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iLoveShelling 5 YR SHELLAVERSARY

 

We are Shellebrating 5 years of iLoveShelling.com!

Can you believe I’ve been blogging about seashells and beach bling on Sanibel, Captiva, Southwest Florida and around the world for 5 years? I can’t believe it! It seems like yesterday when I started this blog to write a few thoughts down about my shelling adventures. Before I knew it, some of you started to comment of your joy of beach combing as well…  and from that day forward I was hooked.

To thank you for a fabshellous 5 year journey of sharing this amazing world of shelling ….

We are having a Shellaversary Party GiveAway!

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Yes, you read that right. You could win a 5 nights stay at Island Inn!

Island Inn Sanibel has been a huge supporter of the shelling community since 1895 so they wanted to be part of our iLoveShelling Shellaversary Party. They are giving one shellucky winner a FIVE nights stay for two at their beautiful beachfront resort.

iloveshelling 5th anniversary

How do you register to win this incredishell FIVE nights stay for two at Island Inn for our FIVE year shellaversary? It’s so easy…

  • Enter A Chance To Win a 5 night stay for 2 people at Island Inn by CLICKING HERE 
  • Properly fill out entry form at the link stated in the directions above
  • These links will not work for mobile devices. Instead copy and paste this link into your browser…  http://www.islandinnsanibel.com/iloveshelling-five-year-shellaversary
  • Enter between October 30, 2014 through November 5, 2014
  • One entry per person
  • Winner will be announced November 6, 2014

Thank you so much for 5 years of such fun times on the beach together, as well as learning and sharing our shelling adventures with each other.

So go ahead… get on over to the Island Inn website (CLICK HERE) to register for your chance to win 5 nights in paradise. Then get out your conch horn and get your shellacommunications skills fired up by telling your friends and family to register too.   Good Luck to each of you!

Many thanks to Island Inn for being so gracious and supportive to our shelling community with this GiveAway with iLoveShelling. We are grateful and very excited about having this chance to GiveAway this FIVE nights stay at this historic resort…

Island Inn Sanibel Office

Old style Sanibel Island Inn

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PS- While you are waiting to hear if you won this exshellent 5 year Shellaversary Party GiveAway, check out another awesome party the Island Inn is throwing. Shellabaloo! Join us for this awesome shellathon…

shellabaloo January 2015

 

 

 

 

Oct
27

A Perfect Day For Shelling

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large whelk in Cayo Costa

It was a shelltabulous day on our iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises cruise to Cayo Costa today. Especially for Carol and Amy who found this perfectly gorgeous and empty LIGHTNING WHELK. Shellzam! Happy Birthday Amy!

Carol and Amy find large Whelk

We had so many very cool shellers on our boat trip today…

i Love Shelling group tour to Cayo Costa

Everybody found awesome shells.

Annette's Florida shells

Some of my fave peeps were on the cruise today… Jim and Annette from Shellabaloo 2. So good to see y’all!

Jim and Annette find shells

Jennifer from Colorado found a beautiful SEA URCHIN but realized it was still alive so she put it back on the water. Loree found several completely dried SEA URCHINS in the high tide wrack line so she shared one with Jennifer so she would have one to take home with her. You are so sweet L-O-R-E-E!

Loree and jennifer sharing shells

Florida purple sea urchin

Bill (Mr. Adorable) and Debbie found lots of shells but were also very happy to have received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress. Everybody on the cruise got the same $25 certificate! Sealife By Congress loves shellers!

Debbie and Bill with shelling group

These were Mr Adorable’s shells he arranged in his hand to show me. See how adorable?

Finding Florida shells

Talk about adorable… Sara and Travis from Nebraska snorkeled the whole time on our adventure…

Sara and Travis snorkeling for shells

This is only a smidgen of the shells they found. It was crazy how loaded the water was with shells.

sara's shells

Amy from Ft Lauderdale didn’t need a mask or snorkel. The water was so clear, she walked along the waters edge to find her mermaid loot.

Amy ft Lauderdale olives

She found these within 10 minutes of getting off the boat.

snorkeling for shells

Ruth and George came all the way from London, England to enjoy our weather and to find shells with us on the cruise.

Ruth and George from London visit Sanibel for shells

It was the perfect day! SAND DOLLARS, URCHINS, SUNRAYS VENUS, OLIVES, CONCHS and so much more.

Finding Seashells on group tour

Clifton from Alabama found SAND DOLLARS too.

Kliftin alabama find shells

They found plenty more but were the only ones to find a whole true ANGEL WING. Lucky!

bucket of shells

Vicki from Ontario, Canada found one too.

Vicki Ontario finds sand dollar

There were so many cool shellers and cool finds…

chris phil houston shell on cayo costa

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This is especially a cool piece of COQUINA LIMESTONE, don’t you think?

coquina limestone

We all were lucky to have had such a calm, beautiful day to anchor on the Gulf side of the island… right in the middle of the best patch of shells on the whole beach. Great job, Captains Keith and Kevin of Captiva Cruises.

playtime boat finds shells

Oh… and even after shelling all morning and finding so many treasures, Jennifer got off the boat, walked down the dock, looked in the water at McCarthy’s Marina then pulled this perfect LIGHTNING WHELK out of the water. hahaha We all were so impressed! We started seeing other shells in the water so we started pointing out other things we could see from the dock. The whole day was a blast meeting such fun shellers and sharing stories.

McCarthy's Marina shelling

You can join the fun too… Reserve your spot on an iLoveShelling shelling adventure too- CLICK HERE  for dates.

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PS- still working on the iLoveShelling 5 year Shellaversary details… I promise, its coming soon!

Sea shell treasures

It still amazes me how many variations of beautiful shells can be found on Sanibel during a morning walk on the beach during low tide.

Low tide morning Sanibel

Laura drove to Sanibel’s Gulfside City Park beach from her home in Fort Myers Beach to collect a few shells this weekend. She may not have filled up her shell bag but the treasures she found were well worth the trip… especially the fabulous FLAT SCALLOP, MUREXES and gorgeous LETTERED OLIVES she showed me (in the first photo).

Laura finding shells on the beach

Her husband Shannon found lots of those same shells in the high tide wrack line.

Shannon finding shells on Sanibel

And he found oodles of CONCHS, DRILLS and TURKEY WINGS too to fill up his bag.

Shannon's shells

Our weather this weekend has been absolutely perfect with high 60s in the mornings and low 80s in the day. Love it!

Low tide Sanibel beach

Stacy (Pompano, FL) was having lots of luck shelling the tidal pools where she was happy finding all sorts of shell loot.

Stacy with olive shells

She found those glossy colorful OLIVES as well but she loves the minis too so my fave shell of hers was the tiniest and cutest little TOP SHELL (furthest to the left in her hand- cutie!).

Stacy's shells

I saw Barbara from NJ again but this time she showed me one heck of a beautiful shell she found… a GOLDEN OLIVE!

Barbara NJ golden olive

It was a dark mustard color – almost orange – and sooo beautiful but…. it was still alive.  Most of the shells at the shore line were alive but I found most of the empty shells in the high wrack line or in the higher tidal pools. Barbara showed her GOLDEN OIVE to us long enough for me to get a photo, then she returned it to the sea. Breed, GOLDEN OLIVE, breed! LOL

Golden Olive on Sanibel

It’s always nice to go on vacation like we did last week but living on Sanibel is sooooo nice to come home to. We are happiest living by the water’s edge on Sanibel just like most of the shells we saw at low tide this weekend… happy, healthy and very much alive.

Conch shell on Sanibel

Join me for a Shelling Adventure! Next one is tomorrow Oct 27, 2014 at 9am with Captiva Cruises. For more info CLICK HERE.

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Oh and PS- I have something very special coming up this week… We are shellebrating iLoveShelling 5 years Shellaversary so Stay tuned!