Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SeaShell Monogram

My dear friends Bob and Helen are moving to North Carolina later this month.  Among some of the lovely items they gave me as they were getting rid of stuff was a box of seashells they had collected through the years.  I used a few of them to make a wreath here, but that didn't put a dent in the pile of what represents so many wonderful coastal memories for them.  Looking through the shells, Helen had label some with initials and dates of where they were found. 

I saw shells that brought back memories of our times together traveling.  The one pictured means Jamaica'08. Oh what fun we had together!  

 I am truly gonna miss them living close by. But we will be visiting one another and still take vacations together.  

Anyway, getting back to my project .  .  . since these shells mean so much to Helen and Bob I decided to make a seashell monogram using their last name initial E, and framing it.    Shhhhh . . . and then I will take it with me on our first visit to their new home.

Making the seashell monogram was very much like doing a puzzle.  I started with the larger shells, placing them randomly on a 13 1/2 inch mdf monogram I picked up at Michaels on clearance. I used Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue instead of hot glue.  I found this to have the best hold since hot glue doesn't have a permanent grip on shells.You can easily pull them off.

After gluing on the larger shells I filled in any open spaces with smaller shells. 

I love the colors and different shades of the shells and how they look together.  So beautiful . . .  mother nature at her best!

While the seashell monogram looks great on its own, putting it on an open frame added just the right touch.

Adding a few decorative accessories such as a fish net, driftwood and larger shells compliments the framed monogram.

I'm sure this will add to Bob and Helen's wonderful memories of times at the beach and of our friendship.  Can't wait to give this to them!

Take a little time to enjoy!

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  1. What a fun way to use seashells! I recently re-did my daughters room in a Beach Cottage style and this would make a nice addition! (Over here from I Gotta Create party)

  2. Such a great idea, especially for those of us that live close to the beach and have access to shells.
    The monogram is such a great detail!

  3. Hi Gail! I just LOVE this monogram! I am still decorating for summer (can you believe it?) so I really want to copy you and do one of these for my own home. I'm not as generous as you are, girl. I saw your post over at StoneGable blog. I don't get to go to the beach much but bags of shells are pretty reasonably priced at the craft stores (especially when one uses coupons).

  4. This is a fabulous monogram idea Gail. It's just beautiful!

  5. What a pretty idea! I love the way you've decorated the frame afterward with extra shells and the fishing net. I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays:

  6. This turned out so beautifully! Love, love, love this!

  7. This is beautiful!! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at All Things Thursday!!


  8. This is beautiful Gail, my 11 year old was standing behind me as I brought the page up and the breathes wow that's cool! I guess we shall be collecting this Summer. Beautiful!

  9. So fun! I just love it all set up with the net and everything! Stopping by from The CSI Project!

  10. Cute! I love the colors of the sells.

  11. Hi Gail, this is just beautiful! Creative idea -- it inspiring me to do the same idea, but maybe with jewelry...or other collections... Thanks for the inspiration! Catherine

  12. What a great way to use seashells! I love it! Stopping by from the CSI Project.

  13. This is beautiful! I'm sure Bob and Helen will love it.
    Thank you for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Party. Be sure to come back next week to see if you have been featured.
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  14. I like the idea of using things that have meaning, and the shell monogram is great!

  15. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!
    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  16. It turned out well! It looks pretty. I love monogram projects.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  17. Yup, I have to do this one. Thanks for the inspiration. PINNING. Linda

  18. That's a great idea. We certainly have shells here in the Pacific northwest - lots of shells and not enough ideas, so thank you!

  19. This is beautiful! What a great idea!

  20. Congrats on being my favorite CSI Pick last week. Love this project!!!! I would love to have you as a guest judge in the month of August.If you would like to be a judge emaail me at
    The challenges for August are:
    August 4th- Amazing Pillow Challenge
    August 11th- Thrift Store Turn Arounds
    August 18th- Back to School Challenge
    I would love to have you! I always enjoy what you link up and your blog!

  21. So unique and wonderful because you made it piece by much love! Pinned! Visiting from A Bouquet of Talent Linky Party. Following you via Bloglovin'!

  22. I love this, thank you so much for sharing. I think we all have a bag or box of shells, and this could also be applied to other bits-buttons, old jewelry...etc.
    Found you through I gotta try that

  23. This is a great twist on all of the monograms I have seen lately. Just lovely.

  24. That looks like the perfect gift for a North Carolina beach home!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  25. Just wanted to let you know I featured you this week!!


  26. I love your seashell monogram... so pretty! I am amazed at how well you made it all fit together!! Great job:)

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Inspiration Monday Party this week! I was so excited to guest host and to get to see so many fabulous new projects and blogs! Have a great week:)

    Krista @ the happy housie

  27. I love nautical decor and this just rocks! I may have to give this a try, very soon.

  28. Love this, they turn out great :)

    Featuring and pinning at this weeks creative Mondays, thanks for sharing ...

  29. I featured your monogram today at Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life -

  30. I live on the coast (of NC!) and these seashell monograms would be so cute in my house! Time to start gathering shells!

  31. How lucky to get such a beautiful bunch of shells from friends. Sorry they are moving. This is such a fun project and easy to see why it was a winner at CSI girl!

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