Born and raised near the shores of the Atlantic, my affinity for the seashore is part of my soul.  
Although currently living far from the sea, I continue my connection with all things nautical by
creating miniature shellcraft "things of beauty" for exhibit and sale.

I've been crafting since my teens, progressing through leathercraft, tatting, pressed flowers, and
now shellcraft.  In addition to creating "purist" entries (using natural, non-dyed shells) for the
Shell Shows I've entered, I create jewelry and pictures using vintage miniature shells I've
collected from craft supplies available from the 1930s to 1950s, which were dyed pretty shades
for use as petals in creating seashell flowers.

My foray into shellcraft has been rather rewarding.  I've entered my artwork in juried
competitions in Sanibel Island (the largest and longest-running shell show) and Philadelphia.  
From March 2006 through March 2007, of the 11 categories I entered, I was fortunate enough
to win 12 awards -- 6 first-place ribbons, 2 second-place ribbons, 2 third-place ribbons, as well
as being awarded the trophy for best miniature floral arrangement in each of the two
consecutive Sanibel Shell Shows entered.

I hope your browse through my shellcraft "things of beauty" conjures up images of soft sea
breezes and heart-warming walks on warm sandy beaches – a few of the things that do this old
heart a world of good!
Click on the thumbnail pics below
for larger images and additional information
Seashellsandwood.com
A Showcase for Seashell Art
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