Monday, January 24, 2011

“You can't have everything. Where would you put it?” Stephen Wright - comedian

"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.