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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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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    dysfunctional mom says:

    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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    Allison@Slice of Heaven says:

    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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    Honey Mommy says:

    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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    Kara @ His, Hers & Ours
    Twitter: KandJplus5

    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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    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    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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    Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud
    Twitter: TweetingMama

    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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    Twitter: meqsi

    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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    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA

    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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    Run DMT says:

    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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    Nicole@ Moments that Define Life
    Twitter: MTDLBlog

    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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    Susie's Homemade says:

    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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    Deb - Mom of 3 Girls
    Twitter: debmomof3

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

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    blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    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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    @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman
    Twitter: pamelamkramer

    Loving the shells!

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    TornadoTwos says:

    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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    Tiaras & Tantrums says:

    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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    Nancy Taylor says:

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

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    scrappysue says:

    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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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son

    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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    kristin says:

    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*