When you stop to think about it, seashells are the ultimate DIY project. They're designed, created, and decorated by tiny sea creatures working alone all hours of the day. There is tremendous incentive for these creatures to complete their homes on time and under budget. Otherwise, in their homeless, shell-less state, they risk being devoured by a pesky predator. Fortunately for us, the consequences of overdue or over budget home improvement projects are [usually] less dire.
I've been intrigued by seashells ever since I learned how to put on a bathing suit by myself. I like to display shells, but I don't want my home to look like a beach house, especially since it's not a beach house. And especially since it's 50 degrees or below outside nearly half the days of the year.
The pieces shown here are by artist Peggy Green. They have an old-world look reminiscent of Sailor's Valentines (above) and Victorian pincushions (below). I'd feel under dressed in flip-flops and a T-shirt around these.