Friday, May 3, 2013

‘TRAY’ tastic!!!!

I love Seashells!

What can I say? I love everything about seashells! I love walking the beach and shell seeking, I like to sort them when I get home. And I surround myself with jars full and trays piled high.

But I’ve never painted my seashells!


I visited Upstairs Downstairs this week and saw the shells she had painted blue and I fell in love!

So off I went to get Apple Barrel gloss acrylic craft paint, in Real Navy. Thanks girlfriend for sharing your tips and your FUN!


I also stopped at the old Thrift Store and bought this little wooden tray for a quarter.


Someone make me STOP!!!


Pretty soon all of my shells will be some shade of BLUE!


I’m joining Time Travel Thursday ,

and Thrifty Things Friday!

Also Katherine’s Corner for Favorite Things

and Jann for Share Your Cup !


Have you ever painted something unexpected?

Like seashells?

It’s addictive!!!


cucki said...

So beautiful..
Happy Friday x

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh they are beautiful! I think you're onto something big!I love them!

Happy@Home said...

What a neat idea! Love the blue seashells.
I once painted and glittered pine cones.
Have a great weekend.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I've never thought to paint shells like that - cool idea. I like your little tray!

Suzan said...

So much you can do with shells!! Like how you displayed you new blue shells. We always had hanging in our tree in the back yard a washed up tree branch with 5 or 6 fishing line of shells hanging and like a wind chime! I knew I was home when you could sit there and hear the wind blow and clang the sea shells against each other!!


LOL! I've painted, glittered and added "gems" to some of my shells!
It is FUN!
I wished I lived by the ocean! I LOVE the Beach and shells too!

Babs said...

OMGosh! Your shells turned out great!..and the tray and blue stripe tablecloth are perfect for displaying them. Great beach look!
Have a good weekend, and happy shell painting. :)

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Your painted shells look beautiful in your display!! The perfect shade of blue!!

DearHelenHartman said...

Seashells! Been seeing them in the decor sections big time -you are ahead of the curve, always!

Freckled Hen said...

They are so pretty! Every time I find a shell I think of you! Wen I was little we lived in Hawaii and my mother and I had a favorite beach to find shells, some of my best memories!

Linda Walker said...

Love your shells....the sand dollar is my favorite! Have fun!

Kassandra said...

I love seashells too! I´m always looking for some more... and this idea is amazing! Perfect for my dream beach cottage decor in blue and white... Be sure I´ll try this.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments, and keep trying crochet, is fun and EASY!

Barbara F. said...

Diane, what a great idea, thanks to Babs! They look so beautiful. Love the tray, but please don't stop, keep on going!!!! lol xo

Jody Wakefield studio said...

great idea! I love the mix of blue with the natural shells, makes them really stand out. I bet it is addicting to go shell hunting!

Thanks for sending the beach to those who don't have one....


Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love them! The blue really packs a punch@

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These are so pretty! I would love to do this...why?? Not sure, lol, but I would. So I'm going to visit and get the info on how and pin it so I can make blue sea shells! You get me to do the craziest things my sister friend!

Diane said...

Very interesting!

Susie said...

That is a cute display of your shells. May have to try that myself. xoxo,Susie

Leave It To Davis said...

Oh, my goodness, that is so attractive! Love it!!!

Unknown said...

These are lovely, Diane!! What a wonderful display! I miss my Thrift shopping :( One of these days I'll get to be able to do it again!!
Happy creating!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

These are fabulous!! Not that shells need to be painted, but they sure look awesome in blue!! I have painted some in gold. Will share this on my FB and Pinterest. Awesome. Thanks!

joyh82 said...

I am not much into painting but I do love seashells :) Have a great weekend!

beachcomber said...

they look beautiful! you have a great collection.

Trace4J said...

I love the blue.
I painted barn wood today myself.
Woolie hugs

Chatty Crone said...

Now I have to say I think this is lovely and it's a great idea. sandie

Musings from Kim K. said...

You found a new calling painting your pretty shells.

Kadee Willow said...

What a pretty display! Don't you love getting inspiration from visiting someone's blog and then adding your own spin to it? I love what you did with your shells and the tray? Amazing find, lucky lady!!

Deb Riddell said...

So pretty, the colour of the deep, blue sea! Never would have thought to paint shells, lovely! Deb

Heirloom treasures said...

They are lovely in your bathroom. I saw some recently on a blog that were painted white then glittered. They looked amazing on a silver tray with tea candles. So I did some too. I'm so pleased with them. The ideas are endless with shells,don't you think, and they are free. :)

Unknown said...

Very crafty my friend. They look great.

Hope you have a happy weekend.


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Very pretty!! I love the idea of painting shells!!



Hello Diane, I have been so busy in the garden this week I miss this very lovely post... Your blue shells are very pretty... I have tried painting a few of my precious shell with pearl shiny paints and I like that look too..Have a lovely weekend. Hugs Judy

Katherines Corner said...

lovely shell garden. I made angels from shells a long time ago. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Diane, I love Babs seashells also. Yours turned out just as lovely. They look so pretty in the new tray. Oh what fun it would be to live close to a beach! Thanks for sharing with SYC.