hanger, perhaps a bit thicker, but it is really not necessary to go that thick.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

1.  First thing I did was go to the craft store for those clothes pins.  Then I painted them.  As you can see from the finished picture – I can’t count – I left one out!

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

2.  The next thing I did was play around with the beach treasures.  Some things were too heavy, some things hung funny, some things looked funny and I wanted a mix of sizes, shapes and objects.

3.  I attached the painted, dried, pins.  I noticed this could be done a couple of ways and am still playing around with that.  Then I got my supplies in order:  beach treasures, backing, netting, tape and staple gun.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

4.  I played around with the layout of the map (backing) versus the placement of the treasures for maximum effect.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

5.  I marked where I needed to cut the backing and then temporarily taped it to the frame.  This way I can make sure it is straight, before I staple gun it to the frame.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

6.  Depending upon how I want the net, I may attach the treasures first, then place the net on top or work the net into some of the treasures so things look tangled.  Still playing with that idea.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

7.  Finished (almost) look!  Lots of fun and I am getting ready to do my second frame!

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

Jody’s note: Wow! What a creative way to display and decorate with beach treasures!  Wouldn’t this be the perfect gift for the beach enthusiast on your list? Imagine the possibilities.

KK, thank you so much for sharing your amazing creativity with us! 

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About KK:  Just this week, I made my acting debut at Stage 3 in Sonora, in the production of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon. I also recently did a radio show on breast cancer, attended an awesome, local, empowerment retreat , am creating a very popular blog, wrote an article for my local paper, The Union Democrat, and am working on publishing my first book. My curiosity is boundless, which has led me on a very interesting life path. Let me show you.

I currently hold degrees or certificates in the following fields: Master Gardener; Educational Therapist Certification (well almost); Foundation Certificate in Gemmology (Great Britain); BA in Law Studies; Paralegal Certificate; AA in Language & Literature and; Gourmet Cooking & Catering Certificate.   I speak 6 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Farsi), some of them very poorly, but at least I can find the restroom!

Please come visit me, I can promise to put a smile on your face, or maybe even make you laugh. You may stumble across one of my “thinking” posts or may simply be entertained by the photography. Either way, I promise it will be fun!

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Posted in Beach Treasure and Seashell Crafts, Beachy Keen Art, Decorating With Beach Treasures, Featured Guest Writer, Seashells | Tagged: , , , , , , | 21 Comments »

 
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