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{Beach Combing} Discovered Seashells Are A Bit More Special

We have seashells...lots and lots of seashells. Many vintage shells as well as many purchased; but there really is something special about discovering seashells yourself.  We headed to the beach a few days ago and it was one of those winter days that you could classify as near-perfect.  No wind, bright sunshine and no visitors around...just the family enjoying the sand and sea. 




We timed our visit perfectly as the high tide was just starting to go back out so there were many little treasures waiting for us along the shoreline. Large clam shells which we use to make outdoor patio candles with and lots of little cockle shells.  We found these two gorgeous white shells and were very happy.  You have to realize that this isn't Sanibel Island; where the beaches are covered with seashells; nope, not like that at our beach at all.  Aren't they beautiful?  They are called Wrinkled Dogwinkles.




Just when our excitement had waned, something large caught our eye. We were driving the Jeep at the time and we quickly stopped; but as we turned around the waves came in and totally covered the object.  Luckily, Liz's young eyes found it again as she hopped out and grabbed what we thought was a rock, until she picked it up and discovered it was a large Moon Snail.



Excited doesn't even cover how giddy we were; literally screaming like teenage girls!  We rinsed it off with some water when we got home and haven't even attempted to clean it yet. What you can't tell is how large it is, here are some photos next to the first two shells.  It is large enough to cup over my ear so I can hear the surf!!  




After beach combing, we went for a little hike in the dunes.  We'll be sharing that with you in a few days...you won't want to miss it if you love lighthouses, the beach and dune grass.

Do you have a special place in your heart for seashells which you've actually found yourself or do they all bring you joy?


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9 comments:

  1. I love seashells, and I love the beach. Your posts make me very happy. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I love shells and have them in various places throughout my house. Most however were purchased at the Shell Shop in Seal Beach. However, I do have an bunch of oyster shells that we found on a trip to Washington one year to visit my in laws. They are really gorgeous.
    ~Cheryl

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    1. We have a ton of Oyster Shells too, Cheryl. They are fun to use for crafts!

      Hugs,
      Marie

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  3. Beautiful shells! I love finding treasures on the beach and while we don't have many shells here, unless you love clam shells, which are pretty too, but I love finding rocks and driftwood and sadly have to order my shells online. :(
    xoxo

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  4. Lots of seashell lovers! Oyster shells, clams, rocks and driftwood are all fabulous treasures too. Have a lovely week, friends.

    xoxo

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  5. Our beach is constantly changing. This morning the tide was low and the beach was covered with small pebbles. The sun was peaking out enough that it would catch the small bits of sea glass. I found amber, green and white. A passing stroller showed us her handful and she had been lucky to find a tiny little blue bit of glass. We have one glass jar that we reserve solely for glass from our beach and it is filling up slowly, but surely.

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    1. How wonderful, Carol! Thank you for sharing your story. I'd love to have a jar of sea glass - lucky you :O)

      Hugs,
      Marie

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  6. That Moon Snail is HUGE!

    My found shells have a very special place in my heart, and some of them I just can't bear to part with, and have to keep for myself.

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  7. Hi I love your site I make Candles from Oyster shells in love with the treasures from the sea. Im looking for a large Sea shell like the one you have pictured above to use as a Pedicure bowl for treatments? Can you give me details please.

    Thank you, may you continue to find many majical offerings from the bossom of the sea.

    Catherine
    www.loveduparomatherapy.com

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