Thursday, December 22, 2011

Early Christmas Gift & INTAGLIO WINNER


My dad had a giant clam shell that has been sitting in his rock garden for 30+ years.  I have asked him
numerous times if he would sell it to me,  and the answer was always NO.  He asked me
what I wanted this year for Christmas and I jokingly said the clam shell,  but never really
expecting he would let go of it.

Dad could not understand why in the world I would even want the "old, dirty shell"
and he said all the times I asked to buy it he thought I was kidding. He even said he
would be so embarrassed if anyone knew he gave me an old shell for a Christmas gift.

Last week while visiting my family for an early Christmas, Dad gave me the giant clam shell as
well as the largest conch shell I have ever seen.  He had cleaned and bleached both shells
and had them ready for me to take home.

The only problem was they weighed between 60-70 pounds and couldn't be checked as luggage.
Shipping them home would have been really expensive, so I had to leave my shells there
for now. Can you believe I forgot to even get a picture?  I plan on getting them
next time we drive to Florida,  or if we get moved there anytime soon.

Until I can get my Christmas gifts home here are some photos for inspiration.

A beautiful vignette created by Tot at Time Worn Interiors.


House Beautiful



photo via Knotting Hill

Photo courtesy of Centsational Girl

Do you like to decorate with shells?  Any creative ideas appreciated.

GIVEAWAY WINNER....

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway for the  framed intaglios
Random.org selected #42 as the winner.


Congrats to Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

In honor of my new product I am offering a 10% discount on the custom intaglios
 in my Etsy shop.  Email me if interested.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Christmas hugs,
Sherry

Joining the parties this week at:




34 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

YAY, I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it. Thank you!!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Awesome congrats Kim! Merry Christmas Sherry and family.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Sherry those shells are amazing, How fun to create a vignette with this great piece. and since it's "family" it's even better! thanks for linking up for the party! Merry Christmas, xoxo

It's All Connected said...

Congratulations Kim! I think. I'll get over it and then be truly happy for you. lol ~ Maureen

Honey at 2805 said...

The shell inspiration is wonderful. You are going to have so much fun with your Christmas gift! How exciting!

Congrats to Kim!

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

Gorgeous images! Love the coastal influences.

Miss Char said...

Well something to look forward to Sherry, I might have had to rent a car to bring them home as I'm not much on waiting :). Merry Christmas

Ivy and Elephants said...

Yayyyyyy Kim congratulations! Couldn't happen to a better gal.

Paula

Richard Cottrell said...

I have had several of these big shells and they sell for a fortune. It would be worth a trip to pick them up. Merry Christmas. Richard from My old Historic House.

Kelly said...

Congrats to Kim! Can't wait to see them hung in her home.

Deserae said...

Sherry,that is absolutely the sweetest story....it just made my heart melt :o) I can't wait to see the shells once you get them home.... which I hope is very,very soon!!!

Congratulation Kim!!

Merry Christmas!!!!
~Des

A Vintage Vine said...

Sherry, you are one lucky girl...Having that shell will be so wonderful! I too have been loving the look of those ginormous shells, they are perfect in vignettes, like the ones you showed us! Have a wonderful Holiday!

sissie said...

I love decorating with shells and I've seen these huge ones in shops at huge prices. I'm glad that your Dad gave you the ones you've been wanting.

Congrats to Kim.

hugs
Sissie

Heaven's Walk said...

How COOL that would be to have a shell that big as a sink! LUV it!!! I can hardly wait to see what you do with your treasured shell, Kim. :) That was so nice of your dad to finally give it to you. :)

xoxo laurie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Congrats dear Kim, great Christmas present! You sure deserve it dear lady. Have a wonderful Christmas for you and yours.
FABBY

NanaDiana said...

oh- I knew Kim would be thrilled and I see she is!!! Congrats to her. What eye candy in your blog today...and how wonderful that your Dad gave you those shells. I'll bet you just DREADED leaving them there, didn't you? I know I would have.

My Mother could never understand why I wanted my Dad's old oak ice chest either...and I love it as much now as I did 30 years ago when she gave it to me! xo Diana

Low Tide High Style said...

Woohoo, I know that it will find a very good home with Kim! And how sweet of your Dad to give you the shells. I bet you are scheming a way to get back down there to pick them up!

Merry Christmas!

Kat :)

Scribbler said...

I am all about the seashells. Here's hoping you get your shells soon.

Merry Christmas1

Rumah Dijual said...

congratulations desired end shells can now be had.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** I A*D*O*R*E your blog... just fabulous!!! "I VILL be baaaccckkk!!!!!"....

THANK YOU and Merry Christmas (and congrats to sweet, talented Kim, yet ANOTHER great blogger!)

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

What a lovely gift Kim won!! How nice! And how nice for you that you finally got that big shell for xmas from Dad.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love those huge clam shells. Maybe someday I will find one at a yard sale....NOT...I seriously doubt it. LOL xoxo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is so great, Sherry! If the shells are as big as some of those you've shown here, I can imagine they would be difficult to get home! Merry Christmas!

Tyla said...

Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Dear Lillie said...

Beautiful inspiration photos! I can't wait to see yours. Merry Christmas!

classic • casual • home said...

Cannot wait to see what you do with your dad's gifts!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Merry Christmas Sherry!

xo,
Dee

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I can certainly understand why you would want an old clam shell! Merry Christmas, Sherry!

Linda said...

Wow, Love the giant clam shell. It's amazing to see all of the decorated piece. Merry Christmas...

The enchanted home said...

Sherry...so hope you get that shell and soon! I bet its a stunner!! Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

The enchanted home said...

And congrats to Kim!

la Brocanteuse said...

I wish you a blessed Christmas day dear Sherry, thank you for popping in on my blog so often, much appreciated. Much love. Colette xx Afrique du Sud

Chris said...

Hi Sherry, how sweet of your dad to give you those shells and even more so, that he cleaned them all up for you. Too bad though that you couldn't bring them home. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Congrats to Kim! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry