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 RENOURISHMENT

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.