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calm day at the beach

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s nice to have just a calm quiet moment on the beach.

shells on the beach of Sanibel

Finding a few shells along the way makes the moment even more special.

a few sanibel shells

Running across creative seashell beach art is the icing on the caked sand.

seashell snowman on the beach

Fabio M. posted a picture on the iLoveShelling Facebook page of their exshellent Sanibel version of a Snow Globe. Fabio and his wife made Sandy the Shellman (his new name!) mostly out of ARKS, CALICO SCALLOPS, DOSINIAS, SLIPPERS,and JINGLES… and a PEN SHELL nose.

Seashell snow globe with sand and shells

After admiring their beach art masterpiece, I made up a song to commemorate Sandy The Shellman…

 Sandy, the Shell Man was so happy he could yell

With a SLIPPER scarf and a PEN shell nose

And two eyes of JINGLE shells

O, Sandy the Shell Man

Was alive on Sanibel

On this sunny day, he could laugh and play

As we all do as we shell.

sandy the shell man

Their seashell beach art warms the heart…

beach art seashell heart

I hope they don’t mind but it looks like the Seashell Fairy left a few additions to their art.

seashell fairy left shells
Just in case you need a breather from your busy December life too, take a break and walk the beach with me for 5 minutes. Its an instant de-stresser! Click on the video…

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Touched By an Angel Wing

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Comfort Make a wish seashells

“Every beautiful shell from the sea is a treasured gift” – I’ve said that countless times after admiring the amazing architecture, color and patterns of shells and bling that have washed up at my feet while taking a walk on the beach. I feel like I receive another wonderful gift when I meet folks who appreciate those same awesome gifts from the great Mother Nature.

dennis and jesse collecting seashells

Nicole, Dennis, Jesse and Sophie from Oregon gave me that gift last week… which was being able to hang out with this is one awesome family!
Sophie's Make a Wish on Sanibel

The moment 5 year old Sophie’s feet hit the sand, she barely had time to look up as she picked up one fascinating shell after another.

nicole and sophie on the beach shelling

She already knew lots of the shell names too since she and her family had been studying up on the types of shells they might find on this very special Make-A-Wish trip to Sanibel.

seashells in a pink bag

The whole family told me they loved seeing all of the live creatures on or around the island… like DOLPHINS, MANATEES, TURTLES and the BIRDS but I think Jesse especially liked the ALLIGATORS (Ack! haha) in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and little critters like this HAIRY CRAB on the beach (maybe its a Pilumnus sayi ?) . I’ve seen lots of these little hairy guys in the SPONGES lately.

Sanibel Florida hairy crab

Jesse pulled these shells and beach bling aside to show me that his favorite finds from the beach were the smallest of treasures. Dont you just love that his faves are the tiniest ones?

jesse's favorite shells while visiting sw florida

Nicole and Sophie picked out a few of their favorite beach treasures … trying to just pick the best of each species (from a massive pile of shells they collected- haha). It wasn’t easy for them to pick just a few!

angel wing butterfly

As I oohed and aaahed over Dennis’s SCOTCH BONNET, ALPHABET CONE and GAUDY NATICA, Nicole told me that picking out a few shells and arranging them makes each one just a special as the moment you found them. I couldn’t agree more. Together we made a masterpiece (with an ANGEL WING butterfly Nicole arranged with WORM SHELL antennas- heehee) using their favorite shells and beach bling collected on their trip.

Comfort Make a wish seashells

These are special peeps whom I will have special memories with for a very long time.

Nicole Jesse Dennis and Sophie on the beach

Last week was a little chilly but they didn’t mind a bit- They are so stinkin silly and fun!

Pam with Sophie's family

I hope they look back on their Sanibel trip as Spectacsheller!

dennis and sophie on shelling cruise

I know I will… as I feel like I’ve been touched by an ANGEL.

angel wing in the sand

A big THANK YOU to Make-A-Wish for making it possible for Sophie and her family to come to Sanibel, Florida.




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It’s The Shelliday Season On Sight Sea-R

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Alphabet cones, wormies and horse conch shells collected

Shellzam! It may have been a little chilly this week for Florida weather (in the 50’s) but we sure like it when this kind of weather brings in the shells.

Shell collection from beach combing Florida

Oh yay, baby! These were all found while on our shelling trip with Sight Sea-R cruises on Wednesday.

sand dollars and seashells collected

We found a mound of shells!

piles of seashells





Even WORMIES and CANDY! See that itty bitty orange HORSIE hidden in the other shells?


We were all having a very merry time on our exshellent shelliday cruise.

Sight Sea-R shelling trip to Big Hickory Island

The ride to the island on the back bay was absolutely gorgeous but even better arriving at low tide to shell the sand flats.

beach combing on a sand bar

And this is so cool… Toni (PA) found 2 huge live LIGHTNING WHELKS.


They were only about a foot away from each other on the water’s edge so after she shared this amazing sight with everybody and a few photo ops she put them back where she found them to go about doing whatever it was they were doing when she found them. Fingers crossed they will breed!


Here’s Toni with her friends Jan, Dottie, (Toni) and Lois just after they put the WHELKS back in the water. Very


Russ and … oh wait… you’re gonna love this as much as I did…. Russ’s wife’s name is Shelley (I want that name! haha). But the funniest thing is- they are from Coralville. Shelley from Coralville finding shells and coral on a shelly beach on an iLoveShelling shelling trip .


From Kentucky… Steve and Trina found those SAND DOLLARS with the LACIE and ALPHIE in the 3rd photo from the top.


Visiting from Indiana, Jennifer and Brian were the spectacsheller shellers that found that huge ALPHIE in the first photo. And even more amazing finds that I didn’t even show!


Visiting all the way from Germany, Dina and Ergin had the eye for WORM SHELLS and SHARKS EYES. They were thrilled! But…. please forgive me y’all if I misspelled your names- I lost my notes and some of my photos some how amongst all the shellebrating. Ack! (Update: Oh gosh- Thank you Dina for the correction. I was sooo close…. y’all are hard to forget since we had so much fun :))


We also had a very special family visiting from Oregon… Nicole, Jesse, Dennis and little cutie pie Super Sheller Sophie. And Dennis found a SCOTCH BONNET! I have some awesome photos of their shells but I’d like to show you their shells in my next post since I saw them earlier in the week on the beach too. Love them!


And look who else was on our trip! Sisters Marie and Martha from our Shellabaloo 3 September 2013- It was so much fun seeing you both again! You always make me smile.


Speaking of Shellabaloo, we now have a few spots open for our Shellabaloo Exshellaganza January 5-8. This would be the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite sheller! CLICK HERE for info and to reserve your spot- it’s gonna be a blast!


If you can’t join us for Shellabaloo, then join us for our next iLoveShelling Sight Sea-R shelling cruise January 7, 2015… but you better hurry- there’s only a few more seats available. Get on the conch horn and join us for one of these shellucky trips!


CLICK HERE for all of our dates, times and info to join for some special shellowship.