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Days later… yes we enjoyed delicious dinners, gorgeous lunch swims and beautiful cloudy days …but let’s not forget the amount  of sunscreen applied, the hard, hot, pavers, the sweat and Ibuprofen consumed.  All in a days work for a seashell  artist, right? 😉

It is finished and I do think it turned out very pretty.   We only used 2 1/2 of the huge buckets of crushed shell that Judy Hagen and I collected via Kayak.  I really appreciate that I have assistants that are wiling  to work as hard as we must.  There is no mistake that parts of this job are very enjoyable, like the locations and the clients, the houses, and the art.  However, finding someone adventurous enough to paddle against the wind to an island in the middle of Tampa Bay, collect four huge buckets of heavy shell, load them up and paddle home…well that takes a very special person. Thank you Judy. We do share a lot of great laughs too.



sea shell and sea glass fountain

Friday evening we finally arrived around 5:30. Fed ex did their best to get my supplies to Tampa.  3rd Street Cafe offered delicious local Grouper, crab stuffed mushrooms and complimentary Sangria. I talked to Alex about some mirrors for his restrooms and entry.

Yesterday was mostly beautiful with intermittent sun and clouds, wind that dried our grout quickly but also created some great waves for a lunch swim. Enjoyed a delicious Newlins Lobster roll w/ cherry tomatoes. YUM! Tracy mentioned some perspective sea shell clients and Boca Grande trunk shows. 😉

Storms arrived at about four o’clock forcing us to unroll all the tarps and secure them to the best of our ability, in 60 mph winds…:-)

sautéed Soft Shell Crab at The Temp made up for the weather. Now Sunday Our Lady of Mercy at 9:00 and back to work. I feel blessed.