Monday, February 21, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 13 + 14

Ocean Jewels
Since its the weekend, I am to explore and find inspiration outside of my home. The topic is shells. Yes, sea shells. What does a person do with shells? Really?

Shells are neat little things. They were once a home to a living creature. They are beautiful pieces of nature. Long ago, shells were used as currency. Wouldn't it be neat if that was still the case? Today, shells are used for jewelry. They can also be worked into a mosaic for your home. For those wanting pure function, conch shells can be made into musical instruments (like they were thousands of years ago). My favorite shell item is my shell chandelier, that looks like this, except mine needs a light inside.

The most interesting thing about shell history (that I wish I had seen about a week ago), is that of "Sailor's Valentines". These valentines, dating back to the 1800s, were arrangements of shells inside of a keepsake box. Typically they were made by locals, purchased by sailors, and sent home to loved ones.

Ever heard of the Pearly Kings and Queens? Remember that scene from Mary Poppins with the cartoon band singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Those white dots on their attire are actually pearl buttons (made from mother of pearl/shell interior). The "pearlies", also dating back to the 1800s, were an "organised charitable tradition of the working class culture in London, England". They wore these buttons to attract regard for their philanthropy. 

Now I wish I had collected more shells. Especially for next year's Valentine gifts. 

Credit to Wikipedia for the fascinating history of shells and Pearly Kings and Queens. All images are credited on their link. 

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