It was a weekend wonderland on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva with plenty of shells to pick, sift and sort.
Bowman Beach was by far the best for beach combing along a stretch of shell strewn piles.
Holy Cowrie, we found an enormous shell pile! The shells in the first photo were all found in this massive mound- Boom Shellalaka!
On Saturday at Blind Pass Captiva, a cool front blew through that brought a sweet shell shelf that formed at the jetty. I found some nice treasures within just a few minutes.
Unfortunately, this huge shell mound didn’t last long at Blind Pass. Most of these shells in the next photo were swept back out to sea just as fast as they were pushed in.
I also made a stop at Gulfside City Park this weekend to find some very cool SPONGES and scattered shells…
After hitting the beaches in the morning, it was so exciting to be part of the Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade again this year. I was a judge again like last year!
The Remax Whoville golf cart was so adorable!
John and Denice Beggs of Royal Shell had Frosty the Island Snowmen scooting around on their fabulous Happy Huladays float…
The Hippy Holiday girls were far out, man with the groovy beat of the Christmas holiday.
Santa had his boat afloat with the Burns Family diving under the sea with fish, mermaids and snorkelers.
With so many creative floats, it was sooooo hard to choose so I’m so glad I had the help of the 2 other judges – Queenie and Captiva Firefighter Paul. The peoples choice winner still has yet to be announced – go to Captiva Golf Cart Parade on Facebook tomorrow (December 22, 2015) to vote.
Wishing you lots of holiday spirit with a video of beach combing on Bowmans Beach this weekend. Happy Shelladays!
These sweet little KITTIES washed up on the sand bar at Blind Pass yesterday waiting to be adopted (errr I mean collected) for a good home. Here Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty!
Aha- And I know what I “knead” to do with them. I love this idea!
Charlotte P. shared a photo of her KITTEN PAW creation on iLoveShelling Facebook page and said…
“My two nieces, my sister and I collected kitten paw shells at Blind Pass this past June. They were so plentiful, that we just scooped handfuls of them into our shell bag. I made these 9-inch trees using about 460 shells each. Now we will always remember our fun summer day every Christmas! …use Michael’s stryo cones, sort shells according to size. I used the largest on the bottom. (The shells that are still hinged together are too thick. Also, the really curved ones don’t work either. ) Shove the shell into the cone until secure. Take it out, insert hot glue and jam it into place. Repeat about 459 or so times!”
CLICK HERE to find the link to her post on iLS Facebook page…
Our kitties PuppyCat and Dustie are already in the holiday spirit dressing in ShellElf hats to match their mom so I’m sure they would love to help me. They love craft time.
Wanna scratch around in the sand to find a few KITTENS PAWS too? Lets go CYBERSHELLING! Click on the next image to enlarge…
Want more? Take a walk on the beach with me to see the shells, waves, water and listen to the jingle of the shells against the surf…. and be amazed at the oodles of KITTENS PAWS (and itty bitty orange ROUGH SCALLOP I couldn’t resist). Here’s a video! (sorry if the vid looks a little “fuzzy” right now- I hope it clears up)
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s nice to have just a calm quiet moment on the beach.
Finding a few shells along the way makes the moment even more special.
Running across creative seashell beach art is the icing on the caked sand.
Fabio M. posted a picture on the iLoveShelling Facebook page of their exshellent Sanibel version of a Snow Globe. Fabio and his wife made Sandy the Shellman (his new name!) mostly out of ARKS, CALICO SCALLOPS, DOSINIAS, SLIPPERS,and JINGLES… and a PEN SHELL nose.
After admiring their beach art masterpiece, I made up a song to commemorate Sandy The Shellman…
Sandy, the Shell Man was so happy he could yell
With a SLIPPER scarf and a PEN shell nose
And two eyes of JINGLE shells
O, Sandy the Shell Man
Was alive on Sanibel
On this sunny day, he could laugh and play
As we all do as we shell.
Their seashell beach art warms the heart…
I hope they don’t mind but it looks like the Seashell Fairy left a few additions to their art.
Just in case you need a breather from your busy December life too, take a break and walk the beach with me for 5 minutes. Its an instant de-stresser! Click on the video…
Want more than CYBERSHELLING? Join me on a “live” Shelling Adventure…
It’s the most wonderful time of year again…We shellebrated the holidays the weekend at the Captiva Golf Cart Paradewith fabulous floats!
Since the parade began in 2009, I’ve been decorating our Junonia Jalopy to take part in this quirky Christmas ritual… but not this year. This year I was honored to be a judge. But I couldn’t be just any judge- I had to break out a shell or two and decorated myself as a ShellElf to help NBC2 news anchor Kellie Burns and writer Steve Winston of WorldPropertyJournal.comjudge the cutest little parade on the planet.
I wish you could have seen these carts in person because they looked so much more amazing than the pictures but The Snowflakes were creative, frosty, sparkly and bright.
They won first prize for Non-Commercial decorated golf cart. They were so stinkin cute!
The local Remax offices are currently under construction so this team of realtors got really creative to decorate their golf cart float as The Grinch with construction tape and hard hats in colorful Christmas colors. They even had a dog with one antler- lol. The Grinch would be proud!
The Grinch mobile deservingly won first prize in Commercial category.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Bubble Room’s Ginger Bread House roll down the street. Yes, there was really a golf cart under this candy house made mostly of colorful paper plates. Awesome!
They won Best In Show! These are the adorable Bubble Room girls who made this amazing golf cart the overall winners of the parade.
It was not easy being judge since there were so many other whimsical and creative golf carts…
After watching theses crazy carts float around Captiva Island, then watching the wacky awards ceremony, we all enjoyed merry cheer as the sun went down and the streets lit up with Luminary Festivities .
Our friends Louis and Nancy from our home town of Virginia Beach came for their second year to spend an Island Christmas in paradise with us. Being a part of such silliness, they want to come back next year too.
Since The Grinch didn’t want to steal this Christmas this year, The ShellElf steals a smile.
Shellers loved the parade too! I saw local sheller Jim rejoicing in the fun… while we talked about shelling our local beaches. He’s been finding lots of good shells at Gulfside City Park too and the same as me… he has been seeing Blind Pass and the Lighthouse beach a “hit or miss” these days. As we both said… ‘You never know what your gonna find until you get there!”.
This sweet little parade would never have been possible if it weren’t for the sponsorship of Royal Shell Companies so you may have wondered why these nutty Nut Cracker Carts didn’t win anything… we couldn’t vote on our sponsor. But YOU get to vote for any cart you want because there is one more category that needs to YOUR VOTE…
Come join us for our Shelling Adventure on Sight Sea-R cruise on Wednesday December 10, 2014 to Big Hickory Island. We should find plenty of holiday gifts from the sea on the island from these north winds that have been blowing- weehoo! CLICK HERE for more info and future dates.
Wouldn’t you like to wake up to see this shell filled beach view for 5 nights on Sanibel?
To help shellebrate our iLoveShelling 5 year Shellaversary last week, Island Inn Sanibel was gracious enough to give away 5 nights stay for two people at their beautiful beachfront resort to drink in this view and experience this amazing place. By computer random pick, the shellucky winner has been chosen!
Drum Roll please….
The winner is …. Cynthia S. From Nahunta, Georgia! Congratshellations Cynthia, You will have a blast!
Seriously, Thank you Island Inn for your continued support to our fab shelling community.
Ooooo ya, and that’s not all… I have other fun news too. On Saturday December 6, I get to pick a different kind of winner because I have been selected to be a judge for the 2014 Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade. It’s the cutest little holiday parade you’ve ever seen- I’m so excited! For the last several years Clark and I have participated in our own golf cart, the Junonia Jalopy.
So Yes, I get to be a judge this year… but hold on… You get to be a judge too! This year the committee has invited YOU to judge this year’s parade with awarding one cart with a People’s Choice Award. A photo of each cart will be taken at check-in and posted to Facebook.com/CaptivaGolfCartParade so you can choose your fave decorated golf cart through Friday, Dec. 12 then a winner will be chosen from your votes. Fun, huh?
Come join us for a really fun day for the parade, awards and then that same evening we celebrate Captiva Luminary. The whole island of Captiva is lit up with the holiday spirit with restaurants, retailers and all business open their doors serving holiday cheer and sounds of carolers on every corner.
Want more holiday cheer? The holiday festivities actually start on Friday night with Sanibel’s luminary with Periwinkle Way lined with glowing candles. If you’ve never seen Sanibel and Captiva during December, it warms the heart.
Wanna stay for a few days? Come on, join the festivities! Here are my hotel recommendations along with some condos and cottages as well… CLICK HERE
One more thing… if you didn’t win the Island Inn‘s 5 night GiveAway, I have another GiveAway in the works to shellebrate iLoveShelling’s 5 year Shellaversary. Just in time for the Shelladays! Keep your eyes peeled for my next GiveAway coming soon.