The beach enthralls collectors of driftwood, rocks rubbed smooth by the tides and wind, and, of course, seashells.
Shells turn up by the bucketful in seemingly endless variations of size, shape, color, and texture, each with its own idiosyncratic beauty. If the shells you find are put to a creative use, they will bring summer to mind long after the season has passed.
Try making a mirror with an ordinary picture frame and assorted shells. When collecting the shells, be selective, and try to choose distinctive examples that will make an interesting pattern.
Shells can be purchased at Sanibel Seashells. Martha used an international array of shells for her mirror, including the rounded screw shell from West Africa; the Cuban turrid; the broad-ribbed cardita from Florida; the jingle shell, which populates coastal waters stretching from Massachusetts to Brazil; and the fragile Atlantic mactra, which is indigenous to the coast running from North Carolina to Brazil.