Day 291: Drift Away
October 18, 2013

Today’s project is one that I conceived months, but I have been hesitant to actually do it since it is more than a bit outside my comfort zone. Plus, even after I had the idea, it has taken me a while to figure out how to actually implement it. But, mainly, I was just scared.

However, today, I faced my fears and made this:

Driftwood Sailboat

I found this piece of driftwood back in August when we were down in Myrtle Beach. They guys and I went for a walk along the beach. I was looking for driftwood that I could use for a project. When I saw this piece, it made me think of a sailboat (or my son would probably say the wreckage from a sunken sailboat). I knew then that I wanted to somehow make my vision of this piece of driftwood as a sailboat a reality.

It took me a while to figure out what I could use to make the sails. I was in luck when I found this burlap. I didn’t think regular burlap would work since I was afraid the edges would fray too much, but this burlap is almost laminated on one side making it great to work with. I cut the masts from a small dowel rod and then I cut the burlap into triangles to make the sails. Attaching the sails to the masts was tricky but I finally was able to make it work (I Just don’t know for how long they will stay attached). I drilled holes into the driftwood to accommodate the masts. I finished it off with a piece of chain and an anchor charm.

While the project isn’t perfect and may not stand up to the test of time, I am still very happy with how everything turned out.

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Day 223: It’s In the Bag
August 11, 2013

Okay, today’s project is actually on the bag.

Burlap bag with cross stitch surgeonfish

When I was at the craft store last night buying ribbon, I saw these little burlap bags. The bags were pink, yellow, green and purple. None of the colors really felt inspired by the sea, so I walked away without picking one up. Since I was at the store, I decided to check out the cross stitch section. I found a cross stitch pattern book of “99 Cross Stitch Luvable Pets” and right there on the cover was this purple flag-tail surgeonfish. I thought that the colors would work perfectly on the purple burlap bag, so I went back and grabbed it.

Cross sttch surgeonfish detail

I was right. The colors in the pattern blended almost too well with the bag. I started the cross stitching last night and finished it and the back stitching this morning. Not sure what I might use the bag for, but it turned out to be kind of cute. For now, I am just putting the left over cross stitch floss in it in case I decide to use this fish again.