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Shellabaloo Sharing With Shell ‘N Tell

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 6 | 18 comments

beautiful shell display picture

As beach combers, we all have different reasons why we like to walk the beach in search of shells, flotsam, jetsam and other beach bling. That’s why we all enjoy different things on the beach to collect as souvenirs or to capture in our minds to remember in our hearts.

lightning whelks

Hanging out for 4 days with the lovely, caring and oh-so interesting folks at Shellabaloo was a wonderful experience for all of us to learn our commonalities and also to learn from each other through our differences. I started our journey tying made OLIVE shell bracelets to tie Sharing and comparing shell collections at the end of the day has been a tradition for over 100 years at Island Inn on Sanibel so of course we carried on that tradition at Shellabaloo. We had so much fun on our last night for Shell ‘N Tell as we shared some of our found treasures as each person displayed their faves.

Shell N Tell Sanibel

It was so much fun to see Kristen’s “K” shells,  Elaine’s gorgeous mosaic mini shell art and quilter Cathy’s patchwork shell design.

Shell n Tell at Shellabaloo

Kristen's shell display

Seashell and paper mosaic display

patchwork shells

Christy made a shell tree scene (with an awesome WORMIE as the trunk)

Shellabaloo Christy with her shell display

Sanibel shells by Christy

As you can see, everybody found something different that made them happy- Katherine showed us her absolute favorites, Janet made a cute JINGLE SEA HORSE and Travis loved lots of the bling.

shellers with their display

seashell seahorse display


I loved looking at Robin, Bobbie, Karen and Katy shells as they showed us their favorites of each species they found…

Shellabaloo shellers and shell displayI was so touched to see that one of Bonnie’s special finds was the perfect DOSINIA shell with a natural hole so she could use it as a necklace along with her sterling silver pendant she received from SeaLife By Congress. Bonnie exchanged the certificate for this cutie PELICAN charm!

silver pelican necklace charm

Sealife By Congress was so generous to give everybody at Shellabaloo a $25 gift certificate for their store on Sanibel as well as all of the other shellers on our Sight Sight-R cruise.


I had one more surprise gift on our last night together. Clark and I chose one Shell ‘N Tell display that “spoke to us” about the shells and about our time during Shellabaloo. The prize was my new Whelk Of Wonder canvas gallery wrap.   It’s one of my favorite photos Ive taken over the years while combing the beaches of Sanibel so I decided to finally do something with it. We gave it to Elaine- Congratshellations! Your mosaic shell display was abshellutely amazing.

pam rambo canvas gallery wrap prize


I loved every minute with these fabshellous folks of Shellabaloo 6.

Sunset on Shell trip with Pam Rambo iLoveShelling

Thank you so much Island Inn for hosting such a spectacsheller shellathon.

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And thank you for letting me share this awesome journey with you.

sunset at sanibel

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Shellabaloo Shell Adventure Is Shellsational

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Island Inn, Leal's Wentletrap, Sanibel Hotels, Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 6, Wentletrap | 20 comments

cathy's shellabaloo shells first hours

Shellzam! Shellabaloo 6 at the Island Inn Sanibel Beachfront Resort has been awesome…

Travis shells in purple bucket

Everybody found some abshellutely beautiful shells…

seashells found at Shellabaloo 6 Jan 2015

We have had sooooooo much fun together!

Shellabaloo shellers having fun on the beach

We’ve been stooping for shells in the water…

sanibel stoop for shells

Stooping for shells on the beach…

Elaine stooping for shells at Shellabaloo

Scooping for shells with nets and shelling backhoes…

Scooping for shells on Sanibel

Sifting for shells…

Sifting for shells on Sanibel

We’ve seen live shells…

live fighting conch mollusks on sand bar

We’ve seen live starfish and other bling…

two starfish on a shell

But there are the special moments each and every time I gather Shellabaloo groups together… This time it was when Katherine (from Virginia) found a shellicious honey hole and wanted to share it with the rest of our group.

katherine found lots of shells

I peeked inside her shell bag (after I saw her working one little spot for a while) to see GAUDY NATICAS, KINGS CROWNS, BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, FIGHTING CONCHS, WORM ROCK and CHESTNUT TURBANS. She said “Can you go tell the other Shellabalooers?” Shell yaya!

Sanibel shells in a ziplock bag

This is the moment everybody saw how she was scooping in the soft sand that had just been covered by the tide. It was an awesome bonding experience as we sifted, sorted and scooped as a group then oohed and aaahed when somebody found a treasure. Shellabaloo Shellove.

bonding by seashell collecting

Then a shellebration!

happy shellers at sanibel shellabaloo

Shelling Sisters Christy (from Texas) and Janet (from Washington) had their cutie shellootie iLS gear on and showing some of their exshellent shell loot.

Christy and Janet sporting iLoveShelling gear and seashells

Cathy traveled from Nova Scotia to join us and have sweet success finding shell pickins…. but she was espeshelly happy to be in Sanibel since Canada is practically frozen over right now!

Cathy with shells and her brother travis hunting for seashells

Cathy’s brother Travis (Ottawa) found a bucket load of shells. Errrrr…..  is this the same guy that told me at the beginning of Shellabaloo that he “wasn’t that in to shelling” but was just here for his sister? Yup.  And… he also told me he wasn’t going to get in the water because he didnt like to get wet. Ahem…. would you look back at Cathy’s photo above? Uh huh! Yessiree. Just over Cathy’s shoulder on the left? That is Travis working another honey hole filled with shells … he’s practically UNDER water. LOL Look at his smile!

Shellabaloo Travis with a bucket of shells

Speaking of smiles, check out the happy faces of Karen and her daughter Katy who traveled from Maryland to be with us in the beautiful sunshine.

Katy and Karen on Sanibel beach

Elaine who shared the love of the mini shells with me, traveled from Washington state to be with us as well.

Elaine with seashells in Sanibel Florida

We all climbed aboard Sight Sea-R Cruises to take a shelling adventure to Big Hickory and had a blast.

Shellabaloo on Sight Sea-R shelling cruise

Yep, we found more shells…

conch and cockle shells from Sanibel

Kristen (from New Jersey) was celebrating after finding a LEAL’S WENTLETRAP as we all had lunch together.

Kristen at  lunch with Shellabaloo

She was able to show it to this WENTLETRAP’S name sake… Dr Jose Leal at the shell museum to have it verified. Cool!

Epitonium Leali Leal wentletrap Sanibel

Happy birthday Robin! We got to celebrate Robin from Maryland’s birthday with her mom Bobbie (Pennsylvania) during Shellabaloo too. We feel honored to have been able to help you shellebrate, Robin!

Shellabaloo Robin and Connie  lunch at Parrot Key

Every single moment we had at our iLoveShelling Shellabaloo at the Island Inn Resort was spectacsheller.

Shellabaloo 6 Sanibel guided shelling tour shells

Oh, but we had more fun that I have to show you with more shell pictures… so until our Shellabaloo exshellaganza has completely unwound from all of the excitement…

Shellabaloo 6 Sanibel guided shelling tour 2015

Thank you Island Inn for hosting this Shellabaloo shellowship again!

island inn sponsor logo

Dont forget, you can join us on another iLoveShelling Shell Adventure… CLICK HERE

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Join Us For a BeachCombing Bananza at Shellabaloo!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Island Inn, Sanibel Hotels, Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 6 | 9 comments

shellabaloo January 2015


Call Island Inn at 800-851-5088 today to reserve your spot for this awesome exshellaganza



 January 5-8, 2015

If you’re a sheller, you’ve probably heard how much fun we have on our Shellabaloo shelling adventures.

It’s the best beach combing bananza on earth.

Shellabaloo 2 seashell pile captiva

I will guide you on the best shelling beaches in the world to find the awesome seashells Sanibel is famous for.

pam rambo guide cayo costa shelling

I’m so happy the beachfront Island Inn Sanibel is once again hosting this shelling vacation package of a lifetime. It’s the perfect island resort with rich history of shell collecting. They love shelling too!

Island Inn Sanibel Office

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this spectasheller event to find treasures like this…

seashell display from iLoveShelling Sanibel Shellabaloo

And shells like this …

cindy horse conch shellabaloo

Bond with other crazy shellers like this…

selfie shellfie ILoveShelling

Pam Rambo with Shellabaloo 3 girls

We’ll kick off this adventure with a Shellabaloo Shelloha Party!

shellabaloo 3 shellers on beach sanibel island inn

From there we will enjoy dinners and share stories…

shellabaloo 4 dinner january shell trip

We’ll go island hopping by boat! We’ll explore the new shelling destination south of Sanibel at Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises

captiva cruise cayo costa shelling shellabaloo

We’ll enjoy picnic lunches together while we talk about our shell finds from the morning…

shellabaloo 1 lunch

And of course… we’ll shell!

sanibel stoop shellabaloo 3


cathy shellabaloo 3 water shell scoop


shelling sanibel shellabaloo

Here’s the most important thing- We meet other people who love the beach and collecting shells and treasures as much we do. Sharing this experience is something to remember forever. (Click next image to read more clearly)

Shellabaloo E Blast Jan 2015

This is going to be a shell of a good time for all of us! So join the fun January 5-8, 2015  by calling Island Inn for accommodations pricing and any details and they can answer any of your questions at 800-851-5088. Call before it sells out!

sanibel shellers row

shell n tell shellabaloo 4

sunset at Island Inn Sanibel

Hope to see you soon!

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Shellabaloo Shellartist Gallery of Shell Collections

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 5, Sunsets | 19 comments

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…

Malgorzata shell collection shellabaloo 2014Malgorzata shell collection shellabaloo 2014

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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Shellabaloo Shelling Trip To Sanibel

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 5 | 15 comments

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

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Scotch Bonnets, Junonias And New Shellabaloo 5 Dates!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Shellabaloo 5 | 37 comments

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


 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

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