Monthly Archives: April 2017

“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” has arrived!

“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” is the delightful story of Shelly Cat and her two “marvelous” mice friends, Marv & Louis, who live by the beach.  The three friends build sand castles and collect sea shells, but also have adventures at the beach seeing dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals.  The inquisitive cat and mice watch pelicans plunge into the sea for dinner, snowy egrets “dance” on the beach and see cormorants with turquoise eyes and throats.  Each adventure is an opportunity for education about the beach environment on the west coast.  Shelly Cat and the mice even spend time picking up trash on the beach.  Shelly Cat is a very happy cat and clearly enjoys her life by the sea.  She wears assorted hats and necklaces.  Marv & Louis, the two mice, each have distinctive personalities.  Marv is the serious one who likes to read books and watches out for Louis.  Louis is shy and has a childlike silliness.  Louis often carries paper umbrellas used for drinks that he found at the beach.  One day the mice discover that they are talented at weaving baskets and hats from reeds growing in the marsh on the bay.  Another day the three friends run away from the waves with the tiny Sanderling birds.  Together they collect and learn about sea weeds and about the hermit crabs living in sea shells in tide pools.  Shelly Cat, Marv & Louis go grunion hunting under the full moon and collect pine nuts from pine trees.  They watch sea gulls raise their polka-dotted chicks.  Every day is a marvelous adventure at the beach with Shelly Cat By the Sea and her two mice friends, Marv & Louis.  Both adults and children will enjoy this book.

“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” is written by Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea and is illustrated with Nancy Lee’s watercolors.  Nancy Lee previously published “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, a sea shell education book with her watercolor illustrations and photography of sea shells in Southern California.

Shore Bird Photo Greeting Cards


A greeting card series of cards that are created with Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea’s nature photography on the coast of Southern California. 

Each card set has a distinctive theme celebrating different coastal subjects such as:  California Brown Pelicans, Ocean Waves, Harbor Seals, Shore Birds, Sunsets and Sea Shells.  

“Shore Birds – Photo Greeting Cards” is a series of coastal bird photos, which show how funny & beautiful birds can be.

These cards perfect to use for any occasion.  The inside of the cards are blank and each card is hand-stamped with either a dolphin or pelican motif, which has been hand-carved by Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea.  Each card is 6 ½” x 5” with a 6” x 4” photo.  These cards could also be easily framed to give as gifts or display in your home!

A set of six cards costs $20 plus shipping & handling.  At this time, these cards are only available for purchase direct from the artist on Etsy.

Summer’s Almost Here – Time to Get New Flip Flops for Walks on the Beach!

Maybe it’s time to go to Randall’s Sandals in Pacific Beach to pick up a new pair of flip flops for your summer walks on the beach! And if you don’t yet have my book “A Guide To San Diego Sea Shells”, you can purchase one at Randall’s Sandals and take it with you to the beach!