Decorating With Shells

Whenever I vacationed at the beach, I collected seashells. It always amazed me how many beautiful shells washed up on the beach. Red, gold, white, blue, black, purple, and many more colors. And there are so many different shapes of shells. Flat and curved, big and tiny shells.

Last week, my sister-in-law asked me about decorating with shells. Carol made me think, and I started looking around my house at the different shells. I won’t share pictures of all the places I have shells, but the most common way I display seashells is in bowls.

I found these shells once the beach reopened after the renourishment in Pawleys Island.
Random bowl of shells on my kitchen counter.
I placed shells with blue tones in one of my favorite bowls.
More random shells in a wood boat we bought in Georgetown, SC.

I’d love to hear how you decorate with seashells. Or do you get home and stuff them in a box never to be seen again?

I don’t ever want to miss out on the beauty around me, so I’ll probably continue collecting shells as long as I can walk on the beach.

Have a great week!



Beach nourishment involves dredging large amounts of sand from the water in order to widen an existing beach. The sand can come from a sandbar, a borrow area, or the ocean floor or even an inlet or waterway. In Pawleys Island the sand came from a borrow area. Engineers create a plan for shooting the sand onto the beach with the goal of making a wider beach. The wider beach protects homes, tourism, and wildlife.

Pipes are used to transport the sand to the beach. Then bulldozers and loaders spread out the sand and pack it down. You can see the sand is darker, but we’re told the sun will bleach it out.

What does this mean for a cozy mystery writer? I’m pondering all the ways to tie this process into my next book.


Is It a Groin or a Jetty?

We used to have groins on Pawleys Island before beach renourishment began. The groins began on the south end of the beach and were spaced about four houses apart all the way up to the pier. Groins are engineered to go out to the sea and prevent erosion from waves coming in at an angle. I’m not an engineer and can’t explain the pros and cons of groins, but it can be a hot topic.

This is a groin on Pawleys Island.

We don’t have jetties on Pawleys Island, but there is one at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet. A jetty is much bigger than a groin. It is used to help control currents and provides protection for a channel at an inlet. They are also used to help prevent beach erosion.

Because of beaches closing for social distancing, I haven’t been able to spend time on the beach for weeks. The last time I was on the beach the groins had disappeared. I don’t know if they are buried under the ‘new’ sand. If so, will the reappear one day? Once I discover the answer, I’ll be sure to share it with you.

Stay safe my friends!


Social Distancing

What does social distancing look like for you? Are you staying in your house all day? Just going out to buy groceries or medicine?

Social distancing isn’t the same as living in exile. We can still connect through social media, video chats, and even phone calls.

If you have a dog, you have to go outside periodically. Living on the coast allows me to walk on a quiet beach. The fresh air and the surf energize me. This world is bigger than I am.

I’m not being asked to fight a war. I’ve only been asked to stay home. If people flock to the beach near me, I will stay home. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the limited freedom available to me.

I’d love to hear your survival tips for social distancing.

As far as you can see, there’s not another soul around.