Sandi Blanda felt an immediate connection when she saw her first sailors valentines in 1983. She is inspired by antique pieces but focuses on creating original one-of-a-kind designs. In addition she shares her love of the art through teaching and speaking engagements. Sandi’s valentines are part of permanent collections in the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel, FL. Her work is featured in Sailors Valentines Their Journey Through Time (2006), Women and the Sea (2009), and Under Glass A Victorian Obsession (2013). Sandi is listed in Who’s Who in America.