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April 28, 2011

According to feng shui, one way to invite chi (universal energy) into our homes is by creating a welcoming environment around doorways with plants, chimes or banners.  Apparently, chi responds to attractive, cheerful entryways the way you or I would.

When I got home from work today, I found this pretty seashore mobile on the back porch.  Cristy made it from driftwood and shell pieces.

She drilled tiny holes in the driftwood and the shells and attached them with bead thread, adding a small bead at each end to secure the knots.

Although she originally planned to incorporate sea glass pieces, it seems that we do not have the correct dremel drillbit to drill through glass without shattering it.  Oops 😦

This pretty mobile contains examples of our favorite seashell varieties, plentiful along the Texas coast.  How could universal energy resist?  Thank you Cristy, my dear heart, I love this wonderful work of beach art.

For more beach inspired art, check out these other creations featuring seashells, sea glass and driftwood.



Linking to

Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style
Will see it Wednesday at Fabric Bows and More
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Polly Want A Crafter
Finding Fabulous
The Shabby Chic Cottage
House of Grace
Be Colorful
Making the World Cuter
Chic on a Shoestring
French Country Cottage
A Glimpse Inside
26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2011 2:58 am

    Yup, I can see that creativity runs in the family!

    WOW WEE! This mobile/chime AWESOME!!!!!!

    BRAVA Cristy girl! You ROCK!

    I especially love the driftwood at the top and the blue beads you used.

    I bet it sounds fab when the wind blows.

    Great photos, Diane! Your home is positively charming, warm, and inviting!

    X to you both!

  2. April 28, 2011 11:50 am

    How lovely and peaceful!

  3. April 28, 2011 2:14 pm

    LOVE IT! And the energy it brings.

  4. April 28, 2011 3:42 pm

    I love how unique this is. Not a laser cut hummingbird, butterfly or sun in sight. Just simple and beautiful!

  5. April 28, 2011 6:47 pm

    thanks for the sweet words… just inspired by you. ILY

  6. April 28, 2011 11:07 pm

    This is such a cute idea… Love it!

  7. April 29, 2011 2:37 am

    This is darling~ what a great piece and such a sweet thought too!! Love the seashells ~ Thanks for sharing at FNF! 🙂

  8. April 29, 2011 8:33 pm

    This is just fabulous! I’d love to feature this on our blog for our coastal lifestyle readers. Please email me if this would be okay. I’m happy to have found you today on Feathered Nest Friday.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  9. April 30, 2011 5:28 am

    I love this! Every single part of this is beautiful — the details are just exquisite in their simplicity.

  10. May 2, 2011 1:40 am

    so pretty! I love the blue glass accents. Would love to show off your nature inspired creation on my Saturday ‘Visiting Other Nests’ post.

  11. May 3, 2011 2:00 pm

    This is great! We would like to post on our blog,, where we share our passion for all things coastal!

    Your photography is incredible!

  12. May 3, 2011 5:24 pm

    I’m loving this!! The bead detail on the driftwood is great too.

    • May 3, 2011 6:25 pm

      thank you Maya, this was Cristy’s idea to use the blue beads for securing the knots – they reminded her of cobalt blue seaglass pebbles. Our favorite (local) place to search for shells and driftwood is Quintana beach near Freeport, TX.

  13. May 9, 2011 4:23 am

    I need to know more about the whole chi thing. This is so pretty and I am intrigued to learn more. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday. Have a great week.

  14. July 12, 2011 11:04 pm

    lovely chimes/ mobile! I am in the designing stage of doing a bird mobile but they won’t chime at all just fly around. I love your great creative work
    KAT Griffin

  15. July 13, 2011 1:58 am

    What a beautiful chime! I have never seen one with shells–gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday–!

  16. Linda Ferguson permalink
    April 23, 2012 1:04 am

    Loved the shell chimes. What size of drill bit did you use on the shells? Thanks, Linda

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  18. Nicola permalink
    March 12, 2013 12:20 pm

    Your windchimes are beautiful. I really want to make my own. How did you drill your holes in the seashells?


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