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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

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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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Shellabaloo Shelling Adventure Date!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Shellabaloo 4, Shellabaloo 5 | 22 comments

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Shellabaloo 4 – January 6-9, 2014

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Shellabaloo 2 seashell pile captiva

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…

shellabaloo shells and tell        shellabaloo 2 seashells and beach bling

And bond with other crazy shellers like this…

Pam Rambo with Shellabaloo 3 girls

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 Sanibel Office

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.

Old style Sanibel Island Inn

This time we’ll kick off this adventure with a Shellabaloo Shelloha Beach Party!

shellabaloo 3 shellers on beach sanibel island inn

From there we will enjoy dinners…

sanibel shellabaloo dinner

Island hopping by boat…

captiva cruise cayo costa shelling shellabaloo

We’ll learn a little something together at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum…

iLoveShelling group Shell MuseumiLoveShelling group Shell Museum

Enjoy lunch (while we talk about our shell finds from the morning!)…

shellabaloo 1 lunch

And of course… shell!

sanibel stoop shellabaloo 3

Shell!

cathy shellabaloo 3 water shell scoop

Shell!

shelling sanibel shellabaloo

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…

shellabaloo island inn

Call 800-851-5088 today and reserve your spot for this awesome exshellaganza by booking a room for 2 or 3…

island inn sanibel room pic

… or a cottage that sleeps 6 to 8!

island inn sanibel cottage hotel room

For more detailed information and itinerary CLICK HERE.

sanibel shellers row

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!

sunset at Island Inn Sanibel

 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!

pam rambo iLoveShelling

 

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