Shell Love Bug is born!
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.
This 2005 convertible Volkswagen beetle is 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!
How did Shell Love Bug happen?
When Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau had the brilliant idea of officially making 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, family and everybody they know… however they want to even if you can’t be doing the Sanibel Stoop on that day. 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!!! I pitched a few ideas… swing and a miss. haha Then it hit me…. yes… it’s gotta be a car. A car covered in seashells. They liked it! Y’all, I can’t tell you how over the moon shell I’ve been to work with the people in this community to create this car…. Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, so many of my shelling friends and a few 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.
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 get you all the information. But first…..
We’ll be on Good Morning America tomorrow morning at 7am with Ginger Zee! 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- visit FortMyersSanibel.com or ShellLoveBug.com. Remember she’s brand new so there’s not much info on her yet.
Shell Love Bug! Our secret seashell sculpture is almost ready to be seen by the nation on Good Morning America with Ginger Zee on June 20, 2016 at 7am to help shellebrate the 1st annual National Seashell Day.
Remember this “clue” I gave you a couple weeks ago with me along side of this 2005 VW convertible bug? (CLICK HERE to read)
Well… we’ve “shelldazzled” the entire car with local seashells. Can you believe it?
It’s turned into the biggest SAILOR’S VALENTINE on earth. OMG!
Here’s where I’ll be the shellmsman for Shell Love Bug to make her first tour shellpearances …
The Shell Love Bug Tour! …
Monday- National Seashell Day June 20, 2016 – Sanibel
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Bailey’s General Store
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
Tuesday- June 21, 2016 – Cape Coral/North Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Shell Factory & Nature Park
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – The Yacht Club
Wednesday- June 22, 2016 – Downtown Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Twisted Vine Bistro
11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The Edison & Ford Winter Estates
1:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Alliance for the Arts
Thursday- June 23, 2016 – Fort Myers Beach
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Love Boat Ice Cream
12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Lynn Hall Memorial Park
I can not wait to show you the ultimate symbol for the love of seashells and shelling I could think of.
Oh. Em. Gee. That’s me!
Holy Cowrie, I made it on the cover of Sanibel/Captiva local newspaper thanks to Islander news reporter Anita Force Marshall (CLICK HERE for the full story). I’m so honored! We’ve been on a wild ride since the official National Seashell Day so I’m very sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently lately but I promise to make it up to you very soon after the big day… June 20. It’s soon!
PS- We had a blast on our iLoveShelling cruise to Big Hickory last week and I still need to show you some of the cool things we found…. that’s coming up next.
We saw seashells by the seashore on our shelling and sailing vacation in the Seychelles!
We saw spectacular seaside sightseeing views.
We saw stunning sandy beaches … spawning smiles. ;)
Happiness. We couldn’t think of a better way for Clark and I to celebrate our 20th Anniversary!
The Seychelles Islands are on the east coast of Africa right smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean. We flew from Miami to Paris then Paris to Mahe Island in the Seychelles. We spent a few days on Mahe Island exploring the beaches … we rented a car but we do NOT advise doing this. The roads are crazy narrow with no room for error. Clark did an amazing job of driving but I think my feet are still sore from slamming on my imaginary breaks on the passenger side- eeek! If you go, just hire a cab- seriously. Then we boarded a 44 ft Sunsail Catamaran to sail to a few of the other Seychelles Islands…. with Captain Jeremie Bossy. Let me tell you, Jeremie was THE best captain we could have ever hoped for. We love him!
Our first hour on the boat, we sat down with Jeremie to chart our route. He looked at us like we were crazy when all of our questions were about finding areas with seashells. He grew up on the water in the Seychelles with his parents (and 5 brothers) and has been a captain since he was 18… he had never met anybody who wanted to spend their vacation in search of seashells. Fishing, yes. Diving, yes. Birding, yes. Snorkeling, yes. Reading books, yes. Shelling? Never.
By day 2, he was combing the beaches right along side us. He was hooked.
So with now 3 sets of eyes… we found SPIDER CONCHS…
and beach bling like PENCIL URCHIN SPINES…
and SEA GLASS…
Our favorite little island was LA DIGUE. We loved it so much we ended up staying there 3 days and renting bikes to explore. Gorgeous!
We found most of our shells while biking around this island. It was soooooo much fun.
But we didn’t just comb the beaches. The Seychelles Islands are known for their conservation efforts so lots of the beaches are marine parks to protect the sealife and all wildlife. Jeremie knew where we could beach comb but also where we could observe but not collect. He also took us where we could lots of wildlife for photos…. like seeing the amazing rare GIANT TURTLES. haha They are so dang cute and friendly! Now don’t worry that Im so close to him (yes, this one’s a him), its ok. They are part of the landscape and their lives just like you’d say hi to your neighbor or their dogs or cats.
In one of the marine parks, we saw “shellions” of live MANGROVE WHELKS laying around at low tide. We saw plenty of empty ones but they are off limits to collect, as well as quite a few other types shells. It’s still fun to see them by the masses and to learn about their habits at low tide.
Anther very cool thing to see in the Seychelles is the very rare coconut… COCO DE MER. This is the only place on the planet to see these wild coconuts and they are protected as well. They look like… well, you decide. haha
Honestly, this little LITHOGRAPH CONE (i think that’s what it is) is my favorite find of the whole trip. It’s sweet and perfect and it makes my heart skip a beat every time I look at it.
We didn’t find an overwhelming amount of shells but we found enough to put in a beautiful bowl in our home to see them every day and remind us of our amazing trip. They are perfect souvenirs on our hunt for shells which took us on quite an adventure on the other side of the planet to see breathtaking views, rare animals, lush foliage and a trip of a lifetime we will never forget.
PS- I have a phone number for Jeremie if you ever want him to be your captain- just leave a comment.
UPDATE: I had quite a few people already interested in Jeremie’s info so I’ll post it here too. So he said he doesn’t go online or look at email all that often (maybe once a week) but he has a mobile phone (which for some reason one number he gave me wouldn’t go through from my phone) so just be patient when you try to reach him.
Jeremie Bossy- 002482632253 or 002482753768 …[email protected]
and PSS- Yes, I have major jet lag (31 hours travel time) bit couldn’t wait to get back to working on my shell art project ( to be revealed soon!) so I haven’t been sleeping. Please disregard all the run-on sentences and/or misspellings and anything that doesn’t quite make sense – just read between the lines, k? ;)
Holy Cowrie! We are floating around the Indian Ocean on a sailboat anchoring at several of the Seychelles Islands in search of seashells. Not only have we found a few seashells… we’ve seen breath taking views, amazing wildlife and even tried to relax a little in the sunshine and take in the salty air.
We’re soaking up every second so coming up soon…
Seychelles Shell N Tell
PS- you were right Jody and Judy!!! ;)