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Shellabaloo 4 – January 6-9, 2014
If you are a sheller, you’ve probably heard how much fun we have on our Shellabaloo shelling adventures hosted at Island Inn Sanibel. I will be with you on the best shelling beaches in the area to show you how to find the awesome seashells Sanibel is famous for. So don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of one of these spectasheller events to find shells like this…
And bond with other crazy shellers like this…
Once again, the fabulous beachfront Island Inn Sanibel has put together a shelling vacation package of a lifetime so we can shell together and get to know each other in real live person. It will be soooo exciting to meet y’all!
Island Inn has been the perfect setting for us since it has kept the unique feel of “old Florida charm” with a rich history of seashells. This was where the Sanibel Shell Fair and Show was first started. So this all starts at our home base at Island Inn with awesome accommodations right on their private beach.
This time we’ll kick off this adventure with a Shellabaloo Shelloha Beach Party!
From there we will enjoy dinners…
Island hopping by boat…
We’ll learn a little something together at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum…
Enjoy lunch (while we talk about our shell finds from the morning!)…
And of course… shell!
But the most important thing is… I do hope that we get to shell together to make our shelling connections even stronger. So Join us! Here are some details that Island Inn has graciously put together for us…
Call 800-851-5088 today and reserve your spot for this awesome exshellaganza by booking a room for 2 or 3…
… or a cottage that sleeps 6 to 8!
For more detailed information and itinerary CLICK HERE.
Thank you Island Inn for organizing these events. This is going to be a shell of a good time for all of us! So join in on the fun January 6 – 9, 2014 by calling Island Inn for accommodations pricing and any details and they can answer any of your questions at 800-851-5088. Don’t miss out on the shelladventure of a lifetime!
FYI- Remember, This sold out in 36 hours for the January event last year event so don’t wait since there are only 25 spots available. Hope to see you soon!
On your marks… Get set! It’s time for Shell ‘N Tell! Our last night together at Island Inn Sanibel for Shellabaloo 3 was one of my favorite evenings because I got to see everybody’s exshellent shells they collected throughout the week and to see how well they did for their Shellinger Hunt. On the first night, I gave each sheller a scroll with a list of shells and Beach Bling to find throughout the week to display their fave finds and listed items on the last night for Shell ‘N Tell. The day before the festivities began, my kitty Dustie helped me prepare their scrolls…
I was so amazed and tickled at all of the cool shells in awesome displays for our mini shell show! Here is Lou (FL) with her trays with SHARKS TEETH FOSSILS, the SANIBEL SIX, BEACH BLING and a MACULATED BABY’S EAR (you can see it better in the first photo).
Can’t you just see the fun Donny (Port St. John, FL) was having by that smile? Ha! That’s true beach treasure!
Love, love, love how everybody showed their different display styles and different shells and bling like Marie (Kansas).
See? Look how sweet that SAND DOLLAR is encircled with OLIVES, CONCHS, AUGERS,WHELKS, SLIPPERS and white clam shells. I love the red vegetation too!
Martha (AR) made a simply elegant display!
She added some beautiful greenery to her shells and cool Beach Bling items of a TARPON SCALE, piece of CORAL and a metal stake. LOL I just loooove the humor of shellers!
Cathy (St Augustine, FL) had some awesome finds!
See that big green thing in the middle top? That is part of a PANCAKE SAND DOLLAR she found at Cayo Costa. Such cool stuff! And dont miss the beautiful color of the LIGHTNING WHELK bottom left…
Oh Angela (Windermere, FL), you are so cute! It’s amazing to see how many different varieties of shells you found…
OMG Jennifer (Ottawa, Canada)! You found so many big beautiful shells!
Marisa (Ottawa, Canada) wasn’t sure if she was going to love shelling or not when her mom Jennifer asked her to come with her to Shellabaloo at the Island Inn. By the end of our shelling week, she looked like she was just as “into” finding shells and beach treasures as every body else. And look at the great ones she found!
Annette and Jim (IL) were so much fun to hang around with for the week. And they had some great luck finding some awesome shells too…
As you’ve probably noticed, some the Shellinger Hunt items listed were… “Find 10 KITTENS PAWS then display them in a COCKLE SHELL.” and “Find a dozen JINGLES and display them in any large BIVALVE shell.” Since I loves me some Beach Bling, They had them find 2 pieces of Beach Bling as well. Annette found 2 OPERCULUMS!
Jim found an OPERCULAUM as well and did a nice job of … “Find 5 DOUBLE COQUINAS with different colors”.
Nancy (San Diego, CA) had a gorgeous display with her very cool ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLAR she found while snorkeling at Cayo Costa.
She found 2 gorgeous LACE MUREXES and SHARKS EYES as well.
Trish (CO) added some doilies to spruce up her already beautiful display…
Her husband Gregg had some oh so fab shells too!
Here are Gregg and Trish’s shells combined to make a gorgeous display with flower petals added for color. Fabulous!
After being overwhelmed at seeing everybody’s shells all at one time, I tried to take my time and look back through some of the shells again. I got back to Gregg and Trish’s display and looked again at the WHELKS. OH MY GOODNESS! “EVERYBODY COME HERE!” I shouted. Look what Gregg found!
It’s a RIGHT HANDED WHELK!
*UPDATE: Oops! After lots of research and talks with Dr. Leal, we’ve come to the conclusion that this is a KNOBBED WHELK…. not a right-handed lightning whelk.
He had no idea it was special and just put it in his favorites pile along with all the other WHELKS and CONCHS. Yes! It should be in your favorites pile! We went to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum at the beginning of our shelling tour where Dr. Jose Leal had mentioned to us that the LIGHTNING WHELK was the only left handed gastropod in our area. It is extremely rare to find a RIGHT HANDED LIGHTNING WHELK.
But back to the Shellinger Hunt results! The winner was based on points scored from each of my questions and treasure hunt finds listed on the hunt rules. Thank goodness Super Sheller Clark was there to help with the judging because it was very close. Drum Roll Please…..
Congratshellations! The highest score is Lou!
Thank you Sealife By Congress for generously donating an amazing prize of a stunning silver JUNONIA pendant on a silver chain!
On the first night, I had announced the winner’s prize of the necklace and let everybody get a glimpse of what the Shellinger Hunt winner would receive. Do I look excited or what? hahaha It’s from my favorite jewelry store. Thanks Jessica (from Hillgate Communications) for the photo!
Lou was a happy, happy gal to wear her new fab JUNONIA necklace.
Our 5 day shelling adventure brought a group of kindred spirits together for a shelling trip of a lifetime. We started as shellers and bonded as friends.
Clark and I thank Island Inn Sanibel for organizing this unforgettably shellacious event and hope to be announcing dates for the next Shellabaloo very soon -you will be the first to know. We’re already looking forward to Shellabaloo 4!
I’ve often said that shellers are the nicest people on the planet and after spending five days with the 13 awesome shellers that joined us for Shellabaloo 3, I’m positive that it’s true. It was truly spectacsheller! We shelled the beach at our home base at Island Inn Sanibel…
Angela found “candy”! LOL Yep, she found three sweet baby HORSE CONCHS and her sister Cathy found a huge SHARKS EYE and a beautiful LIGHTNING WHELK that was the most incredible shade of mauve I’ve ever seen. Don’t worry, I’ll show you a closer picture of it on my next post…
Marisa was the BANDED TULIP queen! I think she found about five of them within an hour.
Everybody was finding great shells… Jessica (who helped organize Shellabaloo for the Island Inn) found her first ALPHABET CONE!
We were so fortunate to have choices of shelling the wrack lines or shelling the water line. Fun!
Gregg and Trish and the rest of us had a crazy fun time on our boat ride for a shelling trip to the island of Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises…
Look who joined us on our cruise! Rusty and Donna from Shellabaloo 2! Thank you so much for joining us- so fun to see yall again…
Oh gosh, there were so many other people I want to show you that were on the boat too but they deserve a whole other post on their own. I’ll show you more soon.
Once we docked at Cayo Costa State Park marina, we hopped on the island shuttle for a ride to gulf side for our next shelling adventure…
Nancy put on her snorkel gear and found a live SAND DOLLAR within seconds. She put this one back in the water to live a happy life then found several white ones that werent alive. Keepers!
Donnie headed towards the high wrack lines to look for some unusual BEACH BLING. He found something really cool! He found an empty baby turtle nest that probably hatched just a few days before we got there. Just in front of Donnie in the photo, you can see the empty shells surrounding the hole in the sand. There were no stakes around the nest to mark or monitor it for research so I doubt anybody knew it was there. It looks like the babies made so… Hooray!
He also found SEA BEANS and a few pieces of gorgeous SEA GLASS while walking next to the high wrack line on the beach…
Jennifer found a live ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLAR in knee deep water. After oohing and ahhing at this fascinating creature, she gently put it back in the water where she found it…
Annette found one too! I rarely see the ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLARS so it was a treat to see how purple they are when they are still alive.
Woop! Woop! Marie found a white KEY-HOLE SAND DOLLAR so she got to keep this one…
We had such a great day finding all sort of shells and BEACH BLING like sand dollars and fossil SHARKS TEETH.
A good time was had by all!
But hold on, this shelling party was just getting started. We carried our shelling party into the evening as Martha and Marie and our group witnessed a glorious sunset.
Then we hung out together for cocktails hours…
We were able to share our stories of our day and get to know each other.
We all had so much in common!
We all seem to be kindred spirits.
Oh and let me tell you, we did not miss any meals. We had fabulous picnic lunches every day that were out of this world and we ate delicious dinners at different restaurants every single night. All of the meals were included in the package!
Even the FroYo party at Zebra Frozen Yogurt was part of the Shellabaloo package. Yummy!!!!
I cant even find the words to tell you how much this week has meant to me and that it has been so special to have spent so much quality time together and have gotten to really bonded as a group. Since our 5 days together just ended today, I have lots more photos to sort through but I saved the best for last… Shell ‘N Tell photos! And I have the results of our Shellabaloo Shellinger Hunt. You wont believe all of the A-Mazing shells this group found and the creative shell displays they put together. So Stay Tuned!
What’s the perfect equation for our great shelling adventure? Sunshine + seashells + shiny happy people = Shellabaloo 3!
We started off our adventure by hitting the beach at Blind Pass Captiva to find shells lining the shoreline rolling in… then rolling out. You had to have a shell scoop or quick reflexes to snag them out of the water which made the hunt even that much more fun.Jim and Annette from Illinois were filling up their shells bags with lots of OLIVES…
FIGHTING CONCHS were couldn’t make it in to their shells bags fast enough…. and CORAL pieces too!
We also have another Team Canada with us this time for Shellabaloo 3! Jennifer from Ottawa is hoping that her daughter Marisa will love shelling as much as she does by the end of the week.
I think you’ll get your wish, Jennifer! She looks like she’s enjoying the hunt to me…
We also gathered at Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for a fabulous private tour led by Dr. Jose Leal.
Dr Leal let us peek behind-the-scenes to see thousands of drawers filled with shells organized and cataloged to be used for educational purposes now and for the future. It was fascinating! But he stopped us in our tracks by showing this humongus FLORIDA HORSE CONCH found in local waters off Sanibel. We want to find one of THOSE this week! hahahaha
It is soooo much fun shelling the beaches with my new friends but we all get to know each other a little better in the evenings with cocktails and dinner. Marie McDermed and her sister Martha (Kansas) are absolute dolls!
The party really gets started when Angela Pryor and her sister Cathy (both from the east coast of Florida) are in the room. They are a hoot!
Super Sheller Clark joined us for an evening at Island Inn Sanibel so he could meet these awesome shellers like Nancy from California…
Here’s Nancy with fab new friends Tricia and Gregg (Colorado) and Lou and Donnie from the Space Coast of Florida. You would love these people! So much fun!
Today we are off on another shelling adventure… a cruise to Cayo Costa!
I am so tickled that this whole group seems to be in love with BEACH BLING just as much as I am. I’m thrilled! I love this! I’ll have photos of the shells and bling we’re finding and more stories too very soon. So… stay tuned! Shellabaloo 3 – gone shelling!
YESSSSS!!!!!!!! Shellabaloo 3 will be August 26 through 30th, 2013!
If you missed the first two Shellabaloo events on Sanibel Island, Florida in January and May, you missed spectacsheller times …but now it’s YOUR chance to have all the fun! Shell to your hearts content and at the same time, get to know other shell crazy people with the same shelling passion as you. I can’t wait either because I’ll get to hang out and bond with shellacious new friends for 5 days! It’s a blast!
Island Inn Beachfront Resort has put together a spectacsheller shelling package from August 26 to August 30 so we can shell together, share stories and meals and get to know each other. It will be soooo exciting to meet y’all! Here are the details!
If you are familiar with the Island Inn, you know that it is a beachfront hotel that has kept the unique feel of “old Florida charm” with a rich history of seashells. This was where the Sanibel Shell Fair and Show was first started. You will feel right at home because throughout the property there are shells here and there. I think they love shells as much as we do!
We’ll start it off with a welcome meet and greet….in other words… paarrrtaaay! Then we’ll sit down to a fabulous dinner together…. along with Super Sheller Clark!. And that’s NOT the only dinner included… ALL MEALS are included in this package. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for each full day you are (see itinerary).
The next morning, we’ll get a very special private tour given by Dr Jose Leal of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum … then hit the beaches to shell, shell, shell!
Island Inn has provided another exshellent Shellabaloo adventure for us as well… A Captiva Cruises full day boat trip to Cayo Costa! Wahoo! There’s a good chance we’ll get to see dolphins and manatees on the way there too. Another reason why we love shelling.
But the most important thing is… getting to shell together makes our shelling connections even stronger- it’s like a family. Here are a few snapshots of some our unforgettable experiences we shared in the first 2 Shellabaloos…
Call 800-851-5088 today and reserve your spot for this awesome exshellaganza by booking a room for 2 or 3…
… or a cottage that sleeps 6 to 8!
For more detailed information and itinerary CLICK HERE.
Thank you Island Inn for organizing this event. This is going to be a shell of a good time for all of us! So join in on the fun by calling Island Inn for accommodations pricing and any details and they can answer any of your questions at 800-851-5088. Don’t miss out on the shelladventure of a lifetime! Call Now!
FYI- Remember, This sold out in 36 hours after I posted the January event so don’t wait since there are only 25 spots available. Hope to see you soon! 1-800-851-5088!
After you enjoy feeling the excitement of finding shells on the beach, you get to enjoy the excitement all over again when you show them to someone else that “gets” what you found and knows how you feel. That’s why our Shellabaloo 2 “Shell ‘N Tell” was one of my favorite days of the whole week during Shellabaloo. Do you see what Michele (Ohio) is holding in her hand in the first photo with her husband Bill? She found a JUNONIA! But that’s not it… she found what she calls “The Trifecta!”… A large HORSE CONCH and a large WHELK along with her JUNONIA. Do you think she was a happy girl or what! So happy for you Michele!
Here are some of her other finds (minus the JUNONIA since she was showing it to the others when I took this) …
For the week of Shellabaloo 2, I made up another Shellinger Hunt. The hunt is really meant to just have fun learning about different shells and not to overlook some of the common shells like JINGLES and KITTENS PAWS because…. well… because I think they are beautiful too! So you will see some of the displays with a dozen JINGLES in a COCKLE SHELL because that was point for the Shellinger Hunt. It wasn’t about who could find and take the most shells off the beach- it was all about enjoying the shells that were found… and some bigger points for finding things like The Sanibel Six or finding the rarer shells. It was so much fun to see these shellers find shells they’ve never found before and to rediscover the ones that can easily be overlooked.
On our last day, I asked everybody to bring their fave finds and/or their entries for the Shellinger Hunt at our home base at Island Inn so we could all see what everybody else was collecting. We set up tables for each person to display their shells and it turned out to be a mini Sanibel Shell Show!
Terri (NY) made a beee-uuuteeeful display of her favorite finds.
Lee and Susan (Cuba) narrowed down their favorite finds on a cooler tray for the Shellinger Hunt…
Of course I added a BEACH BLING category on the hunt ( i Love the BLING!) so it’s so funny they added a dried up fish tail that looks just like a MERMAID and a washed up fishing bobber as the faves in that category. LOL
Rick (Texas) brought a plate of his fave shells… the miniature shells. I just love how everybody organized their shells so creatively!
Rick’s wife Murfy showed her faves along with her favorite vintage shell book…
There is one shell in the middle of the others that is a little different. It looks like some sort of a TURITELLA… which I dont think is native to this area. I think it is either a FOSSIL shell that found it’s way to the gulf on a high tide from sidewalk fill or it was left over from a party or wedding after someone bought shells to decorate with. Hmmmm.
If there was a prize for being creative… Sharene and Tom (Ontario) would have won for creativity!
Rusty and Donna (Apopka, FL) narrowed down the favorites and of course it included an ALPHABET CONE and the SEA WHIP that had the ONE-TOOTH SIMNIAS I showed you in the first Shellabaloo 2 post.
Roger (MO) told me that his favorite shells were the minis he found at Lighthouse Beach. It was his first time finding WENTLETRAPS, RICE OLIVES and TUSKS so it was really fun to find something new.
Margie (AL) is so adorable! Her favorite shell was the PONDEROUS ARK because she loved the black PERIOSTICUM (the shell’s “skin”) on the white shell so that’s all she collected. She is going to make a black and white frame for a mirror when she gets home so I hope we get to see it!
Cutie Pie Becka needed her own table to make room for all of her newly found treasures.
Kendra (IN) had a sweet organized display of her favorites but also for the Shellinger Hunt.
She was so afraid she was going to lose her first TUSK SHELL so she wrapped half of a bandaid around it so she would know where it was (on the blue plate). LOL
Pat (Boca Raton, FL) had an amazing display of shells and BLING for the Shellinger Hunt.
While I was oooohing and aaaahing at all of her finds, she pointed out a piece of BEACH BLING that she wanted to know what it was. Whoa! Pat! You found the OPERCULUM to the SHARKS EYE! Clark just found our first ones just last month so I was absolutely thrilled for her that… A) she saw it and picked it up… and B) that she knew it was something special to show at the Shell And Tell. See why I love these shellers? Who else would think this thing on the beach was cool…
Speaking of awesome shellers, unfortunately, Gina couldn’t come to the Shell ‘N Tell but I still have to show you one of her exshellent finds… Gina found a yellow SEA WHIP. We find the purple ones a little more often but not the perfect yellow ones like hers. And no, I couldnt get her photo either because she was a little camera shy but Ha! I took a “long-arm shot” with me in it so we could get her picture and the SEA WHIP. LOL And yep, you guessed it! There were two ONE-TOOTH SIMNIAS on it!
I have found yellow SEA WHIPS before but never one with the yellow ONE-TOOTH SIMINAS on it. Yahoo! Gina did! Such a treasure!
Okay back to the Shell ‘N Tell with the rest of the awesomeness…. Here’s Cindy with her huge HORSE CONCH I showed you in my last post! Now you can see all of the other fabulous shells she found as well.
She also found a big ALPHABET CONE …which is part of 2 sets of The Sanibel Six for her Shellinger Hunt finds. She found a FLORIDA CONE to make her other set. And look at all of the SHARKS TEETH!
Okay… It’s time to announce the winner of the Shell And Tell and you won’t believe this prize! The winning sheller went home with a silver JINGLE SHELL necklace made by Sealife By Congress. It is beautiful! This new Sanibel jewelry store in Periwinkle Place Shopping Center is filled with seashells, SEAHORSES, DOLPHINS, STARFISH, SAND DOLLARS and every other sea life in gold, silver and with tasteful gemstones as well. I was thrilled they wanted to give our winner this perfect shell necklace.
After much laughter and ado, we narrowed the winners down to Michele (with her JUNONIA and HORSE CONCH) and Cindy with her HORSE CONCH based on their points score…
Before we announce the winner, Cindy and Michele clicked their CONCHS as if it was a toast. Cute and so much fun!
Drum Roll Please! …. wait for it…… The winner is Michele! Her JINGLE necklace is perfect for her! Congratshellations, my friend!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun both Shellabaloo 1 (in January) and this Shellabaloo 2 have been since it really brings amazing people together with not just shelling in common but we all seem to be like-minded in so many other ways. It’s quite a bonding experience, I must say. Thank you Island Inn for hosting such a great Shellapalooza. I’m sorry to say that I don’t know when the next one will be- no dates of been set yet for this 4 day Shellathon but as soon as we’ve come up with a plan, you will be the first to know.
But wait! I’m gathering a group of shellers for an afternoon of shelling at Cayo Costa next Sunday May 19 from 1-4pm on a Captiva Cruise. Join us! CLICK HERE for more info or call 239-472-5300 and ask to come along for the next iLoveShelling cruise!