Friday, April 29, 2011

Timeless Splendor, Elegance and Sparkle...Royal Wedding or Artful Pocket watches?

So today as more than 2 billion people around the world tuned in to watch a true fairly tale story unfold, one can only imagine that these very words came to mind as we all marveled at today's pagentry.

However, to a small but very creative circle of artists - aka SeaShell Aficionados', these are the very same terms that we have come to appreciate when describing the very nature that gets us out of bed early in the morning...the splendor of the ocean. It is there that I find myself many a mornings, with a big smile on my face, willing the day on as I collect my own treasures from the sea. It is with Mother Nature's jewels, that I allow myself to create my own fairy tale via the gems that sparkle so elegantly on the beach.

I as a loyal subject of my craft, I have come to appreciate what these very terms mean to me. The best part is that everyone has their own ability to "write" their own fairy tale. For me, I have the opportunity to do so with every pocket watch, keepsake and valentine that I long to create. Not many people can say that they truly love what they do, but for me, I am so blessed that I have found my true calling in life, and the King of my own Happiness.

As we all reflect on what these words mean to us, I for one know exactly what they mean for me. My art, my happiness and my heart is captured in every piece that I create. I am happy to share my own "crown jewels" with all those who are willing to listen to how each one has changed my life for the better. Everyone has a story, I continue to share mine. William and Kate shared their's with the world today, so I ask, what your's?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Linkedin and Tweeting and Blogging...Oh my!

When I sat down and thought about how could I possibly bring my enthusiasm for sea shell art to those that share in my passion and humor, I never thought that at this point in my life I would embark on a "new age" journey. I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks because I am completely addicted.

So there you have it, in less than a week, I have made two big revelations about myself on the worldwide web. They do say that the first step is acknowledging that you have a problem, well today I confess, I am addicted to shell art and blogging. I have to say that it feels great to get that out there. It is like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest :)

Now I am trying my very steady hand at Tweeting. Follow me @vondermosel63

Stay tuned because you never know what I might try my hand at next!

Did you know that Sea Urchin Spines can SPELL?

I do hope that “pictures are worth a thousand words” because otherwise, this would be a VERY long blog post. For years, the number one question that I get asked is "how long does it take to create these keepsakes?" Well, the answer differs from time to time because I like to engage in conversation with those I meet and I don't want to tell the same story twice. Just like each of my individual pieces of art, they all tell a different story about where they came from, how they came to be and just how much love and attention I devoted to each one. So my friend, to answer your question, it took two very steady hands,  about two cases of scotch and PATIENCE to finish this one!

Here is a mini journey via photos of just how tiny my world seems sometimes, yet the output pails in comparison and the reward is GRANDIOSE.

So again I ask, "Did you know that sea urchin spines can spell?"

Monday, April 25, 2011


While sitting in my tent at the 2011 Sanibel Shell Show, showcasing some of my latest creations and answering questions from those that stopped by,  the unexpected happened! A man standing in the crowd was looking over the three little girls I had finished that were on display, he looked at me an said "Did you create these three girls?"   I said, "yes" and explained that I had fashioned them out of Urchin Spines, Bubble, Cockle and Tusk Shells. So here it comes, "You know you will have to make a Lawyer Doll, a Judge Doll and a Sea Shell Court Room!"  I asked, "why is that?"  He responded “Child Support". I didn't ask if he was a Lawyer!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beach Grass

To my friends in Shell Art.  In my current project a shadow box beach scene, I needed beach grass.   It took a few tries with different materials, but as you can see, so far rope works well.  Looks like 12 inches of rope will last me a life time. lol

Thursday, April 14, 2011

1800`s Sailors Valentine Restoration

I just completed a restoration of an 1800`s Sailors Valentine for Four Winds Craft Guild of Nantucket.  It`s one of the better ones in style and color from that era.   The case and types of shells used are indigenous to the West Indies ( Barbados ) and leads me to believe it was created in the later part of the 1800`s.   Interesting enough, flipping through the pages of a book by John Fondas, I found a double case valentine on page 72 with the same center section dated 1875.   In this restoration I found no evidence that it came from the Curiosity Shop in Barbados but I am of the opinion that it could have.  For interest on price an availability, contact Four Winds Craft Guild at   Thank you for your interest in Shell Art ; Bill Jordan