Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sailor's Valentines

Do you know about Sailor's Valentines? They are treasures made from tiny shells arranged by color, shape and size into stunning (and heavy!) mosaics. Romantics say that this art form originated in the 1800's when sailors, pining for their sweethearts on dry land, painstakingly crafted shell masterpieces. These works of art often included phrases of love & devotion ("Remember Me") spelled out in shells. In truth, we know that most Sailor's Valentines were created in the Bahamas and sold to sailors who then brought them home as gifts to their love. No matter who did the gluing, the message is the same...I have missed you. Happy Day Three.

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