After building the Apple Blossom Tree, Shell Park and Bridge Street I wanted to come up with something that would combine shell art with humor, thus evolved the good old days. It has brought smiles, memories, and many stories, along with a first place in 2009 at the Sanibel Show. The tree was created in the same way as the previous miniatures, but if you look close you will see that the blossoms on the tree have five petals and the vine is created with three. It is this precision and detail that I love to bring to every item that I create and so delicately place. I constructed the building walls inside and out with sea urchin spines as well as the door. For the roof I used stained gar fish scales and the peak is a wooden stirrer from my morning coffee break. In the same vein as the Sailors’ of the 1800s, I have tried to preserve and recycle the beauty and miracles of the sea into these very fragile depictions of sheer splendor. Everyone asks me” where did you get the fire wood from?” Well it came from my morning walk and there it was lying on the side walk in the form of a tree branch. I cut it length and hand split it with my utility knife. It was a lot faster and easier than the way it was done in “The Good Old Days”. It sits here on a shelf in my studio and reminds me of a way of life I did not have to endure. And yes it’ is a perfect seat for two, “no waiting”.