Whenever I'm at the beach, I can hardly resist picking up seashells and marveling over the shapes and colors that magically appear in the sand. They say that Sanibel Island is the seashell capital of the world, so if you love these gorgeous treasures from the deep, then this is most certainly a destination, just as it was when Rick Miller visited the island a while back.
He hit the jackpot in a shallow sand bar pool.
"I looked down and there were shells everywhere," he told me. "It was if the sea had deposited all the empty shells in one spot. I ran back and got a bag and just started pulling up these beauties as fast as I can." Three hours later, he had amassed so many shells that he had four huge boxes filled and ready to ship home.
When it came to adding a decorative element to his Fire Island beach house, Rick found just the right opportunity to make use of all those shells. He carted them out along with his hot glue and got to glamorizing a plain, gold framed mirror.
Since using a hot glue gun to apply the adhesive would take too long, Rick melted the glue sticks in an electric skillet and spread it onto the frame with wooden sticks. (Note: Once you dedicate a skillet to hot glue melting, there's no going back to frying chicken or whipping up an omelette with it! It's forever your glue melter!)
Then in a matter of hours, and careful placement, he rode his wave of creativity and patience to achieve this sensational, seashell mirror.
Thanks to Carl & Co.'s Mark Ciolli for sharing his photos with me.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter