She Sells Seashells Down by the Seashore
One of the many joys of living by the ocean in Cape May is you have the opportunity to see sunrise as well as sunset over water, due to the lay of the land. I love walking the beach, any time of day, in any kind of weather because you never know what you may find. I love shells. I have an assorted collection from my travels over the years and shells that my mother had passed on to me from the days of growing up in Hawaii. I have to say, I have never been a lover of clam shells. I have walked by many a clam shell in my years, never really stopping to notice the beauty hidden inside.
One early morning on a sunrise walk with my husband and daughter I came across a clam shell that was right side up, filled with a bit of water and sand cupped inside. Around the sand I saw this incredible blue shimmering all around the sand. Being a fan of blue, I snapped it up right away. All the clam shells that I had passed by were dry or overturned on the beach and they all looked pretty much the same. None of them had called out to me to stop, bend over and pick them up as this shell had. What I then came to discover was as soon as the water hits the shell, the color pops...often exploding with multiple colors. I am now a believer and a true clam shell hunter, if there is such a thing.
From that day on, rain, wind, sunny days, I would hit the beaches. More often than not I would be one of the few people out there, I found it so peaceful and very therapeutic. Just the sound of the water lapping on the shore, the wind blowing about, just taking it all in. Stopping every so often to turn over a shell and discover each shell's individual characteristics and color. No shell went unnoticed, some I would toss back down to the sand and others would go into my bag. The amazing thing is, no two shells are alike. Different shapes, colors and sizes. I can't stop once I start and what usually turns me towards home is a bag that is now too heavy to carry. I have learned to see each for their own individual look. I have decided that even the ones with chips along the edges and other imperfections, they are like wrinkles around ones eyes, life's roadmap. I just think about that shell being tossed around in the surf, where it has been and now delivered up on the beach just waiting to be noticed. It is not about finding the perfect shell, it is about finding the beauty in the imperfections.
As you may have gathered by now, this is something that I have become passionate about. My interest continued and brought me to my final product featured here in this post. I have cleaned and polished these shells and added a simple gold accent to be enjoyed as a reminder to keep your eyes open, you never know what is right in front of you waiting to be discovered.
SEA BEYOND the possibilities of their uses as I have. Soap dishes, jewelry holders for you and your house guests, salt pinches by the stove or a set of salt/pepper pinches for your dinner table. The wonder of them alone on a table is interesting, a wonderful hostess gift. You decide. Let me know what you think and if you are interested in purchasing them, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medium shells $9 (average 3 1/2" across)
Large shells $11 (average 4" across)
Jumbo shells $15...rare (average 4 1/2" + across)
Set of salt/pepper pinches $14 (average 3" across)
Shipping and handling $5 for most shipments