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Cybershelling Sanibel Captiva

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Sea Life | 22 comments

shelling west gulf drive sanibel florida

It’s time for CYBERSHELLING, y’all! What have I been thinking? So to make it up to ya, click on the next picture so you can see some of my shell finds this morning off West Gulf drive beaches. You know I looooove to arrange shells, right?  So I had a cute little display of all my finds from my morning walk all arranged just perfectly so you could see each one and the pretty colors together…. then a wave came up and crashed the whole thing. Hmmmmm…. I think Mother Nature was telling me something. Yep, She reminded me she is the best display artist of all time. She knew this would be way prettier than anything I could arrange so I left it just the way she wanted for my photo. It’s been months and months since I’ve posted a cybershelling photo for y’all to view in full up close and personal. So go ahead and click away to see some of my beach combing finds.

cybershelling seashells sanibel beaches

Earlier this week, I took a crazy kayaking adventure with some of my friends to watch the full moon set over Captiva island….

Then we turned around to witness an amazing sun rise over Pine Island Sound.

We found a few empty LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS and a ROSE PETAL TELLIN. It was a glorious morning on the water.

Meanwhile, at Bind Pass Captiva the shell mound kept piling up shells for the pickin’.

Each and every time I walk the beach or get on the water, I witness something beautiful. To finish my day on the beach today… a SPOTTED EAGLE RAY.

Join me on a Shelling Adventure cruise … I have brand new dates!

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Sight Sea-R Cruises – 239-765-7272   — March 28, April 11, May 15


(PS- Awwwww… Seriously I’m so sorry I couldn’t make some of the dates requested. I really tried!)


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Warm, Colorful Shells on A Sunny Beach

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 8 comments

As I hear about the terrible winter storms north of Florida, I feel a wheeee bit embarrassed to be complaining about the chilly weather of 54 degrees here on Sanibel Island that swept through yesterday. So before I get out my big down coat and boots with wool socks to head to the beach, I’m hoping if I post the photos I took earlier in the week from our iLoveShelling trip to Big Hickory (when we were still in bathing suits, shorts and tee shirts), it’ll warm us all up a tad.

There were warm, colorful shells strewn all over the bright sunny beach. ;)

Our group was able to wade in the Gulf Of Mexico without a care in the world.


I met awesome families with rosy sun-kissed cheeks finding buckets of shells.


Wow…. and more ALPHABET CONES!

So many shellers with their ALPHIE eyes on!

It was such a pleasure to spend such a gorgeous day hanging out with so many cool shellers.

SEA PEARLS, DRIFTWOOD and WORM SHELLS…. I absolutely loooooove these beach treasures.

JUNONIA Sue (from my last post) and friends were with us!

Thank y’all for coming out and enjoying the day with me.

A day of beach combing always warms the heart…. and hopefully helps give a little warmth even if it’s virtual shelling. Stay safe, y’all!

I’ll let ya know what these high winds from this winter storm washes up on our beaches soon. The waves are entirely too rough right now but the anticipation… always exciting! :)

PS- I’m trying to work out some new dates for the next few months so once I get everything worked out, I’ll post them on the Shelling Trips page HERE. Hopefully soon!


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Seashells Found Around The World

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Sea Life | 19 comments

“After 38 years of searching I ended 2016 with this. It rolled up in front of me at Mitchell’s on West Gulf. A good omen for the new year” said Sue B. on iLoveShelling Facebook page. I couldn’t have been happier to see this photo of Sue and her JUNONIA on Sanibel she posted. I met Sue and her lovely family years ago on the beach and always feel such a connection. Shellzam! ;)

Then I kept scrolling to see other posts and got the same feeling when I saw Diane S and her HORSE CONCH “Yahoo! Number 2 on my Bucket List was checked off today!”. I’m sure this was found in SW Florida, right Diane? Conchratulations!

Then I saw posts of shell finds from around the world. Cool! Mane J. said “My new year gifts from Thailand , I didn’t expect to get special shells as I get most the same every time but !! never thought I could get them both together , love it !!”. SPIDER CONCHS!

spider conchs thailand seashells

“Found this beauty on 90 mile beach Victoria, Australia” said Anna S..  Oh My! That looks like a SOWERBY’S VOLUTE? Shelltastic!

Ericusa sowerbyi sowerbyi

Then Michele B. said ” Exumas, Bahamas…”.  I just love the Caribbean and to see other finds around the world.

Back on Captiva Island, Florida …. I scheduled a Shell Love Bug outing at Captiva Cruises so I got to meet folks coming from their shelling trip from Cayo Costa. I’m so happy I did! They were thrilled to see the shell car and fun for Shell Love Bug and I to see their shell finds. (See Shell Love Bug schedule HERE)

It’s gonna be a wonderful new year especially seeing such amazing shell finds from beachcombers around the world.

It’s a brand new year.


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2016 Best Of i Love Shelling

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Best Of, Top 10 Best Seashell Posts | 13 comments


fullsizerender-42016 kicked off the year with a bang after very cold weather and a few storms brought gobs of seashells to our beaches of Sanibel and Captiva in January and February. That started the seashells flowing as Clark and I caught the travel bug to explore many different shelling destinations around the world. And then there’s another travel bug I caught ;).. that was a very big “bug”. heehee

Here are my top 10 posts for 2016… Enjoy the count down from #10 to #1 post this year.

Click on each image to find out why they are so special for 2016!

#10 –

 Ebb and Flow Of Life and Shelling  (with video)

Sanibel Cockle shell at sunset-1


 Calm After The Storm 



 Shelling Is Beach Therapy 

sanibel seashells on bowman beach


 Combing The Beaches Of The World One Island At A Time



Crazy Carolina Beach Combing – Shelling Trip To Portsmouth Island, North Carolina

 Portsmouth island North Carolina seashells



 Beachcombing Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas



 My Inner South Carolina Seashell Artist Is Channeling Whelks

channeled whelk shells



I Lassoed Me A Sanibel Horse Conch (with an unbelievable video)

pam rambo with big shell


 She Saw Seashells While Sailing The Seychelles

branched murex seychelle islands

And… drum roll please….. my favorite day …. and favorite post of 2016!!!!


 Shell Love Bug is Born



I’d love to know which posts were YOUR favorite.

Happy New Year!

Check out all the past years Top 10 iLoveShelling posts…


best of 2015 ad i Love Shelling best of 2014 best-of-2013-ad-11 best-of-2012-sanibel Best-of-2011 Best-of-Sanibel-2010

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Best Gifts From The Sea

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa | 24 comments


For me, the best gifts seem to come with an experience like beach combing. With an assortment of shells and bling at the end of the day, it reminds me of my entire walk on the beach hearing the ocean splash on the sand while scanning the beach for different shells.


When I see kids getting excited about finding treasures, it reminds me of my first beach finds.


I got to share the excitement of amazing gifts of the sea on a shell filled beach last week on Cayo Costa with our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises.


The beach was loaded with LETTERED OLIVES, WHELKS and CONCHS (and SUNRAY VENUS and CALICO CLAMS) but I also found an ALBINO FLORID PRICKLY COCKLE (with a red COQUINA inside) and a ROSY WOLF SNAIL (bottom shell in my hand).


We found a huge live LIGHTNING WHELK too then quickly placed it back in the water.


My favorite part of this trip was to meet awesome people that love shelling as much as I do.




Thank you for such a nice day and for your gifts as well :).



And thank you for sharing your artful eye ;) ….



Everybody received not only shells but as on every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received another gift…

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

It was a joyous day.


I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful holiday as much as we are. I’ve been a little occupied with family of course during this season…. and also celebrating a new family member. This was the best gift Clark and I could have asked for. Meet our new rescue kitten Prince Harry (he’s a “hairy” red head, very charming and a little bit of a bad boy heehee) aka Cat 5 (short for CATegory 5 HarryCain- because he’s our 5th cat together and his adopted name was Cain  hahaha). Our 15 year old Dustie (DustBall) loves him already too. I have to admit…. he’s so stinkin’ cute, it’s hard to do anything else but play with him.



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