Framing Shell Flowers

Create a beautiful shell flower and simply adhere it to the glass of a beautiful frame. Add a sand back ground and a few shell/pearl embellishments. There you have it !!!

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New Valentine Case Maker

Valentine Artists now have another choice when purchasing a well constructed valentine case. He has done woodworking in the past including an award winning turned bowl. Watch for Tim’s designs available on this website and eBay.

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Here Comes the Kracken !

While honoring the sailor’s valentine traditional techniques, I’ve added a bit of an updated twist.

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Sarasota Shell Show 2019 – Save the Date


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One of Many Raffle Items at the 2019 Sarasota Shell Show

The Sarasota Shell Club Artisans will raffle this Friendship Valentine during the upcoming annual Shell Show Feb. 8, 9 and 10, 2019. It is 12″ in diameter and framed under glass with shell flowers constructed and all donated by the Sarasota Club Artisans.


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Class Dates Announced – February 11-13, 2019

Join with me in laughter, smiles and friendship while creating a treasured keepsake.

The next sailor’s valentine class I will teach is scheduled for February 11-13 in Sarasota Florida. This class is sponsored by the Sarasota Shell Club Artisans.  We will be working on a similar pattern to the one pictured. All materials, shells and an octagon case are included.  The 3 day class will begin following the Annual Sarasota Shell Show February 8-10.  For more Shell Show Details go to


Class times… 10-2pm Monday – Wednesday. Class Dates… Feb 11,12,and 13. Class Location – Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church on the corner of Proctor & McIntosh in Sarasota, Florida


We will use traditional techniques as well as learn to add 3D elements.  Class size is limited to 8. The class is open to beginners as well as accomplished shell art enthusiasts. The button to sign up for class is located on my website home page. Click on the word  Treasures. Then scroll down to find the pay button. Or contact me by email –                                          


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Wedding Cake by Ann Stegner


Ann Stegner has been busy creating a new shell masterpiece.

” No, you can’t eat the cake unless you enjoy Styrofoam and that is the base for the cake. I covered each Styrofoam cake piece in sand and painted the cake with a Martha Stewart high gloss acrylic paint called, ‘Wedding Cake’. Seemed appropriate. I attached a purple ribbon around each layer and then glued small ark shells around the edge of each layer. I took the various colored (shell) pansies I had previously made and attached them to the cake. To finish the cake off, I accented two layers with ‘fern-like stems’ made from white coquina shells.”

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2018 Valentine Class – NHA Dates Announced


Nantucket Wildflowers Sailors Valentine with Suzanne Marie Dietsch
August 21, August 22, August 23, August 24 9:00 AM–1:00 PM Member Fee $500 Nonmember Fee $550
Materials Fee $325

Create a historic maritime seashell mosaic in a handcrafted red maple case. This valentine references many of the natural wildflower patterns found on the island of Nantucket. All tools and materials, including mother of pearl inlay will be available to complete this treasured Nantucket keepsake. This is an intermediate level 4 day class.

Maximum class size: 10

Nantucket Historical Association 15 Broad Street Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1894, ext. 350
Copyright © 2018 Nantucket Historical Association

All classes held at the
NHA 1800 House
4 Mill Street, Nantucket

Class discounts for NHA Members join now!


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Sailor’s Valentine Classes Scheduled for February 2018

Finding the Artist Within Us All…

It’s not uncommon to be intimidated about starting new creative project. How do you make a Sailor’s Valentine? What about supplies? It seems too complicated, so intricate, and expensive.

Now, I will remind everyone of that quiet walk along the beach and the excitement of finding that treasured sea shell. Do you have a box of shells in the closet? I believe it’s begging to see the light of day once again. Creating a sailor’s valentine is a time honored tradition of displaying sea shells and sea life.

In conjunction with the Sarasota Shell Club Artisans I will be teaching a one day, four hour introductory class where students will solve the mystery surrounding this art form. Each student will complete a simple project taking into account the Barbados crafter’s techniques from the 1800’s.

Here is the example of what we will complete during class Friday, February 16, 2018. Our class fee is $100. It includes all materials needed. (Although one may wish to bring a snack.) The class will run 10-2pm at the Sarasota Club Artisans workshop located at the Bea Ridge Presbyterian Church in Sarasota Florida.


My goal is to find that artist within us all through friendship, imagination, laughter and smiles.  If interested call Suzanne – 309-883-1590. Or, click back to the ‘Treasures’ section on this website and submit payment for your reservation. Class size is limited so advance registration is required. Once the Friday class is filled I will schedule a class for Saturday, February 17.

We encourage everyone to attend their local shell show and enjoy the many shell art exhibits from hobbyists to professionals. Plus take a moment to learn details about those little treasures that wash up on our beaches from the specimen exhibits. More information about the upcoming Sarasota Shell Show February 9-11, 2018 can be found on their website

I am also available to teach a more intense 3 day class. All materials will be included to complete a framed traditional sailor’s valentine similar to the valentine shown below. This class is scheduled for February 19-21 and will run $600 per student. It will also be located at the Sarasota Shell Club Artisan’s workshop at the Bea Ridge Presbyterian Church in Sarasota Florida.  Registration for the 3 day class deadline is January 15, 2018.




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Framed Shell Mosaic – Shell Wave 2017

This shell mosaic is mounted on a 24″x 12″ canvas… then framed. I finished this piece with the help of several shell hunter enthusiasts that came to my aid collecting enough white coquinas to finish this project. Thank you.ShellWaveCenterIMG_4051 ShellWaveCornerIMG_4050 ShellWave 2017IMG_E4053

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