Thursday, 10 September 2009

Our Creative Space...


This week's Creative Space is quite exotic for many, now don't be jealous (he heee). You can see that we are both deeply concentrated with something...


The reason is that the shells are sooo tiny that you have to look very closely to even see them between the sand. If you walk on the beach you won't notice them and will think that they are tiny stones. These shells can only be found at one beach, a 1 hour drive from our home, a little paradise!


We are now busy with tiny glass bottles, filling them with these tiny shells and other sea treasures, the results will be soon available in the shop!

You can see more workspaces at Kootoyoo's blog!


All those shells are dead when we collect them between the grains of sand. The ones alive are upright 'glued' to the rocks. The dead ones are so tiny that is obvious they are babies that didn't make it in the waves.

That got me thinking that I know nothing about the reproductive system of shells. A net search discovered many fascinating facts.

Most shells are either male or female, but some are both, or change sex to accomodate to the situation. Sometimes eggs and sperm are tossed to the waves to find each other and sometimes the fertilization takes place internally.

Sometimes the shells die after reproducing and sometimes the female eats the partner's penis after the paring...a mollusk with an attitude.

22 comments:

St├ęphanie Kilgast said...

Well sorry, but I AM jealous!

Not fair
not fair at all!

And I love sea shells!
I could use these in miniature projects :)

Dina Fragola said...

I wish something I make involved being in my swimsuit on the beach...

ingermaaike said...

Me jealous...of course not ;0P...well ok a teenytiny little bit..only a tiny bit of course LOL

Love those little bottles!

Kreativlink said...

Ha! Don't be jealous she says... *shakes head! :D

Penis eating mollusks. An attitude? Heheh.. indeed!

Meltem said...

Off course I'm jealous:) It's raining here in Istanbul, We put on our shrugs, you are in swimsuit still:)

vadjutka said...

oooh, those little glasses are such great idea - they look great.

and pls, dont say we should not be jealous...:-) *going even greener*

Kaja said...

Sure looks better than my workspace today...

fleurfatale said...

ooh I am green with envy seeing that workspace of yours!!!

ANd these bottles with shells are such a good idea!!!

Babongo Handmade said...

ooow, so cute, these little shells. No, no, not jealous at all *nose is growing*

Kirsty said...

Your creative space this week is just delightful. I wish for a space like that.

karuski said...

I can only dream of a creative space like this;) Those shells are so tiny, and pretty too...

c.raf.t said...

I don't envy you for going to the beach to pick up shells, because I can do it as well....but I do envy you for the kind of shell you can find..real beauties!

Whimsical Creations said...

What a beautiful creative space.

Amanda said...

I love the necklace...And collecting those shells are so addicting, I have a bag full from a summer spent with my sister, she is so lucky to live at the beach..as you are to be so close :)

Barbara said...

Interesting the story about the fertilization!!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

Wow , what an informative and interesting post! Great creative space. Love your new little bottle creations. :)

gr8jewellery said...

What a lovely and peaceful workplace Star, and of course the end result is stunning!!
interesting research btw! lol

ArtMind said...

Great creative space! LOL!
I'm not a beachbum but I wouldn't mind doing this once in a while - it seems to involve patience and I have that! Can I come? :)
The kiln is burning and if all goes well, I'll ship your goodies in the beginning of next week! :)

Chichiboulie said...

Easy to say "don't be jealous". I think I want an office like yours!

Aussie-waffler said...

Those teeny, tiny shells are so precious. They look beautiful in the glass bottle.

jiorji said...

lol i love your office space. Sigh...i didn't realize you have a blog, elthough you're following my etsy hearts blog. I love your etsy shop and i'm OVERLY GIDDY to know that now i can follow your blog and your creative process. I'm not a stalker, i just love to know the artist behind the work :) YAY!

Martice said...

I'm so jealous! And your ideas are also great! :) Love the tiny shells :)