Thursday, August 2, 2012

Crafting with Seashells

I see so many great ideas on the blogs I visit, but I spend so much time visitin’ that I don’t have time to craft! heehee! I finally made a garland with some shells I found that already had holes in them.

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I love this baker’s rack in my lanai....

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I’m constantly changing it up.

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I just found this long basket at the thrift store.....

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not quite sure what to put in it yet.

And my girlfriend, Della gave a tutorial on making these candle holders out of cork coasters HERE .

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I used a hot glue gun to put the shells on and it worked great. (I didn’t have the glue that Della used but I need to get some!)

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I love pretty beachy things in my home here in Florida but it looks pretty in any home!

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These are definitely ‘favorite things’

so I’m joining Katherine’s Corner today!

Do you have seashells in your summer decor?

50 comments:

cucki said...

Aww it is looking so sweet..I love seashells too :)
Big hugs xxx

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Diane, Love the bakers rack. The painting of the shed on the beach is lovely. Take care and have a great day. Jen.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun idea Diane, and having the holes already there makes it that much easier. Love all your pretty treasures!

laurie said...

what a lovely garland, the candle holder is a great idea too! I love your beachy home,

It's All Connected said...

The whole rack looks so pretty and perfect for Florida! ~ Maureen

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh yes seashells are so much fun to decorate and play with. I have a whole shelf in my studio dedicated to shells and mermaids!

Susanne said...

Your garland is so cute. How clever. I have a girlfriend who loves the lake and has her bathroom decorated in things you would find on the beach and shore. I really should go over and snap a pic of it. You are like me in a way, I spend so much time checking out what everyone else is doing that I don't get much done to show anyone, lol.
Have a great weekend.
Susanne :)

Pendleton Primitives said...

I love the garland! I don't have sea shells in my decor but I made Kendra over at Stone House Primitives a basket for a swap .http://pendletonprimitives.blogspot.com/2012/06/beachy-bathroom-display-with-slight.html
I loved how to soap balls turned out with sea shells stuck in them.
~Christina

Vee said...

Some years...last summer I did. This summer I lost my seashells. ☺ I really like your garland.

Karen said...

Even though we live on a farm, I love the seashore and shells as well.. so I do incorporate them into the decor here and there, including outside in one of my perennial gardens. I like your garland!.. good work!

Mary said...

There you have a sea side inspired set...love it. Lanterns, candle with shell base...lovely flavor of see shells. Cute, sweet and seaside playful.

helen tilston said...

I love your coastal look, Diane

The garland is so beautiful. I understand what you mean, I also get so engrossed in blogs. It is wonderful that there are so many great minds posting.

Helen xx

Janet O'Connor said...

Your shells are wonderful. I love to have shells around all during the year. I even have one in my car.
One summer, we had a scavenger hunt at a work retreat. One of the items was a seashell.
I have kept one in my car ever since :)

NanaDiana said...

I love seashells, too. I use them downstairs in our rec room...all our "beachy" stuff is down there. Perfect little coaster and cute as a button. xo Diana

Marie said...

Lovely creations!!! Hugs from Greece!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Who doesn't love sea shells? Yours are lovely and I especially like the garland. I don't use sea shells in my decor...we aren't beach people although I love the water. You are lucky to live in Florida!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

Love your seashell post, the garland and the candle holder are fabulous.
I have a big trug, that I keep seashells in.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

laurie said...

yes its me, I'm back, I just came from the mail box and guess what was there, yes yes it was the gift from you!!! I now have sea shells from someone i know!! ( Ihave some I bought), but these are special, thank you so much.The bag is lovely and will be used lots, the tiny bag of shells is beautiful and the little owl is just so kind of you, thank you so much.

Carla Karam said...

Diane.. great job! So beautiful!
Thank you so much for joining us in Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop! With His grace, wishing you peace and many blessings to you and yours… Carla

Della said...

I love your garland! Your coasters turned out great, too! I have shells in my decor year round ;)

Renae said...

Very interesting items her, friend!

Be sure and see my post tomorrow, k?

Cameron said...

That garland turned out wonderfully!! Really sets the beachy mood for all those other great decor ;)

Introverted Art said...

I LOVE the candle coaster with the sea shells so so pretty.

Ellie Rae said...

Oooh, pretty! I love shells.

cynthia lee designs said...

I love shells...had some on display from my trip to Florida many years ago, but my granddaughter wanted them for her beach theme bedroom. So of course, grandma let her have them to display in her room.
Love your candle coaster with the shells around it...so pretty!!
hugs,
Cindy

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Diane, I love your baker's rack! Picture is so summery and relaxing... I do have sea shells in my not only summer decor: I have a square vase on the window, that has seashells and sand from Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and many places in between... :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am just loving anything with shells on it...You are so right shells are a hot decorating item here in the south!

Carol

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I have seashells in every room. I can't get enough of them! Your garland turned out great.

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh, you are so funny and so right about blogging and crafting! I am determined to spend more time stitching and less sitting at my computer in the coming days!
I love all your beachy crafts! Your lanai is beautiful!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
Thanks for the cute post!
Carolynn

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Lovely little shell garland. I picked up a shell while in Sri Lanka that had a hole in it and said I would make a necklace with it but haven't done that yet. Sure wish I could find my glue gun. I tucked it away with the glue sticks and still haven't found it yet. :/ I hate it when I think I'm being organized but in reality I'm very, very confused. Ha! Have a great weekend. Tammy

Gollywobbles said...

Lovely display! "Seas" the day!

Sarah Lounsbury said...

Aw, I adore that corner, you did a splendid job decorating it!

Thanks for sharing

Susie said...

Love that display !! I may make some of those candle pads . Smiles, Susie

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I have always been fascinated by the shapes, colors and designs of sea shells. We have lakes and rivers but no ocean. Lucky you! Folks around here pick up pretty river stones to bring home but they are not quite as special as a sea shell. Your vignette looks pretty and I like that you can change it to suit the holiday or season. The lanterns are nice and the rope looks so appropriate in the scene. Hope you and the hubby have a great weekend, dear friend!!-----
Shannon

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

My favorite: the candle holder, but all fabulous.

Mary

ImagiMeri said...

I do have a couple of seashells in my home, I think most people do! They were collected while on special trips and one napkin holder I have was given to me by my kids years ago when they went on a cruise to Honduras. Though seashells really don't fit into my decor scheme, the ones I do have are special to me and I show them off proudly.

Your collection definitely looks "beachy" and reminds me a lot of the ocean trips I've had. Very pretty.

Hugs,
Meri

Sam I Am...... said...

Diane, your shell's are darling! That is such a cute area with all your shells. I had to laugh as I do the same thing! I spend so much time looking at all the great ideas I don't do any! LOL!
I'm trying now! You're doing a great job! Too cute!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Summer = Seashells in my opinion!
Love your header too and sure wish I was at the beach!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Warmly,
deb

Tammy said...

I love your Sea Shell Garland, Diane! I have bags of shells collected from previous trips to Florida. I really should get them out and do something creative with them one of these days! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Martha said...

Love your shell garland. I've live in Florida my whole life and still haven't found time to do that! Love your bakers rack. I like having little areas like that for seasonal decor :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love seashells and use them in my home especially in the summer! hugs, Linda

Stewart M said...

Hi there - here is the link to the starfish!

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/macro-monday-blue-starfish.html

Feel free to delete this comment after you pick up the link!

SM

Katherines Corner said...

Wow look at all of these wonderful commets. Well deserved. I love this shell garland. I have shells and beachy things throughout the house. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Wishing you a wonderful weekend xo

Renae said...

Diane, you crack me up. We once again have similar tastes and styles. The question was: do your children's friends buy you gifts, not your children, but their friends. Oh, well it doesn't matter. It was a silly questions or I was silly. Either way it's fun huh?

have a great weekend!
:D

Holly said...

Wow, you have been busy!! You did a great job! How wonderful to already have the holes predrilled. =0)
Have a lovely weekend.
Holly

Cheapchick said...

The garland looks great. Your post reminds me that I need to gather up small bits of driftwood for a Christmas project I hope to do in the fall. Much easier to find them nice and clean and dry now. Any reason to go to the beach these days!

ImSoVintage said...

Love your garland, Diane. Everything looks so beachy and summery.
xo
Laura

Anne said...

Diane, your candle turned out so pretty. I too love beachy decor. I use to have a nautical theme in my living room years ago but I have always loved it.

Neela Rufus said...

WOW!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

I love this beachy baker's rack, Diane; it's just charming!! I love the colors, the sea shells, and the red ship's lantern. I've never seen one quite like this before.

It's so great that you have a home in Fletcher, NC!! I'm sure I've heard of the town before; I'm not sure if I've passed through it or not. I so enjoy finding other North Carolina bloggers. Thanks for your comments on my "Mountain Treasures" post, and I hope you have a great weekend. :)

Denise