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Island Beach Combing Treats and Treasures

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 10 comments

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It took a great deal of patience not to immediately pounce on this LETTERED OLIVE, FIGHTING CONCH and 2 pieces of gorgeous CORAL but instead take the time to get a photo before a wave washed them away.  Same goes for this FLORDA CONE…cone-shell-on-the-beach-1

Heehee … but I did it to show you that sometimes the whole shells are hiding near broken bits of shell crush so they are harder to find. I spotted these shells on our iLoveShelling cruise with Sight Sea-R Cruises after we pulled up to this gorgeous island of Big Hickory last week.

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The Gulf Of Mexico was calm, clear and dotted with shells along the shore.

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But the best part of our trip was…. awesome shellers!

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Finding awesome treasures!

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…. And beach bling!

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We were even treated to a DOLPHIN “show”. They followed our boat for so long and were so playful long side us, I think they wanted to hang out with us and see what kinds of shells we found.

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It was a marvelous day surrounded with fabshellous folks. Thank yall for joining me!

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Lets get together for a shelling day! Check out my upcoming dates… CLICK HERE 

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Big Time with Big Fabshellous Bunch

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Albino Shells, Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fossil, Shark's Teeth, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 5 comments

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Big time fun at Big Hickory Island with this big bunch of fabshellous folks!

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Our boat with Sight Sea-R Cruises took us to this amazing island with clear blue water, lots of sunshine…

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And seashells to find on the beach.

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And treasures to find in the water.

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I’m a little delayed in posting, but this was last week on Halloween day. Cutie trick or treaters found lots of seashell treats.

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That’s an amazing ALBINO LACE MUREX along side those 2 FLORIDA CONES, huge BABYS EAR and sweet striped SUNRAY VENUS. Fantastic finds!

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I couldn’t believe I even found a fossil SHARK’S TOOTH.

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Every time I’m on this cruise, I’m thrilled to meet and see shellers find such exquisite gems. I look so forward to these trips!

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Did ya see the awesome post about this shelling cruise written by Robin Draper of Authentic Florida? Her Authentic Florida blog is devoted to giving us the best info on everything cool thing in Florida and I’m honored she came on this boating trip with us. Check out her article… http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/where-to-go/find-florida-shells-with-a-shellebrity/

And check out her blog…

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Thank you Robin for all you do give us a peek at all the hidden gems of Florida. And you’re so dang cute and fun!

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Join me on a beach combing adventure! CLICK HERE

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Bunch Of Fun At Bunche Beach

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Bunche Beach Fort Myers, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sunray Venus | 25 comments

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There are many beaches to explore in Southwest Florida to observe a variety of wildlife and find great shells, but it’s always a fun to make a trip to Bunche Beach in Fort Myers at low tide to roam the mud flats.

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Seriously, it’s like an Easter egg hunt out there at a low tide zig zagging through the muddy sand as you walk up on to flash of pink to find gorgeous SUNRAY VENUSES with both valves still held together.

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So as you can see by my photos, these “mudflats” aren’t really muddy dirt made of soil but they’re actually sandy tidal areas meeting with mangrove forests and many different grass beds. When the tide recedes, we get to see lots of other natural occurrences as well … like spotting the unmistakeable colors and pattern of a half buried empty LIGHTNING WHELK shell.

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And like a itty bitty empty SHARKS EYE shell.

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Among hundreds of live healthy KINGS CROWNS, I found this one empty fabshellous beauty.

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Such a fun trip with friends Ada, Ann and Kathy to take a quick trip just off Sanibel.

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PS- Not sure if you heard-  on August 16, National Geographic published an article online by the very talented journalist Gillian Kendall with the title….  “10 Reasons to Visit Fort Myers and Sanibel, Florida”. It’s a beautiful piece featuring our beaches, islands, wildlife, fishing and…. errrrr…. and then there’s #2…. A Shellebrity. Oh Holy Cowrie! I’m still a little shell shocked! LOL But I’m so incredibly honored and honestly, oh I don’t know… a little embarrassed? Anyway…. it’s an awesome article and I guess it’s taken me a few weeks to post it since I feel a little… oh, I don’t know. It’s craziness!!! (blush, blush)

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/united-states/florida/ten-reasons-visit-fort-myers-sanibel-island-florida-beach-trip/

Oh… and PS again – If it turns out well, I’ll show you photos of my new and improved Shellaboratory I’m remodeling. I’m painting seashells on the concrete floor while we wait for the big storm in the gulf to bring us real shells! Here’s a sneak preview …

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On The Water Feeling The Sense Of Exhilaration And Adventure

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Dolphin | 11 comments

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Any day on the water is an amazing day full of adventure.

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Being on the water with DOLPHINS playing beside our Captiva Cruises boat on the way to the secluded island of Cayo Costa… was an exhilarating day.

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Our iLoveShelling Adventure on Tuesday from Captiva  was extra special for me since my life long friend Lori and her daughter Mackenzey were visiting us from Richmond, Virginia. I’ve known Lori since I was knee high so it was a gift to have them both share this experience with me.

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Its such a small world, Lori and Mackenzey met other shellers on the boat that are from Richmond, Virginia too… and live about 20 minutes from each other.

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It was a beautiful calm clear day with lovely adventurous families.

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We had a journey finding happiness and a few gifts from the sea.

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Of course everybody received another gift…  $25 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers

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The day after our cruise, we had a sad day on Captiva and all of Southwest Florida. Yesterday Paul McCarthy, owner of Captiva Cruises passed away.

The journey of life…. “That you feel the sense of exhilaration and adventure“.  These are the words Paul McCarthy lived by.

I have so much to be thankful for to have known Paul. He encouraged me to do these iLoveShelling cruises so I could meet the shelling community face to face instead of only online through my blog. He knew how much I would enjoy sharing my love of shelling in person by being on the water just like our cruise on Tuesday. Of course, he was right and we all should live life to the fullest and be present. He had a special gift of bring people together to learn about the environment and share experiences. He touched so many lives by being so giving of himself to others. We are so grateful to the all of the folks at Captiva Cruises who have worked alongside Paul for so many years and will continue his legacy.

Island life suits me”. Yes, it did Paul. We will miss you.


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To read more about Paul McCarthy and Captiva Cruises, this is from the our local paper The News-Press http://www.news-press.com/videos/news/2016/08/24/89298162/

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Beautiful Day With Beautiful Shellers

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Dolphin, Flat Zigzag Scallop, Lightning Whelk, Pear Whelk, Rough scallop, Scallop, Whelk | 7 comments

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Isn’t it crazy how beautiful these shells are? This is about the biggest empty PEAR WHELK I’ve ever seen!

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The colors of this LIGHTNING WHELK are stunning.

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These beautiful shells were found by these beautiful shellers on our iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises.   Did you see that gorgeous orange ROUGH SCALLOP (ORANGE PECTIN). Shellzam, Super Shellers!super shellers on cayo costa-1

There were other cool shells found like this FLAT ZIG ZAG SCALLOP.

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And BABYS EARS! She got to check that one off her list.

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We also shellebrated birthdays. Happy Beach Birthday!

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Every day is a shellebration to be on the beach.

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With beautiful seashells and beautiful shellers.

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Talking about beautiful shellers? This gal has made me smile for years. Sherri Bode (Sherri from MN) has commented on my blog for years by giving me positive feedback and helpful ideas …. and I finally got to meet her in person for the first time on this Shelling Adventure. She’s just as sweet and adorable in person and I’m so grateful for you Sherri- you warm my heart! The internet is a crazy and powerful way to meet like-minded folks but it’s even more fun when I can put a face with a name after meeting in person.

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And then this happened…. Four  years ago, Clark and I met Katie and her dad on a cold January day on the beach at Blind Pass (read post HERE). She was bursting with happiness just to be on the beach shelling that day, so neither Clark nor I ever forgot her. Omigosh, she was on the cruise too!

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She still emits so much happiness when she’s on the beach finding shells. This time she was finding COQUINAS  and other minis so she can make shell flowers and hearts like the ones on Shell Love Bug.

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When she told me who she was, my mouth dropped seeing how she’s blossomed into such a beautiful woman since I remember that day like it was yesterday. Then she showed me on her phone the 2 photos she took that day four years ago. The first photo was of her and me.  Love that! Soooo darn cute.

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The second photo was Katie and Clark. I was sooooo tickled to see this photo because in a conversation to a friend just 5 days ago, Clark told the story of Katie asking him to be in a photo with her. You made his day then Katie, and you made my day this week showing me this photo! I will seriously cherish this forever.

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It was truly a magical day. We even had DOLPHINS swimming up to our boat. Seriously …. can’t you see they are smiling?  

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Big Fun on Big Hickory iLoveShelling Cruises

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 8 comments

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I always look forward to boating days!

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To see big smiles …

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On on our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory with Sight Sea-R Cruises.

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I love when we all can get together to tell shelling stories. Annie brought her JUNONIA she found at Blind pass last week. Shellzam Annie!

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It’s such a beautiful place to spend time shelling together.

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For the whole family to hunt for treasures together. ;)

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Since I’ve been so tied up for the last few months with creating Shell Love Bug (CLICK HERE) I feel so badly I didn’t get to share our awwweeesome trip last month to Big Hickory so I want y’all to know I’ve been thinking of that amazing day too.

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Cutie shelling families!

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Good friends…

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Fab shellers…

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New friends…

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Y’all are such a beautiful sight for sore eyes!

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It’s always so cool to see the shells and beach bling everybody finds.

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This is truly beach therapy.

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