seashell speciman frame set of 3

SEASHELL SPECIMEN WALL HANGING

Hello! Is spring here yet? I can hardly wait for warmer weather. After being in Hawaii, I am so ready to wear shorts and tank top again. To help get in the mood, I created these Seashell Specimen Pictures. I collect lots of seashells and had divided them up in little baggies and I had found these frames at Goodwill a while back, but with the holiday, I just didn’t get to it. So now that I had a little time, I decided to get this project done!

seashell specimen art title

Here are the frames I found. I was able to find 3 of the same ones.

seashell speciman frame front

The first thing to do was take the backing off.

seashell speciman frame back

I used scissors to cut along the edges to get to the inside.

seashell speciman back of frame

After the back was off, I removed the picture and the glass, so I was left with the frame, mat and cardboard backing.

seashell speciman frame

I didn’t want the cardboard to show, so I used a piece of brown paper looking scrap paper for behind the shells. I laid out the shells the way I thought I would want them to go. Once I had a pleasing layout, I used tacky glue to glue them onto the paper.

seashell specimen frame clam shells

I used some packing tape to secure the back and they were done! I hung them over the bar in the dining room to add some summery fun!

seashell speciman frame set of 3

These clam shells are cool with the ridges in them.

seashell speciman frame ridged clam shells

Sand dollars are my favorite! I am always on the lookout for them when we walk the beach.

seashell speciman frame sand dollars

I love the shape of these!

seashell speciman frame crab

We have the seashells, now we just need the beach!

seashell speciman frame art 3 set

Bring on the warmer weather! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunshine and Blessings

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Corner News

Corner News-February 27, 2016

Hello and welcome to another exciting and compelling edition of the corner news!  Prepare yourself for some life changing stories and pictures worth 1000 words!

Or, you know, just another regular corner news works too.

poshmark

I have a Poshmark account.  Now, it is under my fashion blogs name, 2smallofacloset, but you are more than welcome to browse through my items.  I don’t have that much right now, but soon!  Soon I will have more items posted for people to look at.

If you don’t know what Poshmark is, it is a app that you download for free and you can buy and sell name brand items.  You can sell everything from Forever 21 to UGG Australia, basic tank top to quilted leather boots.  And items are being sold at a great price.  I purchased a pair of Torrid shorts for $15 when they are originally $40!  And they are exactly how the seller described them.  You can follow my closet and start your own if you are interested!

Dog Sign

The second thing I want to show you is the adorable sign.  I bought this while in Hawaii (yes, I know…it’s not really Hawaiian).  But it think that it is absolutely perfect for my family.  It’s hanging in my room as a reminder of how important dogs are in my life.

And that’s the news!  I know, not too exciting, but still interesting.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

sparkle

Flowers and Necklace

Springy Tablescape

Hello and welcome to winteng…sprinter…wintering?  Whatever.  The time of the year where it is too warm for winter or too cold for spring.  Where the mornings are perfect for sweaters, jeans, and flip flops; but the afternoons are greats for shorts, tank tops, and flip flops.

Oh the struggle is real!

But, nonetheless, it is getting closer to the springy weather and closer to pretty colors from all the flowers.  So, why not get started early with a pretty table setting?

full table

I really like how all of the colors came together on the table setting.  I like the pink tablecloth and how the patterned plates add to the brightness and happiness of the tablescape as a whole.

These are the two different place settings.  One is a floral plate on top of a plaid plate with a striped napkin while the other is a plaid plate on top of floral.  They look great together and the colors compliment each other very nicely.

Hobby Lobby Sign

I added this adorable sign that I purchased for Hobby Lobby.  I completely agree with this saying because who doesn’t like pink?

Flowers and Necklace

I added some pretty pink and white flowers in the centerpiece.  They sit in a mason jar that mom decorated for me for my birthday two years ago.  I also added a tree nut necklace with pink flowers that I bought in Hawaii.  I thought that it added a lot to the centerpiece.

Cupcakes

And finally, who could forget the cupcakes.  I added some delicious cupcakes that have matching blue frosting to keep with the colors of the tablescape.  They are a sweet blueberry.  Yum!

So this completes my tablescape.  I love how it turned out and can’t wait to see what my roommates think of my creation!

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floral metal tray styled

Upcycled Old Metal T.V. Trays

Hello again! Did you all have a wonderful weekend? I pretty much just stayed home (saves money that way!) and worked on bringing some spring inside! We already have blossoms on trees and flowers blooming here. It’s probably too early, but it’s so beautiful, it’s hard to complain! I did get to work on a couple of projects too.

I have had these trays for years and could never really decide what to do with them. I have always used them for decorating outside because I felt like the floral design just lent itself to be outdoors. But they never had a specific purpose. I don’t know why this took so long to figure out, but an idea finally came to mind-at least for one of them.

floral metal trays makeoverfloral metal trays makeover single tray

I dug through some letters I have had for awhile and found enough to sort of make the word ‘garden.’ I had to add the leg for the ‘R’ and an extra line for the ‘E’, but I managed to make it work. I planned on doing the word ‘summer’ on the other one, but I didn’t have enough letters.

floral metal trays garden letters

Now that I have my letters, I put a little glue on the back of each one and placed them on the tray. Probably a spray adhesive would have worked better, but I didn’t have any, so I went with what I could.

floral metal trays garden layout

For the other tray, I tried covering the design with burlap and spraying around it.

floral metal trays burlap

With the letters attached on the first tray and lined up, I started spraying lightly over the top with white spray paint. I always use the Rustoleum 2X paint. Love this stuff!

floral metal trays garden painted

Once I knew the letters would stick, I sprayed more layers of paint. It’s best to spray several light layers and let the paint dry in between. Once the paint was dry, I removed the letters.

floral metal trays floral garden

I didn’t like how the second tray turned out, so I tried something different. I printed out 3 large flowers, laid them on top and sprayed around them. I didn’t like this either, so I am going to have to come up with a whole new plan. I will probably spray the whole thing white and then stencil something on top.

floral metal trays flower cutouts

On the first tray, I sanded a little around the edges and over the top. I still wanted it to look like it belonged outside. After the sanding, I sprayed a clear sealer over the top to add some protection for the outdoors. I also added drawer pulls to the edges so it could be used as a tray for serving. At least one out of two turned out good!

floral metal tray styled

I love how a little bit of the floral peeks through.

floral metal tray garden closeup

I wish it was warm enough to actually use this right now!

floral metal tray garden letters

floral metal tray with glassware

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can enjoy a nice glass of tea out in the garden. Are you ready for spring? Have you started any spring projects yet? I would love to hear about it!

Sunshine and Blessings

corner news february

CORNER NEWS-FEBRUARY 20

Happy Saturday! Always glad to have a weekend to get caught up on home stuff! I made a quick (!) stop at Hobby Lobby yesterday and found this cool whale’s tail book-end.  Maybe it was supposed to have another end, but this part was on clearance, so I snatched it up. I love it! It fits perfect with my beachy theme, plus it’s neutral enough to go with anything.

corner news february

I also picked up this wooden tree in the new spring section. Karianne, over at Thistlewood Farms featured these and a some cute wooden birds on her blog and I just fell in love with them. They are the perfect accent for spring! I LOVE her blog and her style!  Her mantle looks so much better than mine. You can click on Thistlewood Farms above to take a look!

 

New Image

Guess where we just came back from?! Did you notice we seemed to be a little bit absent from the blog this past week? We were enjoying lots of sunshine and warm weather. Maybe this is why I liked the whale’s tail so much! I will be blogging about this soon!

hawaii 8 beach

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sunshine and Blessings