There were other ways I earned money as well. Besides having the monopoly on baby-sitting, I made things from seeds, beads and shells and sold my handy-work in several local shops. I made necklaces and earrings and glued shells to the ends of plastic hor d'oeuvres picks bundling them into lots of a dozen.
I used shells to make pictures, like this one which I made with a ten-year-old girl whom I was teaching to make the flowers.
I think for a first attempt she did a wonderful job. Can you tell my flowers from hers?
I also made shell dolls, like these.
The skirt is made from sea urchin skeletons. The body is a dove shell, the head a small cowry called a coffee bean. Her hat is a limpet. Her arms are made with the skeletal remains of a sea plant called a sea whip. She has bits of coral to represent a ruffled cape with a rose at her waist.
This one is made entirely of cockles. She has the same kind of arms as the one above and she carries a bouquet. The coral growing on the shells of her skirt add a nice lacy touch.
She's kind of plain from the back.
Now, to give you an idea of their size.
Do you make things, have any hobbies?