Archive for November, 2010

Nov
29

Simple Sanibel Beach Stroll

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Little Sheller on Sanibel

Little Sheller

It was a beautiful beach stroll on the east end of Sanibel near the lighthouse.

Apple Murex Sanibel Sunset

Apple Murex Sanibel Sunset

An APPLE MUREX was our biggest find.

Sea Bean with waves on Sanibel

Sea Bean with waves

We found two SEA BEANS .

Button Seashell

Button Seashell

…..and a BUTTON SHELL. We didn’t see big shell piles but it was simply a beautiful afternoon.

Romantic Sanibel Sunset

Romantic Sanibel Sunset

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Nov
27

Seashell Christmas

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Sand Dollar Starfish Seashell garland

Sand Dollar Starfish Seashell garland

Time to Shellebrate the Holidays! This little Seashell Elf has been busy making SAND DOLLAR  and STARFISH garland strands for the Christmas tree in our iLoveShelling.com golf cart at the Captiva Holiday Village parade on December 4 at 3:30. I’m making this a very simple design so I can add red ribbon and some white SCALLOP SHELLS as well to fill in every inch of my tree. Of course, I have to have lots of seashells!

Starfish Sand Dollar strand decor

Starfish Sand Dollar strand garland

I’m using sand dollars that we have collected over the years but I bought these starfish “seconds” (I don’t mind that they aren’t perfect…. who is?) from Seashells.comhere on Sanibel. I’m not using any glue. I just wrap the twine around a starfish arm and knotted the back then string through one of the holes in the sand dollars and repeat. Easy! This next project was easy too……

Sand Dollar cookie trays

Sand Dollar cookie trays

Sand Dollar Cookies!!! I’m not a good baker but my friend Tiia helped me make over one hundred of these adorable sugar cookies Thanksgiving night. Okay, we made life easy and sliced pre-made sugar cookie dough then decorated them with five slivered almonds- a great idea I got from Daily Vitamin Sea.

Sand dollar cookies

Sand dollar cookies

Aren’t they so cute? You can have one too since I’ll be giving them out at the Captiva Holiday Village Luminary night after the parade by The Mucky Duck. I’ve packed them in the freezer for safe keeping until then. Come by to say “Hi” and get a sand dollar cookie and a real shell!

Tween Waters Holiday Sunset

Tween Waters Holiday Sunset

I haven’t had time to do a lot of shelling, but we did make it to the beach yesterday to witness this beautiful Captiva Island sunset right across the street from Tween Waters Innannual holiday lights and tree lighting festival. If you’ve never seen this spectacular event, you are in luck because I took a video. Yes! I’m in full Shellebration for the holidays!YouTube Preview Image

If you’d like to see more holiday tree ornaments or get some great ideas for decorating your tree, see a collection at The Essential Beachcomber.Captiva Holiday Village

Nov
24

Saving A Sanibel Seahorse

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Live Sea Horse on Sanibel Island, Florida

Live Seahorse photo by Carol Saunders

Beachcomber Carol found and rescued a live SEAHORSE! I introduced Carol on my November 7 post Shellicious Shelling because she showed me the SERPENT STARFISH and then we saw the LONG-SPINED URCHIN together. She’s also the one that gave me the packaged west coast SAND DOLLAR.

Sea Horse on Sanibel Island, Florida beach

Seahorse on Sanibel photo by Carol Saunders

A couple days after we shelled the beach together, I got this note from Carol-

I wanted to tell you about my adventure the very next day on the beach where we met. Things were slowed way down Monday in the shell dept on that same beach.  When I crossed the sand bar, however, things picked up.  I noticed some strange markings in the sand and then the creature that had made them:  a seahorse!!”

She picked “him” up and took this sweet guy to the safety of water where she witnessed his recovery. What a rescue! Carol said she snapped photos (above) as soon as she saw the SEAHORSE  and then realized he was alive.

Tarpon Bay Explorers Sea Horses

Tarpon Bay Explorers Sea Horses

SEAHORSES are fascinating fish! Here’s a couple of Fun Facts….. Did you know that the males carry the reproductive eggs then “births” them? Did you know that some species mate for life? To see live SEAHORSES you can visit Tarpon Bay Explorers on Sanibel.

Tarpon Bay Explorers sign

Tarpon Bay Explorers

On this Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for so many things. I am especially thankful for my family, friends, being able to meet people like Carol and to be surrounded by so many beautiful gifts of the sea. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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