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Have you seen that Sanibel is featured in Coastal Living for their December 2013/January 2014 issue??? Did you notice those ALBINO shells in that orange bowl? Those are our shells on our front porch! Holy Cowrie! We made it into Coastal Living magazine! Coastal Living photographer David Hillegas came to our house to photograph our collection of local shells and my WORM SHELL mirror he heard about on the coconut shellegraph.
He ended up spending THREE hours photographing our house, shells and our “shellaboratory” so needless to say Super Sheller Clark and I had an amazing day hanging out with him and watching him work his magic. Thank you, David, for such a memorable day!
Honestly, I had heard about the article about Sanibel in the magazine but it came out when we were vacationing on Cat Island, Bahamas. When we returned it was Thanksgiving with amazing shell frenzy at Blind Pass Captiva, then I was focused on decorating for the Golf Cart Parade during the Captiva Holiday Village festivities. But low and behold, last night at the fantabulous Captiva Lighted Boat Parade, I met one of the judges for the parade…. Susan Sutton of Coastal Living.
Wow! So awesome to have Coastal Living involved in our boat parade judging on Captiva! She had a whole stack of Coastal Living magazines at the after party on Andy Rosse Lane so I flipped through it to see our shells made it into the issue AND saw this One Week Getaway to Captiva Island GIVEAWAY by Captiva Holiday Village. I’m so sorry I didn’t know about this sooner to tell you guys… but you have until the end of today December 15, 2013 to enter. Go to coastalliving.com/giveaway to enter today!
The Captiva Christmas Boat Parade was crazy fun with lots of boats lighting up the Roosevelt Channel so I didn’t want you to miss it either so we could shellebrate together. Here’s a quick vid of the awesome decorations on the Captiva Cruises‘ boat with Captiva Island Yacht Club and the Let It Snow boat. Woo Hoo!
With so much fun for the holidays, I put together my hand painted Holiday Shellection in my new Art Gallery… Check it out!
Oh but wait… remember…. don’t forget to watch Xtreme Xmas on the Travel Channel tonight at 7pm (12-15-13). Our whacky Captiva Golf Cart Parade is featured. Y’all need to be here next year to see all of this in person!
Join me on our next Shelling Adventure January 3, 2014 CLICK HERE for more info…
It’s been raining for two days with thunder rumbling and lightning cracking around the island without notice. Any time there is lightning… I stay off the beach and find a project inside my house until the coast is clear (literally!). I ran out when it cleared for a couple of hours to see what the beach looked like… the sea was angry, my friends. The waves were crashing so hard on the beach, it’s starting to erode it again. It’s never ending, is it. But this might just bring in loads of shells for next week AND it’s still warm and beautiful so I hope this might warm some of you up that are in 30 degree weather right now.
I’ve got to admit, our rain and slight erosion (that will come right back) is better than inches and inches of snow that Minnesota and other Midwest states are getting from Winter Storm Achilles right now. It’s May, Mother Nature! What are you thinking?
Anyhoo, speaking of Minnesota and having a rain and snow delay… back in March, I had a little fun giving some shelling advice to some baseball fans at a Minnesota Twins Spring Training game.
Did you know the Minnesota Twins practice their Spring Training games in Fort Myers? It’s always fun to see a few games right here in Lee County…. but this time it was a pretty special game for me. I was interviewed about shelling by Dan Gladden and Kris Atteberry for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network in the radio announcers booth overlooking the field during a rain delay on March 20th. I got to hang out with Twins 2-time World Series champ Dan Gladden!
I had an amazing time talking baseball and seashells with brilliant sports broadcaster Kris Atteberry too…
I was supposed to be interviewed in-between the 4th and 6th innings but since they tarped the field because of the rain, they called me up early. I felt like I was just brought up from the minor leagues for my first pitch for the big leagues. LOL
Thank goodness I didn’t have too much time to think about it since I was a bundle of nerves. They gave me a headset… then they started pitching questions. I just had to bunt. But think about it, there many similarities with baseball and shelling. Both are outdoor sports, people collect both shells and baseballs, you always remember the home runs (finding the rare shells) and both attract really nice folks. I’m sure there are countless similarities!
It was just so much fun. Wanna hear the interview? I just got a clip of it last week so…. Here it is!
Here’s the link to hear what ball players want to know about shelling but I can’t figure out how to make it stay on the page so you can see the photos too. It will also take you to a black page with the play button. Sorry! But come on back, you hear?
Click on… iLoveShelling Minnesota Twins radio
Were you able to listen to it? So much fun to share the shelling love! Oh, before we got called up to the radio booth, Clark and I looked for some shelter to get out of the rain. We ended up being right beside the beautiful young lady, Marcella who was about to sing the National Anthem to kick off the game. Even though it rained, the night at the Hammond Stadium ball park was spectacsheller!
But let’s get back to this angry sea on Sanibel I showed you in the first 2 photos… the shells and bling are getting stirring up with this weather front we are having. In a few days, those treasures will hopefully be washing up on our beaches! Let’s keep our fingers crossed the upcoming west winds are good to us and see what gifts Mother Nature will be willing to let us have. At least it’s not snow.
Sanibel and Captiva are featured on Swedish National Television!
I was very fortunate to have spent a few hours back in March on the beach with SVT reporter Sara and videographer Ava (both from Sweden) to show them why our beaches are so special…. of course my answer would be….shelling! I had so much fun with them!
They also filmed other great ways to enjoy our islands like fishing, biking, wildlife and the great restaurants to paint the gorgeous picture of why we all love it here so much. This excellent film will run this month on Sveriges Television (SVT) which is the Swedish public service television company with the widest range of programming of all TV companies in Sweden.
I thought you’d like to see it too! So here is this piece on our sweet Sanibel made for the popular SVT lifestyle show called “Good Evening”… or in Swedish “Go’kväll“.