Day 355: Seashell Wreath

December 21, 2013 - Leave a Response

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for today’s project. As I was running errands with my son who just got home, I decided to get a small Styrofoam wreath and to make a small seashell wreath.

Seashell Wreath

I started by covering the entire wreath with red tulle. Then I broke out the glue gun and my stash of seashells and covered the wreath. Definitely not my most inspired project, but as I am winding down and dealing with the distractions of having my son home after almost 5 months, it was the best I was going to come up with today.



Day 354: Pink Pandora

December 20, 2013 - One Response

Today, I needed a quick project. I didn’t have a lot of time before the graduation, so I brought along some Pandora style beads to play with.

Pink Pandora Ribbon Bracelet

As I was packing my things, I couldn’t find the bracelet base that I know is somewhere in my stash, but since I had grabbed pink and black beads, I grabbed some pink cord ribbon to use as my bracelet base. Of course, I am noticing that in the photo, the pink beads are appearing to be clear rather than light pink. I included a seashell bead with a pearl and 2 starfish to give the bracelet that nautical touch. Added crimps to each end so I could attach a lobster clasp and I have a ribbon bracelet.

Day 353: A Treasure Box

December 19, 2013 - One Response

I knew that once the family day festivities wrapped up that I would have a bit of down time, so I brought this project with me to do on the road.

Mermaid Box

I had bought this box when Laura and I went to Savage Mill. It caught my eye because it was made in such a way that you could stamp a design on the top of the box as if you were working on paper. I thought that was cool. (It was also handy because I could just pack all of  my supplies–except the Sharpie markers and chalk pencil-in the box for the trip.)

Mermaid image close-up

I stamped this mermaid onto the lid of the box and then colored her using mostly glitter glues. I wanted her to have an iridescence about her which the glitter glues were perfect for. I used chalk for her skin to give her a true fleshy color and the Sharpies to color the shells. The only part that I am not thrilled with is her hair. The glitter glue that I used appears golden yellow in the bottle, but when you apply it, it picks up some green tones. Other than that, I am pretty happy with how my little treasure box turned out.

Day 352: More Playing With Seashells

December 18, 2013 - One Response

With getting ready to hit the road, my crafting time this morning was pretty short. I kind of just threw something together by looking at what supplies were on my table – seashells.

Seashell Lapel Pin

I liked the shape of these seashells and just started attaching them to one another to create this look. I attached a bar pin on the back so that this could be worn on a jacket as a nice lapel pin.

Day 351: A Tropical Table?

December 17, 2013 - One Response

Whenever we go to dinner at my mother-in-laws, she always sets a perfect table that Martha Stewart would be proud of. She has the perfect dishes and the perfect accessories for every holiday meal. One of the accessories that she includes is napkin rings. After having Thanksgiving dinner at her house, I got to thinking that I could embellish napkin rings with seashells, so guess what I did today.

Seashell Embellished Napkin Rings

I tried to find a couple of shells that were similar in style and close in size.

Seashell Embellished Napkin Rings

I attached them to a pair of silver napkin rings. Kind of a simple project, but I have a really busy day between work, bowling and getting ready to hit the road for Parris Island tomorrow morning.



Day 350: Cause to Celebrate

December 16, 2013 - One Response

Wow. 350 days so far. Only 15 more to go after today. I can hardly believe it. I think that in and of itself is cause to celebrate, but I have so many more reasons to celebrate that are even bigger. My son, who is away at Marine Corps Boot Camp called yesterday to say that he had completed the Crucible and had received his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. (I can’t even type that without tearing up.) He will officially be graduating from Parris Island this Friday and will be home for Christmas.

For those who don’t know, it has been an extra long time coming in his case. He left on July 15 for what was supposed to be 13 weeks of boot camp. With just 3 weeks left in his training, he suffered a stress fracture in his femur and underwent surgery to put 3 pins into the bone. After 10 weeks of rehabilitation, he was ready to rejoin his training (luckily for him, he was able to pick up right where he had left off) and as of Saturday, he earned the title of U.S. Marine. I couldn’t be more proud of him and all that he has accomplished so far. This is just the first step, but as we all know, the first step can be the most important one.

Sorry for babbling on, and thanks for indulging me. On to today’s project. I knew that I wanted to see what Mojo Monday had posted and that I was likely to use it for my project today. I was right.

Here is my interpretation of today’s sketch (#324):

Frolicking Penguins Card

Now that I am comfortable with penguins being inspired by the sea since that is where they live, it has opened up some opportunities for me. I just love these guys and how they are celebrating with their little one and they all are clearly so happy. As soon as I saw the sketch with the longer rectangular space, I just knew that I was going to use this stamp. But, I didn’t stop at just stamping. I added bling to the puffs on their hats and used glitter glue to color the Christmas lights. I also found a string I had of small plastic toy Christmas lights and used those where the banners were on the original sketch.

Another project that I had been working on that I finished up the other day that isn’t nautical is my angel wreath. I am sharing it here as a way of thanking the angels who prayed for my son and watched over him these last 23 weeks.

Angel Wreath

And here is a close up of the angel that hangs in the middle of the wreath.


I am looking forward to this Christmas since I know that I am getting the present that was at the top of my list…having all of  my boys with me. Now that they are growing up, I can’t expect that to happen every year, so I am going to really savor it this year. I hope that all of your dreams come true this holiday season as well.

Day 349: Alcohol Inks Again

December 15, 2013 - Leave a Response

Way back when my 365 days was just starting, I played with alcohol inks on tiles. It was something that was way outside of my comfort zone at the time, but I wound up making several sets of coasters using the technique. Then, I put the technique aside. Today, I decided to try applying that technique in a slightly different way.

Alcohol Inks on Scrabble tiles

This time, I decided to see if I could create a similar effect on a smaller scale using tiles from our old Scrabble game. So that I could use the pieces for jewelry if my experiment worked, I first drilled holes through the tiles. I used Citrus green and Sailboat Blue inks to simulate the colors of water, kind of like I did for that larger tile way back when.

Inked Scrabble Tiles

Of course, I couldn’t just do one tile. I actually tried the technique with several tiles (and I have the green and blue fingers to prove it). Obviously, it worked better on some tiles that it did with others. I am hoping that when I apply the sealant that the colors will pop a bit more.

Okay, so this isn’t my best project, but this whole journey is about trying new things and experimenting, which is what I did today.

Day 348: Stamped Candle

December 14, 2013 - Leave a Response

I was thinking about trying one thing this morning, but decided to wait until tomorrow since it might be a bit messy. I’m actually looking forward to playing with the alcohol inks, but today just wasn’t the day.

So, I was trying to come up with an idea for today. I don’t know why it took me almost the entire year to come up with the idea for today’s project, but it never occurred to me until I saw a picture of a stamped candle on one of the card blogs I used to go to for inspiration. As soon as I saw that, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Stamped Candle

I stamped the lighthouse onto 3 sides of the candle and on the remaining side, I stamped a sentiment that reads:

To keep the reefs
and rocks at bay
my light will help you
find your way.

Stamped Candle (dark)

I love the glow from the candle when it is in a darkened room.

The sentiment clearly is meant to be used with a lighthouse, but as soon as the idea hit, I knew that it was perfect for on the candle as well.

What do you think?

Day 347: All Wrapped Up

December 13, 2013 - Leave a Response

It is funny. I know exactly what I want to try for tomorrow’s project, but I had no clue what I wanted to do today. So I pulled up Pinterest and started looking at ideas. I found an idea that I really liked, but it was far from being nautical. So, I decided to play with that idea to see if inspiration came to me.

Snowflake Gift Tags

While working on these, I remembered that I had a cute little penguin stamp that would be perfect to use for Christmas gift tags. While I was looking for him, I also found a little crab stamp in my stash and decided to use both of them.

Sea Critter Christmas Gift Tags

The penguin was already wearing a Santa hat, so I figured the crab needed on too. I added the sticker Santa hat to the crab and added a white pom pom to the penguin’s hat and came up with these tags.

All told, I made a set of 8 tags – some snowflakes and some critters.

Set of Christmas Tags

Let’s be honest. You always run out of gift tags so being able to make some cute and some classic tags is a good skill to have.

Day 346: Sailing Away

December 12, 2013 - Leave a Response

Today’s project was super simple. I found a card at the store the other day that featured a beach scene with lots of sailboats. It had kind of a water color feel to it and I loved how the boats looked. On the same trip, I found 2 bezel pendants. I decided to combine the pendants with images from the card and made these:

Sailboat Bezel Pendants

Now, in an ideal world with unlimited crafting time, I would have put the pieces of the card in the bezels and filled in the remaining space with resin. But, resin takes time to set. More time than I really have available. So instead, I cut pieces of transparency film to size and covered the sailboats with that. Not ideal, but the transparency film will provide a layer of protection to the images.

The larger one is about 2 inches tall by about an inch wide. The smaller one is about 1 1/4 inches tall by about 3/4 of an inch wide. Simple, custom pendants. I’m not complaining.