Wordful Wednesday-Florida Vacation Issue IV

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. Thank you for playing along!

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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About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


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

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    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.

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    Twitter: GennyHeikka

    Those are gorgeous, Angie. I love shells!

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    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.

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

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    Twitter: Miss_Scarlett99

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

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

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    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!

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    Mrs. Marine
    Twitter: mrsmarine

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

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    I LOVE beach shells!!!!!

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    The Drama Mama
    Twitter: poopscoopinmama

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

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    Twitter: FamilyTrifecta

    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.

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    Those shells are gorgeous!!!

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    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    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!!

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    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 🙂

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    Twitter: CarissaRogers

    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. 🙂

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    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!

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    Twitter: kpugs

    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!

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    Twitter: buckeroomama

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

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    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. 🙂

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

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    Twitter: irishbymarriage

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

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

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    Twitter: DolliMama3

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

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    Twitter: fourplusanangel

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

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    Stacy Uncorked
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick

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

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

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    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!

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    Twitter: 7alltogether

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

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    Paula Kiger
    Twitter: biggreenpen

    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!)

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    Loving the shells!

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

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    Galit Breen
    Twitter: galitbreen

    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

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    Heidi Smith Luedtke
    Twitter: heidiluedtke

    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!

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    Self Sagacity
    Twitter: selfsagacity

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

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    Twitter: Anddadtoo

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

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    Twitter: jumpinbeans09

    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!

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    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)

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    Emily faliLV
    Twitter: FamilyNLifeLV

    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!

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    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. 🙂

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    Twitter: shellthings

    Wow, those shells really are fabulous!

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    Twitter: debi9kids

    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 😉

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

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    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 !

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

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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

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

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    Summer dreams!

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    Twitter: Lindsay_Y

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

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    Vanessa (Chefdruck)
    Twitter: FrenchFoodieMom

    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.

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    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.

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    Trippin' Mama
    Twitter: trippinmama

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


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    rachel, yes it seems we do. well, here on these beaches, you can find free pigs! and also plntey of glass, i guess the same as you mentioned here? it is indeed fascinating to think about where it came from?! little pieces of history.. helena, rara, du e4r fin! och att bo vid en sjf6 e4r ju helt fantastiskt! ser fram emot att se hur ni har det de4r, ne4r ni har kommit till re4tta. kanske kommer jag och sle4nger mig i sjf6n en dag tillsammans med dig?! kramarlycke, yes, umgicks gjorde vi, mysigt var det! gillade filmen! grisen, wow! jag e4r ju ockse5 ve4ldigt barnslig utav mig, och med en vild fantasi, se5 det ge5r absolut hem! men te4nkte att herregud, tycker inte barn att den e4r je4ttele4skig? e5 andra sidan, jag se5g twin peaks ne4r jag var i 10 e5rs e5ldern,phuphuphu,det var lite galet gjort utav mig! har du sett twin peaks? kramarmerel, kan je altijd aan wennen, of niet? ochtendmens bedoel ik. ik ben tenminste soms ochtend mens, soms nacht mens.iris, oh ik hou heel veel van vroeg! misschien morgen ochtend ook? voor het werken! liefsdemie, lets hope so, even though sometimes i am not that optimistic i think?! evelina, och det e4r ju tanken som re4knas, fina du! kramarpatrice, ja het is echt een grote geluk. ik geniet er heel veel van. misschien ga ik morgen ochtend ook! nathalie, the little free pig! he is a happy free pig!jenny, te4nker pe5 dig med, vill ge4rna prata, prf6var idagarna igen! kramarpella, fast e4ven pe5 vintern e4r havet vackert! annika, jag gillar henne med, hon tar fantastiska portre4tt! kramar till digouti, it is amazing! anyhow, those hours are very magical!

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    AH, Sara, we share the same love. Nice findings and craetive display of them. :)I’m always interested to discover how different beaches have different treasures to offer.Here in Marblehead we find these brightly painted fiberglass chips. We think they might come from boats or maybe lobster trap buoys. It’s been our mystery to solve. I can just feel the fineness of that sand. Ahhhhhh…. So nice of you to think of me….

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    Thanks for your reminder. I am cruefal in portfolio calculation, but there are sometimes typo errors in my blog, because I am too tired to write it each day.The selling price of 811 and 1288 on that day should be $3.4 and $3.22. Note that the lowest trading price of 811 on that day is $3.38, therefore it is possible to sell it at $3.25.I have corrected these mistakes in my blog. I must double check my blog contents in the future. Thanks again.

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