After posting my shells from when we visited Elephant Butte Lake, my grandmother said that she grew up in the same area, had shells from the lake, and asked if I wanted them. I needed more shells like a hole in the head… so I said yes!
It was a rough day, 12 hours of stop-and-go, but I finally finished! The prettiest/quirkiest shells are in front, the rest provide backing, and all but ONE shell (the one on top, which was 2mm too thick) fit inside. Added bonus: shadow boxes were 50% off at Hobby Lobby and the “tattered wood” style was already half of what the “nice” ones cost.
Hope you all had a more restful day than I!