Photography: Ellie Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2007

Introduction

You can use oversize shells to bring a touch of the seashore -- and a bit of romantic atmosphere -- to an evening at home. We used "lion's paw" shells (Lyropecten nodosus), available inexpensively from online auctions and souvenir shops. 

materials

  • Oversize shells

  • Tray

  • Sand

  • Votive candles

steps

  1. Fill a shallow tray with sand, arrange pairs of your prettiest specimens, and place a votive candle at the center of each pair (leaving room for the flames to flicker safely). Set the tray on a low table, and enjoy a quiet drink on the patio.

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