Aw Shucks




For years, I have waited to plan my wedding and be able to add a personal touch to every last detail. No, I've never been one to obsess over a Pinterest board of the "perfect dress" or ideal floral arrangements but now that I am T-minus 9 months out from "I Do", I am loving everything coming together!


Our wedding will be taking place in the beach area of the Jersey Shore. Not on the beach, although I don't hate that idea for anyone who has done it, I just know with my luck the weather would be torrential that day, and then what? No, our wedding is at a country club about 20 minutes from the coast but I LOVE the beach so I wanted to make sure I incorporated it somehow. The idea for hand-painted oyster shells actually came from my {future} mother-in-law and we're going to be using them as place cards. I loved this idea so much, I just had to do more with it.


Thus, my hand-painted oyster shell collection was born. After painting the gold trim on these shells for place cards, I did everything but turn them into place cards. First I painted roses that matched my China vase collection, then lobsters to keep the beach theme, and finally a beautiful navy ikat pattern. I am so thankful to y'all for the amazing response these shells got! With options to turn a shell into an ornament for the holidays and then *eureka* the idea of using them as ring dishes for those new fiancés out there, there was truly a perfect shell for everyone! Take a peek below to see all of the designs I managed to squeeze into this collection.



Alas...the famous blue roses pattern that really had viewers on my Instagram swooning. The inspiration for these roses came from my watercolor China vase I shared over the summer. To be honest, I had no idea people would love these as much as I did and I was so grateful and thankful for the interest everyone showed! Nothing means more to an artist than that.



Another shot of the blue roses shell as a ring dish!



This design that I call "blue diamonds" is really an ikat pattern. If you know me or follow my Instagram, you know that I LOVE this pattern. I attempted it on a shell one day and this actually ended up being my all-time best seller! I love the simplicity of this one and the blue hues with the gold just make me happy.



Here you can see my ikat pattern alongside my pineapple shell. I like the simplicity of these pineapples and if you've followed me since the beginning, you know I love pineapples, especially in blue hues! Re: coastal watercolor collection. My coastal pineapple was what got me a collab with Playa Bowls!



The lobster pattern quickly became a new favorite of mine. They're simple but oh so cute! In the negative space, I put a few small coral pieces just to fill space whiiiiich is what then inspired the coral shell pictured above! Just like the pineapple, this piece is super simple but so coastal.


There is limited availability but these shells are still available to shop here!

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