Siesta Key Seashell Little Piece of Paradise

One of our vendors, Jeanne Heere has an incredible talent. Jeanne calls her business “Little Piece of Paradise.” She searches for sea shells on our sugar white sand beaches of Siesta Key and recreates beautiful art. Jeanne moved to Sarasota in 1981 and fell in love with the beach and began looking for shells. She first started doing shell mirrors in the early 80’s and sold by word of mouth.

In 2012 Jeanne gave up the corporate world and was looking for a less stressful life and started doing shell crafts again. She found the Siesta Key market a perfect place to market her artwork since all the shells are hand picked from the local beaches.

Each item is handcrafted with shells Jeanne finds herself on Siesta key. She has a wide variety of hand crafted art pieces for you to enjoy! Her creations include mirrors, frames, wooden crosses, driftwood crosses, bikini star magnets, nite lights, treasure bottles, wine glass charms, lamp finials, fan pulls, and letters and other hand crafted shell treasures. Custom orders are also available!!

What about this Shell-Rimmed Mirrors?

Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than a single shell is a collection of them. To balance the composition of this heavily adorned mirror and simplify the process of arranging the shells, work in layers. I arrange the largest shells on the mirror frame first, then, working from largest to smallest, fit shells into the remaining spaces until the frame is covered.

Jeanne first, group the shells by size. Position the largest shells at even intervals around the frame, then fill in with the next smallest shells. One at a time, pick up each shell and glue it down. Layer on smaller shells until even the tiniest areas are covered.

You can find Jeanne Heere seashell art every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 8:00am to 1:00pm located in the Siesta Key Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Stop by and say hello. There are many vendors and live music for your listening enjoyment. Have breakfast on the island, visit the Siesta Key Farmers Market and then head to our voted #1 beach to enjoy your day.