Archive for July, 2013

Day 212: Pearl Chandeliers
July 31, 2013

Yesterday, I just happened to find a bead shop down here at the beach. I bought a few strands that will be used for some future projects. But, seeing all of the beads inspired me to break out the pearls that I brought with me for today’s project.

Pearl Chandelier Earrings

I combined white freshwater rice pearls and regular rose colored pearls for the drops on these chandelier earrings. The rose colored pearls and all of the findings were from the box of goodies I got from my late father-in-law’s cousin. I had forgotten that the rice pearls were even in my stash but rediscovered them as I was preparing for our trip. They are definitely more formal than I will need for anything I will be wearing down here, but maybe after I go back to reality, I will find an event for which they would be appropriate.

Yesterday was a full day with a trip to a local zoo, a riverboat cruise on the Intercoastal Waterway, a stop at the bead shop, beach time and a round of mini golf (which I won). Here is one of my favorite photos from yesterday’s visit to the zoo:

Great Egret



Day 211: A Whale of a Project
July 30, 2013

First, I want to wish my husband a happy birthday!

So, when I opened up the box of projects that I brought with me, I planned to do one thing, but a different project caught my eye, and it is a whale of a project. Actually, it might be the smallest of all of the projects that I do this week.

Whale Seed Bead

Okay, so I have done the seed beads on safety pins before when I did a crab. And, if you follow the blog, you may even recognize the whale from when I did the cross stitch baby burp cloth. So, since I had to bring portable projects, I decided to combine those two ideas into today’s project and create a whale out of seed beads and safety pins.


Day 210: Sand Drawing
July 29, 2013

Since we were hitting the beach this morning, I decided to draw a picture in the sand. I didn’t have any tools, so my drawing proved to be pretty rudimentary:

Sailboat Drawing

I have never claimed to be good at drawing, especially when I don’t have any tools other than soft sand and my finger.

And, just because I keep sharing a photo from the beach each day while I am here, here is a photo of my guys playing in the waves:

My guys enjoying the wavesWhile I think my son would agree to trying the parasailing, I think the husband I will pass on that.

Day 209: Feeling Puzzled
July 28, 2013

To start the day, I took the camera out and took another photo from our patio:

Sunrise at the Beach

I took this at about 6 this morning. Shortly after that, my youngest son and I started work on today’s project:


I know I have done puzzles before but this one caught my eye because it is not your typical square puzzle. It is a shaped puzzle. I don’t think you can pick them out in the photo necessarily, but within the puzzle there are shaped pieces that also tie-in to the theme of the puzzle. There is a hook, a sword, an anchor, a skull and cross bones, and a ship. Both the shape of the puzzle and the shapes of the puzzle pieces made this a little but challenging but T and I worked through it all and got it done. Now, it is time to hit the beach.



Day 208: Crabby Tag
July 27, 2013

I spent most of the day in the car, but it was worth it. Here is the view from our rental condo:


Yes, we are in our favorite place, Myrtle Beach.

I knew my crafting time today would be limited, so I decided yo do a simple tag:


It reads, “Don’t worry. Be crabby.” I will probably be using this as a book mark this week.

Day 207: Wind Chimes
July 26, 2013

I have been wanting to do wind chimes for a while. I actually saw a really cool idea for them on Pinterest months ago, but I just don’t have the tools I would need to make ones like the ones I saw (but there is still time). When I ran to the craft store this morning looking for supplies for a completely different project, I was super excited to find a paint your own wind chimes kit.

Wind Chimes

Since I could paint the top part however I wanted, I decided to paint it light blue with dark blue on the edges. I then free handed some green seaweed accents and stenciled on some fish. I used a Sharpie to give the fish their eyes.

Wind Chimes Detail

The best part was attaching the chimes to the painted piece since the sound was driving my son crazy.

I have said it before and I will say it again. I am not an artist, and I don’t even pretend to be one, but I am having fun when I step outside of my comfort zone and explore more artistic projects.

Day 206: Sharpie Dot Art
July 25, 2013

First let me say that I was never one of those kids who excelled in art class back in the day. That is to say, I am not the kind of person who can just be given a blank canvas and create a masterpiece. So, what did I do today? I grabbed some Sharpie markers and a 4×4 canvas and created this:


Originally, I was playing with the idea of doing some Sharpie tie dye on a onesie, but I wasn’t happy with how my experiments were turning out. But, as I was experimenting with creating patterns for the tie dye, I drew a dotted fish that I was pretty happy with (at least before I added the alcohol to create the tie dye effect). I decided to take that idea and apply it to my blank canvas. I started with the orange outline and the orange stripes. Next, I added yellow in the non-orange areas and a blue dot for an eye, but I felt like it was incomplete somehow. I grabbed my light blue Sharpie and added dots to the background so my fish could be in water.

Remember, I started this post by stating that I basically flunked elementary school art. With that in mind, I am pretty thrilled with how this experimental art project turned out.

Day 205: Skillful Sailor Card
July 24, 2013

With my son off at boot camp, I find myself making some more masculine cards. For today’s card, I used a quote that I have used in the past, but it really fits him.

Skillful Sailor Round Card

Just not so sure about sending a card that refers to a skillful sailor to a USMC recruit. I think I might be able to address that with what I write inside the card thought. But, how does this card open?

Skillful Sailor Card Open

The front panel pivots on a small brad. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I actually saw it in one of my card sketch books. I tend to shy away from making shaped cards since I can never figure out how to do the fold. When I saw the round card with the pivot open, I knew it was a way I could do a round card without having to deal with the awkward folding issue, and I could hardly wait to try it.

I am super happy with the end result. Now I just need my son’s address so I can start mailing him these cards.

Day 204: Beach Bum Shirt
July 23, 2013

I am not feeling terribly creative today. I am juggling a lot right before vacation so something had to give a little bit. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t do a project. I did.

Landshark Tank

So, when we have people over to use the pool, we tend to serve Landshark beer. Of course, with my love for all things nautical, their logo suits me to a tee (or in this case a tank top). On the case that the beers come in, the manufacturers have included an iron-on transfer (literally it is the side of the box). I had this tank top just sitting around, so this morning I decided to see how the iron-on from the side of a cardboard box worked. I didn’t get the edges quite as thoroughly as I could have, but I have to admit that I kind of like the faded out, aged look of it.

Day 203: Sea Glass & Mason Car Candle Holder
July 22, 2013

Sometimes you see things on Pinterest and think that you could do that. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Today’s worked at least most of the way. Now, in the light this project doesn’t look like much:

Mason Jar Candle Holder

Maybe I need to add a few more pieces of glass around the top. But, in the dark, it looks cooler:

Mason Jar Candle Holder (Dark)

Still not quite as cool as the one on Pinterest but certainly not a fail.