Picture of a 17th c. Grotto from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Love this picture of a 17th c. grotto with fish jumping out of the water.


I laid awake one night thinking of driving to Sanibel Island on the other side of Florida…West Coast, near Naples to beachcomb and find tiny seashells, which I hear abound there.  Hmmm, luckily I thought about it again and was able to finally fall asleep as I realized I have a local shell shop in the town of Lantana, which is about 10 miles due east of my home.  Smarter option!  A few days later, I found myself near the shore one afternoon and stopped in to see what they had in tiny shells.  Seems they had a lot, so I bought a 99¢ plastic bag of tiny shells, much cheaper, easier and smarter choice.  The proprietor mentioned another customer had been to Sanibel Island, and for some reason, there were no tiny shells there this season.  Can you imagine driving over 100 miles to find out they weren’t on the shore?   I’ll have to see if I can find my old tiny drill to make holes in each shell I want to use.

Now I am fairly done with putting findings, threads, fabrics for my projects in a few plastic drawers right opposite my sofa where I like to do my stitching.  My storage “system” isn’t very elaborate or perfect, but it will be convenient.  I found out about a bead show the weekend of June 26th in Pompano, FL and plan to go to see more yummies. I will first go through my current stash and glue samples of these beads to a card so I can take with me and not duplicate at the show.  I find if I liked it once, I will like the same one again and keep buying it, so I’ve learned to make sample cards. I discovered this with my miniature collecting, I would carry sample cards of wallpaper, paint, fabrics, etc. so I could match and not duplicate my mini stash.





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