Ten Reasons Why Seashells Are Enchanted

I’m still in the throes of harnessing my inner beeyotch (the lady who slammed on her brakes and made a u-turn in front of me got a taste of that new me) but I took a teensy break to ponder the oft-asked question: Why do I love seashells?

1. Just like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Some are almost perfect twins, but there’s always an individual characteristic if you look close enough.

2. Unlike a snowflake, they don’t disappear.

3. They are all beautiful in color and shape and size.What a treasure!

4. Shells can be worn as jewelry.Abalone necklace with rope work, earrings, pearl bracelet, necklace of polished shell pieces

4. There is appeal in their symmetry and asymmetry.fairshells

5. For me, seashells impart a tangible tactile and visual state of bliss.

6. Shells give birth to episodes of intense creative passions. This is my most recent seashell bouquet; an organic interpretation inspired by a froggy vase acquired at a local thrift shop that helps victims of domestic abuse.newfrogvase

7. Once upon a time, a seashell housed a living creature.

8. Cowry shells were used as currency in China.cowry shell

9. If you love to collect dust, start collecting seashells! They are a dust magnet, prolly their only negative trait.

10. A small grain of sand–a foreign body–inside a seashell grows into a magnificent pearl.  A pearl is an annoyance to the shell,  just exactly like the way I am oftentimes an annoyance to my son!white-pearl-in-oyster     


55 thoughts on “Ten Reasons Why Seashells Are Enchanted

    • You are such a sweetheart, El Guapo! How very nice of you to say that. Even hubs really liked this one, and usually he just says, “Oh, another seashell thingy, nice.” He’s a diplomat, my tugboat man, ha ha!

      On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  1. My grandmother adored seashells. We walked the beaches in Florida, collecting them for her to keep. When she died in October, each of her 7 grandchildren took a few seashells to have in our homes. I love having that memory of her!


  2. Everytime I visit a beach, I’m on the hunt for shells. I love browsing in the shops and seeing all the things that are made with various “sea” items. Always makes me want to re-do my bathroom and always have a piece of the ocean, the calmness, and the feeling I get when I’m there. Then…I come back to my “real” life, where sometimes all hell goes crazy and life just gets busy. I have the urge to go to the beach….xoxo


    • Maybe that’s another reason why I love them! Even just a few of them are very evocative of the beach. You could get a sweet dish from the thrift store and fill them with a few shells and eventually you’ll have a house full!


    • Oh I’m gonna read it–thanks for the warning. Hubs wants to do a surf trip to CR so I might actually get there! I promise not to be mad at you!

      On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


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