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.


Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Show and Tell: a giveaway & craft room snippets

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I wish I had one of those craft room decor posts to show you. You know, the big, beautiful, clean craft room reveals. One of these days when I clean, organize and revamp my furniture I would love to do that.

In the meantime, I have snippets to show you {aka: close ups so the mess doesn’t show in the photos}. Some of these are things I’ve made in my attempt to be organized and they live in my craft room and are used over and over.

Above: handmade business cards all ready to be sent out with thank you notes or shop orders.


A photo of the cluttered shelf above my desk. I spy five projects that I’ve posted about in this tight shot – not counting the pink birds waiting to be reused in another project. It really is time to clean up a bit…


Jars Collage AMy jar obsession. Plain jars and jars that I’ve embellished. Right side top: Paper Flower Jar Lids. Right side bottom:  Air Mail Jar for stamps


Blog Calendar post scheduleMy bulletin board: Left: skeleton leaf and vintage button tacks   Right: post-it calendar {I can easily move my blog schedule around using post-its}


Eco Chic Paper Collage
Ewaste Bin – to store old batteries and other ewaste until they can be properly disposed of. Blog Contact Rolodex – paper scrap odds and ends made up the alphabet tabs.  Security envelope junk mail scratch paper.


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Odds and ends:  Little yellow birds still in the plastic wrap waiting their turn to be used in a project. A print that I won that says:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams live the life you imagined.

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 Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [64]


Hello friends. It’s that time again and I’m so happy you’re joining me for the Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting for inspiration I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I know how busy life gets and I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link.

Are you gearing up for the holidays or are you still hanging on to summer? Whatever you’ve been creating, I can’t wait to see it.  I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some on Friday.


A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party -  see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.

I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.


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Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Etcetoras: twiggy tissue box


I’ve been on the hunt for a tissue box cover for a long time. The problem is I like to buy tissues in the large size box and all the covers are usually designed for the small upright box or the smallest flat size.



In the meantime, I’ve been living with the designs that the tissue companies insist will go with my d├ęcor. You know, purple flowers, bright geometric patterns, swirly pastels and so on. I’m more of a plain person.



Taking matters into my own hands, I chopped the top off of a tissue box and covered it in a layer of white paper and then a layer of white corrugated paper. I opted to go without the top and the little slit that you pull the tissues from.



And, even though I said I wanted a plain box, I couldn’t resist adding twigs to my box. 




A little forest of twigs in all different colors and textures.




Tissue?

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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