Sea Shells at Summers End

Reaching the end of Summer is not welcomed….

Although Florida has warm weather year-round it still saddens me when Summer ends because our “weekly” beach excursions becomes “maybe monthly”  until next Summer.

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I always manage to bring home beautiful sea shells each time we go to add to our collection.

 

But when your shell collection results in too many for one container to hold, then it’s time to divide and conquer with creative ways to use your shells in home decorating.

Here are a few simple ideas I’ve done that were inspired by the many shell lovers I follow and admire.

Apothecary Jar and candle ring:

Clam Shell filled with white sea shells:  Clam Shell purchased from AtHome Superstore

Add Starfish which are actually Christmas Tree ornaments from AtHome Superstore. 

Create a Shell Tray:

I strongly recommend using GE II Silicone Sealant that is clear and water proof instead of hot glue.  For the base I stacked shells and used a large Bay Scallop Shell turned upside down for the tray top.  Then painted the inside with a little sparkle.

To create an Orb:

Start with a Styrofoam or rubber ball.  Add shells until you like what you see. Super simple DIY

A Sea Shell Tassel.

Drill small holes at the tips of Alphabet Cone Shells and use monofilament wire to tie together.  The same way I drilled in making the wind chime shown here.   Drill a hole at the top and bottom of a large Knobbed Whelk shell.  Tie the tassel to the bottom hole and create a wire hook to insert in the top hole.

  

Why not replace the clapper and center string of an old wind chime with your new sea shell tassel

Plant accents:

One I really like is a simple placement of a few on the side of your house plants.

Lantern fillers:

Fill a floor lantern with larger shells, center a large flameless candle and use tiny stones instead of sand.

    

Table lantern vignette:

This lantern was a steal from Goodwill for $3.99 the bottom sticker was still on from Ross at $17.99.

After cleaning I painted the top and hardware silver metallic but left the white distressed. I was tickled how it came out.

I will be putting this lantern to good use.  The flameless candle and small shells turn out cute

but I’m thinking of using a film on the glass in a tropical scene and use this lantern it to hide the back yard bug spray. 🙂 I really, really dislike seeing bug spray sitting out. I’m always putting it under tables and chairs. Now I can give it a place where it’s quick and easy to find. 🙂 It would be similar to this:

Now that the sea shell DIYs are finished…it’s time to relax and enjoy a dream view.    Bye-Bye Sea Shore Until next Summer….

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your Summer.

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Hand Lotion Buffet

 

Creating a soft touch….for your hands.

  What takes the moisture out of your hands leaving them rough and dry?  My hands are always in water and forever handling fabric which saps the moisture out  leaving them dry, rough and hang nails are horrible.  Needless to say I hoard hand creams and lotions.  Bottles and brands of different sizes are all over the house misplaced,  half full some dried out and empty.  It’s really ridiculous.   Soooo its high time for me to step up my game and get this lotion organized.

First the clean up:  I combined half bottles of the same lotion and discarded old and empty bottles.

Second: I decided a mirrored tray table would be perfect to display them.

To create the tray table I wanted to used a mirrored tray I already had.  It’s featured in Giving Thanks. (The art used in the tray is now properly framed) The tray was the perfect size but I needed a stand.   AtHome Store had the perfect side table and a smaller mirrored tray to create the table. Painted the table silver to coordinate with the bathroom fixtures. 

Then secured the large mirror tray onto the metal frame of the table.  

Lotion dispensers:   Lowest cost. Light weight. Small 10 oz. size or less.  The Dollar Tree Store had the perfect ceramic dispensers. Small apothecary jars, glass candy jars and candles.  For a $1.00 each I could not go wrong.  I was pleasantly surprised they carried all the items I needed.  

And here she is:  The Hand Lotion Buffet. Properly named because it smells sweetly delicious.   The question: How many lotions does a gal need.  Some women like lipstick…I like lotions, what can I say.

The small mirror tray from AtHome I hung on the wall only to give the tray more dept.

The dispensers hold hand lotions. The glass jars holds shea butter and creams.  The back top shelf holds hand scrubs. 

Think out the box for containers.  A Pilsner glass with a candle topper for the lid was the perfect size for the hand scrub and using a bling spoon makes it easy to scoop out. A small decanter to hold almond oil used to mix with lotions. In case I forget the ingredients or brands I tape labels to the bottom of each. For the softer moisturizer creams I used oil bottles purchased from Goodwill for .69 cents.  Then made dipping wands out of clear plastic paint brush handles attached to champagne cork stoppers.  Dip the wand then wipe and spread the moisture cream. You don’t need much so the wand pulls out just what you need. 

The candles have a nice scent.  Also from the Dollar Tree Store.  I think what I liked most was the diamond cute glass container. Perfect small size for the tray. Another product I recently discovered is NeWOC Bath and Spa Essentials. Organic handmade soaps and spa essentials.  The Orange/Lemon/Grapefruit collection is Delicious!  The sugar scrub left my hands so soft I didn’t want to touch anything for the rest of the day. (contact information: NewocBathandSpa@gmail.com) 

Scrubs containing organic oils and natural ingredients are the best for removing dead skin and rejuvenating softer smoother skin.  If you want to create your own it’s as simple as pouring cream in your coffee. Most ingredients are right in your pantry.  Here is my recipe for a simple and effective scrub:

  • 1/2 cup of White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon

You may adjust the consistency and add oils, sea salts, honey…The recipes are simple and many are available by searching Hand Scrub Recipes on Google.

Another recipe by Jamala of VivaLaVintage for your home is the Gardenia-Lime Sugar Scrub.     scrub1

Her recipe is great and the Gardenia aroma is divine. Click on the picture for the full post and recipe.

After your hand scrub remember to follow-up with a good cream or lotion while your hands are still damp to lock in moisture.

That’s it y’all… A Hand Lotion, Cream, Sugar Scrub Buffet…  🙂

Simple and easy.  No more searching to find my lotions. A designated place keeps my mind clear.  🙂  Plus, guest are able to enjoy a nice hand spa if they desire.

Thanks for stopping by the buffet.  Walking into bath room smells simply delicious and my hands could not be happier.

See ya soon.  Thanks for stopping by

 

 

 

Decorating with mirror panels – Simple changes

Hope all had a wonderful week.

Recently I created a style/board for a dream cocktail parlor shown here  that featured a beautiful large wall mirror. This caused me to re-visit other décor possibilities for the wall of our cocktail parlor.   Although I love large wall mirrors I could not use one because we have a bar cabinet centered on that wall.  The wall décor was a dilemma from the start of the re-do in November until now.  And moving the furniture layout, painting and wall paper was out of the question.  Finally I downloaded the room image onto Houzz.com under their “design dilemma Q and A” board and asked other decorators as well.  I received great suggestions.  But only one suggestion really made sense…

“Since your wall art seems to be unbalanced,  why not use one mirror for each side of the cabinet”

Eureka! Never even considered it!

I went with two mirror wall panels. Placing one on each side of the bar cabinet.   So many pretty ones to choose from and their prices range very high to reasonable, from elaborate designs to basic….  I really could not make up my mind so Ms. Pocket Purse decided for me.    🙂

The winner:  AtHome.com the home décor superstore:   AtHome Barnwood Panel for $79.99  

The design was not too busy and the brown wood inlay coordinated with my furnishings.  The perfect size, nice weight and thickness, made well with sturdy wall hooks. And the right price.

To prepare the room the changes were made:  Replacing, moving, decluttering.  Really simple changes with a big impact.

 AFTER: 

Although the mirror panels has a black frame, the texture has brown accents that pick up the wood tones. 

I did not want a lot of mirror bling, just the right amount to reflect the mood lighting in the evening. 

Up lights on timers creates a nice ambiance.  

I may have sconces installed on this wall, still debating.

 Never considered mirror wall panels before but so glad it came to be.

My decision for mirror panels did not come from Houzz.com but they have great resources.  If you ever have a decorating design dilemma check out Houzz.com .  They have interior designers and decorators (some not) who take the time to help with valid suggestions.  Go to Houzz.com  click Stories and Advice then scroll to Design Dilemma .

Cheers to mirror reflections.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end and have a wonderful week

Thanks for stopping by.