I went to a Consignment Store here in Alexandria recently with no intention of buying anything (cause that is the only time you find anything you HAVE to have). I couldn't resist. I just knew that this was one of those things that I'd regret if I didn't buy it. It will certainly look fabulous in my beach house one day but for now I really like how it lightens up the mantel over the fireplace in the basement.
I seriously can't get over the intricate detail of this. This is a combination of needlepoint and embroidery but this lady designed it herself. If I look closely, I can see where she outlined the shape of the shells with a pencil and then filled it in with her embroidery design. SERIOUS skill and patience.
Did I mention this huge thing was $36 bucks? I felt like I was stealing it!
She had some other pieces in there as well that were awesome but I just loved the carolina blue on the background and all of the shells. Original? Check. Handmade? Check. Huge? Check. I mean, how was it only $36??? Pays to shop consignment is all I've got to say.