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Around Town : 72nd Annual Sanibel Shell Show

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Hi Everyone,

This being my first blog post here on the crafts department blog I wanted to share with you one of my greatest loves...SHELLS. Shells are such a great material to craft with and anyone who knows me knows how much I love them. My office is full of shells and sea glass that I have found scouring the beaches of Maine and Florida. One of the best places to go shelling is Sanibel Island in Florida. Sanibel is great because the island is actually made of shells. There are such an amazing variety of shells to be found there that Sanibel has become known for its magnificent works of shell art. In order to showcase the amazing shell art, the Sanibel Community Association and Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club host an annual shell fair and show. The show takes place the first Thursday in March every year.

I try to make it there every year to meet up with old friends and make tons of new ones. Last year I even volunteered as an artistic judge for the show.

I really enjoy seeing what people are doing with shells and getting inspiration for some of my own projects. This year I brought Sandy (my adorable Havanese pup) along with me and as you can see in some of my pictures I think she made a good impression. Take a look at my photo gallery to see some of the amazing artwork that was created. Also check out the Sanibel Shell Fair story from Living back in February 2001.

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Hans Hoppenbrouwers first time competitor with his single valentine. Alongside him is his teacher and famous sailor valentine maker Sandy Moran and Jeff Oths

Thanks for reading,

Hannah Milman

SVP Exec Editorial Director Holiday and Crafts

Comments (13)

  • Hi Hannah,
    Loved your first blog and Sandy is so cute! I see why you enjoy the craft fair every year on Sanibel - that was some gorgeous artwork on display. Some people are so doggone creative. I live in Florida but haven't been to Sanibel in awhile. Maybe we'll go. Question - Did you ever finish tiling with sea glass I think it was? I remember the segment on MSL show and was curious. Maybe you could blog about it. Thanks, Trish

  • I'm located in Minneapolis, MN and my husband and I try to travel to the Sanibel area yearly. I just love the Sanibel shell fair! This year, we made it to Sanibel in time for their wonderful art fair, and I actually just did a two-part series of posts about it! The work there was gorgeous and so inspiring. Here are two links to some of the amazing artwork and artists I saw...

    The glass bead-work by Dianna J. Dinka:
    http://emmylu.com/blog/?p=292

    And the beautiful sculpture pendants by a husband/wife artist team:
    http://emmylu.com/blog/?p=303

  • Dear Hannah
    I think you look cute too.

    I am glad you have a blog so that I can recontact you, sorry to have missed you whilst I was at Boca, maybe another time. I did manage to get to go around the Sharps house and thought of you, wow what a beautiful place.
    Send me your email address and let me know when you will be coming to france to visitxxxxxxxBlott

  • I love the Living story from 2001. Gorgeous photos and ideas from the show this year.

  • I had a dream last night that I found the most beautiful vintage glass jars to put my shell collection in...thanks for some ideas on what to do with them:)

  • Sanibel is the greatest place in the world. I've been going there since I was a little girl. The shells are at their best right after a storm.

  • I enjoy seeing your seashell and seaglass crafts. Thank you Hannah.

  • Dear Hannah,

    I remember watching you make those beautiful wreaths back in the "old days"
    of Martha Stewart on tv.

    You are so talented.

    Your love of seashells can be seen here!
    Very lovely!

    Jeanine

  • Hi Hannah,

    I share your love of sea shells as an amazingly diverse craft material. During the winter months, I collect shells from the beaches of Florida (near Fort Worth, on the coast of Florida directly east of Sanibel Island). Recently, I've crocheted some beach sandals and adorned them shells. You can see them on my website at:

    http://handicrafts.myshopify.com/products/sandals

    Warm regards,

    Helena

  • I love shells, my bedroom and other parts of my house have hints of beautiful ornate shells that my husband bought in California when he was a kid.

  • Hi Hannah,

    We meet last year at the Sanibel Shell Show, I am the guy who makes the crazy miniature paper flowers. I was not able to make it to the show this year but hope to get back there next year. The shell work is just amazing it makes head spin! I have been thinking about our conversation and would love to talk to you again.

    Take care,
    Peter Gabel

  • Hi Hanna,
    I am in Sanibel now. We have a house in Sanibel and live full time in Baltimore. Let me know if you ever want a shelling buddy. I had two ideas for shells and thought you may be able to help me. One is a shell water fall that would let you see the shells from both sides. The other is a shell vase. I was thinking of an acrylic mold poured onto the shells, so the shells would be in the walls of the vase. You would be able to see both sides of the shells but they would be inside the walls. Love your posting.
    Frances

  • DEAR HANNAH, I WAS APPROACHED TWO YEARS AGO BY MALLORY MARSHALL ASKING ME TO PLS. EXHIBIT AT THE SANIBEL SHELL SHOW. THREE OR FOUR YRS. AGO, ONE OF MS ADVANCE PEOPLE CALLED AND ASK THAT I KEEP MY SHOP OPEN FOR AN AFTER CLOSING TIME VISIT BY MS; HOWEVER, SHE WAS RUNNING LATE TO JUDGE JUDY'S WINE DINNER PARTY AND DIDN'T MAKE IT. MY WORK IS CURRENTLY EXHIBITED AT THE SHIRLEY ALLEN GALLERY ON CAPTIVA AND THE E. RICE GALLERY IN SARASOTA. I AM RELYING ON YOUR PRACTICED EYE TO TELL ME IF THE SANIBEL SHELL SHOW WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO EXHIBIT MY COQUILLAGE OR NOT? I HAVE NEVER BEEN NOR KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS. I HAVE NEW PHOTOS OF 6 FT. SHELL OBELISKS I RECENTLY FINISHED, AND A 4X8 SHELLED MIRROR I AM FINISHING. DO YOU HAVE AN EMAIL I CAN SEND PICS? I KNOW YOU ARE SURELY A VERY BUSY PERSON AND I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.
    CORDIALY, JUDITH AUCLAIR

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