Shelllady

Shelllady

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Short Trip...

Last night's trip was a little bit short, I wouldn't walk too far away, as thunderstorms were all around the island, and the tide wasn't very low so it was difficult to see into the water. Very cloudy!.....
The tide at it's lowest did make it so I could see a little bit in the tidal pool...I know I've mentioned it before, this is my favorite type of shelling....slow and steady with lots of concentration! The best therapy there is, for me!
Pretty soon I started finding a few treasures...

A Nice Shiny Olive Shell....
Hooorah...an Alphabet Cone! Not pristine, but into my bag it went!
I found lots of Nutmegs...of every size...
and for some reason, I still can't pass up a dark Lightning Whelk!....here with another Olive (for you Sheila) and a Juvenile Fighting Conch with a cool pattern...lots of these little guys out there!
The highlight of the trip was this Scallop!

It's HUGE and perfect! I've done a little research, and I believe it's called a Ravenel Scallop....it is very deep and concaved...almost as much as a cockle...and if I read it correctly, I think the top is flat!.....I looked around but couldn't find the top half of it....what a find that would be!   If anyone thinks I'm wrong about this, please let me know! Don't you love it when you find something new and have to 'hit the books' to look things up?

There were several live sand dollars that had washed up, so I carefully placed them back in the tidal pool....I love these guys!
I also came across this live Shark's eye....
with the Operculum still attached!


The tides and the storms pushed me out, but I headed home a happy customer....with plans on returning soon! Stay tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Just Little Bits and Pieces...

We're back home in paradise! I've only been out shelling a couple of evenings....tides aren't great, shelling is so-so but the Beach Therapy is always fantastic! Hopefully the shelling will improve over the next few days with the tides. I prefer early shelling, but Low tides are in the evening this week....

I decided to try a beach I've never shelled before, Tarpon Bay....it's about mid way on the island...just never tried it! It started out with just pieces.... Pretty True tulip....
Almost a complete Flat (or ZigZag) Scallop...
...and Woe is me....an Alphabet Cone piece...
I also found a little orange....scallops that is...




Believe it or not, nothing else....but I enjoyed the walk....will definitely try it again...there are obviously treasures possible! 

I left there and headed to my old standby...the Lighthouse....you can always find minis there! I posted this so you can do some 'cybershelling'....I took this pic, knowing there is a Wentletrap in it, when you click to enlarge it, you will see at least 2 Wentles in it....missed the second! .....oh well! Can you find....a tiny Lace Murex? Slippers? Tiny Fighting conchs? Coquina pairs? What else did you find?

I found a small Baby's Ear also...I love these guys and am always happy when I find them!

The water was in okay shape, though a little bit cloudy...
Look closely here....do you see the Wentle?

I also found this Awesome Coffee Melampus....
Though, still small, the biggest I have found...and it's in Great shape!
I walked back along the upper high tide line and found a few Sand dollars that had dried out...this one had part of his jaw exposed....see it? 


They normally break apart and become the little 'doves' that you get with sandollars....


I picked up a few minis the last couple of days....I always am happy to find the Wentletraps....



Walking back I watched these two for a while....the Pelican was fishing...and was being successful....the seagull, just wouldn't leave him alone, was going to do all he could to sneak himself a snack....this time he stayed hungry....Mr. Pelican wasn't sharing!
When they saw me watching....the seagull started acting all nonchalant!


Like I said....Great Beach Therapy...I love this place!....Stay tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Shellcrafting for the Fourth

Since it will still be a while before we had back down to paradise, I decided to get some Shell Therapy.  I'll be with The Sanibel Shellcrafters for the 4th of July parade, so I started working on some of the flowers...We decorate a golf cart completely with shell flowers so we all have to do some crafting!

They said the biggest shells we have, so I made some Scallop and some Dosinia flowers....




...and of course they have to go with the theme, which is Red, White and Beautiful!

...and of course we need some bling for them to stand out!....Glitter, lots of glitter!






We also hand out shell flowers to the mothers along the parade route so I've made about 200 of those....trying to be creative.... and use just 'regular' everyday shells, like Kittens Paws....

Jewel Boxes.....
Crossbarred Venus and Coquinas....
I even tried using Broad lipped Cardita, and Smaller Scallops...
I tried a couple of Juvenile fighting conch petals, with Turban centers
All together, it ended up being about 200 'handout' flowers....so far! Hopefully I'll be handing one to one of you!! ;)


We plan on heading down (with a car full of shell flowers) the end of June....stay tuned!!

::Shelllady Hugs::