Shell Love Bug front fender seashells

Shell Love Bug is born!

Shell Love Bug front hood seashells

After thousands of hours, over 20,000 shells, over 65 volunteers, over 60 tubes of glue and millions of decisions… Shell Love Bug has graced the world.

Shell Love Bug driver seashells

I made this 2005 convertible Volkswagen beetle the ultimate symbol for the love of seashells and shelling… hence the name Shell Love Bug.  Most of the shells used to make this shelldazzled masterpiece are from our personal collection and the Sanibel Shell crafters but there have been oodles of shells donated by other obsessed shellers like us. We’ve made the biggest mobile Sailors Valentine on the planet!

Shell Love Bug seashells car scallop

How did Shell Love Bug happen?

When Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau officially made June 20 of each year National Seashell Day to “shellebrate” this wonderful hobby of collecting shells, I was abshellutely thrilled. This is a day every sheller gets to share this passion for shells with friends and family even if you aren’t on a beach collection them. You can give gifts made with shells, have a dinner party with shells as centerpieces, make shell paintings, send homemade shell cards ….whatever makes you happy to share the love of shells.

So the VCB  asked me if I had any ideas to make a big splash on the first ever annual event to make it really fun. Errrrr…. Well heck yea!!! Yes I sure do … it’s gotta be a car. A car covered in seashells. Y’all, I can’t tell you how over the moon shell I’ve been to recruit people in this community to create this work of art….  so many of my shelling friends, Lynette and Johnny and a few other talented ladies at Sanibel Shell Crafters. We only had 6 weeks to shelldazzle this car… but when shellers step up, things get done. It was truly a community project.

Shell Love Bug trunk seashells

There are soooo many amazing stories I want to tell about “her”… the different shells she has, the people who helped, the glue, the shell crafting, where and when you can see her (CLICK HERE for next week’s schedule), whats gonna happen to her… and on and on. I promise, I will try to get you all the information. But first…..

We’ll be on Good Morning America tomorrow morning at 7am with Ginger Zee (This was June 20, 2016) ! Make sure you tune in to ABC or set your DVR to watch the live broadcast…. with Shell Love Bug!

To keep up with Shell Love Bug and her tour- Remember she’s brand new so there’s not much info on her yet.

UPDATE! Check out this awesome time lapse video and Making Of Shell Love Bug.

Shell Love Bug