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.
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.
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.
Christy made a shell tree scene (with an awesome WORMIE as the trunk)
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.
I loved looking at Robin, Bobbie, Karen and Katy shells as they showed us their favorites of each species they found…
I 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!
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.
I loved every minute with these fabshellous folks of Shellabaloo 6.
Thank you so much Island Inn for hosting such a spectacsheller shellathon.
And thank you for letting me share this awesome journey with you.
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Shellzam! Shellabaloo 6 at the Island Inn Sanibel Beachfront Resort has been awesome…
Everybody found some abshellutely beautiful shells…
We have had sooooooo much fun together!
We’ve been stooping for shells in the water…
Stooping for shells on the beach…
Scooping for shells with nets and shelling backhoes…
Sifting for shells…
We’ve seen live shells…
We’ve seen live starfish and other bling…
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.
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!
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.
Then a shellebration!
Shelling Sisters Christy (from Texas) and Janet (from Washington) had their cutie shellootie iLS gear on and showing some of their exshellent shell loot.
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’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!
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.
Elaine who shared the love of the mini shells with me, traveled from Washington state to be with us as well.
We all climbed aboard Sight Sea-R Cruises to take a shelling adventure to Big Hickory and had a blast.
Yep, we found more shells…
Kristen (from New Jersey) was celebrating after finding a LEAL’S WENTLETRAP as we all had lunch together.
She was able to show it to this WENTLETRAP’S name sake… Dr Jose Leal at the shell museum to have it verified. Cool!
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!
Every single moment we had at our iLoveShelling Shellabaloo at the Island Inn Resort was spectacsheller.
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…
Thank you Island Inn for hosting this Shellabaloo shellowship again!
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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.
I will guide you on the best shelling beaches in the world to find the awesome seashells Sanibel is famous for.
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!
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this spectasheller event to find treasures like this…
And shells like this …
Bond with other crazy shellers like this…
We’ll kick off this adventure with a Shellabaloo Shelloha Party!
From there we will enjoy dinners and share stories…
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…
We’ll enjoy picnic lunches together while we talk about our shell finds from the morning…
And of course… we’ll shell!
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)
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!
Hope to see you soon!