Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Paperwhites with Periwinkle Shells

Posted on | November 21, 2011 | 12 Comments

The tide was way out on Sunday morning and the periwinkle shells grouped together in a long curving band the length of the beach. I gathered a few in my hand inspecting all the different shapes and colors. I thought, “What could I make with these?” I dropped a few handfuls into my bag and kept walking. I spotted a group of perfectly round dark smooth rocks at the end of beach; dark grays rocks are a particular favorite. I have bowls with different collections scattered around the house.

When I got home I filled a large glass footed urn with gray rocks mixed with broken mussel shells. I nestled five paperwhite bulbs in a circle within the rocks and filled the container with fresh water; making sure I didn’t add too much because my bulbs could rot.

The tiny little periwinkle shells got a cold fresh water bath while I planted individual bulbs in dirt. I picked up the the terra cotta urns from a recent trip to Snug Harbor Farm in Maine. I scattered the periwinkle shells around the bulb just covering the dirt. I liked the contrasts of the rough bulb, tiny twisting shells, and smooth terra cotta. I added a few more and watered the bulbs. Hopefully by Christmas I’ll have paperwhites blooming in my windowsills and on my kitchen table.

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12 Responses to “Paperwhites with Periwinkle Shells”

  1. Steve
    November 21st, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Great idea and wonderful photos!


  2. mary
    November 21st, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Ooooh, tiny shells! What a great idea. I used little pebbles for mine but love, love the shells.


  3. Patsy
    November 21st, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Oh, I love that!! I use sea glass, may have to change it up this year. Love the glass hurricane idea, too – won’t have to tie the paperwhites together when they get tall.


  4. My Dog-Eared Pages
    November 21st, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    A fantastic idea and I adore the shape of your Snug Harbor urns… perfect!!


  5. Jessica
    November 21st, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    What a lovely use for all the things my husband and I can’t resist bringing home from the beach. I haven’t checked your blog for a couple of weeks and just read the auction post. Congratulations on your first auction experience, and sympathy – it’s so frustrating to be outbid on the piece you really want. Anyway, I wanted to suggest Devin Moisan auctions in Dover, NH – our old New Hampshire house has a few pieces in it from his auctions, and Dover’s not much further north than Portsmouth. Also, I noticed that there’s a cherry slant-front desk in the next auction…not quite as lovely as your escaped bow-front, but still pretty!


  6. LindsB
    November 21st, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Best use of shells I’ve seen in a long time! Love how they look with the paperwhites.


  7. Michael Penney
    November 21st, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    I just KNEW those pots were from Snug Harbor when I saw that opening shot! They look gorgeous Katy! I can’t believe you’re at the beach near Christmas!!



  8. mopar
    November 21st, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    So pretty and original. Love bulbs and paperwhites during the cold winter season — so festive.


  9. quintessence
    November 25th, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    So charming!! I love the little shells in those pretty pots!! And they look great next to your hurricane with the larger pebbles!


  10. Abbey
    November 28th, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    I love this!! It just made my whole evening. I love periwinkle shells and such a nice use for them. Hope you had a good thanksgiving!


  11. christine e-e
    November 29th, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    ohhhh! such love-ly-ness…. i hope you’ll show us a picture of your flowers when they bloom?


  12. Herringbone
    December 5th, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Hi Katy,
    Just spotted one of these photos at awelltraveledwoman.tumblr.com :)
    (on page 3)


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