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Have a Beachy July 4th!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday | 5 comments

Starfish and Beach Stripes Beachy american flag 4th of July


Even if you can’t make it to the beach today for Independence Day shellebrations, hang out on this beach for a few minutes. Peace.

Beachy dreaming. Red bucket on a shell filled beach

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Shellebrate Independence

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday | 14 comments

July 4th junonia

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Happy Independence Day, Shell Baby!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in 4th Of July, Lightning Whelk, Whelk, Worm Shell | 19 comments

seashell independence day baby sanibel july 4 2013

Happy  Independence Day! Hope you are enjoying your 4th of July as much as little stars and striped cutie pie Jaylen visiting Sanibel from Missouri.

american flag sanibel beach

I know lots of other people who are happy after finding seashell treasures like these under the bridge at Blind Pass on Sanibel.

sanibel seashells pink shell bag

Like Barbara from Merrit Island, Florida…

barbara seashells sanibel

Who wouldnt be happy finding a FLORIDA CONE, WORMIES, MUREXES and LIGHTNING WHELKS?

finding seashells in sanibel island florida

That’s why Brenda and Missi from Ohio were so tickled…

brenda missi visit sanibel shells from ohio

This awesome bag of shells were found by newbie shellers Julius and Liana…

seashells in plastic bag sanibel island  florida

This Dad and daughter shelling “team” were visiting from Ohio as well…

julius liana ohio visit sanibel shells

Oh and another cutie petutie shell baby! This is Sarah… from Ohio too! I should have gotten all of these Ohio peeps together!

sanibel beach shell bucket baby

Look at this Patriogator! Nancy and Mark from Ohio (I know, right? Ohio!) and Frank and Linda from Cape Coral made this exshellent beach art using PEN SHELLS…

beach art alligator sanibel american flag

Have a wonderful 4th and be safe!

PS- We are still cleaning up our shells from Guantanamo Bay but when we are done I cant wait to show you more photos from our tremendous trip and more Caribbean seashells and BLING we found.

shells collect on Sanibel island florida bp

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Making Seashell Costumes For The Sanibel Parade 2012

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in 4th Of July, Alphabet Cone, Beach Holiday, Junonia, Parades, Sand Dollar | 16 comments 2012 parade sanibel

Happy 4th Of July! It was a beautiful day for the Junonia Jalopy to make an appearance in the Sanibel parade. And even more exciting was that our friends Susan (soul sister), Berringer, Jacob and Daron wanted to walk along side Clark and me in the Junonia Jalopy to show off their love for shelling too!

seashell costumes sanibel parade

So Susan and I had a blast making seashell costumes…

seashell costumes

We started by painting seashell designs on foam core board then cutting them out…

paint a junonia seashell costume

We made these to fit as a sandwich board type costume so we needed to make signs for the back side attached with ribbon (we found aqua ribbon with white stitching!) … so we made iLoveShelling signs and embellished them with a few shells of course…

shelling signs

We even found  aqua buckets to hold our shells that we handed out to the crowd. How cute are they!!

iloveshelling sanibel parade

 Since the theme was “Sanibel #1 Vacation Destination” from the Frommer’s rating in this year, we decided to remind everybody that Sanibel is #1 Shelling Destination too!

sanibel number 1 shelling destination

 Here are some other fantastic floats in the Sanibel parade like the Captiva Island Yacht Club float…

ciyc parade float

 Cip’s restaurant…

cips sanibel parade

 I loooove this float by Tammie’s Total Care!

tammie's total care sanibel

 Take a look at this huge castle on Congress Jewelers float…

congress jewelers sanibel parade

 Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum had their float sporting their Great Cowrie Roundup…

shell museum sanibel parade

Here’s Doc Ford’s float…

Doc Fords Sanibel parade

I wish I could have seen all of the floats because I heard there were so many creative ideas and lots of fun. Thank you Sharon from Cottages to Castles for sending me this photo of Susan walking the parade in her SAND DOLLAR costume… So cute!

susan sand dollar costume

We think we handed out around 700 shells this year. Now you know what we do with all of those shells we collect! Okay, did you notice something about the ALPHABET CONE Daron had on? Do you see letters?

seashell parade costume

 Thanks  Captain Brian for sending this last photo! Happy 4th!


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Happy 4th Of July, Sanibel Island Style

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in 4th Of July, Parades, Sanibel Shell Fair and Show | 25 comments

iLoveShelling Float 2011

Happy Independence Day, y’all!  This year’s theme for the Sanibel 4th Of July Parade was “Shellabration” …. so we couldn’t miss out on a shelling theme, now could we?

i Love Shelling cart Sanibel parade 2011

We plopped that big honkin JUNONIA right on top of our cart, added some shell garland, mixed in our patriotic colors then revved up the “Junonia Jalopy” and headed to Periwinkle Way to shellebrate our country.

Seashell mobile top junonia

Oh yeah, AND we threw out over 500 shells (CONCHS, WHELKS, OLIVES, MUREXES, COCKLES, etc) to the crowds along the streets. Everybody loved getting real shells!

Sanibel parade float

There were 55 other “floats” that were having just as much fun as we were…

Shell Museum Sanibel parade 2011

Shell Museum

Sanibel Sea School Parade 2011

Sanibel Sea School

Cips Sanibel parade 2011

Cips Sanibel parade 2011

Sand Castle Sanibel parade 2011

parade bike 2011

The “Shellabration” theme was to kick off the 75th Sanibel Shell Fair and Show that will be held March 1-3, 2012. Yep! That’s SEVENTY FIVE  years the Shell Fair has been on Sanibel so this next one will be a doozy. This is the fabulous poster designed by local artist Pam Brodersen.

Shellabration shell fair poster

Speaking of Pam Brodersen, she sent me pictures she took of our cart in the parade today. Thanks Pam!

ils sanibel parade shell cart

The Junonia Jalopy is taking a short rest to take us on to the next stop…. Fireworks!

blue fireworks

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