Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Once upon a time under the sea...

Once upon a time a gentleman dove deep, deep, deep under the sea.

Where he met his true love.

Her frock covered all of her mermaiden parts so he did not know if she she had a swishy fishy tale beneath her skirts. And she refused to show him. She was a lady after all!

They married under the sea horse arch with glittery shells and baubles.

They stood beneath a lucky star fish.

They lived happily ever after and he never once revealed what was hidden beneath that frock!

Want to tell a tale of underwater love? Here's the list of bits lovely people!

1/2 Inch Bronze Starfish Charms

UPDATE: Such a response to my underwater lovers! 

The gentleman diver is actually William Walker. He was a deep sea diver who helped to save Winchester Cathedral from collapse. He went underwater to work on the foundation of the Cathedral for 6 years! You can read more about that story HERE. A quick search will turn up plenty of photos of him.

Our merlady is a bit more of a mystery. She is one of two ladies pictured in the 1870's tin type photograph below. I'm not sure of the original source of the image or who the lovely ladies are. If you stumble on the info, please let me know!


  1. This is absolutely amazing! So many wonderful details, and I love the back story!

  2. I would love to see a video on this one!

  3. delightful tale, intriguing and amusing shrine!

  4. Totally fabulous Nichola!!
    A undersea marriage made in kelp heaven!
    Jackie xx

  5. Just magnificent...where are the characters from. They are not in supply list

  6. I love you and your imagination! :)

  7. Nicola, over the years, your creations have not only amazed me, but also inspired me to dip my toes in the warm waters of mixed media. I've altered many a tin, box, etc., but without those who've graciously shared, my mind wouldn't be open to the possibilities. Tfs

  8. Another lovely tale of other-world destiny! Have you ever considered a book collection of your many lovely shrines? Their stories, legends, myths and mirth all in one place? That would be an amazing and inspiring collection to have!

    This one is beautiful, as always, and full of possibility and wonder. . .

  9. love the whole tableau but where did the people come from??

  10. Really wonderful! Your work is always amazing!

  11. Thank you so much for the ladies image and also for the interesting story of William Walker.Amazing project and even more fun,now.

  12. Your Brain is so amazing, Love the Idea and How did you come up with the idea of Walker? Genius