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Keep the memory of summer alive on your dining room table

"Golden Shells" Salt and Pepper dishes. Image property of Jessica Gordon Ryan/The Entertaining House

"Golden Shells" Salt and Pepper dishes. Image property of Jessica Gordon Ryan/The Entertaining House

I'm slightly obsessed with summer, with collecting shells and with spray paint. One winter day a couple of years ago, it may have been snowing out - I cannot remember, I was bored. I started looking around for some small DIY projects. With jars of shells that had been washed (and rewashed) and bleached and cans of spray paint in an assortment of metallic colors, I started to paint. I buried my dining room table under inches and inches of newspaper, cracked open the doors to the porch and started to spray. A little bit of gold and silver and the simple shells took on a glorious new look. There were whelk, oyster, and clam shells - all of which became even more splendid that before. A small hole drilled at the base makes for a fabulous holiday ornament to adorn a tree or a special gift. Two oyster shells became the perfect salt and pepper dishes for the holiday table. 

With a little paint and a few shells you can preserve your summer memories and create some holiday magic... though it's much too early to be thinking of the holidays!

"Golden Shells" Image property of Jessica Gordon Ryan/The Entertaining House

"Golden Shells" Image property of Jessica Gordon Ryan/The Entertaining House

"and all at once, summer collapsed into fall"

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