Wordful Wednesday-Florida Vacation Issue IV

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Our hands-down favorite beaches to go to in SW Florida are on Sanibel & Captiva Islands.  For a $6 toll to get on the island and a buck an hour for parking, one can enjoy a handful of public beaches that are slightly different.  Our favorite beach was on Sanibel, called Blind Pass.  It must be the best place to collect seashells in the United States.

I’m not even exaggerating.

We brought home amazing, amazing shells.

I am now a shell hoarder.

These are not your garden variety clam shells.  Oh no.  Florida Fighter Conch, Lightening Whelk, Cockle, Tulip, Olive and Jingle shells are just a sample of some of the shells we collected there.

See what I mean?  This is just a sampling of the shells I have around my house from Blind Pass.

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  1. I have heard that before about Sanibel. I have lived in Florida my whole life and never been there!
    Gorgeous shells.

  2. Beautiful shells. I love how you used them in your potted plants…what a clever use! The iridescent one in the first picture is gorgeous.

  3. Those are gorgeous, Angie. I love shells!

  4. I probably would have brought home an entire suitcase full of shells because they are so beautiful! I love how you put them in your pots! Fun and functional.

  5. Wow, you did get a good haul! Beautiful collections. 🙂

  6. Wow! And here I thought shells like that could only be found at Michaels!

  7. I love it, and wow, I need some beach and shells in my life!

  8. My most treasured shells are from Sanibel and Bokeelia Island. I found a perfect starfish one morning on the beach in Sanibel that I have displayed, along with others very similar to yours.

    It’s an amazing place for shells, for sure! And the sunsets are breathtaking!

  9. Beautiful sea shells!! I love sea shells, I have a vase I filled with them!!

  10. I LOVE beach shells!!!!!

  11. Wow!! Those are gorgeous shells!! At least they are decorative, so its a great obsession to have.

  12. You did do really well on your shell collecting – holy cow. Gorgeous and it makes me long for the smell of the ocean and the sand between my toes.

  13. Those shells are gorgeous!!!

  14. Those shells are amazing! It’s okay to be a shell hoarder when they look that pretty! My mom has these really tall vases, round, and they are filled with shells of all kinds and they are like 3 feet tall, they look very cool!!

  15. Those are awesome photos! Thanks for the linky party! 🙂
    I’ve linked up your blog in my WW blog post… Do drop by and pay a visit 🙂

  16. Ahh I’m jealous of the shells.. BUT.. guess what showed up in my mailbox today?? YUP. Twisted Silver BLING!! Oh yeah. Love it. Capital L. 🙂

  17. Wonderful shells, they’re so different than the ones we find here on the Mediterranean beaches (and a lot nicer too).

    My photography is available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

  18. I did it! I finally am able to link up my WW post with you! Yay! 🙂

    Love beach shells…and I love that you put them in your plants…would never have thought of that!

  19. What a beautiful collection… I never thought to use shells on the plants. Great idea. 🙂

  20. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are some of the best beaches in Florida. We vacation there every summer and my girls always look forward to it. We’ve collected some of the very same shells there. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. 🙂

  21. Wow! Those are fabulous shells! What a great way to remember your vacation. 🙂

  22. Sanibel is enough to turn anyone into a shell hoarder! Those are lovely…I’m sure you had help collecting! ; )

  23. I remember collecting seashells on our Florida trip when I was ten! I still have them:-)

  24. I need to start collecting shells for our main bathroom. Time to hit the beach!

  25. Very cool, leaves me wishing for some time on the beach!

  26. Those are some COOL shells! I’d be a shell hoarder if I lived near a beach, too! 😉

  27. Wow, those are gorgeous! My girls would be in shell-collecting heaven there… 🙂

  28. The thing I can’t figure out is how there are still such plentiful shells there year after year after year. I’ve been going there since I was a little bitty thing and it’s never changed!

    Great haul!

  29. my kids would go crazy for those shells! we come home with just as many from the beach but not fancy like yours 🙂

  30. Great pix! I live in North Florida but have not (yet) been to Sanibel – the West Coast of Florida is so nice – still a bit less unspoiled than the East (and great shells of course!)

  31. Loving the shells!

  32. Florida does have the most amazing shells! You did a beautiful job decorating your house with them.

  33. I LOVE your shells and the ways you have them displayed! I have more than just a little sun-envy right now! Gorgeous pictures, sweet friend! XO

  34. I’m a shell hoarder, too. This is one of the passions I love sharing with my kids. Searching the beach for booty is just fantastic. Can’t wait to see what we bring back from Turks and Caicos after spring break!

  35. Never ever found any shells like those! They are very pretty.

  36. Those are really awesome looking shells. I like how you are using them as decoration around your house.

  37. looks like you brought one or two back! 🙂
    they are beautiful!
    Glad you were able to use them for great decoration and a way to remember that trip!

  38. oh, I remember this well from returning from our trip to the Outer Banks last summer – I still have all the shells in the garage (I’m mean and wouldn’t let the chidren bring them into the house)

  39. I love Sanibel – But I already told you that. I love that when you bring home shells from a trip you are almost instantly transported back to your vacation when you see them, touch them. I love shells!! 🙂
    Happy Wednesday!

  40. Beautiful shells. I always wanted to go to Sanibel. Never did get around to it, despite living in Central Florida for years.

    By the way, thanks for this Wordful Wednesday. I just discovered your blog and this delightful Wednesday feature. 🙂

  41. Wow, those shells really are fabulous!

  42. wow. That is am awesome collection and what beautiful shells too!
    It’s very rare to find much more than clam or scallop shells in NJ… maybe an occassional conch.
    (of course, now that I’m in PA, we find cow pies instead. haha 😉

  43. Angie, Angie. Why do you amuse me so much?

  44. gawd – did i really just link up twice? i think i need to go back to bed! i LOVE these shells. i’d be making a photo frame with them !

  45. Ohhhhh, I love that shiny blue shell in the first photo!

  46. Those shells are awesome. I’ve never found anything remotely that cool at any beach I’ve been to.

  47. Summer dreams!

  48. They are super cool….however they would look SO out of place up here in our frozen tundra! LOL. 🙂

  49. We’re headed to Amelia Island for spring break, I hope the shells are as beautiful in the NorthEast of Florida as they are in the SW! Great pictures and great memories Angie. Thanks for sharing.

  50. WHAT??? They LET you take them home? CA. is LAME. The beach we went to had a million signs telling you not to take their LAME sea shells home. Kate spent the whole afternoon collecting these pathetic little clam shells only to be told she couldn’t take them with her.

  51. They are talking about snow here again. I could use a little sand between my toes and seashell collecting right now. *sigh*