Starfish American Flag

I am always looking for fun USA crafts, and literally last night at 9:30pm I decided I wanted to make a USA flag paining for the upcoming 4th of July, and WWC finals.  First, I have to talk about Tuesday’s soccer game… Not only did USA look great, and beat Germany to move onto the finals, but my friend, Kelley, scored the 2nd goal with a ninja kick!!!  Seriously check it out, the goal was amazing.  I can’t tell you how proud I was of her, and I feel like she scored that goal for PTC, and all of us that she’s played with. Congrats, Kel!

Ok back to the craft…   Needless to say, my American sprit has been higher than normal since that goal on Tuesday.  Last night I went to my Pinterest board to for inspiration, and got to work.

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What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Blue & red paint
  • Starfish
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue

Let me paint the picture for you — I get home from kickball, shower, relax on the couch with Hunter and then just get up and start pulling things out of my nicely organized craft closet and get to work.  This happens fairly regularly, so Hunter’s gotten used to my impromptu crafting.

Grab your canvas and painter’s tape and start making the stripes of the flag.  Obviously, where the tape is, will remain white, and the other part will become the red stripes.  Then add a piece of tape to form the blue stars area.

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Once the tape is securely on the canvas, paint the red stripes.  I used three coats of read paint before I was happy with the red color.

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Today after work, I painted the blue area.  This took about 4 coats before it was the shade of blue I wanted.

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Finally, remove the painter’s tape, and glue the starfish on the blue painted area to represent all the stars.  Just like that, you’re done!  Now I need to figure out where I’m going to put it…

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Painted Flour Sack Towels, part 2

Once I made the first two stamped flour sack towels, I went back to Michael’s to pick up more colors of fabric paint and came across a cool nautical stencil pack from ole Martha Stewart.  Well that purchase basically derailed a Sunday afternoon, and I was making more towels..

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What you’ll need:

  • Flour sack towels, washed & ironed
  • Fabric paint
  • Stencils
  • Stencil brush / sponge

For the first stenciled towel, I decided to try out the smaller coral stencil with red paint.  I grabbed one of my ironed towels and laid it out on top of a piece of cardboard (so the paint didn’t go through to the table) and figured out how many coral stencils across I would do.  Then I started painting..

Dab the paint on top of the stencil until it’s all filled in, then lift it up and move on to the next one.  Not much skill involved with this.. just time.

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I had 2 more towels that were already ironed, so I kept going…  Rope and starfish stencils were next.

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The towels with multiple stencils took a lot longer than I thought they would, but the rope one was done pretty quick.  I did the starfish one in a random pattern and the paint isn’t all even so it seems a little more worn in.

I may give the others away as gifts, but I’m keeping the starfish one for myself!

Oyster Shell Wreath, Take Two for Christmas

The perks of making a project multiple times is that you tend to learn from mistakes.. That’s exactly what happened when I decided to make another oyster wreath for our house in time for the holidays.  The supplies are basically the same from the first oyster wreath project, but the results are a little different.

Lesson 1: Prep the backing

First, spray paint the wreath backing to the color of your choice.  I did mine a silvery color which would blend in with the oysters, and match most of my stuff.  This saves you from painting the sides, and around the oysters later (like I went back to do last time..).

Lesson 2: Fatter wreath

I liked the width of the first wreath, but since the wreath is a little bigger than most (18″ versus a 12″ backing), I decided I wanted mine to be a little wider and cut down on the empty space in the middle.  Instead of just having one row of shells on the wreath backing, I made mine about 2 shells wide.  Since part of the shells go over the backing, glueing the shells down securely is key — I really don’t think you can have too much liquid cement!

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Lesson 3: Bigger shells

The original wreath used several medium to small shells, which were then topped with smaller shells.  Since I knew to look for flatter shells this time around, I also looked for bigger shells to use for the foundation, and then smaller shells to layer on top of.  The foundation shells really need to be flat to glue onto the wreath, while the others can have more abnormal shapes.

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Lesson 4: Loop to hang from

I’m sure there was no issue hanging the original wreath at the party, but you never know with shells since they can easily break and are heavy.  I decided to make a loop on the back of my wreath, using hot glue and twine wrapped around a few times, to make it easier to hang.  It’s not pretty, but it’s functional.

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 Lesson 5: Embellish

I left the first wreath plain since Maggie finished it off with a bow, but this time any embellishments were up to me.  Since I wanted to use this during Christmas, and other times throughout the year, I added a simple natural bow (with some sparkles since I was feeling crazy) at the bottom that wasn’t too seasonal, and jazzed it up with spanish moss and a starfish.  Plus I attached the bow with some wire, so it’s easy to change if I want.

I also painted a quick sign to hang on it during Christmas.  Look familiar?  I love this quote for a beachy Christmas touch and used it on last year’s wreath too.

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The finished product is much different from the first one I made, but hey.. practice makes perfect.

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I think we can all agree my Christmas wreaths are getting better…

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Nautical Home Touches

I don’t think this is worth an entire post, but while I wait on my curtain fabric to be delivered, I’ll talk about some of the nautical and beachy ways we’ve decorated the house thus far.  Can you tell we live <5 miles from the beach and love being on water?

My favorite and most recent project was figuring out what to do with the buoys Lauren and Pegs sent me from Maine.  Once I confirmed they could go outside and were weather proof, I thought of different spots to hang them and ended up using the tree outside our back door and by the garage.  Each buoy had a rope loop at the top, so I tied them to another strand of rope, draped them around the tree, and tied it off.

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The front door sets the tone of our house with my current wreath for summer — driftwood and starfish.

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Anthropology had the cutest measuring spoons and cups, so not only did they have to be mine, but they had to be on my counter instead of hidden in a drawer.  Who doesn’t want to use cute seahorses and whales when cooking?  Thanks to Samantha for giving us the whale cups 🙂

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 A perk of living by the water is an abundance of seashells.  We have collected so many seashells and sand dollars, so they are EVERYWHERE in the house (or eventually will be everywhere when everything is finally unpacked).

A favorite collection of mine is in a basket on a table.  These shells, starfish, and coral are from Hawaii to Florida.  They are on the table by an old glass buoy I found at a local antique shop.

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Possibly the easiest change from the apartment to the house was getting a few new pillows for the couch that are a little lighter and match the other decor.  You probably aren’t surprised at the ones we liked..

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One of my favorite pieces I own is an old green glass jug that Rollene bought when she lived in Italy while my dad grew up.  It’s been through a lot and now has made the move to the house.  I put a starfish in top, and placed it by a huge lantern and monkey knot to give the fireplace a lil attention.

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Lastly, a gallery wall.  I put a small gallery wall up in the guest hallway that includes a ship’s wheel, mounted sand dollars, reclaimed wooden frames from Celadon, and a watercolor map of downtown Charleston.

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If you have any other ideas or knick knacks you think I’d like, let me know!  I still have several things to find a home for (like the beautiful driftwood sailboat from Molly), but it’s a start and we’ve definitely found the “identity” of the house that we both love.

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Starfish Canvas

There has been a lack of crafts lately (some exciting news to come soon!), but while Hunter was away on a business trip and I had some down time last week, I decided to add to a previous project I had created, but never blogged about.

Baby Starfish on Canvas

This is another super easy project that can be modified in all sorts of ways to fit any space, hence my update to it for a bigger space.

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Baby starfish (from Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot glue gun

First, paint your canvas.  You can paint it in a crazy design or pattern, but I stuck with a simple blue.  I’d recommend 2-3 coats of paint so you can’t see the brush strokes and it gets to a more uniform color.  Picture below is only 1 coat, going on the second coat.

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Once you have painted the canvas, arrange the starfish how you like.  Since I was making a 2nd canvas to go next to another, I laid them by each other when arranging the starfish.  Once you’re happy with the arrangement, glue them to the canvas, and hang!

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