Do you see what I see?
Thousands of purrfect KITTEN PAW SHELLS!
These sweet little KITTIES washed up on the sand bar at Blind Pass yesterday waiting to be adopted (errr I mean collected) for a good home. Here Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty!
Aha- And I know what I “knead” to do with them. I love this idea!
Charlotte P. shared a photo of her KITTEN PAW creation on iLoveShelling Facebook page and said…
“My two nieces, my sister and I collected kitten paw shells at Blind Pass this past June. They were so plentiful, that we just scooped handfuls of them into our shell bag. I made these 9-inch trees using about 460 shells each. Now we will always remember our fun summer day every Christmas! …use Michael’s stryo cones, sort shells according to size. I used the largest on the bottom. (The shells that are still hinged together are too thick. Also, the really curved ones don’t work either. ) Shove the shell into the cone until secure. Take it out, insert hot glue and jam it into place. Repeat about 459 or so times!”
CLICK HERE to find the link to her post on iLS Facebook page…
Our kitties PuppyCat and Dustie are already in the holiday spirit dressing in ShellElf hats to match their mom so I’m sure they would love to help me. They love craft time.
Wanna scratch around in the sand to find a few KITTENS PAWS too? Lets go CYBERSHELLING! Click on the next image to enlarge…
Want more? Take a walk on the beach with me to see the shells, waves, water and listen to the jingle of the shells against the surf…. and be amazed at the oodles of KITTENS PAWS (and itty bitty orange ROUGH SCALLOP I couldn’t resist). Here’s a video! (sorry if the vid looks a little “fuzzy” right now- I hope it clears up)
I would LOVE to know how the kitten paw Christmas trees were made? What are the shells glued to inside???
Love your kitty paw Christmas trees
Think I found it……….
Charlotte Pietrowski @Maribeth- use Michael’s stryo cones, sort shells according to size. I used the largest on the bottom. (The shells that are still hinged together are too thick. Also, the really curved ones don’t work either. ) Shove the shell into the cone until secure. Take it out, insert hot glue and jam it into place. Repeat about 459 or so times!
For the top, glue 4 shells to cover. I used shells with barnacles attached and glued beads in the them, embellished with old earring pieces.
Yes- Im so sorry! I meant to put the link and…. well … its the holidays. Any way I’m glad you found it and now Ive added the link in the post. Thanks Jim for posting- Meowy Christmas!
Oh my goodness! I love, love kittens paws. I can’t imagine what it feels like to be there “live” but you certainly helped me feel like I’m there. Thanks and Merry Christmas all.
Every blog I receive from you is a special gift. Thank you for making me smile, and wonder at the beauty of nature. Merry Christmas, Pam!
Puppycat and Dustie are adorable! How did you get them to sit like for the picture? That pic would make a great Christmas card… Thank you for sharing!
The little Santa hats are “photoshopped” in to the image of Pam’s sweet kitties. :)
Yes! I see now that I look closer! Merry Christmas !
Oh my your kitty babies are a xmas card. So wish I was scooping up those paws. Thank you for the cyber shelling xoxo!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to everyone !
Hugs from CT
Great post, Pam!! I also love Kitten’s Paws; they’re one of my favorites to collect. Whenever my hubby & I visit FL (and we’re missing our kitties) and every day after I’ve gone shelling, I always update my hubby by telling him how many “kittens” we found today! (4 Kitten’s Paws=1 Kitten) Ha ha!
And I just LOVE the Christmas trees you built with those shells. They’re just lovely and they’re a wonderful representation of Christmas mixed with your love for felines!
In closing, my hubby & I and our kitties–Maddy, Lily Sue & Violet–all send very BLESSED Christmas wishes to you & your family and your kitties! Merry Christmas!!
That is so cute Kaye- 4 kittens paws for each kitty! Lol then there was a heard of kitties at blind pass. Thanks for sharing. Oh btw- i wishni ciuld takencredit for the trees but i didnt make them. Charlotte P. Posted it in my fb page. So cute!
Merry Christmas Pam and Clark and your fur babies. Happy New Year! Pat
great idea now I will look for all the kitten paws I can find and use them for a good decoration see you soon thanks for the post as usual its something of great use. sincerely r.g.stein
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Pam (kitty babies too!)! Had such a blast with everyone on Cayo Costa and Big Hickory!! Thanks for the update on our Sandwich Tern too; so, so happy to hear!!
just an FYI..a friend told me that when you come across a mass of one type of shell on the beach go ahead and collect them – you may never see that many again and you will eventually have a project that they will be perfect for! (in this case kitten paw Christmas trees!!) merry chistmas to you and your kitties!
I agree. I had a beach day in Nov. at Gulf City Park beach that had thousands of conch shells. I have that experience here in NJ shore as well You must always take advantage of the “gift” of so many shells. You may never see them that way again.
Every day on the beach is different as you always say, Pam.
Meowy Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. :)
I am back in NYC now, but had a wonderful time on Sanibel, finding 15 shell species that were not on the list for SWFL (most of them tiny) and giving them to the museum.
A little Christmas morning cyber shelling…Meowy Christmas to us! I’m thankful for the tinkling sounds of shelling and merry remembrances….