So many of us have pieces of jewelry laying around that we aren't wearing anymore, or they've gone out of style, or they're treasures we collected that are attached to memories. Such is the case for these lovely strands of sea shells.
Years ago my Aunt Diane took a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip that she'll cherish forever. As her momento, she brought back these lovely sea shells. While they are the perfect souvenir, it wasn't practical to wear on a daily basis.
A short bit of time ago, Aunt Diane won my un-announced contest on a family blog we run for the 300th post. Yes, I have a big enough family that we all contribute to a family blog to stay in touch with each other on a more regular basis. We don't let our distance keep us a part. So for posting our 300th post I announced Aunt Diane had won and I was going to make her a special bracelet.
But rather than making something new, Aunt Diane asked if I could "do something" with these sea shells. I love a challenge and was tickled she asked. So she sent me the sea shells (and some absolutely delicious homemade caramels) and gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted.
I started with the necklace and was inspired by the tropical colors of the painted abalone pendant. Sea shells were the perfect compliment to make a special piece. But I can't stop at a necklace... after all, I had promised her a bracelet. So I completed the set with a 4-strand sea shell bracelet and matching earrings.