Monday, January 14, 2013


One of a kind!

Those of you who follow my blog are well aware of my love of shells and "God's art."

While shopping ebay recently I came across this very unusual shell piece that I believe was made as a souvenir at the turn of the century in France.

It both delighted and fascinated me.

I had to make it mine!

I wish they made souvenirs like this today...

I love the imagination that went into creating this piece of fanciful shell art.

The curled and twisted wires terminating into tiny pieces of shells handpainted to look like flowers and leaves just does it for me.

Leave it to the French!

They make everything special!

No wonder we are obsessed with everything French!

Nothing is too small or insignificant for their stylish take on things.

I am completely and utterly smitten with this special shell.

I move it from room to room, wherever I am, so I can admire it.

Just looking at it and thinking about its journey to me makes me happy.

 When I leave the house, I put it here on my fireplace so it is the first thing I see when I walk in the door.

 Is it crazy to love something so much?


Karena said...

No not at all Terri! This decorative and fabulous shell IS mesmerizing!
Adore it!

2013 Artists Series

Kathy said...

Agreed. I have gnarled tree limb parts and chunks of lichen and bowls of nuts and rocks and moss, that have all been picked up in my yard, or out and about. They are on mantels and in bowls and on coffee tables, and I love them as much as anything in my home. k

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

A beautiful and unusual piece. I would give it a place of honour too.

Helen xx

Fashion-isha said...

That's so beautiful. The most beautiful things come from nature!

Summer said...

No, it's not crazy! I do this all the time with special objects. Couldn't help noticing the pedestal bowls you have Amaryllis in. Please tell us about those fabulous items.

La Dolfina said...

Hi Summer,
They are lotus bowls.
I have 3 of them. I think they are called Blanc de Chine like the Asian figurines.
Thanks for noticing:)
I find them so intriguing...

Leslie said...

That last photo is gorgeous! I love shells too:) Each one is so unique and they have such a magical quality.


lvroftiques said...

I totally see why you are smitten!
I can't say I've seen another like it...And I am a HUGE FRANCOPHILE *winks* Beautiful.....lovely...wonderful! Vanna

Divine Theatre said...

I would take it with me when I go to work.

Just sayin...LOL!



Anonymous said...

It's absolutely perfect! I love it too. You just really know how to appreciate beautiful things. xo

lisaroy said...

What a pretty and unusual piece! I can see why you love it - it's great :)

Julye said...

Beautiful !!!

for the love of a house said...

I would do the same thing! Love the shell and your mantel is stunning!!