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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Pam, thanks so much for an awesome time! It already seems like it was ages ago! I have my shells all sorted into bins and I stop and look again as I walk by…great memories of sun and beach and a great group of people. Now on to cleaning and figuring out what to do with the loot! : )
Any dates for the next Shellabellooo
I’d like to know the answer to your question also, so disappointed that I missed this one.
Wonderful sunset, and a beautiful mosaic of the sunset, water and shells!
Luv luv luv the sea horse!!! Awesome job
Thx for sharing all & making my day a lil warmer
Janet’s seahorse is as cute as the Spanish word meaning…
“LITTLE HORSE OF THE SEA” :
Caballito de Mar :)
Beautiful! I really hope to join a Shellabaloo some day.
Was that an Albino Lightning Whelk I saw?
Artistic group!!! Looks like fun was had by all. Counting the days til we are back to Sanibel…
Love all the shells everyone found. Love the mosaic and the seahorse. We’re hoping everything works out and we’re there in a few weeks (it’s too cold here.) Pat
great post love it and I think Elaine deserved first place but all were really good and our trip to big hickory was a lot of fun especially seeing you pam sincerely r.g.stein
Love the art but the seahorse was my favorite. Just returned from an apartment hunting trip to the area. Can’t wait to finally live there and join in a shellabaloo show ‘n ‘tell,
I’ll be on the ILS shelling boat trip next wednesday….I’m giddy with anticipation, and I can’t wait to meet some of the great folks you keep telling us all about!
Donna, I’ll be there too! I know it will be fun. Looking forward to meeting you.
Great! I’d tell you that you could pick me out because I’d be the one with the I love shelling tee shirt, but that’s probably not going to be much of a help ☺
This will be awesome! Always fun to see you Gail
I’ll be so much fun! I can’t wait to see you again Donna
I’m wondering if Elaine’s mosaic is of the shell mound and jetty at Blind Pass-Captiva side. Beautiful. Also wondering what materials were used for the white crashing waves? and the jetty?
When is the next Shellabaloo ?