"What do you do with all those shells?' is usually the question I get after I go on & on about my latest shelling excursion to a non-sheller. Usually their eyes are glazed over and they stopped listening to me after my first junonia story. (That's the brown spotty shell, right?)
This is actually an on-going conversation I have been having with a particular bil from Pennsylvania. To answer his "What do I do with all those shells" question - I send him emails from time to time with pictures of toilet seats made with shells, clothing embelished with shells, & the last time we were together I gave he & my sil a little shell craft I made myself from Sanibel shells as a token of affection and to remind him that there is no end to a shell's usefulness. It is just not right to leave a nice shell behind on the beach unless of course it is occupied.
For the really serious shell artists & collectors the social event of the Shelling season is The Sanibel Shell Show. Malacologists, Shell collectors, enthusiasts, & artists gather at the Sanibel Community Center for 3 days of conchology revelry & fun. This year the Sanibel Captiva Shell Club is celebrating a new exhibit at the Baileys-Matthews Shell Museum called "World's Record Size Shells". I'm going for the first time and you can bet I'll be taking lots of pictures. Take a look at last year's show featured on the Fine Shell Art Blog.
|The Sanibel Shell Show is a juried event for the artistic & scientific.|
|The Sanibel Captiva Shell Club has lots of shells for sale|
|There are lots of awards & trophies to win|
For the rest of us mere shell mortals we're just happy to surround ourselves with shells any way we can. The possibilities are as endless as our creativity, imaginations, & square footage of our homes.
|We put them in jars|
|Put them on plant stands|
|Make lamps out of them|
|Put them in a shadow box|
|Spruce up a coffee table - This was made by Sheller Carla from Bonita Springs, FL|
|Cover the path outside your door with shells|
|I love to commit a random act of shelling kindness. Visit Rhonda @ Blue Creek Home to see how.|
|Rose Petal Tellin - They are just darn pretty to look at.|