Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring (Shell) Fever!

We finally have had a couple of absolutely glorious days here, warm AND sunny! I am so tired of the cold, and was looking for any excuse to go outside and work on anything. I think I definitely have got spring fever!

These beauties managed to escape the frosts and made it through and are proudly showing their colors in my front gardens where I am sanding and painting porch rails and scrubbing siding....anything to be outside!          

On one of my trips to Walmart for supplies, I ran across this doormat and couldn't resist! I thought it would look nice on my new freshly painted porch. 

 Yesterday, I quit working a little early and got a bit of Shell fever and decided I would make a wreath for the front door, it's been in the back of my mind for forever, and might look nice after I finish painting the front door.  I certainly need practice making flowers out of shells, but so enjoyed it!
Coquina, kitten paws, and scallop flowers....
Bubble flowers too!
Here is the final wreath....

well I think it's final, debating about possibly adding a few more flowers and maybe a bow....

What do you think? I done?

::Shelllady Hugs::

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter 2016

I am so sorry for my lack of posting! Life has kept me 'hopping' but I couldn't pass up a chance to say Happy Easter.
I did have a little bit of fun, making 'Sock Bunnies' for my 5 Grandbunnies! I had so much fun with this!
These are for my New York Grandbabies: Hailey, Chloe, Ava and Dylan

I made this little one for was a Bunny Flop!!
So I had to remake one for him!
Isn't this fun?

I also packed up some other little goodies and sent them on their way!!

Jess sent this pic this morning of Joseph on his way into church!
How adorable is this??

I'm a little bit sentimental this morning so found some pics of 'Easters past' and thought I would share them with you! 

Mom & Dad and I...Easter 1963 (Omaha)
Dad and I...Easter 1963 
Me and Jess...Easter 1989 
Easter 1989 
Jess and I....Easter 1990
Such wonderful times!!

Sending Love to you and your families for a wonderful Easter...and Spring!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Last Hurrah

The Gulf was pretty angry this morning and it was very windy due to upcoming storms. It was obvious pretty quickly that one would need to be creative. But the sunrise never fails to impress!

The tidal pool offered very little this morning, but the live tulips and fighting conchs were still there...
You can see in the distance the salt spray, and the foam on the beach, this is a rarity here on the beach, the gulf is usually pretty calm...almost like a lake at times.

I ran into my new found Facebook friends, Cheri & Carol and told them goodbye, they weren't having much luck either.  We will meet again, soon I hope!

I did manage to find a place with pen shells to dig, but that didn't last very long as the tides were coming in very quickly. But, I got a few treasures!
...and I got another Alphabet cone, a nice paper fig and a tiny lace murex...
a tiny little keyhole limpet 
...and horse conch
Have I mentioned how much I love this beach?
Thanks so much for coming along with me on this trip, stay tuned, I have a few more stories to tell!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Buried Shelling

 It was pretty cloudy first thing, but the sunrise still gave us some beautiful color.

Shelling has slowed down quite a bit the last couple of days, but there is always something different to try. My Dad loved to dig, he would carefully look for a place that appeared to have buried pen shells, and he would sit right down, in the tidal pool or along the shoreline and dig. He would stay there for hours, and many times would go back to the same spot many days in a row.  It usually paid off for him too.

I thought about him today as I was doing a little bit of digging around the pen shells in the tidal pool.
 Most things in the tidal pool were live, like this BEAUTIFUL True Tulip, so I walked along the shoreline.
Sure enough, I walked on down the beach and found an area that looked like it might prove interesting....Do you see it? <You can click on the pic to make it larger>
The trick is, you have to get it between waves because the tide was coming in. Sometimes you'll miss some things as the waves pull them out and take them back into the gulf.
I found this pretty petite alphabet cone that way too!
Not too bad, Huh?  I think Daddy would be pretty proud!! :)
Love the spines on this jewel-box pair!
I even found this Cardita pair this way, first time I found both sides still together!

Will post tonight with today's finds!

::Shelllady Hugs::