Who’s planning to spend some time at the beach this summer? Would you believe it if I told you that we moved to Key West in January and I haven’t been to the beach once? True story. That could have something to do with the fact that we moved here from a Caribbean island with the most beautiful water on earth. Or, more accurately, that I’m not really the lay on the beach type … I’m more of a scour-the-beach-for-seaglass-and-driftwood girl so I can whip them into easy craft ideas.
Is everyone all linked up to our crafty Christmas party already? Don’t forget to link up your favorite Christmas craft from this year here … the party is open until Friday right here! Now, as you read this I am up in the stone cold north, working on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I wanted to give you the rundown of this little sea glass and driftwood Christmas craft that you saw on my mantel. A great project for the kids big enough to use the glue gun, too.
Happy Wednesday to you. I’m not sure if you’re following along on our Facebook page, but I’ve been posting some random pics of the projects I’m tackling at one of our rental properties. They are pretty scary beautiful! If you want the sneak peeks, follow the fun here. Now, do you remember that 16 foot long board I drug home from the beach back in February and then finally made into a desktop in September? #efficiencyismymiddlename And did you happen to notice the shoes and is that a hanger on a pair of sneakers and even an orange shirt strewn about behind the window? Totally great, right?!? Or not. :/ So when Wallpaper for Windows contacted me to see if I wanted to try out some of their product I said “why yes, yes I do”. And then when they asked if I wanted to give away a $75 gift certificate to use on their website I said “Fruitcake Yes!”. Unfortunately, I think only Robin is going to get that … but it’s a pretty emphatic YES! And, can I just say, this product was so easy to install, and made such an immediate impact I was inspired on the spot to make my first video tutorial. Unfortunately, that spot that I was so inspired in was a first thing in the morning spot, a without any make-up spot, and a spot that had never seen the video option on my camera before. But, more on that later. Let’s take a look at that immediate impact I’m talking about. Pretty great, right?
‘Tis the season. The season to get ready for the holiday season. The one where we start to think about how we decorated for the holidays last year … and how we’ll do it this year. I actually started this blog on November 1st last year and pretty quickly joined a crafting competition at Mega Crafty. The challenge was to decorate a tree for under $20. I came up with some pretty fun homemade Christmas ornament ideas that hardly cost me anything. Since there were about 3 of you reading last holiday season, I’ve rounded up what we made to show off our 11 DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas.
Last weekend we had a last minute opportunity to go to the 3rd Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival and Had. A. Blast! It was our first time going and I was so pleasantly surprised at just how creative the event set up was. Previous year’s headliners include Sting, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. This year the headliners for Friday night were Marc Anthony, Santana and an all-star salsa band that I actually watched rehearse a few days before the show. That was cool. We went to the event on Saturday night and were greeted by this great, lively little band from New Orleans. I didn’t get their name. :(
Hello, hello! Last Wednesday I read this post from these two uber-talented (and funny) gals, Katie B and Sherry P and REALLY wanted to participate. This time around they are co-hosting the challenge with Ana White and Erin from House of Earnest. I stalked followed the summer challenge and just loved the idea and the projects that were submitted. But at that point I hadn’t taken the plunge into Pinterest OR blogging. But, I had just gone beach combing to gather driftwood to make something like this pic I had pinned. (Pic source here.) And, since I live on the island of Curaçao and am literally surrounded by driftwood AND fancy myself a DIYer I figured I’d give it a go. First, I made this one: then I made a couple more… As you can see, I played around with decorating them with a combination of coral, sea glass and more traditional Christmas tree décor. And from there I was unstoppable. Well, except when Ellen came on. Seriously, Justin Timberlake and Cold Play for the whole hour?!?! Yes please! For a complete rundown, here was my process over the course of a few days: Gather driftwood – Free and Fun! Especially since I was with the hubs. :) When we got the wood home it ended up in a pile on our patio and I started organizing it by size and separating the odd-shaped pieces that might make good “tree trunks”. (Yes, we clearly over-gathered, but there are other projects in sight.) I basically ended up with two long lines of wood in the shape of a VERY tall tree. This made it easier to select pieces for the individual trees I was going to make since the end shape I wanted was, well, a tree. Brilliant! With the pieces all laid out I sprayed them with an anti-bacterial cleaner and let them dry thoroughly over the course of a few days. Then just brush off any loose sand, etc as you select pieces to use. (Please excuse the black dog leg and tail in the photo, you can formally … continue reading