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.

Give up Silk Flowers?…NEVER! A Tropical Trio

Happy Mid-June…Can you believe Summer is here!

Time for a quick and easy DIY  Tropical Summer Floral Arrangement.

Silk flowers are never “Faux Pas” to me.  For natural realistic looking silks my best advice is to buy as an investment.   Spending a few dollars more on quality silk stems is well worth the extra cost.

My DIY inspiration for a small tropical arrangement came from Petals.com    

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Price: $79.00  This small tropical arrangement is perfect for my small sofa back table.

I gathered the tropical stems I already had: Most stems I purchase from Petals.com, Hobby Lobby,  Michaels and JoAnn’s.

To keep them looking new when not in use I wrap them in cotton pillow cases then store them in plastic to keep out moisture and dust.  Once in an arrangement I dust them weekly with a feather duster.  Wipe, if needed with baby wipes. 🙂  Silk floral spray cleaner is also good to use for a quick fresh clean.

I had to improvise with what I had:

To mimic the black river rocks in the inspiration arrangement I used a small blue glass jar (once a candle) to sit inside a larger glass bowl. 🙂

I wrapped a foam cube with tropical leaves (I did not want any white foam showing).   Then with a drop of hot glue on the bottom of the jar I inserted the wrapped foam into the blue glass jar.

I inserted each stem into the foam with hot glue.  Finished it with a little moss between the stems.  Then placed the arrangement in the glass bowl.  A super fast and simple DIY.   


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Minor change: I switched sides of the Red Ginger and Heliconia (aka: Lobster claw).  I also did not want to cut the stem of the Red Ginger any shorter. (ya never know, I may need to use it again for another seasonal refresh) Who would guess these flowers are more than 10 years old.  In my opinion, silk florals are not faux pas, they are forever lasting beauty.

Great things I love about quality silk florals:

  • Silk flowers actually have a polyester blend which helps keep their shape and helps them from fraying
  • Real touch silks are made of a liquid polymer soft coating. The look and feel is 100% realistic, high quality and more expensive
  • Fill a floral tube with your favorite fragrance and insert it among the leaves
  • Mix them with natural/real flowers for an added boost
  • They won’t wilt when used for hot weather outdoor events
  • No worry for allergies
  • Reusable
  • No matter what season, they are always in bloom

My other arrangements are still a delight from last year. (for the full post click on the title or picture)

Tropical Leaves and Flowers and A Beautiful Orchid

  

Create a beautiful arrangement for your home that will last all Summer long.

Thanks for stopping by    Enjoy your Summer

Create, and enjoy loving your home

Favorite Outdoor Vignettes

Buddha statues,  pottery and garden whimsy,  these are a few of my favorite things …….pertaining to outdoor vignettes.

My favorite outdoor vignettes, regardless of the size or type of space you have to enjoy outdoor living,  does not involve any type of furniture or placement of furnishings.  It’s the items that surrounds the furniture.  Interesting items small or large, it’s what you love to surround yourself with.

Buddha statues are my absolute favorite outdoor decorative item and oddly enough I no longer have one! Go Figure! This one I had a Guan Yin Buddha

 was given to charity during my 2016 Clean Up, Clean Out, Purge.  Maybe I was really making room for a larger one. (my method to madness).

   Honestly,  my garden has not quite called for one just yet. I want it to be the perfect setting.  In time it will…all in time.

They capture the essence of serene relaxation, a calm environment and good luck.  Even if you don’t involve yourself with the practices of Buddhism it’s a welcome item in many  gardens and outdoor spaces. This particular vignette is featured at the home of Jennifer Harrison-Ciacchi,  her site is Flea-Market Fab.Style   Having a home as cozy as hers is heaven to me.  It’s kick off your heels relaxation and leave your inhibitions at the gate. To read more about her bohemian style click here.

Here is a video I hope you find interesting and inspiring.

Pottery and baskets are another type of vignette that is beautiful when featured in a group with the same color and style.  These particular vignettes shows how beautiful a grouping can be.

 

I tried to create two vignettes with this concept.

First I started with the flowers I wanted to use for both vignettes.

  A palm plant, wisteria stems in different colors, a small wreath, and bamboo plant.

  Went house and garden shopping and selected white pottery in different sizes and textures. And three decorative metal trays.

 Played with the arrangement, then added animal whimsy. 

Cute. Looks pretty lush and tropical. Using any  3 of these items would make a nice vignette as well.    Love this monkey 🙂 It’s actually a candle holder.

Birds peeking out

Frog relaxing under the palm. Too cute.

Displaying garden animal statues and figurines in outdoor vignettes is just plain fun! Anything animal whimsy that makes me smile, laugh or giggle I love.  Some are just too cute and funny.  I have to restrain myself from buying too many because my garden would look like a hot mess.   Another, featuring Talavera Pottery.  🙂  Look at the chick!

Ok, let’s get serious…Here’s another featuring nesting baskets, using the same flowers, palm plant and decorative metal trays as in the white pottery.

Nesting baskets are also good for storing outdoor items.

Having a Balinese feeling…

Adding whimsy…The decorative metal tray gives a mirror effect behind the Dick Hsiao parrot candlesticks.

Little Toucan making his debut.

Well those are a few of my favorite outdoor things……

To see more please visit my boards on Pinterest Outdoor Living Spaces   and Vignettes where I’m always pining more ideas.

Hope you enjoyed the vignettes and my Buddha Statue video inspired by Jennifer Harrison style at Flea Market Fab.

Enjoy your start of Spring! Thanks for stopping by

 

Sweet Sensations

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If you crave chocolate and want a sweet relaxing taste sensation have a Chocolate Martini.

  Chocolate lovers and tini- lovers …You know how I feel.   I have to admit I’ve enjoyed my share but my favorite is a chocolate martini.  Dark or Vanilla doesn’t matter…It’s chocolate!  I had to satisfy my cravings for sweet chocolate while relaxing this week-end.  This was indeed the prefect answer.  My simple quick recipe for a Not-so-Vanilla Chocolate Martini:  ChocolateMartinirecipe

  • 2 oz. of Vanilla Vodka.
  • 1/2 oz. White Cream de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (for Vanilla Martini use Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur)
  • mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass
  • If you have chocolate syrup, swirl into glass before straining drink
  • garnish with cherry

So simple, Sooo sweet.  Sip and enjoy.

Martinis are sensuous sexy cocktails and I have to admit when I’m mixing martinis this is how I see myself, in my mind’s eye….

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But then reality strikes…sets in reeeallly fast

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but my sweet chocolate Martini taste sensation is satisfied!

Too funny.

Later as the week-end continued…I went shopping Talk about Sweet deals, I was all over the place.

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My last stop was Goodwill and found a pair of candle holders for $7.00.  Heavy, solid, made in India, 10″ and 12″ tall.  Perfect to use for the outdoor bistro table.  1264sweet-dealsSince the weather was so nice on Saturday I decided to do a little faux gardening.

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For this Sweet modest centerpiece:  The pitcher I’ve used many times.  Also shown in Pitcher Perfect Collection.  I filled it with a few Amaranthus stems from Michaels Crafts on sale at $2.99 each. 1272sweet-sensations-martinisunday

The white ceramic parrot is one of two that was featured in Exotic Sentiments and A Beautiful Orchid. 1275sweetsensationsmartinisunday

I went to Pier1Imports to purchase another beaded pillow in order to have a matching set.  But of course no longer available!  So off to JoAnn Fabrics. Which means I’ll have to do some sewing.

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I love to sew, but this week-end I wanted to give it a rest. I found this embellished fabric. On sale at 50% off, plus a small remnant at 75% off the sale price. Not bad.  I made two lumbar pillows and have enough fabric left for 2 more.1284pillowfabric

 

1270sweet-sensations-deals-settingAll in all this past week-end was sweet and satisfying. untitledweekendThanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week

Sip, Shop, Sew, Create and enjoy loving your home. 🙂

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Silver Dollar Centerpiece for January

Happy New Year. Hope you are enjoying the start of a new year!

After the holiday decorations are put away what do you do if you want a Winter centerpiece without it looking like Christmas?

I decided to use the tree branches I saved from Tree branch Candlestick and Another tree branch décor idea.

Hubby brought out the saw and sliced two branches for a runner for me:

       To secured it I attached a board to the bottom with wood glue, and sprayed it with polyurethane.  After spraying it I was not pleased with the coloring but I carried on.  Maybe if I keep it, I’ll go back and stain it.  I scattered glass stone to fill the gaps.

Next for the candle holders, he drilled holes for the tea-lights and cut them to a nice height.

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I tried my hand at painting again… for a Birch Bark effect and for the centerpiece branch drilled holes for the silver dollar floral stems. treebranchcenterpieceAdded the finishing touches:

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During the evening with the Chandelier lights, the Silver Dollars really come to life with an iridescent pearl quality.  Silver Dollar BirchBark CenterpieceNow that I look at it, I’m not sure if this centerpiece is better suited for Spring or Winter??  C’est la Vie,  I think I’m done with the tree branches!  This was just my way of preserving the branches and the love I have for my favorite old Oak tree.   Taking what was, preserving its memory and making something new, was a fun and worthy project for me.

Check out Jo-Ann’s January sale on florals,  it’s great.  With coupons the stems cost less than a silver dollar. 🙂  (too funny)

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Silver and Gold for Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season. We love this time of year for so many reasons.

Deciding on a centerpiece for the season was challenging because there are so many beautiful festive colors and themes.  Keeping it simple to last thru-out the winter months with very little editing was my goal.

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A small wreath to greet you at the kitchen door

 

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Reindeer greetings as you enter

 

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Only If I had a tree… This it would be….

 

Gold and Silver Reindeer

Golden Reindeer spreading Joy

 

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Snowflakes of Pearls and Crystals

 

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A flocked swag with twinkling lights and silver wire trees accents the buffet with a reindeer sitting cozy and nestled away

 

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

 

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

It all makes Silver and Gold for Christmas

Flocked Floral Centerpiece accented with ornaments

Flocked Floral Centerpiece with candle accented with ornaments, crystals and pinecones.

Other small holiday touches to make the season bright:

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday Season !!!

 

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours

 

Thank you so much for following my blog these last few years.

You taking the time to visit is more appreciated than you will ever know.

  I read a quote awhile back on Pinterest and it has stuck with me.  I would like to share this quote with you.  It’s just a simple small thought to remember but it has a strong impact on our everyday lives, especially during this holiday season.

“If you only say one prayer in a day, make it Thank You”

Thankful for being able and capable to give, to share, to understand, to love.

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Candelabras

When I think of Candelabras ….Liberace comes to mind!

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He was the epitome of all things flamboyant and garish.   Elegance, yes!  Drama, most definitely!  Tasteful…well some may say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  (I love it, shhh.)

 

  I also associate candelabras with weddings, lavish special events and some holidays.  But not any more.

Recently I  attended a private estate show.  Beautiful to say the least, but I was amazed at seeing the number of candelabras featured throughout the estate.  In practically every room. Some very ornate, some over the top, some very casually displayed but giving that finishing touch of understated elegance.  This inspired me to take out my little candelabra and start using it year round instead of just during the Christmas Holidays as shown here on our breakfast and bistro tables.   To see full post you can visit Merry Little Silver and Red Christmas 

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I went to HomeGoods for the first time and purchased this candelabra at a huge discount since it was very badly damaged in the center.    I painted over the center section in a shimmering silver and used a large rhinestone brooch from TotallyDazzled.com to cover the damaged section.

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Here are two arrangements I created for the holidays using the center as a faux floral arrangement.

The Poinsettia Christmas Candelabra:

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Supplies: 4 taper candles, 2 Wisteria stems, 2 Poinsettias flowers, leaf stems and small ball ornaments.

Orchids for Christmas Candelabra:

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Supplies: Crystal beads, wire ribbon, wheat stems, orchids, seed balls, rhinestone pins from Totallydazzled.com, 1 taper candle, 4 tea-lights.

 

The next design I cut the stem off a chipped champagne flute and secured it to the center taper cup with wax adhesive.  Ice crystals were hot glued completely around the center ball.  This covered all the imperfections of the center ball.

Ice Crystals Christmas Candelabra:

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Supplies: Ice crystal fillers, Champagne flute, Crystal glass beads, Rhinestone brooch from Totallydazzled.com, 4 taper candles.

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Do you love candelabras?  This has really inspired me to start using them year round.  They come in so many designs, styles and sizes.  Give one a try this season.  Consider one or more for year round decorating.  They definitely can make a  table, shelf or counter come alive.  For more ideas on decorating with candelabras check out Pinterest.  Here are a few of my favorites for everyday décor. Via Pinterest.

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And a few candelabra ideas for Christmas Holiday decorating. 

Thanks for stopping by….Until next time….Take care and enjoy your week-end.

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