Showing posts with label beach decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beach decor. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Updating a clearance priced vase...or vessel

A few months ago I started to see the term "Vessel" pop up when seeing pictures of vases. Unable to get a picture of a large boat out of my head, I looked up the definition of a "Vessel" as it relates to vases....and not boats.
Otherwise the meaning of vessel and vase is somewhat interchageable, vessel can mean bowl or tube so the term vessel is often used to describe a vase that is more pot-like in shape, or has a pot-like segment with a fluted top while "vase" in its specific sense is used to describe the very narrow tube-like structure people use to hold single flowers.
I found this super duper cheap VASE on clearance that you saw here on my summer mantle. Although not attracted to the newspaper motif, only cause it was written in latin pygmy, I bought it because of it's shape and size. 
I picked up 2 packages of  3/8 inch jute rope at the Home Depot. I began wrapping the vase with the rope and securing with my hot glue gun. 
I wrapped the rope super tight and close so that the latin pygmy would not be visible. Continue wrapping until you are at the opening. Cut off any stray pieces with a pair of scissors.
I decided to embellish my vessel   vase with a star fish to fit my coastal mantle theme.  I just hot glued that to the center of one of the sides.
Right now it has some dried tall grass in it for the summer but I will probably change it out and remove the starfish and make it more seasonal..... which means I am sure you will see my vase again.

So is it a Vase or Vessel?  
Grateful for~ 
my twins and celebrating their 5th birthday!


PS- Because you asked...I got the bicycle on the mantle at Hobby Lobby last year in the Seasonal Spring area.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Mantle

Hard to believe the lazy days of summer will soon come to an end and my kids are headed back to school next week. My twins will be entering Kindergarten and my oldest will be in 2nd grade. Handing them over to a wonderful school with wonderful teachers seems so scary yet exciting for them....and me.
I sure will miss the days of them staying up past their normal bedtime and then sleeping in like teenagers...... cuddled all together on a mattress in the den.


Occasionally swapping breakfast for dinner and days where my kids think that popsicles and ice cream just may be part of the 4 major food groups.
Days that I don't feel like I have to rush out of the house, face washed, dressed with my hair done to be somewhere... and on time.
Days that have created memories for me, my husband and my children of time spent together loving, playing and laughing...... before we head back to our norm, our routine and our earlier bedtimes next week.
 Simple, uncomplicated moments that have made this summer so special.
PS- Click here to see how I made the uncomplicated and simple Beach sign.
PPS- We are on Day 3 of the Summer Showcase of Homes. Fabulous bloggers...fabulous home tours and  if you missed Day 1 and Day 2 you will want to tour those as well!
Day 1
Atta Girl Says ~ The Happier Homemaker ~ Rain on a Tin Roof ~ Better With Age ~Top This Top That 
Day 2
Mom 4 Real ~ Cedar Hill Ranch ~ Practically Functional ~ While Wearing Heels ~French Country Cottage 
Day 3
The Lily Pad Cottage ~ Marty's Musings ~ Confessions of a Plate Addict ~ Town and Country Living ~  Adventures in Decorating 
Day 4
Good Life of Design ~ A Stroll Thru Life ~ Worthing Court ~ Back Porch Musings ~The Rustic Pig 
Day 5
Our Southern Home ~ Stone Gable ~ The Everyday Home ~ Recreate and DecorateSophia's ~ Vignette Design



Grateful for~
Being able to stay at home with my kids during the summer. 

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

DIY Beach Sign

Just because I am not hitting the shore this summer, doesn't mean that I can't be reminded of my families favorite pastime in our home.
And just imagine, if the family changed their mind, we would have this directional sign that I made out of salvaged wood, stenciled letters and leftover  paint, to help lead the way
And I thought that if  I needed help marking the shallow ends of the water, my orange wooden antique water buoys could help
Then there is this old wooden paddle that I can use,with repurposed decorative balls that I painted in beachy colors and sprinkled with sand, to paddle my way out to ride the biggest, most awesome waves
 
And I can even use this candle to see if it is dark before I get back to the shore
But then reality sets in and I realize.....

 that the arrow on my sign points to the backyard and not to the beach!
Click here for a tutorial on how I made the coastal candle holder.


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Monday, June 18, 2012

How to Re- Create A Sea Floor

Hard to believe that I can have this lush blue water
with these amazing shells, sitting on top of soft powdery sand

and a place for a candle right here in the country !


What's even more amazing about this 8th natural wonder of the world, is that I can sit next to it

and enjoy it!
 To get your own coastal water, put some sand and water into a glass vessel, add some shells and put a few drops of blue food coloring into the water . Coastal water at it's best!

Grateful for~
Any water


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