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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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I’ve Never Met A Seashell I didn’t Like

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Baby's Ear, Florida Spiny Jewelbox, Jewel Box, Maculated (Brown) Baby's Ear, Moon Snail, Paul Newmans Eye, Sand Dollar, Shark's Eye | 4 comments

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I’ve never met a SAND DOLLAR I didn’t like. For that matter, I’ve never met a PAUL NEWMANS SHARK EYE that I didnt like either. You know, the SHARKS EYE that has the swirl of blue in the center instead of having a brown swirl.

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We had an amazing time on our Captiva Cruises shelling adventure to Cayo Costa last week. We found a beautiful sunny day and the beach filled with plenty of shells… especially LETTERED OLIVES.

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And  spectacsheller SPINY JEWELBOXES…

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Even double JEWLEBOXES and a fab BABY EAR…

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SHELLZAM! Check out this MACULATED BABY’S EAR… a pretty rare find in SW Florida

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Hannah from Kansas asked me about her find on the boat ride back to Captiva. OMG That’s such a great find!

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Everybody found some great shells…

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It was so much fun to hang out with so many awesome shellers…

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To make it even better, of course everybody received $25 gift certificates for Congress Jewelers.

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We have a few new dates for more iLoveShelling tours! To join us CLICK HERE 

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Sorting and Shelling For Seashell Art Project

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Cone, Coquina, Florida Cone, King's Crown, Lightning Whelk, Seashells, Whelk | 9 comments

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To start a seashell art project, the first thing on the “to do list” is find shells. Check.

Finding seashells on Sanibel Island Florida on Tarpon Beach

Then the shells have to be cleaned and dried. Check.

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Then the shells should be sorted by species and color. Check.

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Depending on the project, the shells may need to be sorted in sizes. Check.

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Now that we’ve got most of the finding, cleaning, sorting and sizing done… there is even more fun to be had in the creating process.

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Shelling is beach therapy but creating shell art is just another form of therapy all over again… seashell therapy. To look at the beauty of these treasures is an art in itself. I can’t get enough of it!

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Now that we’ve got lots checked off on the list for our seashell art project, we’ve still got lots to do to put them all together to make the design and finished product. I can’t wait until it’s done and to unveil it for the 1st Annual National Seashell Day June 20, 2016 on Sanibel and of course I’ll be showing lots of photos right here.  It’s gonna be spectacsheller… Stay tuned!

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Sanibel Shellnanigans

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Alphabet Cone, Cone, Junonia, Millipede Starfish, Starfish | 23 comments

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After high winds for a few days last week, Sanibel Island had some interesting live creatures wash up on all of our shores like the MILLIPEDE STARFISH (aka- SEA STAR ;)) at the Sanibel Causeway and….

There were empty shells washing up too. Tom from Indiana found an JUNONIA off West Gulf!

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Shellzam! It’s so beautiful.

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Lots of shell EGG CASINGS were washing in at Gulfside City Park along with PEN SHELLS and SPONGES.

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When the waters calmed down a bit, The Fabshellous Shell Squad was there to pick out some of the spectasheller treasures from the surf.  It was fun to hang out discussing shellnanigans with Michelle, Julianna, Veronica, Laura and Rebecca because they like to talk in shelludricous shellanguage like I do. ;)

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Clark scooped up a few ALPHABET CONES and a FLORIDA CONE. He even snapped a photo of them and sent it to me since I wasn’t near him on the beach to take the picture of them. He wanted me to put “Staff photo by Clark Rambo” haha

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Cathy was finding lots of great shells too and even witnessed Clark taking more photos. (Staff photo by Clark Rambo heehee)

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These were my three favorite shells I found last night at dusk at Gulfside- an ALPHABET CONE, DOSINIA and a gorgeous color BANDED TULIP.

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Seashells At The Sanibel Lighthouse

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Dusky Cone, Wentletrap | 15 comments

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The Sanibel Lighthouse beach has been a long time favorite place of ours to search for the mini shells. The evening was cool and breezy so to take a nice walk from the gulf side to the fishing pier over the weekend was delightful. Our beloved little WENTLETRAPS were scattered along the mid tide line along with a a few adorable little DUSKY CONES. Of the 5 we found, the last one we picked up I believe (the one on the far left by the cutie little pink COQUINA half) is an ALBINO DUSKY. It doesn’t look beach worn and there’s not a speck of color in it. Hmmmmm. Score!

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Clark and I are now on the mend from fighting that awful cold/flu/”crud” that zapped us both from every ounce of energy and zombified our brains for a number of days- yuk! Taking a short walk on the beach was just what the doctor ordered- ahhhh we both feel much better. For us, getting outside in the sunshine is always the best medicine and searching for shells on the beach is the perfect follow up therapy.

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My Inner South Carolina Seashell Artist Is Channeling Whelks

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Cape Romain, Channeled Whelk, Eastern Oyster, Knobbed Whelk, Knobbed Whelk Egg Case, Oyster, South Carolina, Wentletrap, Whelk, World shelling | 17 comments

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I am channeling my inner artist looking at these CHANNELED WHELKS as I look back on our shelling trip to the Carolinas earlier this month (Beach Combing Trip To Portsmouth Island). I could have taken hundreds of photos of these incredishelly beautiful works of art as I saw them laying in the sand half buried in the islands of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

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Seeing KNOBBED WHELKS and OYSTER SHELLS rolling up in the surf was a masterful sight to behold.

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Mother Nature artfully placed a SAND DOLLAR as though she staged this still-life for me to photograph.

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I didn’t find all of her still-lifes in obvious places. These 2 KNOBBED WHELK shells, an ANGEL WING and oodles of OYSTER SHELLS were behind a large wrack line of driftwood, seaweeds and various sticks from sea oats and sea grasses.

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The EASTERN OYSTER SHELLS are so beautiful as well, especially the juveniles as they form stunning sculptures.

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After searching for miles, we found an area filled with the sweet adorable miniature shells. There were even WENTLETRAPS!

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And then, Whelp… another WHELK.

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How can they be this gorgeous?

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We found dried KNOBBED WHELK EGG CASES too. They are so similar to our LIGHTNING WHELK egg cases we find in Sanibel but the KNOBBED WHELK EGG SACK disks are little more oval in shape.

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But this just may have been the find of trip….  a GIANT EASTERN MUREX. Boom Shellalaka! It may not have been he prettiest shell on the beach but it really is giant and it just seemed impossible that we would find one.  I can’t claim finding it- our friend (our hostess with mostest) Karen found it then gave it to me. Omigosh really? We don’t normally bring home shells that we don’t find ourselves (we are fortunate to already have enough) but it is an amazing memory from that day and an awesome shell. Very cool- thank you!

Giant Eastern Murex

Clark and I (in red colors) are still smiling from our shelling trip with Nanette, Helen, Jackie, Karen and Captain Dan. We met all of them in McClellinville, South Carolina where Karen’s buddy Captain Dan Scarborough took us out on his boat to the out islands. I can’t even explain how much fun it was island hopping out on the boat all day with this crew.

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We brought back a few brilliant shells with different color patterns that look like Mother Nature had a field day with her architectural designs and paint brush.

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Clark and I are so grateful to these Three Crazy Carolina Girls- Jackie, Helen and Karen for inviting us on this unforgettable shelling trip. Love these girls!

Shell guide friends Jackie, Helen and Karen

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