Friday, June 30, 2006

Shell Creatures

Sea creatures are notoriously shy, but the ones you're about to meet came out of their shells (so to speak) to tell you their story. My photographer tried his best to make this gang of beach bums smile. Some did ham it up; there are wise guys in every group!

Tray
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


Mr. Mouse holds a degree in architecture. He designed his own house, built it out of inexpensive cardboard, then covered it in shells to remind him of his childhood home.


Mouse
Originally uploaded by pwinn.



Mr. Mouse's Seaside Bunglow. His small flower garden includes just one lonely blossom.

House
Originally uploaded by pwinn.




This elegant giraffe was born in Florida, where many augers - the pointy shells that make up her neck and legs - wash ashore. "I love the beach, but I came to New York City to dance in the ballet. I have a talent for tiptoeing," she says.

Giraffe
Originally uploaded by pwinn.



The koala finds the climate in the northern hemisphere too clammy for his taste.

Koala
Originally uploaded by pwinn.



Tiny pink shells grace the ears of this fluffy poodle. She has just gotten back from the groomers. You do look lovely Madame poodle!

Poodle
Originally uploaded by pwinn.



Please remember to take your animals to the shore now and then. As the bird says with a sigh, "We get a little homesick sometimes!"

8 comments:

Flora said...

How cute! How creative! How fun! Did you and the kids make all of these? What a way to start off my day...smiling! Thanks! Yesterday while cleaning my cupboards, I found a little turtle made out of shells that really brought back a memory. When we were on an international flight several years ago and I was sitting by a sweet little lady returning from San Fransisco on her way back to Japan. We tried to communicate as much as possible with her very broken English. I gathered that she had been in the states visiting her son. She bought the little turtle there and she wanted me to have it! It was so touching! I'll never see her again, but will always have that little treasure from her. Sorry to take up so much blog space, but wanted to thank you for this wonderful post and photos which I enjoyed so much!
Flora

Patty said...

So cute Kelli, I loved looking at all the little creatures.
When my children were small we used to make Bible villages out of milk cartons and a salt/flour mixture and had fun finding people that would fit the scene. They would play for hours with these villages. Wish I had thought of sea shell critters and homes, they would have loved those so much.

Mindy said...

Adorable!!!

Kelli said...

Hi Flora, Yes, the kids and I made them. Since I ended up using the hot glue gun (the craft glue wasn't fast enough) they picked out the critter they wanted, then all the shells and passed them to me. I decided to make the house after they went to bed and they were so excited the next morning! What a sweet story that was about your shell turtle and the little lady!!
Kelli

Kelli said...

Patty, your little villages sound so fun!! Children seem to like tiny furniture/people, etc. to play with. And adults too! ;0)

Thanks MIndy!

Amanda said...

Those are adorable! You are so creative!

dot said...

Kelli, you have such cute ideas!

Tori said...

Hi kelli
The little critters are so cute, oh yea, hope you don't mind, you've been tagged! *Ü*