Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Be My Guest: Fox Hollow Cottage

Hello everyone! I’m still working on getting caught up and I have one final guest today. Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage always amazes me with her beautiful diy home projects and spot-on d├ęcor. Today she has us dreaming of the islands with this adorable summer beachy project.  

Aloha Homework Readers!

I'm Shannon and I'm sharing a little island style Aloha Wreath with you today!
Summer is officially here.. and who doesn't love Hawaii?
In celebration of the season and my love for the islands, I whipped this up!

Aloha Summer Pool Noodle Wreath Craft DIY Summer Door Decor
And you can too.
The base is a Pool Noodle. Secured in a circle with clear packing tape.
Then wrapped with strips of fabric, secured with a glue gun, with all seams on the back.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dress Code: flip flop refashion

Flip Flops 6Three cheers for summer! Here in Southern California, people wear flip flops year round. Not me – my feet get cold in the winter but once the weather warms up, I break out the flip flops and don’t look back until the winter rolls around again.

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, May 16, 2013

Extra Credit: backyard solar ambience

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Tiki Torch 4I’ve been working on sprucing up our backyard in anticipation of summer fun and barbeques.

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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Monday, June 18, 2012

Etceteras: beach glass and a mod podge week

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Hello creative friends. What better way to kick off summer [or at least the end of the school year in our house] than with some fun beach glass and a Mod Podge week.

Beach or sea glass is typically found in small bits along the beaches. They were once bottles, jars or other glass objects that have been tumbled around the ocean creating smooth, frosty pieces of colored or clear/white glass. I know you would probably never find an intact beachified bottle or vase lying along the shore but we can pretend these bottles were just plucked from the water.

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  1. To make summer beach glass bottles, you’ll need: Mod Podge, water, white paint, dirt or sand and glass bottles, jars or vases.
  2. Mix together 1 part Mod Podge, 2 parts water and 1 part white paint. Pour into your bottle and swirl it around until it coats the entire bottle.
  3. Add a pinch of dirt or sand to the paint mixture by carefully sprinkling it into the bottle.
  4. Turn your bottles upside down on paper towels and let dry. Check the bottles every 5-10 minutes and wipe away the extra paint. 

Once the bottles are almost dry, turn them right side up to finish the drying process.

For more opaque glass use more paint. You can also opt to not add the dirt for a cleaner look. 

Add pieces of coral or shells to complete your summer beach look.

The best part about this project is, unlike painted glass or tinted glass projects where you want an even coat of paint, these bottles look best uneven and blotchy. You can’t mess up!

Stay tuned this week for more Mod Podge fun. I have new Mod Podge products to share with you, a book review and a fabulous giveaway.

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