Friday, July 20, 2012

“Snow in July!”

Here in Florida, we enjoy white sand beaches

and beautiful white foamy ocean surf.


My hubby and I spent Christmas Day at Canaveral National Seashore last year. My post is HERE !

It was in the upper 70s that day and we played in the water and picked up seashells.

I love to decorate with seashells...


especially in my lanai!


You can find touches of white everywhere...


a white shell tucked in the greenery...


or a white Egret hand painted on a Christmas ball.

And if you are in the mood to make some pretty things right now go to the Toymaker website HERE ! They have printable cards and projects like this beautiful bird!


Go to this page on the website to download the pattern on your computer to print. (this is just a thumbnail)

Think of the fun we can have with Christmas in July!


And to add to the spirit of giving, would you like to win a handmade tote bag? I made this one in a pretty red and white cotton fabric


and added a touch of Florida.

(a seashell from Canaveral National Seashore)


All you need to do is leave a comment (and please be a follower). This is open to everyone! It’s my way of saying thank you to all of my loyal readers!

I’ll announce the winner on Monday!


I’m joining my girlfriend, Marcia at

the Little Shop Around the Corner !

Will you join us for the fun?


The Rusty Thimble said...

Oh I want that!!! And some shells too to put on my deck! LOL

I would take the whites of Florida over the snow anyday, ALTHOUGH it is mighty hot right now and so so dry!!

Need some relief in the form of rain LOL, as many do.

Please throw my name in your giveaway

HUGS and have a great weekend

colleens craft shed said...

I love the tpte bag , red is my favorite color!! Please add my name to your giveaway. Love the white sea shells. I do like the white snow for christmas but then it can all melt away the day . Love to visit your blog and have a wonderful weekend!

maddyrose said...

Oh my yes! I'd love that tote bag. I already have a shirt to match and I love the sea shells in your Christmas decorating. The touches of red with the natural whites and beiges is stunning. Beautiful photos!

lilybets said...

I would love to wear the red and white bag,gorgeus!Enjoy the beach and the sun,big hugs!

Debbiedoos said...

That tote bag is s pretty Diane. ENjoy your weekend and that sandy beach. Wish I were at the beach again this weekend.

Della said...

I love your Christmas decorations! It's nice to have a touch of the beach around us, and I love how you've made that floral bag a touch beachy, too. Very pretty Diane!

I'm off to Daytona this weekend for a roller derby bout, and to search for some much needed supplies. Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

Oh, Diane, I LOVE this. It's so happy and cheerful, just as your page is every single time I visit. That red and white tote is adorable. Best wishes to all your guests.

I am delighted that you joined the wintry party. Us Florida gals could certainly use it. ;)

By the way, I did the same thing last Christmas...headed to the beach with my husband for a walk. It was a tad chilly, not much, and I wore a Christmas scarf. Scarf on my neck and sand in my toes...gotta love Florida.

Thank you for playing in the snow along with us.
Off to visit your links.

Marcia and Miss A.J.

Barbara F. said...

What beautiful decorations, perfect for Christmas in Florida. What a great bag, Diane, I wuld love to win it. I am a happy follower of yours. xo

Vee said...

Very pretty... I do remember your spending Christmas Day on the beach.

Glad that you've been having fun... me, too!

Cindy said...

Oh WOW, Diane, this is all tooo adorable and I love the tote! Happy Snow in July--Your post is SO beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

everytime I see shells i think of you, such a great room, I love the name of it too
You new tote bag is a beauty, so summery!Your photos are amazing,

koralee said...

Oh I have some shells I have collected..I need to do something grand with them...hope your summer is going well..thanks for the inspiration. xoxo

Simply Shelley said...

I would love to sit on the beach of such a beautiful seaside and enjoy all the sights and sounds of one of God's most awesome creations. I have only had a couple of opportunities to see the ocean,at Galveston here in Texas,but not the beauty of the one in your picture....very pretty...I can almost imagine the smell of the sea air :) Blessings

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You make the best stuff. I love how you decorate with shells. I want to do a beachy vignette when I finally get to stay at home longer then a couple of days...LOL!! Of course I would love to win your adorable tote bag! Happy Christmas in July! hugs, Linda

Tina said...

My son is down in the Keys right now. Hoping he brings some pretty shells home. Love the decor.
I would love to win that tote! Too Cute.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Love the tote - so pretty and cheerful. Throw my name in the give away!

Linda M. said...

Hello Diane, I'm visiting from Marcia's Snow In July party. Now this is my kind of snow. I don't know what I'm doing living here in PA. It has been very hot but the snow will come and the older I get the less I like the cold and snow. It is beautiful to look at but I really, really love to look at the ocean and seashells. I am one of your followers and thank you for a chance to win your beautiful tote give away. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Red Rose Alley said...

I love the seashell box you have on here. I saw one recently at Home Goods and almost bought it. The tote is so cute too - red is a favorite color of mine. So nice to meet you. Here in California, we enjoy white sandy beaches and ocean surf too.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Jennifer said...

I love it. Thanks for the chance

Jan Hermann said...

How beautiful! Seashells and the Christmas Cardinal - what a treat!

Jan ♥

Unknown said...

You got me with your title! With all of the crazy weather everyone is having I wouldn't doubt it would snow in July!! LOVE your seashell extravaganza and the tote is so lovely! I'm not going to enter because I'm away right now. Just dropping by to say hello!!

Unknown said...

Hi Diane,

I am in West Palm Beach so I know what you Love the beach and love all your winter photos. So pretty. So glad I stopped by. Hope you can hop over to visit me too.
Have a great day,
Janet's Creative Pillows

Musings from Kim K. said...

Happy Snow in July! You always have such lovely ways of displaying your pretty shells.

Anonymous said...

your gathering sea shells..and i'm gathering pine cones here in Canada! the world is full of beautiful and inspiring it always seems to lead to craft projects, right!

Have a great Friday, Diane.

ciao bella!
creative carmelina

YONKS said...

What wonderful things you have shown us. I love that tote too. I have always wondered how people in hot climates enjoy their Christmas and winters. It's great to see your take on it.

Great to meet you through Marcia's link party. I am your newest UK follower.

flyingbeader said...

Shells! I love Shells! And I don't know how I feel about you reminding me that Christmas is coming soon...I'm still catching up for 2010!!!

Chrislyn said...

Your seashell creations are lovely! I have spent several Christmas seasons by the shore and it is wonderful, although I always seem to miss the snow! Love your bag and I am following. Hope you come by on Monday and enter my give away also!


cucki said...

aww it is so cute..
thank you for such a sweet giveaway..
big hugs xx

DearHelenHartman said...

So pretty, as always. I LOVE the look of shells with the holiday trapping. Going to be humming We Need a Little Christmas the rest of the afternoon!

Olive said...

You are so sweet. Love the detail of the shell.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved all your photos!!

NanaDiana said...

Well, I am just popping by to say what a wonderful post. You know I love my Florida and FL friends. Please DON'T sign me up for the giveaway. I have won more than my share this year and I'll give my chance to someone else so they can experience the joy of finding something special in their mailbox. Blessings to you- xo Diana

Barb said...

Hi Diane,
I would love to celebrate Christmas in Florida!! Just beautiful and what a fabulous tote.
Enjoy your weekend,

hi-d said...


I am coming by way of Marcia's Link Party! Oh, that would be so fun to visit the beaches in Florida. I live in Oregon, so our beaches are much different than yours...much colder...haha...

Beautiful bag! I am your newest follower...have a lovely weekend!


Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

I too love the Sea, looking for seaglass. You have some fun things

Diane Writes said...

The place is so lovely namemate. I love your shell decorated boxes. If only I can bring the Philippines to you, you'll surely enjoy more of that in my country.

Ad please count me in your giveaway. Your giveaway came so timely because I've been meaning to buy a new cloth tote.

Have a great day!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The water looks soooo inviting! Beautiful shot! It's so hot here that it is very hard to think about Christmas, but one of my favorite shops recently had a Christmas in July sale. It was fun! Your giveaway is lovely.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I love everything you have on here today, but what struck me were the egrets on the Christmas ornament - something very unusual. Sandie

Palomasea said...

Hello, Diane, so great to meet you through our lovely Marcia! You have some beautiful creations here...I love the touches of red berries and the cardinal...what a beautiful song he sings!
Thank you for visiting me...those pink seashells are forever my favorites...
That is a gorgeous bag, and I am a follower...can't wait for more inspirational ideas...thank you!
- Irina

Ames said...

Hi Diane, Canaveral Nat'l Seashore is my back yard. And I use shells all over my house. I try to incorporate as much of Florida as I can in my home decor. I love my state!~Ames

Patty said...

Your bag is so pretty. I just loved being in Florida over our spring break. I love your seashells. Thanks for visiting me.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

The beach is so beautiful and love all the shell boxes and the fabulous red and white bag.

Happy weekend

Unknown said...

I decorated a few Christmas' back with cardinals & red mixed in with my shells too. It really looks awesome together. I also have led white lights with white cords to tuck into the shells to give them an extra twinkle. Love the red bag's fabric. You are so talented Lady.

Happy@Home said...

Oh how I love that photo of the beach. I wanted to stay there all day.
Your lanai looks so welcoming. I love the shells you have used.
I also love the pretty bag you have made. The shell is such a nice addition. How sweet of you to offer it as a giveaway.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love your seashell boxes- very pretty!

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Everything looks so lovely.

I would ador that bag , please enter me in you pretty giveaway and stop over I am having one too that ends on Monday.

Have a great weekend,

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Diane,
What a lovely photo of the beach. Your beach house is so charming - how nice that you can go back and forth from the beach to the mountains. Love the red tote bag with seashells - you are very gifted.
Thank you for always leaving me such nice comments and puting my new ETSY shop on your favs. I
just looked at your shop and love the make up bags. Do you make custom totes?
Have a lovely day.

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Oh dear, it is so beautiful! I love everything seashells... and the touch of the sea on a bag makes it so special...:) Diane, I posted some Florida photos today, come see it, please...:)

Introverted Art said...

I LOVE the tote bag, it is so adorable. Love the colors and even more the sea shell detail you added to it.

Pat Kelly said...

Very pretty Diane! It would be a welcome treat to win your beautiful bag.........we are devastated by the tragedy in Denver. First we had the horrible fires in Colo. Springs, now this tragic shooting in Denver! Just awful! Love, Pat

Clara said...

That tote bag is pretty Diane. I love red and white.

Unknown said...

Ohhh pretty stuff! :) Also, I love your bag!!! :)


RURAL said...

Snow is a four letter word to me, after encountering a little too much, for tooooo long last winter, lol.

I am sure we will get used to it, someday...sigh.

Meanwhile your sandy beaches call to my heart.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Anne said...

Diane I love your seashell boxes. Their so pretty.

Chenille Cottage said...

What a lovely post! I love all your pops of Red (my favorite color)!
I lived in Hawaii and your Florida decor reminds me so much of my time in the islands.
Your tropical "giveaway" tote bag is just perfect for summer jaunts!

Unknown said...

I love your bag! It would be nice to win this and the seashell. Please add my name to your drawing.

marble pillars said...

The seashell makes that handmade tote bag a charming one. I love the sea shells in Christmas decorating.

- Herman Swan