I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seashore Sunday

Happy Seashore Sunday! 

Today I am at Daytona Beach!

Daytona Beach, FL
We just decided to take off Saturday afternoon, as it's only a little over an hours drive.

Just a little over nighter to get away and smell the salty air, and maybe play in the waves a little.

I'm hoping to remember to take some great new pics :D

My beach essentials are my canopy chair, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and my long sleeved white shirt. And plenty of liquids to keep us hydrated!

What do you take to the beach?

I hope you have a wonderful Seashore Sunday, too!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Seashell Saturday

Hello! Welcome to Seashell Saturday!

I hope you all had a wonderful week, are enjoying the summer, and have been able to keep cool!

Today I'd like to share an easy peasy way to make earrings.

What you will need:
shells (coquinas are awesome for this, or any shells that match, came attached, same size/color)

2 part epoxy, cardboard, toothpicks

earring studs/posts (I use surgical steel and hypoallergenic)

 Have your shells ready, and slide the earring back onto the stud.

Mix a small amount of 2 part epoxy, squeeze out about a pencil eraser sized amount from each. It dries fast, so less is best. Waste not, want not. I use a piece of thick paper or cardboard to mix it on, and a toothpick to stir and mix it with. When epoxy dries IT DOES NOT COME OFF! Eye protection, etc, etc... is recommended. Mix according to directions. Mine is ready to use after 1 minute of mixing.

Dip the flat side, or base of the stud into the epoxy, and attach it to where you want on the shell. Hold for a moment until set, and then set aside to dry and cure.

That's it! You can also do this with ring bases! If your local craft store doesn't carry the studs/ring bases, you can order them from one of the many supply sellers on Etsy.com :)

 I also made a pair from small Sunray Venus shells. They are sooooo pretty!

and small Olive shells

Last but not least...RINGS!

Other items you can use for earrings and rings:
flat back crystals
undrilled pearls
anything goes! if you want to wear it, make it!

What are you making today?

Have a wonderful weekend!

See you tomorrow for Seashore Sunday!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Peachy Keen

I haven't spent very much time creating lately, but something I made is PEACHY! It's perfect for a mermaid, and I love it :D

I love it soooooo much, that if someone doesn't snap it up quick, I just may deactivate the listing and keep it for myself! Really!

This is my new favorite :D

I have made some new earrings, too, and I'll be showing them after they are all listed.I'll explain the why's of it in another post.

As to what I've been doing lately...playing with the boxers, watching the tadpoles grow, and enjoying the A/C!

So, I'll just say Ta Ta for now...


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Seashore Sunday

I hope you all are having a wonderful Seashore Sunday!

  Playing in the crashing waves is a fun way to enjoy it!

                          I do love it when it's calm.

                          Whether you take a walk...

                         Or hang out in the shade

                         Watch the sunrise

                          Or watch the sunset

            Enjoying the sea on a beautiful sunny day

                         Is a great way to relax and play!

Have a wonderful seashore day!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Seashell Saturday

Hello! Welcome to Seashell Saturday, and welcome aboard new followers! It's so nice to see some new faces, and I hope you enjoy visiting here :D

A couple of weeks ago, Debbie from Love of the Sea had a giveaway, and I left a comment...not even thinking I would actually win. I don't win contests and giveaways. Ever. I usually don't even bother to enter anymore, but I like Debbie, and I wanted to show my support.

Well, surprise! I won! You could have knocked me over with an ocean breeze!

A big THANK YOU, and a big HUG to Debbie for having this awesome giveaway!!!

Now I get to play with some more shells, and this bright red faux coral!

 I'm still trying to decide where to put it, and how the new arrangement will go!

                            I put the shells in my big clam shell...

                           and I may add a few shells to it.

                            I'm trying to decide between this....

                                               or like this?

I really love this pop of red! It sets off the other red in the room, like the wooden box on the wall, and my lighthouse collection!

I also had an idea while playing around with the new tablescape...

shells on the "shelf" that this box provides! I don't know why I didn't think of it years ago! There will be more playing around with this, too :)

I thought about putting the shells and "coral" here...

 what do you think?
On the dolphin table?
or the boat table?
I'm sure it will get changed back and forth throughout the seasons!

Thank you Debbie, for the new addition to my decor!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

I've been taking a break this week, and enjoying my immediate surroundings!
My flowers are still blooming! The cannas are so tropically pretty!
 This African Lily is one of my favorites. It resembles the Florida native spider lily.
The morning glories are glorious!

and are taking over the fence!

My asparagus ferns are filling out.
and happy enough to bloom!
Did you know asparagus ferns could live outdoors, and bloom?
My orchid has a new blossom after being dormant for the winter.
I love the pretty purple splotchy-ness of this tropical beauty!
My poinsettia is as tall as I am, maybe a little taller, and the African Petunias are spreading from the backyard to the front!
By the time this Poinsettia gets it's red bracts, it will be over the roof line of the house!
Rain lilies are native to Florida, and some people consider them to be a weed.
They even pop up randomly in the yard!
 This section of flowerbed used to be part of the yard.
My white rose is the only bloomer on the south side of the house right now.
I love the sweet smell, and the delicate petals.
My hubby gave this one to me.
Even my waterlily has decided to pop up....
open up, and bloom!

Is everything blooming in your yard, too? I'm still waiting for my Jasmine, and Hibiscus to bloom! What are you waiting for?

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Seashore Sunday

When you can't be there, a video is the next best thing...

Happy Seashore Sunday!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Seashell Saturday

Hello dear blog readers, and welcome to Seashell Saturday!

You know I am always on the lookout for seashells, or anything made from shells, or that resembles a shell. Shell motifs, shell towels, shell apron....I'm just a little crazy for seashells!

The last time I was out and about, I came across a shelly thing I just had to have!
It's a piece of glass with indentations of shells, and painted.
I wanted it to even out my kitchen window.
I had two lighthouse stained glass pieces hanging in the window, but I like it better with shells on either side!

The outside of my kitchen window is decorated with a big scallop shell, and sand dollars too!
This is in our Florida room...which is a screened in room with skylights, and ceiling fans.

The Florida room has shells everywhere!
This table gets changed according to my whims. Right now it has this net, and 3 nice size whelk shells.
I have shells holding the pretty blue striped curtains in my Florida room, too.
For now I use ponytail elastics. It's easy to get them off, and wrapped back around them. I close the curtains when I'm out here in the mornings. This room faces east...with lots of sun pouring in.

I have baskets of shells in this room, too!

I love baskets, too! Just not quite as much as shells :D

I have been decorating with shells for so long now, that I can fill up my entire Christmas Tree! As a matter of fact, that is where most of my shells are...packed up with my Christmas decorations.
They weren't supposed to be! Hubby dismantled my tree while I was taking a nap, and packed it all away. He didn't realize some of them were my shelf decorations for during the year :(
I sure do miss them. I'm really, really excited for the holiday season this year! Unwrapping my shell ornaments each year is just like unwrapping presents, and I can't wait to share them with you!

 I'll be working on some more shelly goodness for next week!

A big Thank You to Rhonda from Shellbelles Tiki Hut for her awesome input last week about the horseshoe crab...that was fascinating! Rhonda is always sharing wonderful information on the ocean and sea life. She is a veritable font of knowledge!

I'd also like to thank Maya from Completely Coastal for featuring my Sea Notes Shell Necklace on her blog. Maya finds the most interesting, and cool, shell and beach related everything! Thanks Maya!

 Thank you so much ladies for everything you do to make our little beachy community such a fun place to hang out!

I'll see you tomorrow for Seashore Sunday!

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