Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Beach Comber's Treasure



A few weeks ago while digging through a box of shells at one of my favorite haunts...


I came across this box.




Much to my delight...


this was inside!


I was charmed and immediately began to wonder who had gathered these tiny and delicate pieces of sea life and placed them so lovingly and delicately onto this piece of sandy colored cotton inside this sweet green box.


I wish you could see it in person as pictures cannot do it justice.


 I've never seen such a precious record of beach combing.  

What story do you imagine lays behind the little green box?

23 comments:

Debby Lee said...

That is such a beautiful collection of shells! xo

Kathysue said...

GM, I think this is wonderful and now it has a perfect home with you. I wonder if it was a special summer vacation and these are the momentos? How perfect for you to find this,I think it was meant to be. Now I am off to the Living room project that is haunting me, TTYL Kathysue
Have a wonderful day my sweet friend!!

ashlina {the decorista} said...

so pretty.....i love collections like this!!!!

Tricia Rose said...

How are they kept in place though? I wonder who did it, and when.

sharon said...

This much care could only have been taken by someone who associated the seaside with precious memories. This is surely an attempt to capture the moment and frame it forever. It's totally charming!.
Sharon

Theresa Cheek said...

This has the feel of a museum collection in storage...almost a ritual in the way they are displayed. I love the careful arrangement in composition....so glad you documented it.

Lumo said...

Lovely. Someone lucky has spent lovely holidays on seaside and collected a box full of memories from those vacations.

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Ooooh, isn't it the best finding a box of treasures? Love them!

Cashon&Co said...

maybe from a vacation? it probably is a box full of good memories from someone. and it's pretty too.

Privet and Holly said...

My grandparents lived in Florida after they retired and my grandma did amazing things with shells. When they washed up on the shore she saw them as tiny gifts from nature. I have a little box that she covered in small conch shells for me....all white ones. She also made Christmas decorations from sea shells and had a fabulous mirror that had a wide frame encrusted with shells. Writing this has made me miss her terribly. She will have been gone from us for ten years, this September. {I miss you, Mei-Mei!} I am so glad that these little gems fell into your hands as you are the type to truly appreciate them! xx P&H

A Perfect Gray said...

lovely and what a treasure!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Therese!

What a lovely surprise for you!
Isn't it neat when you discover something like this? It's like God giving you a little unexpected present. :-)

Hugs,
Anne

La Petite Gallery said...

A little girl did it to give to her Mother on Mother's Day. How about That?

yvonne

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

You dig up the most wonderful finds Terri, or they find you, not sure which one! Have a happy weekend. Much love XO

FrenchBlue said...

Awww... so sweet! I think maybe, gathered on a honeymoon, together, a beautiful young couple, maybe now celebrating a lifelong marriage together:) Thanks for sharing Terri!!
XO

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Wow, the memories that must hold. My heart is feeling full right now ( I hope that makes sense ) xx

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

I think it was gathered & collected by a lovely woman in her late 60's, whose children had moved away and husband was long gone...she slowly and deliberately collected each and every shell over a period of months. She packaged them carefully in the precious box and wrapped it in tissue paper. She would only pull out this box occasionally, when she felt particularly lonely. It gave her much pleasure.

I'm happy you have it to remember her!

xoxo Beth

Struggler said...

This was clearly very special to someone!
I'm thinking maybe they were collected by a grandmother, on walks with her grandson.

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Maya said...

Sea treasures in a box -so precious!

French-Kissed said...

I cannot imagine the story, but I know whoever made this treasure box somehow would be so very pleased that someone with your appreciation and sensibilities discovered it. I think it was meant for you.

~jermaine~

Mélanie A. said...

so sweet . I think it is a little girl and it is from her summer in her favorite beach house. During winter, she loved to open the box , to look at her beautiful display and she could dream about the next summer

Levinson Axelrod said...

Interesting finds.