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Seashell Christmas

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 golf cart on December 4, 2010 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

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 here 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 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. That’s it!

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 (December 2010) after the parade. 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

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. 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!

Captiva Holiday Village


  1. What a wonderful idea for cookies! The garland looks fabulous, too!

  2. I saw those cookies too. They are so adorable. I don’t think I’ll be making 100. Thanks for linking up with my ornament party (#4 woohoo) I moved all my Xmas tubs from my storage unit to my front porch – poised for the decorating to commence tonight. All my beachy/shell ornaments are in there somewhere.

    Have fun at the parade!

  3. Pam – you out did yourself with those cookies. I saw them at Daily Vitamin Sea too. I am going to have to make those. How cute…and thanks for the idea on how to make the garland without glue. I would rather not use the hot glue. I have all my supplies (I made a pit stop in Key Largo at my favorite shell shop) so I am going to make them tomorrow night!!!

  4. You made all the cookies!!!!! Can’t believe it -they look awesome!! Good that you had some help…, a hundred!!! Wow! Thanks for the link…., I seem to only post occasionally now on Daily Vitamin Sea.

  5. Now that’s how to usher in the Holidays! Great job, Pam. Thanks for getting us in the spirit of a Captiva/Sanibel Christmas! Can’t wait until Dec. 25th!!!! that’s the day we arrive! Save some shells for us, ok?

  6. Pam, I really like your Sand Dollar Cookies…they look so neat. I will definitely give them a try. And the Sand Dollar Starfish Garland is a great look.

    Your website is such a special place to stop by and see what new ideas you have or what and whom you have found while beachcombing!!! Thanks so much for all of the beachy things you do!!!

  7. The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-thanks for joining us at – you are appreciated. I like your garland and cookies. We will visit Sanibel Island in January.

  8. What… nobody at your house sneaks cookies out of the freezer?

  9. Hi Pam, The garland is fabulous. We were recently in Destin, Fl and one of the shops had similar garland wrapped around a Christmas tree. It was gorgeous.
    What a great idea for cookies and they are so cute. Thanks for posting my Holiday Decor party button and I hope to see you there.

  10. I’m loving that garland. I’ve got to join in the fun!! And yes, the famous ‘Sand Dollar’ cookies… Yum!!! Pruxxx

  11. Great garland…wow, wish I could afford to buy enough shells to do that….guess I’ll just have to work it out year by year…eventually, I’ll have me seashell tree.

    Great way to kick off the Christmas season…gotta come down this year…maybe for the luminaria trolley ride…

  12. Pam, can’t wait to see your decorated cart! John and I will have a Beggs Realtors/Royal Shell Real Estate cart in the Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade. We’ll be sure to visit you at the Mucky Duck where the awards for the parade takes place. Save us a cookie!!!…..yum…..yum

  13. I wish I was there.

  14. Hi Pam,
    I’m inspired to make just sand dollar and star fish cookie cut outs this Holiday ’cause they look so cute on your garland….my tribute to beautiful Santibel.

  15. The Starfish garland is so pretty, I would have never thought to make something like that. The cookies look pretty yummy! :) Christmas on Sanibel Island sounds perfect too.

  16. The garland is wonderful!!! Love the shortcut idea on the sand dollar cookies. I may have to borrow that one too!!

  17. Oh how amazing! I love your garland and your cookies are fabulous too…how adorable!!!

  18. Hi Pam, Thank you for posting the video of the Tween Waters Celebration. Very fun. We are in Florida now and can’t wait to get over there and do some serious shelling. Is the Red Tide still there?

  19. My husband and I were in Sanibel over Christmas and just got home last night. It was our second shelling trip. I bought some of your wonderful notecards. We had dinner at ‘Tween The Waters our last night so seeing the video was wonderful. I love the old fashioned movie “Prancer” and was so surprised to see the same style Santa and reindeer over the restaurant as were in the movie…even down to Rudolph’s red nose! Thank you so much for posting the video!

  20. PLEASE- PLEASE warn people about the no see ums. We were bitten when on Sanibel over Christmas and almost a week later are itching so badly. We have tried everything and nothing really helps for long. We were bitten as we sat on the beach each evening while watching the beautiful sunset. It took several evenings until I noticed that something was biting me. We would have bought the repellant had we had known there was such a problem. Just wanted to save someone else from this horrible itch we are going through. Thanks!

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