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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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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

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

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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!

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

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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i Love Shelling Cruise to Mystery Rocks

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bryozoa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 16 comments

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Nice ALPHABET CONE, Denise!  She found this incredible shell (incredishell) while beach combing with her family Devin, Paul and Gwyneth (they found awesome shells as well!) at Big Hickory Island on our iLoveShelling adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises earlier this week.

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I had such a great time seeing everybody find ANGEL WINGS, WORM SHELLS, SUNRAY VENUS shells and some much more. It’s what makes it so special to me.

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It was so much fun to talk to Sarah and Catherine about their shelling trip to North Caicos they took last year. After I posted about our trip to Turk and Caicos in 2013, they followed our same trip and loved it just as much as we did.

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I’ve “met” Jason and Twyla on iLveShelling Facebook page but I finally got to meet in person on our trip. It was a blast to hang out with y’all!

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Jason showed me the KNOBLESS FIGHTING CONCH he found compared to the regular “knobbed” FIGHTING CONCH. And of course one of a few SAND DOLLARS he found.

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Subreda and Sumita came all the way from Mumbai, India to visit local sheller Menju and to join us for our shelling day. They are awesome they even shared some yummy Indian snacks – deeee-licious.  Thank you so much for shelling with us, y’all.

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These are some of Sumita’s shells…

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The shelling girls Mickey, Becky and Carolyn came out to shell with us too.

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Mickey found her first SEA PEARLS…

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Sisters Robin and Sue went for totally different shells.

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Sue found an awesome ALPHIE, ANGELS, TULIP, KINGS CROWNS and cool Beach Bling like BRYOZOANS and SEA PEARLS.

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Robin found happiness in the mini shell pile… look at that sweetest lintiest SAND DOLLAR omg.

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We were in the presents of lots of other mini shell lovers too like Cheri.

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Hey Hey, They are back! Jerry and Livy are learning their way around Big Hickory better than anybody on the beach and in the water. They’ve been on this same cruise quite a few time and it’s so dang cool that Jerry shares his knowledge with everybody too.

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On our boat ride to the island, I saw Jon and Bob with snorkel gear so I asked Jerry if he would give them any tips. While Romaine combed the beach her men, Jon and Bob snorkeled around the water and used some of Jerry’s advice… Oh yea. Happy faces!

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Most of our shellers found their treasures on the beach, like Diane and John…

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… and Laura, Mike, Paula and Jim

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On the return boat ride after our fabshellous shelling adventure,  Bob and Romaine had mentioned they find Fulgurite pieces (fused quartz that happens when lightning strikes the sand. Remember the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”? ) on beaches of North Carolina and they thought they found some FULGURITE on Big Hickory too. Since shellers are so like minded, I showed their pieces to our whole boat of shellers … come to find out, we all collected similar pieces. Ok, so…. these are the pieces in the photo below. We are still trying to figure out if they could be FULGURITE. Last year on this iLoveShelling cruise, we had a geologist on the boat and he thought it was wave tumbled concrete from an old concrete structure. He thought the holes were old shells that had crumbled over time. Hmmmmmm… the mystery continues. Concrete? Or FULGURITE? Whadaya think?
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To make the day even happier, everybody received their gift certificate from Congress Jewelers too!

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It was an amazing day with awesome folks. Thank you for coming!

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Sunny Shelling on Cayo Costa

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa | 4 comments

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Ahhhh. A warm, sunny day on a beach with miles of turquoise water AND a few seashells.  Heaven on earth!

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Our afternoon iLoveShelling boat trip with Captiva Cruises took us to Cayo Costa Island to experience a wonderful adventure with a few “firsts”. Susan from Michigan found her first LETTERED OLIVE!

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Ardys (WI), Gene and Susan learned how to use their shell nets and “backhoes” for the first time- that first OLIVE got them going. They are pros now!

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Tamela from Georgia found her FIGHTING CONCH conch.

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I got to meet some awesome families visiting Cayo Costa for the first time like Ashley, Reese, Sonny and Chandler from Oklahoma.

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And like this awesome shelling family Reese, Tamra, Sue and Reilly from New Hampshire. Nope, that wasn’t a typo- we had 2 Reeses that were able to meet each other on the way back to the boat. First time hanging out with 2 cutie sheller girls named Reese.

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These were Reilly’s favorite shells she found. That’s an itty bitty teenie weenie little bright orange SCALLOP SHELL. Adorbs!

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Her first BABYS EAR! Sue is visiting SW Florida all the way from Plymouth, England to do some shelling and was ticked to collect a BABYS EAR shell.

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I’m so thankful to Ellen and Tom (CO) who came on our trip with stories and thoughtful gifts so I’m thrilled they found some beautiful treasures to take back with them from this gorgeous day.

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Well I shouldn’t say ALL of their treasures were “beautiful” haha. Yes that GAUDY NATICA, double SUNRAY VENUS, double ALTERNATE TELLIN and most of their shells are fabulous but Shellen Ellen found a SPIDER CRAB shell (at the top) that is a very cool piece of “Beach Bling” but …. beautiful? Naaaaa. haha

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So much fun to hang out and talk with shellers because we all have so much more in common than just shelling. Susan and Bill (NC) were no exception- so much fun to hang out and chat with y’all while we look for shells.

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Same thing for talking to Julie and Patrick (Chicago) in between scooping for shells along the surf’s edge.

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So I found out that Jay and Jo (Indiana) are just about as obsessed with shelling as much as Clark and I are. Fun!

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As we were pulling away from the dock on Cayo Costa, a family of MANATEES popped up out of the water to say Hi! That’s a first for me on this back side of the island.

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They hung around the boat for a few minutes putting on a show for us. Cool!

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Also on the way back to Captiva, I had to take a photo of Kris, Linda, Diane and Dave because I’ve introduced Linda and Diane before on another cruise. They met on another iLoveShelling cruise and this time brought their husbands with them- the story is so cool! CLICK HERE
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Don’t you just love, love, love Gwen’s smile? This is exactly how I always feel when I find shells or bling that make me happy.

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She even found a huge chunk of JUNONIA.

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Of course everybody had big smiles as well after receiving $25 gift certificates to Sealife By Congress

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Wings Of Angel Shells On Big Hickory

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 15 comments

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Shelling isn’t complicated. It’s the most relaxing activity one can do while on the beach.

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Just walk along the shoreline and pick up a few seashells that you think are pretty. That’s it. So that’s exactly what we did yesterday along the beach of Big Hickory Island yesterday when we all found handfuls of ANGEL WING shells.

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Okay, I have to admit though…  it adds so much fun when you hop on a boat like the Sight Sea-R to go to explore a secluded island for shells!

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It’s so much fun to meet other amazing shellers like cutie shellootie Gretchen who made a new SEA STAR friend as well. After saying hello and learning how to tell if they are still alive, Gretchen gently placed her new SEA STAR friend back into the water and wished it a good long life.

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Along the way of enjoying this spectacular sunny day,  Peter and Alex (Connecticut) found a few keepers to put in their shell bag.

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Thank goodness Peter found a couple of ALPHABET CONES- thats all he looks for…  so I’d say he was successful.

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Can you believe the color of that water?  Theresa and Russ (soon to be Cape Coral ;)) …

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found an ALPHIE, SAND DOLLAR and a few other souvenirs to remember our fab day together.

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How can ya not have a good time hanging out with folks like Susan from Toronto? Really, we’re all just wanting the same thing- enjoy the outdoors and find a few good memories along the way.

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She found her first ALPHABET CONE.

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Lori and Glenn (Iowa) had luck finding an ALPHABET CONE too. They are so darn cute!

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Ellen (Shellin’ Ellen) and Roger (VA) had their own luck beside them.

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Sweet!

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It was an incredibly gorgeous day to hunt for shells while in the water like local sheller Candy and her snorkeling sister Megan visiting from Pennsylvania.

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Thank you for coming out with us Angela, Sarah and Stacy (Maine) – next time we are gonna do a little SHARKS EYE dance together. hahashellers on shell tour

I think we were happy like Mike and Linda from New Hampshire to have this gorgeous day to hunt for shells. The water was soooo amazing.

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Bob and Nancy from Houston are newbie shellers who found a lot of new shells for their list… but the best shell being this colorful little DUSKY CONE. i love those little shells.

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So this is why I love days like this more than anything…. I looked over to see Diana from Illinois sharing her ANGEL WINGS with some of the other shellers that she didn’t even know. That’s so sweet! So when I found out that Carolyn, Roda, Bev and Lynette were part of Sanibel Shell Crafters, it meant even more that she was sharing her treasures with them. They donate so many hours to shell crafting they are such givers as well. It’s really so simple- share the shelling joy.

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Diana kept a few of her gorgeous miniature shells like just two ANGEL WINGS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, WORM SHELLS, COQUINAS and even quite a few branches of CORAL. I loved her collections so much, you can see I photographed them in the first photo- so pretty!

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It was a beautiful day filled with laughter and joy from a boat full a beautiful folks.

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