Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Did It!



I can't tell you how long I have wanted to create one of these shell type-trays.

  
(Click on any image to enlarge for close-up detail)


Ever since I first laid eyes on the one in India Hicks home years ago...

  

I have wanted to create one of my own.

 

 Well, I finally collected enough shells, coral, sea glass, and bits & pieces of nature's art to complete one!  I think it's my very favorite treasure and says more about me than anything else I own.


24 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

And I think it is even more fabulous than the one you used as inspiration! You are a clever girl. XO

A Perfect Gray said...

that is absolutely wonderful. where will you put it? I love, love, love it!

cjsullivan133 said...

That is cool Terri. How clever, as it looks like you used drawers of an old desk. Now if you don't mind me saying so, I think an enclosure of some sort is in order in case of an earthquake! Perhaps a piece of really fine silk netting made to look like a fisherman's net or something of that sort that would lightly veil these pieces, so you wouldn't lose the effect nor lose the finer pieces to a shake or two! It could possibly give it even more mystique. I wrote a poem in my early forties and compared my first grey hairs with the beauty of a sea-shell. They all tell a story and are all to be treasured!

Elie's Papel said...

this is an amazing collection... definitely the California coast offers infinite treasure!

Beach House Living said...

A beautiful collection...those old typsetter's trays are neat.

Kathysue said...

Terri, it turned out gorgeous. I love it, Guess what the first thing I started looking for?? The little tiny seahorse from the WE. I found him and now he has a perfect home. It really looks amazing I am so happy for you, where are you going to hang this beauty, I can't wait to see it in person. Kathysue

Amanda said...

It's absolutely positively STUNNING!!! I've always wanted one too!

Starfish and Sundresses said...

WOW! It looks absolutely beautiful. Won't it be great to pass it along to children, grandchildren etc?!

cityfarmer said...

front and center ... where oh where will this end up?

it's truly packed with love!

Cashon&Co said...

i LOOOOOOOVE it!!!! And especially the venus de milo inside. It's gorgeous. Is it on the wall? and i love the little jar w/ the sea sponge on top. perfect.

Cristin said...

beautiful collection!!!

xo,
cristin

The Zhush said...

So great! Growing up my parents got one of these typography boxes and filled it up with sweet little trinkets from their travels all over the world. They still have it to this day.

FrenchBlue said...

Therese!! This is AMAZING!!! You have your large curiousity cabinet AND now this one too!! You have such a great great GREAT eye! Love your new KW dogs too!!
XO

Elaine said...

It is so beautiful and inspirational! I've always wanted to make something from one of those typography boxes.

my favorite and my best said...

that is awesome!!! surely the most awesome thing i have seen all day...all week..proud of you i am.

holly goes lightly said...

you go girl. i've got one of those printing drawers leaning up against the welsh dresser in my dining room for the very same thing. been there for months. empty.

Rebecca June said...

BEYOND gorgeous! Now you have to share the room this beauty is in!

xoxo

Rebecca June

joanny said...

Perfection!

I too enjoy collecting shells and crystals,
I made a nice collage box -- using a vintage letterpress typeset box dismantled it when I moved and never put it back together, and my pieces in the collection also got much larger --

I love your creativity and what you did by aligning several together and carefully selecting the best shells,
Really very artfully done, it just maybe a new business you start.

Joanny

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Oh my gosh..., it is so amazing!! Congrats. What a beautiful piece!!

Anabel Fournier said...

It looks great. What a good idea. i have been collection shells also and carried them around continents now... should think of something like this :-))

Lumo said...

It's very cute. I have always liked those vintage letterpress typeset boxes.

I wish I had more space on my walls, but they are already pretty well coverd with art and vintage signs collected all over the world. Still, it's lovely to see what other people have on their walls.

Fanciful Designs said...

I LOVE THIS TO PIECES!!! You have inspired me and I want one now too! I think the part where you say that it best descirbes you.. I feel the same way. Ever since I was little I have gatheres shells and things from the sea. :-)) This is SO INCREDIBLE and just makes me smile forever. Thanks for sharing~~
Love,
Noel

Splendid Willow said...

Therese, you made me giggle out loud! I did not see your post until now and yesterday I was going all nuts about a cubby storage shelf for cups I collect.

But maybe I start collecting shells instead... It looks fabulous, my friend! You have a fantastic eye! Love, love, love it!

Cyber hug, Mon

Morgan said...

Love this!! This is too cool and looks so great.