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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

She Sends Sea Shells From Sanibel

Try saying that three times fast!

I received the nicest gift in the mail today!  Awhile back, Debbie from Love of the Sea mentioned that she was going to Sanibel Island.  Well, I told her that hubby & I had gone there for a day trip when we were in Florida for a long weekend 1 1/2 years ago, and how I just loved it!  I was in shell heaven!  Well, Debbie is so very sweet and thoughtful, so she sent me a whole bunch of shells from her trip! (do be sure to check out Debbie's blog!  she has the most amazing house!  And I am in love with her kitchen!!)

Aren't they gorgeous?  And a beautiful sand dollar, too!  I love sand dollars!

They look so pretty on our coffee table with the other shells that I have had displayed this summer.
See, Debbie?  I told you I loved shells!  I made these shell framed mirrors a few years ago, and I like putting votive candles in the centers.  They look so pretty lit at night!
More shells, and a bit of moss, in a wire basket I found at a yard sale last year for only a quarter!
Here's a close up of some of the shells Debbie sent.  I adore the pink scallop shells!  I remember finding a bunch of those when we were at Sanibel. The neat mermaid card was sent to me by a girl friend when she visited Cape May, NJ.  Love it!

I am soooo lovin' the sand dollar and gorgeous conch shell!
And Debbie even sent me this pretty beachy card!  Thanks again Debbie, for such a nice and thoughtful gift!  You truly made my day, and I will enjoy them so very much!

On a side note, hubby is having orthoscopic surgery on his knee tomorrow. He slipped and fell in our back yard earlier this summer.  The doctor said that if he just has to trim the cartilage (I know, that sounds terrible!), he can just walk out of the operating room (it is out patient surgery).  If he has to do repair work he will have to be on crutches for up to two weeks.  We are hoping for the former, as we have  flight of stairs to climb to get to the main living level of our house.  I will keep you posted.  Have a great night!


Victoria said...

Oh I love Sanibel Island! My hubby and I lived in FL for 6 months and we went on a day trip there...gorgeous. I don't understand why FL has sooo many wonderful shells scattered along their beaches but here in So Cal we don't! How sweet of your bloggy friend to send you those:)

Karen said...

The shells are really beautiful....they seem to go with everything and anything.

Hope J's surgery goes super well tomorrow. Tell him I said to hang in there!

Hugs, Karen

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

They are so pretty Donna. That was so sweet of Debbie. They look great on your table. We don't get a lot of shells here in the panhandle either.
I hope your hubbys surgery goes well!

NanaDiana said...

Yep! I love Sanibel too...I spent a lot of time there when I was younger...lived in Ft. Myers Beach and used to hop over there all the time. The beaches were almost vacant back then-before all the condo and high-rises. It was a spot straight out of Heaven...still is..

Can you believe all the nice and wonderful people we meet here in Blogland? Someone that only know by printed word sending you some sea shells. How can that be? I love all your shells...especially your mirrored candle holders...Perfect! I can almost smell the salt air from here! Diana

Unknown said...

Sanibel Island is heaven on earth...it is so beautiful there. There are so many wonderful people out here in blogland. That was thoughtful of her to send you these beautiful shells.

Cindy Adkins said...

Woo hoo...LOVE the shells!! They are beautiful and it was so sweet of her to send them to you! What a doll she is! And they look great on the table and I love the cards too...
And most of all, best wishes to your husband tomorrow!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I hope your husband's surgery goes well and he can walk right out of there! Your shells are really lovely and I enjoyed visiting Debbie's blog, too!

Leo said...

Donna - they look lovely! I am so happy that you are enjoying them and I do love the shell mirrors you made...they look gorgeous.

It is my pleasure to spread those beautiful shells around so they end up in such a happy place!!!

Unknown said...

There is nothing better than seashells! I have them everywhere in my house. I really, really like the stand you put yours in-a great way to show them off!
Blessings to your hubby for a speedy recovery!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hopping over from Cindy's place to say hello. What a sweet friend to send you so many lovely seashells! Love all the postcards too.

I had orthoscopic surgery on my knee when I was a teenager due to a skateboard accident. :/ Torn ligaments and cartilage damage. I still have knee issues to this day.

Wishing your husband all the best. Take care! Tammy

Chris Arlington said...

Wishing your hubby well with his surgery!
What a thoughtful gift of shells. You will do something wonderful I can see with what you've already made. Enjoy your week!

Tootie said...

I was drawn over here by a couple of your bloggy friends. :) I love your shell framed mirrors and candles. I may have to do that one day. Love your blog and best wishes for your husband.

{oc cottage} said...

Loving this!!!

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Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
I went over and visited Debbie's blog--I love it! What a dreamy blog...and she is so sweet to have sent you these...amazing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna,
Debbie was such a sweetheart to share her sea shells with us! I love the way you displayed yours... beautiful!
Happy weekend!
Hugs ~ Jo :)