Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nantucket Sailors' Valentines Expands Its Retail Market

Good news for shell art fans! The popular designer of one-of-a-kind Sailors’ Valentine Kits, Nantucket Sailors’ Valentines has announced the expansion of its retail market. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum Gift Shop and the Nantucket Whaling Museum Gift Shop will now be carrying Nantucket Sailors' Valentines Kits. Products will be on sale this coming 2014 season. 

 Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
49 Union Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 

The Nantucket Whaling Museum Gift Shop
11 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sanibel Shell Show on Facebook

Shamsia Banu of Chennai, India won "Best Flower Exhibit, Professional." 

Be sure to visit the Sanibel Shell Show on Facebook.  The wonderful people who created this page will be posting photos of all the ribbon-winning entries from the 2014 show!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Victorian-Era Shell Art At Brimfield Antique & Collectibles Shows

These rare Victorian-era seashell trinket boxes were spotted at this past Brimfield, Massachusetts Antique & Collectables Shows. Trinket boxes shown here were priced from $125 and up.

Brimfield Antique & Collectibles Shows is considered one of the best antique and collectibles shows in the United States. There are 21 independent shows and thousands of dealers featuring a treasure trove of vintage goods.  Brimfield runs 3 week long shows (May, July & September) a year.

For more information about The 2014 Brimfield Antique & Collectibles Shows, please visit:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

77th Annual Sanibel Shell Festival March 6, 7, & 8, 2014

The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club will be holding its 77th Annual Shell Show on March 6, 7, & 8th, 2014 at The Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL. This year's theme will be "Treasures of Sanibel." A special trophy will be awarded to the exhibit in both the scientific and artistic divisions that best exemplifies this theme.  

Patrons of this year’s show will be treated to many new and exciting events - including a tent featuring demonstrations from exhibiting artists. This is a show not to be missed!! 

For a behind the scene look this year’s festivities, please visit award-winning shell artist Bill Jordan’s blog   

For more information and directions to the 77th Annual Sanibel Shell Show, please visit: The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club or The Sanibel Community House web sites.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nantucket Sailors’ Valentine Kits

NEW! Oceanscape Line from Nantucket Sailors’ Valentines
includes original artwork painted on Capiz Shells by renowned
Nantucket Island artist Paul Michetti
Popular during the 1800’s, Sailors’ Valentines were often romantic souvenirs or tokens of love brought home by sailors as gifts for loved ones after a long voyage at sea. These colorful and intricate mosaics, comprised mainly of seashells, are housed in octagonal wooden shadow boxes with a glass overlay to protect the delicate shell work.

Antique Sailors’ Valentines often included a sentimental message such as “Forget Me Not” or “Think Of Me.” Others contained a heart or compass rose design. The octagonal wooden shadow boxes used to contain the "shell mosaics" were typically constructed from Cedrella (Spanish cedar). Historians believe this art form originated in Barbados. These valuable Victorian-era souvenirs are increasingly rare and highly sought after by collectors.

Nantucket Sailor’s Valentines Kits make it fun and easy for anyone to re-create this popular Victorian-era art form. Kits include everything needed to make beautiful Sailors’ Valentines.

Perfect for gift giving, Nantucket Sailors’ Valentines offers a wide variety of designs to choose from. Their new Oceanscape Line  includes original artwork painted on Capiz Shells by renowned Nantucket Island artist Paul Michetti.

Nantucket Sailors’ Valentines also offers finished Sailors’ Valentines, blank Sailors’ Valentines shadow boxes and stationary products.

To find out more or to purchase Nantucket Sailors’ Valentines Kits and their other fine products, please You can also find Nantucket Sailors' Valentines on Facebook and Etsy.