Judy Thorne, of Just Beachy calls herself a "shellaholic." She began collecting shells as a child in Southern California and now needs only to step outside her beachfront home in Gig Harbor, Washington to turn a beach walk into a treasure hunt. The snow photos are all from her front yard this past week during more crazy weather that the Puget Sound is experiencing!
Formerly a travel public relations consultant, Judy's best souvenirs havealways been shells and sea glass, and she has mementoes from Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Burma, Thailand, England, Bermuda, the Mediterranean and destinations in between.
(Nude Beach - BRRRRRR!!)
"Just Beachy" creations are handmade with legally collected and non-endangered shells and sea life in Judy's Shell Shack studio on the beach.
I have been to her house, it's not exactly a shack! It is definitely filled with shells, and shell creations, and a few things from our old store in Poulsbo. Judy and Gordon's beach home sits within 10 yards from Colvos Passage, and what a treat it is to be in their house.
Big view windows to enjoy life go float by; fishing boats headed into Gig Harbor, freighters on their way into the Port of Tacoma and more than a few graceful sea lions. Oh, and lots of playful harbor seals too! (hmmm.... must be salmon close by)
Judy and her husband Gordon invited Tom and I over for holiday mimosas in December, and I was absolutely enthralled with her vast shell collection. Check out this bowl filled with a tiny sampling of her beach walks around the world...
P.S. YUMMY Orange-Mango Mimosas. Thanks Gordon!
We are very excited to be presenting Just Beachy Creations at Caron's Beach House - come see all of her creations, and look for even more in the near future.
Welcome to Everything Coastal, a blog all about lifestyles at the beach - showcasing coastal decorating styles, beach travel, beach house recipes and entertaining by the sea!
Friday, February 25, 2011
"Just Beachy" in Snowy Gig Harbor
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Beautiful!!! Love the photos!
Judy's shell art is the most creative use of the 'natural' beatuy in shells that I have ever seen. She brings out colors I never knew the shells had. I was always trying to use the shells with 'neutral' colors. But I am now able to pair her items with purples, pinks and even greens. So much more exciting than the traditional browns and creams. Great work!
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What a wonderful place to live. Great shots of the snow. What beautiful things she creates. Pruxxx
Gorgeous, gorgeous wreaths! so open and free~
This post is great, Caron! Love the beach house vase too!! Is it for sale too? What a nice arrangement.
Hi there Caron,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love these images of yours!
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