My mom has always been a beach comber. She loves finding shells and odd things on the beach to research and display at home or on my parents' boat. Last summer she took several of the abalone shells she'd collected and assembled them as wall art... I'll have to dig up some pictures to share because it turned out beautifully.
When I saw this Abalone Shell Mirror from Jayson Home & Garden on Mrs. Lillien's blog, I immediately thought of mom. A new project, perhaps?