I am so very excited to show you something that arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago. It is a hand dyed sea fan from Sherry @ No Minimalist Here‘s Etsy Shop. I love Sherry’s blog, one of the first blogs I began to follow, and I’ve been drooling over her sea fans for quite some time. What a beautiful piece of art for my home.
There are so many decorating styles that I love and one of those is Coastal Style. When we remodeled our little guest cottage I was able to go coastal all the way and I had so much fun. I never really thought of adding coastal touches to my own home because it is more of a Farmhouse Glam style (to take a quiz to find your own decorating style click HERE). Then I began noticing that many of the blogs I follow with decorating styles similar to mine do use coastal touches, especially in their summer decorating.
With that revelation I was “on board” and ready to go. I began by shopping my own home for things that could be considered coastal and then I purchased a few items to add to the look. This is one of those vases that nearly everyone has hanging around their house. I added some blue marbles and a few seashells we already had from trips to the seashore.
This sits on my dining room windowsill with a sugar and creamer set that I bought years ago at a garage sale. I love these darling froggies.
This was an empty olive oil bottle that I kept because of it’s blue tint. I added more marbles, painted the cap white, covered it with some raffia and glued a piece of coral to the top (also from our stash of seashells).
Next are a couple of plates I had on hand. This one was already on display because it picks up the colors in my stove’s backsplash. I never even noticed that it looks like a sand dollar until now.
I pulled this plate out of the back of a china cabinet because it fits the color scheme.
This is a picture that my mother-in-law painted many years ago. It was already hanging in my dining room and it fits the theme completely. A little castle on a lake.
So I did have the fun of going out to buy a few things to add to my summer beach decor. I loved the color of this large Japanese float that I found at a local shop named Second Hand Rose (I will be blogging soon on this fabulous place).
For my living room I bought some new pillow covers from Pottery Barn to temporarily cover my Fall/Winter pillow. Then I came across the small gold “ropey” pillow at Pier 1 Imports.
Baskets add to the summery feel,
and of course it was time to change up my cloche once again.
I found this wonderful handmade vase at a local store Drees of Olympia, along with the fun driftwood ball (I want to try to make one of these). To complete the look I added a few shells and some moss.
Now on to my dining room table. I had the white candlesticks and to those I added two large blue candlesticks from HomeGoods. I wanted a table runner to put these on so I found a couple of pieces of leftover wood we had beside the garage, washed off the mud and dry brushed some gray paint on the boards to make them look aged by the weather. A few more marbles, more sand dollars found on one of our beach trips (with clear glitter added) and a couple more Japanese floats from the antique store.
A few more things atop my gas fireplace mantle. I had the lantern which now houses some shells and a flameless candle. The blue and green glass ball is from a blown glass artist in Oregon, a previous vacation memento, and the Waterford crystal swans were given to me (and to all her daughters and grandaughters) by my mother.
The view is of the lake we live on. I know, we live on a lake! Why would I ever think I couldn’t add some coastal touches to my home?
That’s my summer decor. I think I am really going to enjoy it. Now I’m just wishing for the weather to warm up again. We had a few days of summer weather but today it is cold outside!
What are you doing around your home to decorate for summer? If you live inland do you dare to go a little bit coastal? This blogging experience has sure made me a little more adventurous at home.
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It is another lovely day here in the PNW.The whole crazy mix of sun and showers we’ve been having is making my garden so happy. The longer days and warmer temps are making me happy.
This is the most wonderful time of the year!
I’m excited to share with you that our little guest cottage is being featured today by Kathryn over at The Dedicated House. Her entire post is dedicated to this “labor of love” of ours, as her Before and After Wednesday feature.
Even if you’ve seen our guest cottage before, I’d love for you to head over and pay a visit to Kathryn. She is a beautiful and talented person with a great blog and an interesting story. I’m a big fan!!! You’ll want to take some time to explore once you get there so grab cup of coffee or tea to take along with you.
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!
One of the Mother’s Day traditions when my girls were still at home was for them to head out to the nursery with my dear hubby to buy flats and flats of summer annuals for my garden. It was always such a treat!
This post contains a few Mother’s day flowers and another lucky Goodwill find, along with a few personal reflections at the very end.
These metal planters were a two for one deal, marked half off on the day I came across them. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with them but I knew I couldn’t pass them up!
A little time spent over at The Graphics Fairy gave me the inspiration needed to transform them into something special. The first one is decoupaged with some fancy script and an adorable page out of a rare Victorian children’s reader. I added a few colored birds, lace across the top and a mixed fabric rosette (instructions for making rosettes can be found right HERE). The hanger is simply a torn strip of drop cloth fabric.
The second planter is also decoupaged with pages of script, topped with the title page of a rare book entitled The Poetry of Flowers(also from The Graphics Fairy). To this urn of beautiful cascading flowers I’ve added a couple of buzzing bees, more lace across the top and another rosette of mixed fabrics.
Oh the wonders of ModPodge! Have you done any projects with it lately? I have a wee bit of an obsession with it myself as it turns so many of my Goodwill finds into great items to add to my French Flea Market repertoire!
Now for a few personal reflections, a little overflow from my heart. Last night I said to Mr. OTN, with no small amount of wonder, that I am living my dream right now and I didn’t even know what that dream was! Though I don’t have my two girls close to home on this Mother’s Day, I am so proud of these beautiful young women who are each, in their two opposite corners of the country, impacting the lives of those around them by being the kind, generous, caring people that they are. My family makes my heart full! As we come upon another Freedom Session graduation (May 19th) and look forward to hearing our hard working Participants share amazing testimonies of lives transformed, I feel so blessed that Mr. OTN and I get to be a part of this awesome ministry, as Directors in our local church. This also, makes my heart full.Then there is this other part of my life (creating and blogging) which is secondary to family and ministry but is also a dream come true. I feel so fortunate to have the freedom to work at something I enjoy and I’m very excited about being given the opportunity to participate in my first ever French Flea Market in September. I am loving this season of life so much and I need to remind myself not to take it for granted. So TODAY, I will embrace this moment in time and thoroughly enjoy the process of making OldThingsNew!
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When I’m out and about I SO love stopping into the thrift stores in my area as I never know what new surprise awaits me. I try to drive right by but there is something that draws me in and I often find myself unable to resist the pull. In those stores, there is currently an abundance of Easter decor available for my re-purposing pleasure (insert happy face here). Here is a close-up of what I’ve done to make a rather plain table runner a bit more to my liking.
Seasonal table runners and place mats are easy to find at thrift stores close to the different holidays. Below is a picture of my Easter table runner “before”, a sweet tapestry of bunnies in the garden. It was nice for a very small table but not quite long enough for my dining table.
I decided to lengthen by adding some ruffles to the ends using thrift store fabric. Used fabric for sewing can be found in the form of old drapes, sheets, tablecloths, even clothing. I used some nice soft old sheets for this project in off white and striped, like ticking. I KNOW . . . somebody slept on these sheets and they’re going on my dining table. I washed them . . . honest!
Old crocheted doilies, lacy table runners, etc. are also readily available. I pick them up to have on hand whenever I find something that I think I can use in one of my projects.
Here are my fabrics cut to size. The sheet fabric was cut 1-1/2 times the width of the runner to allow for gathering. The lace was a wee bit smaller. I tore my sheet fabric rather than cutting it because I was going for the frayed look. I kinda’ like the contrast of fancy lace with frayed cotton sheeting.
After sewing a double row of basting stitch to gather the fabric (this can be done by hand or machine for you non-sewers) I simply pinned it to the end of the table runner, adjusted the gathers and stitched it all in place.
Here you can see that I topped it off with a long strip cut from the crocheted doily. I’m so happy with the colors and textures and I like the stripe with the plaid. Adding ruffles really softened up this little runner and I think it is so much cuter.
This project was quick, less than an hour from start to finish. It was very inexpensive with used and leftover fabrics and, as you can tell, I’m really quite pleased with the way it turned out. My table is almost ready for Easter . . . time to lay out the china.
I’m so glad that you stopped by to share in a little touch of Spring. New life is springing forth, old things becoming new, as we come into this most beautiful time of the year!
So, as promised in my last post,SpringDreamin’, I’m back with a tutorial for one of my Spring decorating projects. This is my DIY Rosette Wreath made from leftover fabrics, including drop cloth material, vintage lace, burlap, and solid and floral cotton. I could call this my Pottery Barn wreath since the cotton fabric is from a Pottery Barn duvet cover which my dogs had a gigantic playfest on, resulting in a long tear right down the center. Oh well, I’m dreaming of a bedroom update anyway.
Plenty of leftover fabric if anyone is interested!
For this tutorial I used a strip of drop cloth fabric. The size strip you cut will depend upon the size rosette you want to make. This one was approximately 1-1/2″x18″. It is better to cut it a bit longer because you can always trim off the excess.
Start by folding your strip lengthwise and finger creasing it.
Notice the fray to the fabric? I tend to prefer the frayed look but if you don’t . . . well . . . I guess you’ll just have to hem it!
Next turn the corner of the fabric piece down. This will be the center of your flower. While holding your rosette with one hand, twist the fabric from front to back with the other hand. Continue wrapping your length of fabric around the “bud”, twisting as you go.
You can see the twists in the fabric in the pictures below.
With each twist apply a drop of hot glue.
Keep going until your rosette is the size you want and VOILA!
Okay, so what happens if your rosette doesn’t look anything like a flower? Don’t worry, my first attempt at rosette making was pretty sad. Don’t give up! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again! Really! The nice thing about drop cloth fabric is that it has a little stiffness to it and kind of holds it’s shape. I practiced the twists and turns without the glue gun until I got the hang of it.
After your rosettes are complete you’ll glue them to a wreath form. I thought a big willow wreath form from the craft store would’ve been beautiful but for this wreath, but everything I used I had on hand. Reason #1: I was in my pajamas and didn’t want to get cleaned up to go to the craft store. Reason #2: I’m fond of saving $$$.
I hot glued the rosettes to a piece of cardboard cut in the shape of a circle, then trimmed close to the rosettes so it wouldn’t show from the front. I added a long piece of burlap around the outside of the rosettes as a sort of frame. I hot glued a wire clothes hanger, bent into a circle, to the back to make the wreath sturdier. Then I added a second row of burlap to hide the hanger. I don’t know why but I tend to like my projects to look good from the back as well as the front.
Here is the end result, hanging from an old window on my covered front porch.
Below are some close-ups of my rosettes. I used 2 or 3 different fabrics to make each flower.
The entire project took an evening making flowers (while watching Downton Abbey) and a couple of hours the next morning putting it all together.
So there you have it!
If you’d like to see some more rosette wreaths for some added inspiration you can link to my post:TwoWreathsPlainAndFancy.
In this post I share a glittery rosette wreath and one made from an old flannel shirt.
I’ll be back in a couple of days with another Spring decorating tutorial but until then . . .