Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Etceteras: shell specimen board and a winner

Summer is winding down and it’s almost back-to-school time. Trips to the beach will soon be replaced with the hustle and bustle of school activities.

On a recent day at the beach, I collected a bunch of shells.

Some are broken but they are still pretty and will be fun to put in a jar.

Most of the shells are these tiny little clam-like shells. They are about the size of a pistachio nut and range in a variety of white, orange and brown hues.
Perfect for a shell specimen board.

I used a piece of heavy water color paper and used string and painter’s tape to mark off a grid to avoid any tell-tale signs of pencil around the shells. I glued the shells in the middle of each square and then simply removed the string and tape.

I had the perfect frame on hand – a distressed blue wood frame.

How about you? Do you have a special project in mind to capture your summer memories?

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The winner of the Plaid Folkart Extreme Glitter Paint sampler pack is...
comment #14
Lauren said...
I would love to use these paints on some photo frames.
August 18, 2011 5:23 PM

Congratulations Lauren. I'll be contacting you directly by email. Enjoy the paints.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest.

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5 comments :

  1. ΠΟΛΥ ΟΜΟΡΦΟ ΚΑΔΡΟ, ΧΕΙΜΩΝΙΑΤΙΚΗ ΣΥΝΤΡΟΦΙΑ ΠΟΥ ΘΑ ΘΥΜΙΖΕΙ ΚΑΛΟΚΑΙΡΙ!

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  2. I love that! those little ones are called coquina clams. I'm not sure if you've ever seen the way they bubble up in the sand along the shoreline, it looks totally freaky - thousands will just bubble up to the surface all at once.

    I'm popping in a day late, was on the way over to Tuesday's Inspiration party but your pretty picture really caught my eye, just love it :) Diane

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  3. I have a ton of shells that I'm running out of projects for...thank goodness you came along!!

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  4. absolutely beautiful, i'm so going to have a go at that x

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