Little Shells

My mom is laughing right now, because I’ve always liked “little” things. These are the little shells I found on the beach last night – my favorite kind here at Hilton Head is the lacy, ruffly looking one on the bottom second from left. Probably because they are the hardest to find and there doesn’t seem to be very many of them. We don’t get a lot of “good” shells here – I guess it has something to do with the coast line – the shells here are like this, and usually broken up. No sea glass, either. But lots of jellyfish and horseshoe crabs.

When I was young, we went to Florida all the time because my grandparents owned a hotel there at Clearwater Beach. Sometimes we went to the beach and you could always find great shells there – I knew the names of all the shells! I even had a book, that’s how interested I was in them. But I had to find them – it wouldn’t be the same.

I’d love to go to a beach where I could find sea glass – I love the idea of it, and would like to be able to incorporate it into my jewelry designs. I would drill a hole to make a pendant, or earrings, or just dangly beads. I know, I could buy it, but it wouldn’t be the same. Right, engineer?