Like this one...
The tiny, tiny ones on the left of the photo below come from Hawaii.
My son brought me the shells. When he was at university he spent a summer on a work placement in Canada, and after all that hard work he met up with friends for a holiday in Hawaii, as you do!
One of the ladies in my old craft group showed me how to make the paper box that I keep them in.
And I treasure this shiny blue piece of abalone that a college friend gave me.
Having a fresh look at the seashells got me thinking about Hawaii as I chose it as one of my countries for Research & Design when I was doing my City and Guilds diploma.
I've got a collection of design books too!
I wasn't very confident with the art side of things - much preferring the stitching - but it was a required element of the course. Now, when I look back, I can remember working on this book mostly at night, as I was looking after my granddaughter part time, and worrying about finishing the course within the two years.
Well, that's enough of that. I'd like to be catching a wave but instead of that I'm catching a plane.