drifting away

Good day friends!  Is anyone else out there dreaming of summer? 
Cocktails outside.  Long, lingering sunny days.  Bright blooming flowers. 
And of course anything beach side.

I sure am!  I had a styrofoam tree leftover from Christmas crafting. I never got to this one and rather than tucking it away into the Christmas bins for next year, I decided to make a year ’round project with the tree form and splash some more sunny beach decor into the house.

I collected some small pieces of driftwood from the beach and I will admit I bought some as well.  The pieces needed to be just 2-4 inches long.

I started at the base of the tree hot gluing bulkier pieces neatly together and working my way up.  The pieces have to fit together like a puzzle as to not expose the styrofoam in between.  The driftwood pieces should also hang over the edge of the tree base a bit for a natural shape.  Keep gluing round and round til you get to the top!

The last step to making a driftwood tree is to adhere a flat round piece of driftwood to the bottom to create the tree stump.

Finally, shop a spot around the house to display the driftwood tree all year!

Are we any closer to summer yet?

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all washed up

Happy Sunday friends!  I have to admit that I don’t have any pictures of new vintage treasures from the weekend.  Don’t frown though.  It is a good thing.  I swear.  I spent the whole weekend doing things I love…shopping, junking, antiquing.  Yes, they are all pretty much the same so I will have lots of little treasures to share.  I was so busy that there was no time for photos.  Tomorrow. 

Today…

There is a new addition in our coastal bedroom.  Can you spot it?  Just past the recycled headboard.

We have a new shelf displaying my collection of seas glass, beach pebbles and Cape May diamonds.

Like the collection, the shelf was also found washed up on the beach. It is a naturally distressed 4×4. Ryan and I spotted it while walking the beach at low tide. It was too big to carry home so we came back with the truck early the next morning. At that time it was high tide so the driftwood was water logged again. That sucker was heavy to lug off the beach. The early hour brought out just us and a little old lady who looked suspiciously similar to her poodle.  She was quite entertained by our haul. 

We let the driftwood dry out for a few weeks. Ryan then made my vision come to life by creating a floating shelf out of the distressed and discarded driftwood.  He anchoreded L-brackets into the studs to support the weight.

The texture is just amazing. Something only nature could create.

This little hole which lets the paint peek through is my favorite.

I really love the elements of this room.  This photo seems to capture the true color of the wall which was inspired by sea glass.

So I think I’ve officially gone coastal in my decorating style. What do you think of the latest?

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don’t judge

I had the most fabulous and rare weekend without a single commitment. I didn’t want to double book anything on Judgement Day so I just went with the flow. Fortunately that brought me to the beach! My mom and I spent Saturday & Sunday morning on treasure hunts. We could barely fit everything in the car but somehow in these pictures it looks like less than I thought.

Anyway, here’s what I got…

A little bit of everything including a lot of holiday swag that I can just never resist. How cute are these candy corn?

This awesome kitchen scale.

Some sheet music. I’m going to hold onto these for some future craft projects. This song title made me laugh because I thought of Colleen at freshvintage. Seriously? The Dickey Bird Song? Colleen would’ve had a field day with this one!

And while I’m at it…I saw this sign in a junk store on Sunday. I didn’t buy it but just had to take a picture. Mmm-hmm.

But these wholesome vintage invitations are just too cute. I got the whole pack.

Plus some wooden spools that were calling my name. They aren’t really thaaat old but I thought they’d be cute in this tarnished silver compote.

An old Sealtest ice cream crate.

But the pick of the day was definitely the orange, retro Coleman cooler. Love it! The color actually coordinates perfectly with the sunroom furniture so I am going stock it there for Memorial Day.

Here’s what my mom got. Don’t miss the vivid Vera tablecloth. Good find!

I love the vintage tennis racket. She got a lot of cheery pyrex too.

All of this and we still made it to the beach with Ryan & Wilson.

And back for the sunset.

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