Welcoming author Heather O`Keefe

Author, Heather O’Keefe, gives a very unique look at the history on how shell crafting became popular over the last century in her new book “American Shell Craft”.  This book is not only for the experienced shell crafter, but also a beginner crafter as well by offering patterns to create your own shell crafting and providing inspiration for you to design and make your own projects.

With over 140 color photographs, Heather is able to share her own personal shell crafting collection which includes her vintage seashell jewelry handcrafted from the 1930’s to 1970’s.

A time when it was known as the “golden age” of vintage seashell jewelry.

The photograph collection in the book also shares shell designs from WWII American and Canadian Navy Hobby Manuals and shell brooches made in WWII Japanese Internment Camps.

About the Author:  Heather O’Keefe is a retired professor of Marketing and Communications.
Minnesotan by birth, North Dakotan by marriage, and Floridian by choice, she has been an independent entrepreneur her entire life. Her love of big waters started early, growing up near Lake Superior, and fishing in the summer (and winter) with her father on the lakes of Ontario, Canada. She went to her first estate sale with her mother at age nine, instilling a lifelong appreciation for collecting antiques. Vintage shell jewelry combines her great, lifelong loves.
Heather has won multiple blue ribbons and awards for her shell designs in International Shell shows across the United States.

Heather`s “American Shell Craft” book is now available in my “Strictly Shell Art Store” at https://strictlyshellart.com/ Cases- Valentines- Watches and more.



My “Restoration Mystery”

                        Are you the one who enjoys solving mysteries, are you the one who has the answer?

                                                   Here`s the question: How old is this paper bag?

The art work and case construction in this double Sailors Valentine easily dates back to the 1800s at best the early 1900s and I do favor 1850, the Victorian Era when this type of art really took off in France and England.

As you may or may not know cotton was used to evaluate the placement of Shells, but not all applied crumpled paper to increase the height of the cotton.

     In this restoration from some time ago the answer came quickly,

tucked under the cotton, crumpled news print that gave the answer,

                                                                  The London Dispatch of 1872.

Somehow it just does NOT seem fair in this restoration to have destroyed a perfectly good reusable paper bag instead of news print, hence the mystery! So what store did the bag come from and when was it in business?

So far the clues are either France or England around the Victorian Era from about 1830 on and I am now sitting here waiting for your answer watching my info@strictlyshellart.com e-mail account.

  1. P.S. After you send the answer don`t forget to take a quick walk through my “Strictly Shell Art Store” at https://strictlyshellart.com/ Thanks in advance for your help! Bill






   It looks like I have made to many cases and not enough Shells to fill them.

So if you had in mind to create something like this then it`s only a click away in my “Strictly Shell Art Store” at https://strictlyshellart.com/ Cases- Valentines- Watches and more.


The Garnet Heart Pendant

1The ingredients: A few two tone Brown and White Auger Shells, Black and White Nerite Shells, White Tusk Shells and surrounding the Red Garnet Heart internal parts of a Sea Urchin. If you ever decide to create this pendant have plenty of very thin and delicate Tusk Shells and when it comes to installing the Urchin parts…………………

no-0170No matter what it took to create it, it was worth all the effort and is now available in my “Strictly Shell Art Store” at https://strictlyshellart.com/ Cases- Valentines- Watches and more.

Small Minded!

no-0169There are those who have said in humor that I am small minded and to tell you the truth I had no idea if I could create a shell flower small enough to fit the center of this pendant.

dsc00792-001    Each time I picked up a mussel shell I held my breath, but as you can see I can now breathe again.

dsc00794So with a few small, small and  smaller  Mussel and Cerithium Shells that look like Wentletraps and Sea Urchin Spines, I`m now the proud owner of a miniature size Antique Pocket Watch Pendant now available in my, “Strictly Shell Art Store” see: https://strictlyshellart.com/ Cases- Valentines Watches and more.