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Clam Glam is a Shore Thing: 100 Days of Painting on Seashells

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Adopt-a-Shell: Give a Former Tiny House, a New Home. Each of these seashells was once home to a little creature, on the shores of, or on the bottom of local coastal waters. Now each of them has been given a fresh coat of interior decoration, with their outsides left mostly untouched, showing the story and beauty of where they have been. If you would like to give one a loving home, or if you know someone who would be thrilled to have them, please: click on your favourite shells and find out their story and adoption details. Proceed portions go to marine education, conservation and research. Postage is free. (Sometimes a few requests for the same shell are received, so I will request payment only from the person who 'got' the shell. Thank you xo)


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Day 99 A Garden of Sea Anemones


99/100 (NZD 107) RESERVED A garden of sea anemones. One of the prettiest things I have ever seen, was when we stumbled upon some rockpools filled with colourful anemones, at a west coast black sand beach, at low tide. We had walked right into a hidden secret garden, with blooms of jewel-like anemones blossoming in the still waters that the retreating waves had spared, amongst the much larger and stoic, protective volcanic boulders. I added some water to make it feel like a rockpool. Acrylic paint dries relatively fast and is then immiscible with water. I started out without a clear idea of how I was going to do it, and was not sure if the colourful paints would obscure the natural swirls of the paua shell nacre. It seems to have worked, with the pearly colours adding a reflective sheen to this calm tidepool. I miss visiting the incredible rock pools on those west coast beaches. I could sit and stare for a long while. Thank you Ana for this shell, and I definitely used Matthew Jones' NZ sea anemone blog, A Shape and the Idea, for reference. Love this shell, and want to give it a new home? Send an email (Subject: Seashells) to AdoptASeashell@gmail.com to find out more details. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be sent payment information only if you got the shell.