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2016 Sanibel Shell Festival Artistic Seashell Crafts

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in 78th Sanibel Shell Festival 2015, 79th Sanibel Shell Festival 2016, Beach Hearts, Captain Brian Holaway, Decorate with shells, Make Seashell Stuff, Pam Rambo, Sailor's Valentine, Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Shell Art | 16 comments

Sanibel Shell Festival Betsy Studley art

Every year, the first week of March is always exciting because the Sanibel Shell Festival comes to town. This 2016 year was a trifect-shell-a for me.

1. –  The show was fantastic.

shell craft pink flower

Fun to see Carol Strange sharpie these beautiful shells.

painted shells sanibel shell festival carol strange

Kelle Covington’s shell encrusted ukulele.

Kelle Covington shell ukelele

Marti Gorun’s gorgeous seashell mirror.

seashell mirror sanibel shell festival Marti Gorun

2. – Fun to hang out with shell friends and everybody at the show was exceptionally happy and chatty.

I had such a great time hanging out with Rachel (we learned so much from her last year about Natural Pearls) and Master Naturalist Shelling Guide Captain Brian Holaway.

pam rambo rachel brian holaway

We are such a colorful group! The girls just gotta have fun in psycheshellic colors with Kelle (she made the awesome Ukulele) and Shelley from Naples. Thanks for sending this photo Kelle :)

pam rambo kelle covington sea shelley

Bill Jordan is a hoot! He’s also an amazing artist with his SAILORS VALENTINE and pocket watch valentine.

Bill Jordan shell valentine pocket watch artist Sanibel shell festival

Speaking of SAILORS VALENTINES… David Rhyne won Peoples Choice Award in the artistic division of the show.

david rhyne valentine peoples choice award sanibel shell festival 2016

You have to see the close up of this one because of the detail of the basket weave. The basket and the circle weave are made of SEA URCHIN SPINES.

sea urchin spine shell craft weave

Another amazing VALENTINE by Judy Dinnick.

Judy Dinnick valentine sanibel shell festival 2016

This one by Gerda Reid.

Gerda Reid sailors valentine Sanibel Shell festival 2016

Oooh shell la… so many stunning pieces!

sailors valentine sanibel shell festival-1

And then we come to #3 of the trifectshella – The shelling was awesome!

Rachel's junonia

Rachel found a JUNONIA on the east end of Sanibel about a mile from the Sanibel Lighthouse and her Aunt Margie found an amazing SCOTCH BONNET in about the same area.


scotch bonnet

Not bad I’d say for a couple of days of beach combing.

Best Sanibel shells march 2016

I’ve run out of room on this post and lots of cool shells to show you.. and more cool shell people. So stay tuned for more photos of the scientific division of the Sanibel Shell Festival.





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Introducing Guest Blogger… Captain Brian Holaway

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Baby's Ear, Captain Brian Holaway, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells | 27 comments

gone shelling i love shelling

Everybody needs a vacation… even when you live in a paradise like Sanibel. So, I am unplugging from online life for a week or so to take a break and recharge the brain. I know! You need shelling reports! I am NOT leaving you high and dry without shelling updates so…. Captain Brian to the rescue!

Captain Brian 008 Holaway

Captain Brian Holaway will be right here posting his fabulous photos of our local beaches just like he does on his blog Capt. Brian On The Water . You won’t miss a beat to get your up-to-date shelling fix. Fair? Okay, if you haven’t heard me talk about our good friend Captain Brian before, he is the best shelling guide I know.

captain brian starfish

.. and he REALLY loves shelling too. Can you tell?

capt brian seashells

Oooooh… He has a box of BABY’S EARS!

captain brian babys ears

Ahhhhhh…  WORM SHELLS!

captain brian worm shells

He even collects TUSK SHELLS like we do but we’ve never found one this big!

capt brian tusk shell

Wow! Look at these gorgeous shells…

capt brian best seashells

Did you notice he has The Elite Three? A JUNONIA, SCOTCH BONNET and LION’S PAWS.

capt brian elite three

 Captain Brian has a great eye for shells but he also has a great eye for nature and wildlife. He is in the Florida Master Naturalist program to promote awareness, understanding, and respect the environment of Florida’s natural world.

Captain Brian Holaway Master Naturalist

 See? I’ve left you in very capable hands.

Margarita, please. (Oh sorry, I’m just getting ready for vacation.)

So enjoy the next few posts by Brian then I will be back with a refreshed mind and hopefully some awesome shelling reports to share.

Oh yes, I’ll have that margarita with salt. (Oh sorry, again.. I keep getting interupted)

See you soon, dear friends!

Sllluuuuurpppp. Ahhhhhhh


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