I have had so much fun with and am happy with the
DIY projects that went into this mantle vignette
that I will probably keep it up for the
whole Summer of 2012.
The art print reminds me so much of the beaches of
Alabama and Florida where I have spent many a
summer vacation during my life. I guess it could look
like a pretty beach almost anywhere.
The title of the print is "Rendevous".
I think it is a gathering of the seagulls that inspired the
artist, Carolyn Blish, to name her painting that.
This print has been mounted on foam core and sealed. I haven't added the brush strokes like
The black metal firescreen that I usually keep out all
year just looked too heavy with this vignette of neutrals,
blues and greens so I took it down and added an
arrangement of houseplants, spikey Dracena
( $1 each at the garden center at Walmart )
and some tropical-looking faux leaves from
The planter (from the back back back yard) got a
new coat of paint in driftwood colors.
After I saw this post on how to make your own
Japanese fishing floats on the blog Sand and Sisal,
I have been looking forward to making some for
I am so disappointed that I didn't realize that the memory card was not in my camera while I was
taking the steps I took to make these floats. I had (I think) gorgeous shots of them drying while
hanging in from the crepe myrtle trees. When the morning sun hit them while they were waiting
inside on the coffee table be placed on the mantle, they looked almost as pretty.
I ran out of the pre-made fishnet from the craft store so
I made some twine "cages" for the faux floats.
The wooden items from craft stores also had
most of their "how to" photos made without
a card in the camera. Here is how the faux
lobster/crab trap floats looked before painting...
...and here is what the float/lures looked like...
....this is a group photo when I DID realize the card was not
in the camera showing the paints that were used and
most of the items before sanding...
...the fishing lures/floats in the foreground have been
sanded, the background ones have not been sanded...
...and here it is all together:
The DIY decorative log pilings are detailed in Using My Noodles(s) blog post.
I hope you have a wonderful Summer of 2012!
Opps! I don't know what "happened to" the other parties I linked this to but I am sharing also at
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper