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seashells display with sea grape leaves

When shellers get together at Shellabaloo, incredishell things happen.

seashell displays from Sanibel shellabaloo 2014

Seashell creativity gets shellsational!

seashell display from iLoveShelling Sanibel Shellabaloo

Shellers turn into Michelanshello…

sea shell picture

Leonardo Di Vinshell…

cindy's shell display shellabaloo 5

Pablo Picasshell…

creative seashell picture

Jackson Shellock…

varieties of sanibel seashells

Marc Shellgall…

seashells with pink flowers

Paul Shellzanne…

Mini seashells from sanibel display

Mary Shellsatt…

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And Shellgar Degas…

shell butterfly with sunray venus

Our Shellabaloo Shell ‘N Tell at Island Inn turned into a shellorama of artistic fun! Let me re-introduce you to the arteeeests.

John captured his masterpiece with a palette of seascape undertones…

john at iLoveShelling shellabaloo

Carol shared her shell perspective with an esthetic splash of color with a mixed media using orchids and butterfly ALTERNATE TELLINS…

carol with her shell display

Malgorzata’s avant-garde creation illustrated the many possibilities of collecting miniatures…

malgozata with her seashell display at Shellabaloo 5

The Texas sisters Lisa, Sunnye and Suzanne shared an assemblage of shell variants in their gallery of abstracts…

Lisa, Sunnye, suzanne with shell collection at Shellabaloo

Iron Man Bill chose to compose his canvas with his minimalist perspective from shelling while water snorkeling. (Oh and btw, -stepping out of the silly “artsy” language for a minute- he truly is a competitive Iron Man- wow!)

bill at shellabaloo with shell display

Cindy’s three- dimensional masterpiece exhibited blended lifelike designs…

cindy with shell display at iLoveShelling Shellabaloo

Suzi’s impressionistic style set off by brilliant pigments, designed a collage of remarkable beauty.

Suzi with seashell collection at Shellabaloo

Didn’t you enjoy the Shellabaloo Shellartist Gallery? LOL

On our last night together after drooling over all of the amazing shell displays, we had a Shellabaloo prize! This stunning Sanibel Island Junonia necklace from Sealife By Congress is the perfect keepsake for Sanibel shellers so it was a perfect piece for remembering Shellabaloo. I wear mine every day!

sanibel island junonia pendant

Suzanne was the lucky winner of the Sealife By Congress necklace! Congratshellations Suzanne!

pam rambo presents suzanne with winning necklace

Our time together was priceless.

Sanibel Shellabaloo shelling tour April 2014

We collected lots of shells and memories together.

sand dollar at Cayo Costa

 

Four perfect days…

sunset over palm trees

to the last perfect sunset at the Island Inn Beachfront Resort.

sunset over beach shells

Clark and I thank each of these amazing people for joining us!

pam and clark at Sanibel Shellabaloo

What exactly is Shellabaloo? Its the most spectasheller shelling event on the planet! CLICK HERE for more info

PS- Unfortunately, I don’t have any dates for a future Shellabaloo but I do have a few other Shelling Adventures set up – CLICK HERE

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Apr
27

Shellabaloo Shelling Trip To Sanibel

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seashell display from iLoveShelling Sanibel Shellabaloo

Our Sanibel Shellabaloo shelling adventure this week was fabulous! As I’ve said before… shellers are the nicest folks in the world. This was proved one more time as our spectacular group gathered together on the beachfront of the Island Inn to meet each other to spend 4 days collecting seashells and sharing our lives with each other.

Shellabaloo april 2014 shelling group

Suzi came from England to join us for our exshellent adventure to find beautiful shells and soak up the beautiful sunshine.

suzi with seashells by the seashore

Each day we shelled the beach at Island Inn then tried the other beaches of Sanibel like Gulfside City Park and Lighthouse Beach.

sea shells collected on Sanibel

Carol from Connecticut had the best luck at Gulfside City Beach finding the mini shells.

Carol with seashells at Sanibel Shellabaloo

Malgorzata from New Jersey, Cindy from Michigan (right) and I hit a mini honey hole so we shellebrated by taking a selfie… errrr… or should I say “shellfie”. heehee

selfie shellfie ILoveShelling

John joined us from Tennessee as he charmed our group with his southern style. And btw, he designed that beeeeauteeeful shell display in the first photo. Gorgeous!

John finds seashells on Sanibel Shellabaloo

He found such a variety of shells from a double JEWELBOX to OLIVES to a WHITE CRESTED TELLIN.

seashells from Sanibel's Gulfside City Park

Talking about southern charm… we had three Texas sisters join us. Lisa, Sonnye and Suzanne have been shelling most of their lives and coming to Sanibel for almost 30 years. We loved hearing their history of shelling the island and other places in the world.

shelling sisters on cruise to cayo costa

Of course we took a Captiva Cruise to Cayo Costa!

shells from southwest florida

 

Cindy’s husband Bill took advantage of the crystal clear water to snorkel for shells.

snorkeling lee county

He found a nice size LIGHTNING WHELK!

snorkeling southwest florida gulf coast

Clark went on the trip with us too and found a huge KINGS CROWN… but then realized it had a HERMIT CRAB occupying the shell so put it back in the water.

clark kings crown shell

Some of us were lucky to see a MANATEE leisurely swam by to say hi.

manatee at cayo costa florida

I think the most fun we all had was sharing discoveries with each other…

inspecting mollusk egg shells

I love sharing our meals together but I think my favorite was “FroYo” at Zebra Frozen Yogurt!

Sanibel Zebra Frozen Yogurt

There is still more to come for more shell photos and you’ll get to meet the Shellabalooers a little more on my next post… so stay tuned!

sweet sanibel shells with flowers

my scotch bonnet captiva

I found a sweet small SCOTCH BONNET yesterday morning at Blind Pass! After I let out a little shellebratory squeal, Michael and Kurry (NJ) came over to see what caused all my fuss.

michael kurry new jersey find scotch bonnet captiva

Kurry showed me she found a SCOTCH BONNET too!

tulip gaudy natica moon scotch bonnet flat

After I we talked and compared SCOTCH BONNETS, I took a photo of the newly formed beach on the pass side of the jetty rocks of Blind Pass Captiva to show where I found my shell. It doesn’t look like too much there, right? I found it high on the beach in a very thin tide line. You can see the small shell lines on the beach I combed through…but notice Kurry shelling in the surf line on the left.

shelling captiva new beach

She reached in the water right there and pulled out another SCOTCH BONNET! She came running back to show me… Shellzam! Two of them!

two scotch bonnets found on captiva

This is not exactly how I found my SCOTCH BONNET because I snatched it up so quickly, I didn’t have time to take a photo. But… this is the area that I found it in and I almost missed it. It may look obvious now, but if I was walking fast, I think I would have missed it. Wanna do some CYBERSHELLING? Click on this next photo to enlarge it…

find a scotch bonnet sea shell cybershelling

Oh but wait… There’s so much more being found! Since the beach renourishment last month on Sanibel and Captiva, I’ve never seen so many JUNONIAS being found in one week at Blind Pass. My friend Dave found a JUNONIA on the Sanibel side!

dave with junonia

Mary from New York found a JUNONIA too in the same area…

mary buffalo new york junonia

Carolyn (Manatoba) found a JUNONIA at Blind Pass too! Wow! Congrats to y’all!

carolyn manatoba junonia

I have even more exciting news for all of you!

We now have dates for our next Shelling Adventure …  Shellabaloo!

Join us for

Shellabaloo 5 at Island Inn Resort

April 24 – 27th, 2014

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 CLICK HERE for detailed information for the event

or call Island Inn to reserve your space now at 800-851-5088. Space is Limited!

As Sarah (The ShellAnimal) said about Shellabaloo 4 ” “I have to say this was one of the best times of my life! William surprised me with it for my birthday, and it was epic! These memories and friends I made will last forever!!”

shellabaloo 5 april 2014

To see all of the fun we’ve had on other Shellabaloo events.. CLICK HERE

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Jan
11

Sanibel Shell ‘N Tell Rocks!

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sanibel seashells hand photo

My favorite part of meeting other shellers is to see what makes them happiest. Interestingly enough, I heard almost everybody from Shellabaloo 4 say it was finally so nice to meet other people that feel the same way about beach combing as they do. There are other folks out there that don’t think we are crazy for wanting to shell all day!

kris sea shell display shellabaloo 4

On our final night, Kris made a beautiful display for our Shell ‘N Tell and pizza party in the newly remodeled Florida Room in Kimball Lodge at Island Inn- it’s perfect for parties and games. And I love games! So we played a game throughout our shelling adventure. I made up a scavenger “Shellinger Hunt” game that gave points for different shells and beach bling finds to display for our party night. So much fun!  You can see Kris showed some of her answers as…  3 sets of THE SANIBEL SIX, a FOSSIL, 10 JINGLES in any BIVALVE and 2 pieces of BEACH BLING. Hmmmmm. she found some interesting BEACH BLING, huh? A pipe? LOL

(Oh, and her hand in the first photo has a “wedding shell cone”- I don’t think thats a FLORIDA CONE)

Kris scavenger hunt seashells shellabaloo 4

This is another beautiful shell display by Nancy for our Shell ‘N Tell night….

nancy shellabaloo 4 seashells

Some folks may have been disappointed to come to Southwest Florida to wear coats and long pants earlier this week… but not shellers! Shellers know that, almost always, cold north winds bring in lots of sea shells. So when a group of shellers like the wonderful folks at  Shellabaloo get together… cold weather gets us excited!

shellabaloo 4 captiva cruise

We get excited because we find shells like OLIVES, SHARKS EYES, GAUDY NATICAS, WHELKS, TULIPS, MUREXES, BUTTERCUPS and so many other shells…

shells of sanibel shellabaloo 4 suzanne

A little cold weather in Florida would never have made Bette and Rick disappointed when you can stand a beach filled with shells.

bette rick sheling island inn beach

There were so many miniature shells to be found too…

miniature shells suzanne shellabaloo 4

Suzanne found all of these mini shells by sifting through the shell piles right in front of Island Inn.

suzanne bill shells shellabaloo 4

Conne was so excited to find a SAND DOLLAR since I think that was on her bucket list… I mean shell bucket list. heehee

conne sand dollar shellabaloo 4

I think everybody found a SAND DOLLAR or two. These were some of Ricks finds…

rick shells shellabaloo 4

Angela (who I’m now calling “Anshella”)  was thrilled to show us her favorite finds for our Shell ‘N Tell and pizza party…

angela seashells shellabaloo 4

Between “Good Will Shelling” (Will) and his wife Sarah The ShellAnimal, they found such interesting shells and bling. He found MERMAID PURSES (SKATE EGG CASES),  a huuuge old FOSSIL shell (bottom right), and a “wedding shell” Ive never seen before. I told him that shell (top left between the SUNRAY VENUS) was a foreign shell that was probably bought for decoration for a wedding or party on the beach. I told him to take to to the Shell Museum to ask what it was and Dr Jose Leal verified that is was a TORPEDO shell probably from Indopacific area. They were still excited to find it!

will shells shellabaloo 4

Super Sheller Clark couldnt be with us each day for shelling (that “work” thing gets in the way)but he still wanted to participated in the Shell ‘N Tell so he brought some of our favorite finds over the last couple of years…

clark shell n tell shellabaloo 4

Clark helped me add up the points for each of the shells entered in the game so we could give the winner of the Shellinger Hunt this gorgeous STARFISH REEF necklace donated from Sealife by Congress. Thank you Sealife By Congress for supporting our Shellabaloo!

sea life by congress starfish necklace

Drum roll Please! ……. The winner of the Shellinger Hunt was…. Sarah The ShellAnimal!!!! LOL She found 2 big WHELKS, a CARRIER SHELL, CONES, PAPER FIGS, 4 BABYS EARS, WENTLETRAPS and more. Congratshellations Sarah!

sarah shellanimal pam shellabaloo 3

She had so many shells spread out, I didn’t even get a decent photo of them. But… I did get a photo of her prize shell. Her ROCK SHELL. We just don’t find these every day so I asked her to show Jose Leal at the Shell Museum too. Dr Leal verified that this shell is more rare (on Sanibel -where she found it) than the JUNONIA. Shellzam Sarah!

rock shell shellabaloo 4

We had such a fabshellous time getting to know each other while shelling the beaches, sharing meals, exchanging stories and laughing with joy. I can’t put it any better than what Sarah said…. “I have to say this was one of the best times of my life! William surprised me with it for my birthday, and it was epic! These memories and friends I made will last forever!!”

shell n tell shellabaloo 4

When we have dates for Shellabaloo 5, you will be the first to know!

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photo art gallery pam rambo i love shelling

bette shellabaloo 4 seashells sanibel

Our shelling adventure this week was absolutely SHELLTABULOUS! It may have been unseasonably chilly but we found lots of shells, shells, shells conveniently right in front of our hotel Island Inn Resort our exshellent hosts for Shellabaloo 4.

seashells strewn on sanibel beach shellabaloo 4

We had great times getting to know each other during our yummy meals together by taking turns telling our other Shellabalooers about ourselves, our shelling stories and what shells are on our bucket list. Shellers are such interesting people!! We had an Olympic athlete, a winery owner, a nurse, an engineer and a bakery owner just to name a few of these amazing folks.

shellabaloo 4 dinner january shell trip

Then we shelled, shelled, shelled together while this cold weather brought piles of shells to the shore for us.

shelling sanibel shell pile in january

We had the pleasure of getting a behind the scenes tour of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum by none other than the museum’s curator Dr. Jose Leal.

dr jose leal bailey matthews shell museum

Not one person in our group wanted to miss this event. His talk was so impressive!

shell museum shellabaloo 4

Then we shelled, shelled, shelled again. Nancy found a nice shell pile to finally do that awesome sit ‘n sift.

shell lounging sanibel seashells nancy shellabaloo

Here is Nancy (on the right) with our beautiful hostess who organized this wonderful event at the Island Inn… Blanaid. Thank you so much, Shelling Sistah!

blanaid nancy shellabaloo 4

Thank you so much, Shelling Sistah Blanaid for putting together delicious overstuffed sandwiches, fruit, chips, salad and desert for our lunches. We worked up such an appetite each morning finding shells! Here are Rick, Bette, Angela and Conne enjoying good food and good company…

rick bette angela cone shellabaloo 4

Then we hit the beach again for more shelling, shelling, shelling…

seashells on the beach sw florida

This had to be the biggest 5 minutes of the whole week for Sarah The Shellanimal. Yes, this chick is an animal at shelling! She has such a keen eye for shells, she found all 3 of these shells within 5 minutes at Blind Pass Sanibel. She knew immediately that the shell on the left was unusual. Yes it is! That’s a beautifully perfect Rock Shell! We’ve only found a few over the years so I would call that a rare find. Congratshellations, Sarah The Shellanimal! LOL

rock snail florida cone lace murex sanibel

This is Sarah and her husband Will (Kentucky) all cleaned up for dinner one night. Such fun peeps.

sarah shell animal will kentucky shellabaloo 4

Will found a little honey hole with MUREXES, WHELKS and even a CARRIER SHELL at Lighthouse Beach digging around those concrete blocks.

will shelling in rocks at lighthouse beach shellabaloo

He made all of our other shellers VERY happy since he isn’t much of a collector in the miniature shells “department” so he scooped up buckets of shells over and over to let everybody sift through to find WENTLETRAPS, BUTTONS, DRILLS and so many other little cuties. How about this… his new nick name is Good Will Shelling.

shelling for miniatures at lighthouse beach shellabaloo

The shelling, shelling, shelling continued for Linda (Land O Lakes, Florida) on top of shell mountain. A fresh new pile!

linda shell pile blind pass sanibel shellabaloo

This is Linda with her sweetie Jerry… who by the way has a very keen shelling eye too. (I’ve got his shell photos coming soon!)

linda jerry shellabaloo 4

There were quite a few STARFISH like the MILLEPEDE SEA STAR that washed up on the beach with the shells. Ron found this one and realized it was still alive so he gently returned it to the Gulf Of Mexico. Cool!

millepede starfish ron shellabaloo

Here is Ron and his lovely bride Cheryl who traveled from Maryland to be with us on the shelling hunt.

cheryl ron shellabaloo 4

Sweet Suzanne loooooves the mini shells so she was happy to find several nice “mini” shell lines on our trip to Cayo Costa (more pics soon from our Captiva Cruise boat trip!)

suzanne shelling cayo costa with moon shells

This is Suzanne and her husband Bill who traveled from Iowa to shell with us…

suzanne bill shellabaloo 4

I introduced Kris, Kristin and Cheryl in my last post but you will see more photos of our cruise to Cayo Costa and of course …. our Shell ‘n Tell!

seashells piled high sanibel

But… before then, I’d like for you to join us just for a few minutes. I took a short video of those shells washing up on the beach while we were sifting. Enjoy!

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Jan
07

Gone Shellin’ With Shellabaloo 4!

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wrack line of shells sanibel

Just a little update…. we are having a bbblaaaast at Shellabaloo 4! We have a wonderful wrack line of shells right at our doorstep at Island Inn Resort where we found LIGHTNING WHELKS like Kris from Michigan found….

kris whelk shellabaloo 4

Sarah from Kentucky found another nice size Lightning Whelk…

sarah whelk shellabaloo 4

And… we’ve been finding all sorts of fabshellous shells! Bette from North Carolina filled up her miniature shell jar and now can add other great shells including part of a JUNONIA to the mix…

mini shells junonia fossil

Just like the rest of the country, yes, it’s even been cold in Sanibel. But we will take morning high 40s- low 50s rather than the below zero temps that some of our Shellabalooers just came from. Cold weather brings in the shells… so we are very happy! As you can see we are all bundled up like Ron and Cheryl from Maryland…

Cheryl Ron cold shelling sanibel shellabaloo 4

We are gathering in the evenings to learn about each other and to share our shelling stories together. Here is Kris, Nancy (Boston), Angela (our first return Shellabalooer! She was from our Shellabaloo 3 in August!) and Conne (Wintergarden, Florida).  This is a wonderful group!

kris nancy angela cone shellabaloo 4 island inn sanibel

It’s so cool to have another mother and daughter shellers! Here is Cheryl and Kristin from St Louis

cheryl kristin shellabaloo 4 island inn

Here is a selfie with Bette and Rick to wish y’all  well and wish you were here and we can’t wait to show you all of the shells we are finding. As Kris from Michigan has put it… this should be named ShellaBootCamp since we are shelling all day long even in the cold. But as each of us here have agreed, we wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ll introduce to you all of the other shellers on my next post. Oh and…. Shellers rock!!!!

bette rick shellabaloo 4 sanibel

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