Saturday, December 29, 2012

150o HOME LIGHT ???



This double valentine crossed my path a few weeks ago and noted on the back of the case is: 150o and what I think it states is HOME LIGHT.  In dating it I would place it around 1850. Also my educated guess tells me it more than likely came from the West Indies possibly Barbados. In viewing the case construction it also shows that it has always been one unit since its creation along with the similarity in shells and design. What I would like to know is what 150o HOME LIGHT represents. I assume it relates to a light house some where, so if it rings a bell with you please let me know because it’s keeping me awake at night! Lol Thanks; Bill 






Friday, December 21, 2012

The Story of Rudolph




This true story just happened to appear in my path of life today and I have learned over time that every thing in my path has a reason and a purpose for being there. The story does not speak of Shell Art but that of giving of all we have to offer as humble as it may be at this time of year.


A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.
His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life.
Small when he was a child, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.
The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn't end there.

Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry.  "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.  



HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours and for us all a prosperous NEW YEAR
















Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TURTLES, MICE & SHELLS, OH MY !



                                   Natalie, her Mom and I where here Monday, where were you?
                                       We had fun making Turtles and Mice out of Sea Shells.
                                                   And we were not the only ones having fun!

                                       Every one here was learning how to make Shell Flowers. 
                           All right so you couldn’t make it this past Monday, but I do expect to see

                           you this coming Monday for sure, besides it's great shelling weather.
                                     Here’s all the info see you at 10:30, I’ll have the coffee on. 
   
The Sanibel Shell Crafters of Sanibel Community Association



Come Join the Shell Crafting Fun that provides the perfect opportunity for Florida Snowbirds to turn to Show-birds!

WHO: You and all interested men and women who would enjoy working on Shell
Creations, no experience is necessary. Instruction and assistance are available.
WHERE: The Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL 33957
(239) 472-2155
WHEN: Every Monday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon (11 months of the year) – we rest in March.
WHAT HAPPENS?
• Dessert and coffee are provided, but bring a brown- bag lunch.
• You make flowers, jewelry, animals and other creations all out of shell and other sea life.
• All materials are provided.
• You have an opportunity to learn new skills, and expand your creative instincts in a relaxed atmosphere.
• You will meet interesting people, some amateurs and some skilled professional artisans, all of whom are willing to instruct and eager to help.
• You will enjoy fun and fellowship.
COST: None! All shell creations made by our volunteers remain at the Community House.
HISTORY: The Sanibel Shell Crafters have been meeting weekly since the late 1920’s. The group was created in order to prepare for the Annual March Shell Fair. The items created by this fun loving group of volunteers are sold at the Sanibel Shell Fair each March. The proceeds from this sale go toward maintaining the Historical Sanibel Community House.
SHELLS: Since we are largely dependent on donations for our supply of shells, we welcome your collection.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

IT`S SHOW TIME ALREADY?



Philadelphia Shell Club
30th Annual Shell Show

October 20th & 21st 2012

The largest shell show in the Northeast will be held at the Academy on October 20 & 21, 2012. Entry to the show is free with museum admission.
Thousands of beautiful and unusual shells will be displayed or for sale. Attractions include:
* Competitive displays by dozens of collectors and amateur scientists.
* Craftspeople and illustrators showcasing their works and competing for major national and regional prizes.
* International Shell Market featuring shells, shell craft, jewelry, books and more.
* Behind-the-Scene Tours of the Academy's Malacology Collection. This collection, which houses about 12 million specimens, is the oldest mollusk collection in the United States and the second largest in the world.
* Meet with Academy scientists, will be available to answer questions and discuss their work.
* Free shells for kids.
* A full program of special shell-themed Academy events and activities for young and old on both show days
* Learn about the Philadelphia Shell Club.
* Enter to win exciting raffle items.
For more info on the Philly Show see:  http://www.phillyshellclub.org/show.html
                                                            Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LIGHTHOUSE BEACH Sept.16 2012 ???



You are not going to believe this but early this past Sunday I pulled into the parking lot at Lighthouse Beach (Sanibel FL) and while parking the car I heard a helicopter buzzing over head and wondered what was going on. I grabbed my shell collecting gear and headed down the ramp to the beach and not 50 yards from the end of the ramp this is what I saw. Now I have seen what is called “The Sanibel Stoop” thousands of times before but not with a profile like this one!  Back on Feb.17 of this year The Guinness Book of World Records was broken on Bowman’s Beach (Sanibel FL) with some 800 people doing the Sanibel Stoop, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im1dwxYWI9k,
so I have seen more than my share of the “stoop” but this setting was………WHAT AM  I  LOOKING AT and that’s when the lady turned around! 



I was speechless to say the least and she was not alone in total there were five of them in all, “Sea Shells Collecting Sea Shells,” this is not possible but there they were.

So I began a conversation with one of the ladies and she said her name was Dinocardium Robustum but told me to just call her Mrs. Cockle for short which I assumed was because that was her basic makeup. I did my best to be as polite as possible but finally had to ask the question, “Why in the world are you Sea Shells collecting Sea Shells”? Well I got my answer right away “The Sanibel Stoop”, “if humans can set the Guinness Record why not us and I do hope they show up soon because the Helicopter Pilot we hired can only hang around for so long to take the aerial photo”.
I think it best for me to stop right here because if I go any further with this story  more than likely I will be locked up in you know where and key will be thrown away.
The truth is these are the culprits who brought the Shell Ladies to life in the form of the Sanibel Stoop, Clair and Betty Gardner and in the center Sue Ross who painted them. These are top Shell Artists who volunteer their time every Monday at The Sanibel Community Center in a group know as the Shell Crafters. After the Guinness Record was broken they went about using there creative ability along with humor and apx. 90 shells and created the five ladies. As for me, I just had to take all the Shell Ladies to the beach and I can tell you they really enjoyed the outing along with the small crowd I gathered lying face down with my chin in the sand doing the photo shoot, but we all had fun, why not we were at the beach! 

Well as you can see all the ladies are back safe and sound at the Community Center waiting for you to stop by and take them on another trip to the shore and by the way Dinocardium Robustum asked me say hello, sorry, I mean Mrs. Cockle for short. Hope to see you soon in Sanibel !
______________________________________________________________________
The Sanibel Shell Crafters of Sanibel Community Association

Come Join the Shell Crafting Fun that provides the perfect opportunity for Florida Snowbirds to turn to Show-birds!

WHO: You and all interested men and women who would enjoy working on Shell
Creations, no experience is necessary. Instruction and assistance are available.
WHERE: The Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL 33957
(239) 472-2155
WHEN: Every Monday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon (11 months of the year) – we rest in March.
WHAT HAPPENS?
• Dessert and coffee are provided, but bring a brown- bag lunch.
• You make flowers, jewelry, animals and other creations all out of shell and other sea life.
• All materials are provided.
• You have an opportunity to learn new skills, and expand your creative instincts in a relaxed atmosphere.
• You will meet interesting people, some amateurs and some skilled professional artisans, all of whom are willing to instruct and eager to help.
• You will enjoy fun and fellowship.
COST: None! All shell creations made by our volunteers remain at the Community House.
HISTORY: The Sanibel Shell Crafters have been meeting weekly since the late 1920’s. The group was created in order to prepare for the Annual March Shell Fair. The items created by this fun loving group of volunteers are sold at the Sanibel Shell Fair each March. The proceeds from this sale go toward maintaining the Historical Sanibel Community House.
SHELLS: Since we are largely dependent on donations for our supply of shells, we welcome your collection.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The August 2012 Newsletter of The Jersey Cape Shell Club


The August 2012 Newsletter of
The Jersey Cape Shell Club
PO Box 124
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
Our upcoming meeting will be on Monday August 6, 7:30 pm at the Wetlands Institute Stone Harbor Blvd. Stone Harbor
We will show a CD titled “The Life of Mollusks” by Shelline Group, of Italy.
This is a well made, narrated film of a walk on a shallow water reef in Kenya, eastern Africa, and shows many live mollusks in their habitat, as well as other sea life. Thanks to our treasurer, Stephanie Schrader, for providing this program for our enjoyment!
For the August meeting, desserts for the meeting will be provided by Karen Lelli and Mary Still. Mary is also bringing beverages and Barbara Rulon will supply paper products. Thank you ladies!
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From our president and shell show chairperson, Karen Lelli-
Wow! To all of you exhibiting, thank you! Right now, I have about 58 feet of Scientific exhibits and 27 feet of Artistic exhibits including a few Youth exhibits with the promise of more to come. These are really good numbers. I have a good feeling about this show. I hope that some late stragglers come through.

We are having difficulties with our newsletter, so I hope you are very patient with us this year. That being said, I hope to have everyone call me or email me with any questions you may have about our show this year. (
kjlelli53@comcast.net)

For all of you who are very loyal patrons and guests, I hope to see you at the show. Public support means everything to us. Since we are non profit and not charging our children, and only charging our adults (non members) $2.OO, for the show, we count on huge numbers of guests to help pay the enormous fees for the rent, ribbons, trophies, judges, supplies, guest speakers, and the list goes on.
The Wetlands Institute is a beautiful place to visit. Families come to the shell show and always appreciate the warm greeting from the shell club volunteers, and knowledgeable treatment of the Wetlands staff and the special environmental hands on, and visual programs which only the Wetlands Institute can offer. So, join us on August 17, 18 and 19th for a memorable event. Your family will thank you, and we will, too.

Sincerely, Karen Lelli, Pres. of the JCSC and Shell Show Chair
PS Karen is setting up the annual exhibit in the Cape May County Public Library, 30 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House. Please stop by to see what she has done (in addition to everything else she does- oh Karen, you are a marvel!)
Check out what is new with the club on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Jersey-Cape-Shell-
(also thanks to Karen!)
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The entire membership of The Jersey Cape Shell Club sends our very best wishes to Newsletter editor Dorothy Badders for a quick recovery from the bout of pneumonia she is fighting. We hope you’ll be feeling much better very soon and that we will see you at the upcoming meeting!
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The Jersey Cape Shell Club members send our sincere sympathy and love to member Tom Grace, who lost his mother on July 28. Tom will be in California, where he was born and raised, to be with his sister and brother, as they make arrangements.
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Our shell club schedule this year is as follows;
Monday August 6
Thursday August 16 SHELL SHOW SET UP and judging
Friday through Sunday August 17-19 SHELL SHOW!
Monday September 10 (delayed due to Labor Day on previous Monday)
Monday October 1
Saturday December 1? Holiday party
Have you paid your dues for 2012 yet?
Jersey Cape Shell Club dues need to be paid to receive the newsletter! Your newsletter editor is going to pare down the list to make life easier, so please send your contribution to the club NOW.
Please bring to the meeting or mail to Stephanie Schrader ;
#1- $8.00 for a single, $12.00 for a family
#2- Your name, mailing address, phone number AND most importantly;
#3- Your email address
The Jersey Cape Shell Club Stephanie Schrader, Treasurer  3 Botany Circle  Willingboro, NJ 08046
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Meetings are held at The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor, NJ at 7:30 pm on the first Monday of every month from May through October, unless that day is a holiday, when we move to the following Monday.
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Club Officers
President, Show Chairperson; Karen Lelli 856-691-5831
KJLelli53@comcast.net
Vice President , Crafty Lady Chairperson; Mary Still
Publicity; June Kelley 215-675-2547 home, 609-522-1023 summer and Maura Kelley
mjkelley1234@aol.com
Treasurer ; Stephanie Schrader 609-871-9320 seashelllady@comcast.net
Programs; Sue Hobbs 609-884-7601
suehobbs@verizon.net
Newsletter Editor; Dorothy Badders 609-889-7557 chocolatedove@comcast.net

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RETIRED PEOPLE DO NOT GET UP AT 6AM!


Well the alarm is set the car is packed and out the door for sure at 7 am and should be in Jacksonville by noon for their  45th Shell Art Show.
Well I do hope I packed every thing I need being a Senior Citizen!


 You may not know this but you really need to plan out in advance every thing you may think you need. So if you can keep a secret it just so happens I grabbed a few blue ribbons form previous shows just in case, know what I mean............
Well the truth is I posted a blog on my feelings about blue ribbons some time ago http://seashelladdiction.blogspot.com/2011/06/truth-about-blue-ribbions.html so I guess I will just have to bribe a judge. lol

Last but not least if you see someone wearing this hat at the show just walk up to him and say “You must be Bill Jordan”.  I do hope you can make it, I`ll be looking for you in the crowd. 



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH LILAC SHELLS?

You could paint them Orange!
THEN WHAT?

    
Well you could sort them out by size.
  AND THEN ?
Maybe glue them together something like this.
GREAT !   NOW WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM 
HOW ABOUT CREATING A ROYAL POINCIANA TREE
I DO HOPE YOURS WILL GROW FASTER THAN MINE IS CURRENTLY!
JUST MAYBE I WILL HAVE IT READY IN TIME FOR THE PHILLY SHOW THIS OCT. http://www.phillyshellclub.org/show.html
So if I water it well and use the correct kind of fertilizer it should grow like crazy!
SO HERE`S TO YOU POINCIANA- MAY YOU GROW FAST AND WELL.
P.S. I will let you know how it looks tomorrow! lol

If you would like to see how I create tiny flowers see:
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See my Shell Art Store on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/shellartbyjordan