Early Christmas Gift & INTAGLIO WINNER

My dad had a giant clam shell that has been sitting in his rock garden for 30+ years.  I have asked him
numerous times if he would sell it to me,  and the answer was always NO.  He asked me
what I wanted this year for Christmas and I jokingly said the clam shell,  but never really
expecting he would let go of it.
Dad could not understand why in the world I would even want the “old, dirty shell
and he said all the times I asked to buy it he thought I was kidding. He even said he
would be so embarrassed if anyone knew he gave me an old shell for a Christmas gift.
Last week while visiting my family for an early Christmas, Dad gave me the giant clam shell as
well as the largest conch shell I have ever seen.  He had cleaned and bleached both shells
and had them ready for me to take home.
The only problem was they weighed between 60-70 pounds and couldn’t be checked as luggage.
Shipping them home would have been really expensive, so I had to leave my shells there
for now. Can you believe I forgot to even get a picture?  I plan on getting them
next time we drive to Florida,  or if we get moved there anytime soon.
Until I can get my Christmas gifts home here are some photos for inspiration.
A beautiful vignette created by Tot at Time Worn Interiors.
House Beautiful

34 thoughts on “Early Christmas Gift & INTAGLIO WINNER”

  1. Sherry,that is absolutely the sweetest story….it just made my heart melt :o) I can't wait to see the shells once you get them home…. which I hope is very,very soon!!!

    Congratulation Kim!!

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  2. Sherry, you are one lucky girl…Having that shell will be so wonderful! I too have been loving the look of those ginormous shells, they are perfect in vignettes, like the ones you showed us! Have a wonderful Holiday!

  3. I love decorating with shells and I've seen these huge ones in shops at huge prices. I'm glad that your Dad gave you the ones you've been wanting.

    Congrats to Kim.


  4. How COOL that would be to have a shell that big as a sink! LUV it!!! I can hardly wait to see what you do with your treasured shell, Kim. 🙂 That was so nice of your dad to finally give it to you. 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  5. oh- I knew Kim would be thrilled and I see she is!!! Congrats to her. What eye candy in your blog today…and how wonderful that your Dad gave you those shells. I'll bet you just DREADED leaving them there, didn't you? I know I would have.

    My Mother could never understand why I wanted my Dad's old oak ice chest either…and I love it as much now as I did 30 years ago when she gave it to me! xo Diana

  6. Woohoo, I know that it will find a very good home with Kim! And how sweet of your Dad to give you the shells. I bet you are scheming a way to get back down there to pick them up!

    Merry Christmas!

    Kat 🙂

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