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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

A Shelltastic Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Thanksgiving, Turkey Wing | 11 comments

shell turkey beach art

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving from the beaches of Sanibel Island. I’m very thankful today I can share the love of shelling with YOU!

Seashell Thanksgiving Turkey wings

Turkey Wing anybody?

Turkey wings on aqua

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Week Long Sunshine State of Mind

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Seashell Beach Video, Video | 6 comments

orange seashell candy corn-1

There’s nothing better to me than a happy face and Mary always makes me smile. Especially when we’re out on the water.

conch seashell cayo costa-1

I was lucky to be on this party boat cruise to Cayo Costa to beat the heat of July 4th week. A perfect reason to pop out and splash around with picturesque parasols. So cute!

mary bondurant florida boat party cruise-1

What better way to celebrate Fred’s birthday… Happy Birthday Fred! So good to see John could come celebrate with you too.

fred john cayo birthday party-1

Talk about happy faces… Shell Love Bug made an appearance at the Sanibel 4th Of July parade. We were smiling every inch of Periwinkle Way and saw soooo many happy faces as we made our way from Bailey’s to Jerry’s. (Thanks for the photo Sandy!)

Shell love bug july 4 parde 2016

Omigosh! We passed the most fabshellous sign I’ve ever seen! haha I only got to meet Linda in the brief encounter as we passed by but you make me so happy every year, Miss Yaya. You have a beautiful mission and keep me smiling.

Linda we love i Love Shelling 4th parade-1

I woke up last week to see this clipping in one of our local newspapers… Congratshellations Amy S! She made a wish upon Shell Love Bug on National Seashell Day and look what happened. Thanks for the shout out!

wish upon the shell love bug newspaper-1

Ok… and for something a little different, I always feel like summer is the time to try new things to beat the heat. Soooooo since You Only Live Once…. I tried the Flyboard at YOLO Captiva. I was flying! OMG This was such an amazing time.

Yolo flyboard captiva florida-1

My Flyboard instructor Colin found a teeny tiny BANDED TULIP but couldnt identify it. He asked … “Is this a JUNONIA?” haha Not this time Colin but we might make a sheller out of you yet.

Colin with Tulip Yolo flyboard Captiva-1

Thanks y’all for your great smiles and positive energy.


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Shellebrate Freedom

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday | 2 comments

Shellebrate freedom seashell flag

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Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Beach Holiday, Memorial Day | 2 comments

american flag palm tree

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend

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From My Beach Heart To Yours

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Beach Hearts, Beach Holiday, Valentines Day- Shellentines Day | 14 comments

Happy Shellentine’s Day!

valentine's day heart collage

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2016 New Years Beach Reshellution

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Bay Bean Sea Bean, Beach Seed Pods, New Years Eve | 15 comments

2016 sea foam and shells on a beach

Happy 2016!

seashells and beach sea bean drift seed

It’s gonna be a shelltastic new year if the shells keep rolling in like they have done the last few days all along the beaches of SW Florida. From Sanibel’s Bowmans Beach to Blind Pass Captiva there were mounds of shells piling up then washing out with the tide. They come and go… come and go… come and go.

collecting seashells

We also did some island hopping around the out islands to find some very cool treasures. We don’t find the little BAY BEANS (on the bottom right in the next photo) very often so I’m always thrilled to find those cute little SEA BEANS.

seashells and beach sea bean drift seed

I love finding different types of seashells and beach bling… i Love everything there is about Shelling. Beach combing gets us out to the beaches to explore and learn about the ocean and wildlife that surrounds the sea… but it’s also a restoration of the soul, don’t you think? Walking the beach is like meditation- we get lost in the moment with the sounds of the waves, the warm sunshine on our skin, the salty breezes and the search for beautiful things. And there are so many beautiful things its hard to decide which beautiful things we need to hold and take with us. We can’t take the sun or the waves or the breezes with us although they are embedded in our minds. But there are the gifts from the sea like those sweet little WHELKS and that cute little BAY BEAN we want to put in our pockets so we never forget the glorious days on the beach. Hmmmm… so this made me think…. how many shells do I need to keep? Granted, I collect more than the average sheller because I have this blog in which I share my experiences so we can all learn the different variations of shells and bling that wash up around the world. I also craft with shells and give gifts of shells… but there’s a time to …errrrr… diet. I think I need to go on a shell collection “diet”. So…

My New Years Reshellution!! Here it is…. I will comb the beaches as I normally do but at the end of the day, I will choose only a few treasures to bring home with me- less than 8. I will take photos, then leave the rest or give them away on the beach. I’ve been doing this for a while but then there are days when I get too excited and forget to pick out my faves and put the rest back. From this handful of goodness, I chose to keep the dark HORSE CONCH (wow- what a great size!), that teenie tiny cutie little LACE MUREX, the NUTMEG, the OPERCULUM (under the NUTMEG), the middle dark LIGHTNING WHELK and the WORM SHELL (it’s hard to leave a WORMIE!). But from now on I have to remember that I don’t need to over indulge- less is more- that’s why I love the minis!

festive hand with sea shells

And plus… There have been so many beach combers on Sanibel lately, we don’t want to take away any of the treasures from anybody else. So many happy people finding shells. Happy New Year!

Shell collecting on Bowmans Beach Sanibel

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