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We love to take winter walks on the beach.  It is lovely to have a beach all to ourselves and the shell hunting is the best in the off-season.  The amazing amount of shells is both a blessing and a curse when you take a three-year-old with pockets.  In order to avoid the meltdown when we tell her stinky crab legs and giant driftwood are not coming home with us we started searching for necklace shells.  These small, clean shells with existing holes generally fit in pockets and are an easy project when tied onto string at home.