Early Christmas Gift & INTAGLIO WINNER

by Sherry
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.
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style December 22, 2011 - 8:19 pm

YAY, I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it. Thank you!!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing December 22, 2011 - 8:29 pm

Awesome congrats Kim! Merry Christmas Sherry and family.

Debra @ Common Ground December 22, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Sherry those shells are amazing, How fun to create a vignette with this great piece. and since it's "family" it's even better! thanks for linking up for the party! Merry Christmas, xoxo

It's All Connected December 22, 2011 - 8:46 pm

Congratulations Kim! I think. I'll get over it and then be truly happy for you. lol ~ Maureen

Honey at 2805 December 22, 2011 - 8:47 pm

The shell inspiration is wonderful. You are going to have so much fun with your Christmas gift! How exciting!

Congrats to Kim!

Marina {Yummy Mummy) December 22, 2011 - 8:52 pm

Gorgeous images! Love the coastal influences.

Miss Char December 22, 2011 - 9:10 pm

Well something to look forward to Sherry, I might have had to rent a car to bring them home as I'm not much on waiting :). Merry Christmas

Ivy and Elephants December 22, 2011 - 9:15 pm

Yayyyyyy Kim congratulations! Couldn't happen to a better gal.


Richard Cottrell December 22, 2011 - 9:36 pm

I have had several of these big shells and they sell for a fortune. It would be worth a trip to pick them up. Merry Christmas. Richard from My old Historic House.

Kelly December 22, 2011 - 9:59 pm

Congrats to Kim! Can't wait to see them hung in her home.

Deserae December 22, 2011 - 10:29 pm

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!!!!

A Vintage Vine December 22, 2011 - 11:09 pm

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!

sissie December 23, 2011 - 12:32 am

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.


Heaven's Walk December 23, 2011 - 12:42 am

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

FABBY'S LIVING December 23, 2011 - 1:10 am

Congrats dear Kim, great Christmas present! You sure deserve it dear lady. Have a wonderful Christmas for you and yours.

NanaDiana December 23, 2011 - 1:46 am

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

Low Tide High Style December 23, 2011 - 2:26 am

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 🙂

Scribbler December 23, 2011 - 2:42 am

I am all about the seashells. Here's hoping you get your shells soon.

Merry Christmas1

Rumah Dijual December 23, 2011 - 5:04 am

congratulations desired end shells can now be had.

Linda in AZ * December 23, 2011 - 6:23 am

*** I A*D*O*R*E your blog… just fabulous!!! "I VILL be baaaccckkk!!!!!"….

THANK YOU and Merry Christmas (and congrats to sweet, talented Kim, yet ANOTHER great blogger!)

Linda in AZ *
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Amy @MaisonDecor December 23, 2011 - 11:35 am

What a lovely gift Kim won!! How nice! And how nice for you that you finally got that big shell for xmas from Dad.

[email protected] The Vintage Nest December 23, 2011 - 12:56 pm

I love those huge clam shells. Maybe someday I will find one at a yard sale….NOT…I seriously doubt it. LOL xoxo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions December 23, 2011 - 1:42 pm

That is so great, Sherry! If the shells are as big as some of those you've shown here, I can imagine they would be difficult to get home! Merry Christmas!

Tyla December 23, 2011 - 2:45 pm

Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Dear Lillie December 23, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Beautiful inspiration photos! I can't wait to see yours. Merry Christmas!

classic • casual • home December 23, 2011 - 4:15 pm

Cannot wait to see what you do with your dad's gifts!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life December 24, 2011 - 3:40 am

Merry Christmas Sherry!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality December 24, 2011 - 4:26 pm

I can certainly understand why you would want an old clam shell! Merry Christmas, Sherry!

Linda December 24, 2011 - 6:42 pm

Wow, Love the giant clam shell. It's amazing to see all of the decorated piece. Merry Christmas…

The enchanted home December 25, 2011 - 3:34 am

Sherry…so hope you get that shell and soon! I bet its a stunner!! Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

The enchanted home December 25, 2011 - 3:34 am

And congrats to Kim!

la Brocanteuse December 25, 2011 - 6:24 am

I wish you a blessed Christmas day dear Sherry, thank you for popping in on my blog so often, much appreciated. Much love. Colette xx Afrique du Sud

Chris December 27, 2011 - 6:03 am

Hi Sherry, how sweet of your dad to give you those shells and even more so, that he cleaned them all up for you. Too bad though that you couldn't bring them home. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Sherry December 29, 2011 - 4:20 am

Beautiful! Congrats to Kim! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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