Lady Sea Captain

In my dream world, I imagine frenchman's bay tea co. to be a destination sought out by weary travelers hoping to find a quiet respite in an out-of-the-way and sparsely populated locale on the edge of the ocean.  Visitors to my shop would have a few things in common too.  Whether they have a sweet tooth, or a desire for a satisfying hot cup of tea (or coffee), they by all means will share a fondness for sea-inspired treasures.   Every once in a while there will be a visit from a lady sea captain who first heard of my place through word-of-mouth.  

During those periods of time when she must come ashore, the lady sea captain has found her own way of fulfilling her need to stay connected to the sea.  She has a weakness for vintage treasures she can wear that are entirely made out of sea shells, like this tiny wreath of roses that has been fashioned into a brooch.  

They remind her of the sentimental gifts that the sailors of long ago brought back to their loved ones when they returned from their voyages at sea.

The lady sea captain that will be seen in my shop from time to time has her own collection of these sentimental souvenirs too.  

And she knows where she can always find a new one to add to her collection.  But that's not entirely why she comes here from time to time.  

Along with her penchant for these tiny vintage sea shell brooches, she also has a fondness for the sweet and delectable tea cakes she knows she can always find here too.  Word has it, that salty days spent out at sea (or even just on the shore) are often the cause of a craving for sugar. At least that is a theory I intend to put out there for all to consider.  And that, my friends, is possibly how she could have learned of my place simply through word-of-mouth.   

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We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
                                                                                                            - John F. Kennedy


  1. These shell pins are beautiful! So delicate!

  2. Lili-these shells are fabulous! Love the way you have photographed them too! Have a wonderful week!~~Rain
    .......enjoying my visits to your shoppe! and the music is the best.......thank you.....

  3. Lili...the brooches are gorgeous! oh my...I LOVE them...so intricate and detailed...I would be drooling in the shop...from the sights and the smells...I WANT one of those little cakes right now!!! I DO!!..Glad you didn't post a picture...argh!!! I almost feel like your shoppe is REAL when I visit and read here....always enjoy my time here. Your photography NEVER disappoints...*funny thing I posted about shells today, too. We are on the same track...Hugs to you and Have a beautiful day...(63 here today!!!!...RAH!!!!) xo

  4. Love the quote from
    JFK....it feels so true.
    My heart absolutely
    soars when I walk my
    favorite Pacific NW
    beaches. I can almost
    taste those cakes.....
    And the pins are perfection : )

    xx Suzanne

  5. Lili, hearing you talk about this lady sea captain makes me want to know more about her! Have you ever considered writing book?

  6. Lili-
    I love your shell jewelry-- I'm a huge collector too!! These photos are lovely- the lady sea Captain has great taste!

    Beautiful- beautiful-