Beacon Hill resident turns beach bits into art

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:52 AM.

While shell art may occupy her days now, Daniels didn’t start crafting her creations until she was in her 30’s. Prior creative activities included sewing clothes for her kids and teaching kindergarten for eight years at Faith Christian School in Port St. Joe.

Daniels’ family moved to Gulf County when she was in the sixth grade and she spent her youth in Port St. Joe. She later moved to Alabama in 1982 where she remarried and lived until July of this year.

The sea shell seller is proud of her Gulf County heritage and said that her father, Emery, had a machine shop on First Street and worked with the paper mill and railroads.

Two of her brothers worked in the machine shop and her brother Jimmy, a former police officer, still lives in Jones Homestead with his wife. Daniel’s mother, Jean, was known in the community as “Miss Jeanie.”

Daniels admitted that Port St. Joe isn’t exactly how she remembered it and was saddened to see that U.S. Highway 98 had been moved inland.

She said that the area now occupied by WindMark Beach was where she used to find the best shells, especially since sea life would often be attracted to bits of asphalt that would fall into the water.

“I love to walk on the beach and see God’s creations,” said Daniels, who spends an hour or more on the beach each day collecting materials. “Each flower is a different experiment.

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