SEASHELL SPECIMEN WALL HANGING

Good morning! Have you been able to get to the beach this summer? Maybe you collected some seashells. Here is a great way to display them!

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!

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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

You can see here, I used one of the pictures in my RV makeover! It has really held up well, even with all the bouncing the trailer does as we travel!

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I hope this inspires you to make your own seashell specimen art.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

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Cute Valentine’s Day Printable

Good morning!  I hope everyone is doing well this week!  We are just a week away from Valentine’s Day and we could not be more excited!

We have a special featured guest post for you this week.  Gabrielle from Siege Media was kind enough to send us this cute printable to share with you!  I hope you enjoy the printable and her little post.

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and it’s the perfect time to share love and appreciation for each other. There’s nothing better than spending quality time with your family and enjoying a festive activity together. These folding heart cards are easy to create and provide just enough space for customization.

To get started, print out several of the cards below. Don’t forget to print front-to-back to make sure the pattern is on both sides. Cozy up in some pajamas, play your favorite music, and get crafting! You can also turn the activity into a fun pajama party and play some games, too. You’ll be making Valentine’s Day memories before you know it.

I downloaded the printable and did it myself.  I made each of my kitties a cute little Valentine!  Neither of them were super thrilled with receiving a piece of paper but they were mostly good sports about taking photos.  I made the heart envelopes on cardstock to make sure they were more stable.

Click here to download the printable card.

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Craft Room Round Up

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful week and I am sure everyone is ready for the weekend.  We were visiting Disneyland earlier this week and even though we are all still tired and recovering from the trip, we are home and we had a fantastic time!

And before we go any further, we need to announce a winner for our giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered!  So our winner of a canvas from Canvas Factory is Ruth S!  Congratulation!  Please email us so we can give you the code for your free canvas!

This week I am featuring some of my favorite craft rooms.  I wish I had a second room in my apartment so I could have a craft room, but for now I will just admire all of the beautiful rooms that I wish I had.  I hope you enjoy!

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Simple Yet Chic Craft Room from Rosehips and Petticoats

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Farmhouse Craft Room from Honeybear Lane

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Pink and White Office from In My Own Style

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Turquoise and White Office from The DIY Mommy

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Industrial Craft Room from Lia Griffith

White and Pastel

White and Pastel Craft Room from Sweet Red Poppy

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DIY Craft Table for a Craft Room from Jennifer Maker

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Driftwood Wreath

Good morning! I’m back today with another driftwood project, or maybe it’s another wreath project! You can see my other driftwood projects here  and here and here and here. You can find the wreath projects here  and here.

I had the idea to make a driftwood star. My husband cut out a wooden star for me, but when I started to lay the pieces on, I realized I didn’t have enough small pieces of driftwood. So I poked around in my garage and found a large piece of cardboard I had been saving. I figured it would work for a driftwood wreath instead. I tried a few different things to trace for my circle, and ended up with this bucket. I traced the outside of the circle first. It measures about 16 inches.

driftwood wreath tracing a bucket on cardboard

Once I had the outside circle traced, I turned the bucket over and centered it as close as I could. Then I traced the inside circle.

driftwood wreath tracing the circle

I cut around the outside circle first and then poked a hole in the middle and cut the inside circle. Now I had a cardboard form for my driftwood to be attached to. The edges don’t have to be perfect, since the driftwood will cover it up.

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I started with the bottom layer, using bigger pieces and laying them around the edges. Once I had it the way I liked, I hot glued them on.

driftwood wreath large driftwood pieces

After the bottom layer was secure, I started adding in smaller pieces to fill in the top layer. I kept adding until I could no longer see the cardboard and it was filled in nicely.

driftwood wreath layered pieces

I felt like it needed a little something more, so I added one starfish to the bottom. I hung it on an old window I have sitting on my faux mantle. The perfect coastal touch!

driftwood wreath old window

I thought the song ‘Down By The Bay’ was the perfect saying for my chalkboard.

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A lantern with some fairy lights and a small bowl of seashell necklaces add to the beach feel.

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Now I just need the warm weather to match my new wreath! Don’t you just love that really curvy weathered piece of driftwood at the bottom?

driftwood wreath bowl of shelves

Thank you so much for coming by today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

driftwood wreath styled on a mantle

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Memory Keeper Map Key-Chain

Good morning! Are you back into the swing of things or still on holiday mode? I am back at work, but the kid count is very low, so it’s still a slow week. It’s kind of a nice way to get back into the routine.

I like to make things out of maps and I made these key chains for my co-workers for Christmas, so I thought I would share them with you. I have other map projects here and here.  They are such a simple project, but are a great way to celebrate the city you live in or maybe that special place you have. Here’s the list of items you will need:

  • small wooden shapes
  • paint-color of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • map of the city or place you want
  • pencil
  • key chain or loop
  • drill

map key chain supplies

I had this package of Woodsies in my craft stash and chose to use the oval ones.

map key chain wood pieces

I painted the back and sides of the piece white. You can pick whatever color you like, but you only have to paint the back and sides.

Map keychain wooden pieces

I was able to find some small maps online and printed them out, 4 on a page. I googled my city and then choose the one I thought would work best for my wood piece.

Map keychain city map

I used my Woodsie as a template to trace around my city. I centered it as close as possible and used a pencil to trace.

map keychain tracing your town

Once my pieces were traced, I cut them all out.

map key chain hometown circled

I painted Mod Podge on the unpainted side of the Woodsie, giving it a pretty good layer.

map key chain white paint mod podge

map key chain mod podge

Once the Mod Podge was on, I centered the map piece on top and gave it another coat of Mod Podge. When the piece was dry, I trimmed the edges of the paper.

map key chain last coat of mod podge

I added a small ring to each one and they were done!

map key chain city of hanford

I love how this turned out!

map key chain hanford city

map key chain keys and sunglasses

map key chain purse, glasses, keys

map key chain scarf orange and turquoise

map key chain with sunglasses, purse

Do you have a place that is special to you? Maybe your hometown, or a place you have traveled to? I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments!

map key chains with keys

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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