Showing posts with label shells. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shells. Show all posts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACCESSORIES: DIY Shell Magnifying Make Up Mirror

DIY Shell Magnifying Make Up Mirror via homework (6)For a long time now, I’ve relied on a magnifying mirror in my bathroom to apply my make up. Funny how the regular mirror seems so far away the older I get. In my bathroom, I have a nice swing arm magnifying mirror but I also have a variety of handheld versions. I found this small 4 inch mirror in one of my make up bags and decided to give it a little facelift.

Friday, June 26, 2015

EXTRA CREDIT: Coastal Crafts : Decorative Seaside Projects {giveaway}

Coastal Crafts by Cynthia Shaffer via homework (7)There’s nothing like a little beach décor or coastal crafting to really celebrate summer. Whether you live near the seaside or not, it’s fun to bring a little coastal charm into your home. Coastal Crafts (Lark, May 2015) by Cynthia Shaffer has over 20 projects that use seashells, ropes, sea glass and other nautical materials. Perfect for some summer fun.

Monday, July 14, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Beach Vignette by An Extraordinary Day

Every summer growing up, I spent time at the beach. It's my favorite place in all the world. I can close my eyes and dream of splashing waves and sand between my toes.... Ahhhh....   All the dreaming in the world just might not get either of us to the beach. No worries... We can create a beach vignette. Don't roll your really is a sweet band-aid solution. And it's super easy to do.

Coastal beachy tray vignette :: AnExtraordinaryDay.netHave you ever noticed play sand for sale at the garden center? When you sure to buy a bag. may be more than you need, but I'm pretty certain that once you have your bag of sand, you'll be glad you bought it (and it certainly won't break the bank). Plus, you'll find lots of ways to use that sand.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Etceteras: shells, shells, shells

Are you as excited about summer as I am? And once the summer bug hits, do you break out the shells, coral and starfish? I live near the coast, so I’m not sure if the shell mania is as big a deal in other parts of the world. I do know that there is plenty of beachy, shell inspiration on blogs, Pinterest and online publications. And since I love all things beach and coastal related, I thought I’d do a little shell round up to share.

Shells Sh{elle} decor via homeworkShell Décor can include a few small touches or all out shell-a-palooza. Here are some beautiful shell decorating ideas.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hutch 1There’s something about the anticipation of summer that not only energizes me but also calms me. Summer days mean a less hectic schedule, more family time and more time for creativity. Yay Summer!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Etceteras: shell souvenir jars

Summer is winding down and beach, pool or outdoor days will soon be over. Every summer we try to get to the beach as much as possible and at the end of summer we wish we had gone more.

I’ve always collected shells along the beach and used them for projects here and there and then tucked the rest of them away. This year I decided to display them in little jars.

I wanted a weathered vintage look for this jar and went to work “rusting” the lid. 

Shell Jars 10One of the fastest ways to rust metal is with vinegar. This jar lid had a brushed gold look so I sanded it with fine sandpaper to remove the gold layer. To start the rusting process, soak your lid in vinegar – I left mine in for about an hour. Place the lid on a paper towel so it’s exposed to air. The combination of oxygen and the acid in the vinegar will start the oxidation process. The photos above show the jar lid before the vinegar, at one hour, two hours and the next day.

I found this broken sand dollar and it’s too fragile to put in one of the jars. So I just placed it on a small glass tile. It’s rare around here to find an unbroken sand dollar and I love this one even if it isn’t perfect.

Every summer our last beach day is spent with a group of friends. It’s a symbolic end-of-summer tradition and I’d love to have more of these tubes filled with shells for years to come.

If you don’t live near the beach, you can make summer souvenir jars with other items. Pebbles, sand, or other bits of nature that have meaning.

I feel very lucky to live so close to the beach. Do you have a favorite summer spot? I’d love to hear how you like to make your summer special.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Etceteras: summer starfish decor

Do you decorate for summer? Beachy vignettes and nautical knick knacks are popping up all over the place. One of my favorite ways to add a touch of summer is with shells, coral and other creatures of the sea like starfish.

Starfish look so pretty propped up on a mantel or table. But if you don’t have a mantel or if you’re looking for a way to beachify a wall, here’s an idea to display starfish. Simply use an embroidery hoop and fabric to frame your beautiful sea creature.

A clean and bright white on white look.

Or go nautical with navy and white stripes.

If your color scheme is neutral, use beige feedsack cloth. Braided white twine completes the beach look. 

Happy summer everyone!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Etceteras: crafter’s clay

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[ Updated on May 18th, 2012 ]
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Martha Stewart has done it again. She’s come out with a new product that appeals to me on so many levels. From a crafting perspective the new Martha Stewart Crafter’s Clay is easy to use and provides wonderful results. And the fast air drying formula is perfect for an impatient crafter like myself.
I was so excited when EK Success sent me the Nature Starter Kit to try out { as seen in the above photo courtesy of Martha Stewart }. The kit comes with white clay and four additional colors that allows you to mix an endless variety of clay color combinations. You also receive the molds, tools, floral stems and tape.

I have to say I had my doubts about those little silicon molds. Some of them are tiny with a lot of detail. I was sure I would be heading for a craft fail with bits of clay sticking to the inside of the molds. I started with a few flowers and leaves and was amazed at how easily the clay popped out of the molds.

Once the clay was dry, I glued them onto some painted miniature clothespins. They look so pretty and add a touch of spring to my memo board.

Since I was sold on the silicon molds, I wanted to try using some other objects as a mold. I grabbed a jar of shells and pressed the plain white clay onto the shells.

The clay picked up little bits of sand and ocean debris as well as the beautiful shell texture.

Next up, the oh-so-popular lace imprint that has been popping up around the crafty blogs. This is my attempt at a little free form dish. I know…it’s very “free form”.

The shape of the dish may be a little irregular but I love how the clay picked up the intricate detail of the lace.

Thank you so much to EK Success for letting me try out this clay. I love the product and the creative possibilities.

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