Friday, July 31, 2020

Truckload of Summer ~ Vintage Truck Decor Ideas

She sells seashells by the seashore out of her vintage chevy apache truck...

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Simple Seed Bead Bracelet ~ Handmade Memory Wire Bracelets

There's beauty in simplicity...

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Matching anklet:

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Beachy DIY Wall Art ~ Custom Photo Collage Frame

Take an inexpensive collage photo frame,
add your favorite pics printed from Pinterest
and you've got custom wall art to match your decor!

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Beginner Watercolor Flowers ~ Painting Practice Wildflowers

Practicing my watercolor flowers...

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Monday, July 27, 2020

Minty Mermaid Charm Bracelet ~ Handmade Memory Wire Bracelet Ideas

~Minty Mermaid~

I don't use spacer beads very often in my designs
because I'm always conserving them for some reason.

Silly bead hoarder!

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Upcycled Box Springs Wood ~ Under the Sea Painted Sign

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I painted an underwater scene on this piece of wood I salvaged
from the mattress box springs we upcycled.

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When I tried to take a photo of the entire 33 inch sign,
it was so long it barely fit in the camera frame
and much too far away to see what I'd painted!

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Anywho, here are some close-ups so you can see the details.

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I used the chalk transfer method and picked these little under-the-sea friends from some clip-art I found online.

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Now they're right at home in our beachy bedroom!

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Stay tuned to see what I end up painting on the other boards that are left!

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

DIY Embroidery Thread Storage ~ Upcycled Craft Storage Ideas

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Recycled Pub Mix containers are a colorful way to store embroidery thread...

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For before and after pics and more on how I removed the stubborn labels, click here.


Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Feather Charm Necklace ~ Handmade Seed Bead Necklaces


I was only going to make one necklace to match my new feather kimono,
but I guess I got a little carried away!

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Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

DIY Headboard ~ Coastal Chic Bedroom Makeover

Our master bedroom has recently undergone a complete transformation and I thought you'd like a little glimpse into the whole process. I also included links for everything in case you see something you like :)

I've had a Shabby Chic theme going on in the master bedroom for many, many years. Back when Mervyn's was around, I snatched up everything I could from the Rachel Ashwell collection. I was obsessed (and still am) with all things pink roses and vintage yumminess. Target still carries some of her stuff and I think I have almost one of everything.

Anywho, during the last few months, hubby and I have been adding some beachy elements to the room. (I think it might have something to do with researching and writing Island Ice and the fact that I love the ocean.)

We've never had a real headboard and used a full-length mirror hung horizontal in place of one for years. Here's an old photo to give you an idea of what I'm talking about...
Look how young my little writing partner is!!!

After seeing some headboard ideas on good ole Pinterest, I decided to make my own. Hubby took me to Home Depot and gave my artistic vision free reign. It was actually pretty simple and I wish we would have done it years ago. All we did was buy six 1x6 six foot boards, bracket them together on the back and slap some paint on. (Well, it involved a little more effort than that, considering we didn't have any directions to follow and were just winging it!)


I chose "New Mint Green" because I wanted something minty that would match my existing bedding.


I liked the paint so much that we ended up painting a dresser and a blanket box the same color.



(Here's the link for the little sea otter!)



I made the pillow, pillow shams, and the blanket on top of the hope chest myself, back when I got bored one day and decided to unearth the sewing machine from the back of the closet. :)

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As much as I loved the new headboard, I thought it needed a little something extra. And so I found these seashell lights on Amazon.


They really make the room feel magical and I didn't think it could get any better than that.

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And then I ordered some wall art from Bed Bath and Beyond's Coastal Collection. I found a beautiful mermaid that I planned on hanging in the master bath.


On their website, they show her hanging vertically. Turns out, she was a little too big for the bathroom space and then hubby had the genius idea to turn it horizontal and hang it on the headboard!

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But we didn't stop there! Because there is such a large wall behind the bed, we decided we needed something else, a statement piece, if you will, to hang above the headboard. At first I was thinking of an anchor (because my hubby is my anchor - sappy, I know) and then we found a Shabby Chic-looking nautical ship wheel.

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The wheel really ties everything together and looks incredibly like something Rachel Ashwell would pick out herself.

The sea gulls...

...because you know I had to have something bird-related in my room!

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And the sand dollar...

(They had a starfish, too, but unfortunately I ran out of wall space!)

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And we found a pretty pot for our palm tree and added some seashells to hide the dirt...




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So, needless to say, I absolutely love the finished look in all its glory. Hubby calls it Coastal Chic and I couldn't think of a better way to describe it.

This room has been years in the making and I'm thrilled with how it all turned out! Sometimes it takes a little while for everything to fall into place...

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I hope this inspires you to carve out a pretty space in your own home, where something as small as a little stuffed animal can make you smile every time you see it.

~Rachelle


Here's to creating something beautiful that makes your heart happy!