February 7, 2010

Hey Sailor!

So...when I saw these on sale at TENDER HEART TREASURES I knew I needed them...






nice 10 x 10 cottage-y/Eastlake-y frames...






Guh-rossss, prints! Blick! But for $3.95 (no sales tax, free shipping...the magic words!) I had other plans for them!





Then, the punk princess of Providence, Elyse decided to taunt me with "Sailor's Valentines"...perfectly shellicious masterpieces created by bored Victorian sailors for their sweethearts. I have attempted them before...but I thought I'd give it another go...






It's nothing extravagant or elaborate...maybe being stuck on a tall ship fighting scurvy while pining and mooning for your beloved makes one more detail oriented? ;}
But now that I have made a reasonable copy, I will be making more! I see a large order of tiny shells in my future!


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46 comments:

  1. Shells are such a wonder of nature . Your work is beautiful. I'm sure God is so proud.

    karen

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful piece of art!! Impressive!!

    Lisa

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  3. Lovely use of those frames - the shells look right at home there.

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  4. Most Sparkly! I love this. The shells are so beautiful! You do have vision, Dear One, and you're so creative. I think I've said that before! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. How beautiful!! I think you have the best visions!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  6. I only recently learned about Sailor's Valentines from Donna at Brynwood Needleworks. I would LOVE to be able to afford one, so pretty!

    Thank you so much for your comments on my "burnout" post, every visit and comment means so much to me!

    XO,
    Anne

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  7. Gorgeous! Fabulous idea, and you carried it out well.

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  8. OH pretty...I'd be your valentine..no wait that sounds wrong...if you were a sailor....no no that is wrong too...lets just say I really like your shell art!
    Kiss Noises Linda

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  9. Such pretty pictures! I was wondering what kind of camera you got again? I also just got a cannon and was wondering if we got the same one? Andrea

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  10. Love it! How did you get the shells so white? Do they come that way or did you bleach them?

    Susan

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  11. Ditto to Beach Vintage~
    You nailed it again!!
    xo
    Cat

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  12. ooo, love the sea of white shells, so pretty and calming.

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  13. Great find on the frames! It came out beautiful! Love it!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  14. It's a beautiful piece of artwork!

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  15. ooooh, that is lovely...good for Elyse for providing you with the inspiration!!!

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  16. Cindy - shabbynsweetFebruary 8, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    The shells look perfect in these lovely frames. Gorgeous.1

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  17. Oh how pretty! Can't wait to show Allie-she will definitely want to try this
    xoxo Pattie

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  18. Perfect! They were made for each other!

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  19. How creative you are.....Just beautiful.!!
    Those lonely heartsick sailors have nothing on you.

    {{{sweetie pie hugs}}}

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  20. How lovely. You did such a wonderful job with your shells. I had never heard of Sailor's Valentines. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  21. Oooh yours is beautiful! I adore Sailor's Valentines and the lore behind them... plus I LOVE the sea and anything to do with it! xoxo Julie Marie

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  22. Now I can show this to my hubby and say this is why I bring bags of shells from the beach home!
    That is so pretty and would like great for my daughter's "beach" guest room!

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  23. What a special gift this would be to recieve, so lovingly made by two lonely hands. Love this, thank you for sharing. Kathysue

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  24. Your work is absolutely beautiful. You are one amazing artist.
    Have a wonderful day.
    xxoo Valarie

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  25. These are fabulous! That Elyse - she has some fun ideas!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  26. I love Sailor's Valentines and the ones you made are truly lovely, regardless of the lack of scurvy...which is a good thing!!

    Kat :)

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  27. I have always wanted a Sailor's Valentine. Just lovely!

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  28. Love your square version of the sailor's valentine (and humor)! I've yet to attempt one, maybe I can start with mini valentine.

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  29. I would be very grateful of you if you could tell me where I could get my share of those tiny shells. I have a project and am in need of several.

    Jan
    BellaCasa

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  30. I have never heard of sailor's valentines before. Thanks for sharing the history and the lovely shell creations you made.

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  31. I love the frames, what a great find and shells look so perfect in them. I want one!.
    You are so creative and always have the best ideas.
    I have enjoyed my visit today.
    Take care,
    Elizabeth

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  32. Oh ...everything is so lovely..especially your new Valentine header..so so sweet. Have a great week!

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  33. Your sailor's valentine is perfect. I just love those. I have a vintage one with shells formed into a flower bouquet and framed. I love it. I have a few shells myself (: God bless you, Page

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  34. I don't know.

    "Hey Sailor" seems to roll off your tongue very easily! :P

    I think your shell art is lovely!!!

    I can't believe that you didn't glitter any of it! It's lovely, but I'm concerned the winter is getting to you. You - forget glitter?! It can't be!

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  35. Wow, I love this! Don't you have an inventive eye. I would never have seen those pictures and think seashells. Very cool, Joan @Americana By Candlelight

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  36. Lovely lovely lovely!! I do love the sailors valentines. Shells put together like that are simply beautiful, especially all whites..Thanks for sharing in White Wednesday!

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  37. These turned out wonderful. I love shell art, but don't think I would have the patience for all those tiny shells. Great job!

    Enjoy your wednesday.

    Kathleen

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  38. I like your version of the sailor's valentine! I am not a fan of all that color, I love your neutral one much better.

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  39. They turned out great!

    Thank you so much for stopping by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and adding this to the page! Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow to see which links from last week are featured, and to add your new links!

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