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*Are you LOCAL?* You Are My Sunshine is on display for a limited time at The Wickford Collection, 30 West Main Street, Wickford RI. Stroll this seaside Village and stop in!

Seashell collages, many featuring hearts & blossoms are also known as SAILOR'S VALENTINES and have a lovely historic (and romantic!) background. The origins of the Sailor's Valentine date back to the 1800's, when many were crafted by sailors, most of them from New England (where I live). Some sailors bought them while in port in Barbados. The seafarers then sailed them home to give as a token of their affection to their sweethearts!

This is my artistic interpretation of a modern Sailor's Valentine. It is entirely my own design and I intend it to be a one-of-a-kind piece. . I take great care in using only shells to cover every inch of my work (No cotton, paper or ‘fillers’ were used). I am a purist and never dye my shells... all the shells you see in my piece are really that gorgeous color, naturally!

I have entitled this:

"Sweet Serendipity"

Shells are my medium and I find much joy in working with these true treasures from the Sea to create unique works of Art. It is my way of sharing my lifelong love of the Ocean with you!

White Bullet Shells form a ‘rope’ frame around the entire edge of my design. Gorgeous arches of Pearl Uboniums embrace a pattern that reminds me of a Mermaids Tail – a delicate lacy design that I painstakingly formed with White Baby Cup & Coquina Shells. The gleaming luster of the pearly shells throughout really give this piece a rich look. The Mermaids Tail pattern serves as the perfect backdrop for the stunning Bouquet of seashell blossoms in the centre. One of my absolute favorite spring flowers is the Magnolia! I have recreated these fleeting blooms (they bloom & then pass especially quickly here in New England!) using Pink Tellins and naturally yellow Littorina shells. Sweet Serendipity indeed – these Magnolia shells will be forever beautiful, forever perfect! White Tusk Shells (Dentalium) play the part of stems for dainty little white flowers made of *VINTAGE* White Baby Cup shells & pearly Venetian Trochus. I used white Cay Cay shells to handcraft white blooms that enhance the pink petals on the Magnolia flowers.

I used many beautiful shells from my Mermaids Treasure Trove for this piece, including 2 glossy Minnow Shells that richly compliment the other pearlized shells.

The light golden stained & treated Sailor's Valentine shadowbox is in the traditional nautical octagon shape and measures 9" inches wide and 2" inches deep. This is a very high quality, real cherry wood octagonal shadowbox with a gorgeous glass hinged top (That really opens!) and functional golden hook clasp.


SWEET SERENDIPITY: A Sailors Valentine made entirely with Genuine Seashells


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Seashells, Wooden Shadowbox, Octagon Sailors Valentine Box, Pink Tellins, Pearly Uboniums
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