Shells .... Sanibel Island Anyone?

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Real Estate Agent with New Star Real Estate

My interest in Shell Art started on a trip years ago  far away from Vernal, Utah.  We spent one day on Sanibel Island, Florida where we found shells  bountiful and colorful.  Sanibel Island is named as the Best Shelling Location in the Northern Hemishere. 

 Visiting the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum  on Sanibel Island where we found shell art I was determined to create my own  Sailor's Valentines.  I took many years  deciding which box to start with.  Since then I have created many and entered them in  The Sanibel Island Shell Show.

Sailors were known to bring these home to their loved ones after a  trip out to sea and most had an endearing message created with shells on the valentine.  They are made in an octagon wooden box.with a glass front.  The single valentine shown below  was made for my husband's office and is more traditional with earthly colors.

 

SAILORS VALENTINE

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Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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great shelling beach...we just love going to your beaches.

May 11, 2008 02:24 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Shell-a luia!  I remember that coast of Florida.  We used to collect the sharks teeth and make bolo ties!  LOL.

May 11, 2008 02:24 PM #2
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Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL

That shell beach an Sanibel is great.  I could spend hours and hours there.  Great fun, exercise and you can get some beautiful shells.

May 11, 2008 02:56 PM #3
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT

Love the pictures. Looks like it would take a lot fo time to make these.

May 13, 2008 05:28 AM #4
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Jodie Burton

I love the things you made out of shells! I bet they took a long time to make.

Jun 21, 2008 12:46 PM #5
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Judy Dinnick

Lovely Valentine !  I create them too and have also entered the Sanibel Show. Congratulations on winning a blue ribbon !!

Jul 27, 2008 06:07 AM #6
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Carol Judd
New Star Real Estate - Vernal, UT
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Gary, You cannot pull us away from the beach when we are searching for shells.. It is addicting!

Julie and Jodie,  Yes they do take awhile.  When I first started it seemed so detailed but with patience it is just rewarding.

Judy,  I hope to get to the show this year.  We even bought a condo in Ft. Myers because we loved shelling so much and now the fossil hunting in the Peace River...

Jul 29, 2008 10:42 AM #7
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