Seaside Beach Decor

Hi Folks! Thanks so much for stopping in and visiting my blog!

I did manage to get (3) NEW items listed in my Etsy shop and two may be of interest to you looking for Beach Decor. I have already sold one of these seashell wreaths in Pink with green accents. This one is in a BEAUTIFUL  sparkling color called “Feldspar” THE ocean color!( I can also do custom work if anyone wants one made in “their’ color of choice) Just drop me an email!

I also have several MORE beach decor items in the works, and will get them finished and in my Etsy shop for you as soon as possible. You may purchase them here:

www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

Seashell Wreath

 It has already been listed in someones beautiful “treasury” on Etsy with like colors, which is an honor, also, a good frind of mine  liked it and plugged it on HER blog as well:What an honor from my BFF-A.J., who is ultimately the “Queen of Everything”!!!Make sure to look upon her website as well,as she is also adding more items to her Etsy shop. It’s one of the best blogs around. She is SO giving, AND shares SO MUCH with her readers by the way of helping and instructions on a variety of items. I’m  ALWAYS impressed by her items in her mall space at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon..some of the things she comes up with that she makes by hand are truly awesome. She has been such a help and inspiration to me in a million ways. Me having this blog and sharing to you all ….is because she urged me on,taught me that I COULD do things, all you have to do is take the first step! Besides being my very best friend, she is and always HAS been a great mentor.She is one awesome chick!!!!!!!!!

You can visit this amazing lady here:www.trash2treasure.wordpress.com and at her etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/sophiescottage

Shell and Driftwood Beach Sign

I also got a “Gathering Room” sign listed
 
 
 
( you can also special order these from me, with any saying or words you like, in any color, like this special order with a crackle finish for outdoors:),

Personalized sign/special order

 
 
I  also made some CUTE little jars with nests and eggs, 
 
 I FINALLY got the back patio wrought iron chairs painted..(which was very painful to do with my Fibrofreakenmyalgia,but it was worth it to protect it for another year or so).
 
 I also got painted another little shabby chic wooden chair, I have always loved this style….
 

Shabby Beach Cottage Chair

 Had to do some repair work, and it’s not perfect, but it sits great and is good and sturdy!
 
 got a  pretty pink peony wreath done, got in a farm table, another little black antique table, which would make a FINE little bar set up if you ask me, with one nice large drawer and an open front underneath, have to show the pics later on!
Sequined Mermaid,Handpainted features, and put on a stand

Mermaid in Sequins,handpainted detail,original design

 SOOOOoooooo as you can WELL see, I have NOT been sitting on my butt ALL the time!LOL> I have been a busy little bee…Happy Spring everyone!!!

Have fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT TAGS

AHhhhhh….. Valentines’ day…..the time to show your love in a special way for that special someone.

Alot of people don’t know that the REAL person, VALENTINE, paid the ultimate price for love of others……the ruler had forbid men to marry because the country needed them for war…they knew if the men got married….they wouldn’t WANT to go off to war…..what kind of  ruler would ignore God’s law, and impose his own over  people in love….who wanted to obey His law and be married?

So, when he was imprisoned and sentenced to die for the ”crime” of secretly marrying couples, his last note was to his OWN love…..which,if  legend holds true….read, “from your Valentine…” and THAT’S how it all got started…….a what a lovely day of days it is.

What a man, huh?………………..I’ll bet he would have NEVER even imagined OR thought that his sacrificial legacy would become a day honoring him…our own “Valentines Day”….and that it would….. probably forever I should hope,… be a once a year SPECIAL celebration of LOVE.

I would hope that we would ALL show the ones we love that they are special…not only on February 14th, but EVERY day…..MY DH will get a special card on this day…along with his favorite “food”..which is chocolate! One big ole’ HUGE Hershey bar….which we shall share together, because that’s what people DO that have love for one another…..

It makes me remember grade school with fondness…..we would all make a huge folder with paper and staples and hearts with a pocket to put on the back of our seats…where everyone would place the Valentines that they had for the other students. I remember those cute and sometime silly or corny little Valentines……everyone in the class got Valentines….I remember one little boy I was quite fond of was that home sick that day, so I volunteered to take all his Valentines that he received from school to him at his home…and sure enough, there he was in his little pajamas..home sick…but I’m sure that big folder of probably 30 or more Valentines, made him feel just a little bit better that day!Do they still do that in school???I sure hope so..it’s been a long while since mine were in school, but I hope they NEVER stop that tradition.It didn’t matter if you were popular or not, or rich or poor,or ugly or pretty, or skinny or fat,EVERYONE got a Valentine on that ONE very special day.I’ll bet it just makes alot of kids days a little more fun, and a little brighter…..don’t you?

Many Valentines of old are VERY collectible.It is quite amazing that many have survived through the years. In doing some research, I found some pictures of the most beautiful antique Valentines, and many people, I have found, have contributed to the making of these beautiful paper treasures,from the invention of paper lace to all the extra adornments that could be added to them….as well as sayings like  this:

“May fortune weave a wreath for thee, Of all her choicest flowers. May all thy days the brightest be, And sunshine gild thy hours”

 

 that saying could be for ANYONE! It was VERY common to give Valentines to good friends as well as husbands and wives and couples.

In honor of  “Saint Valentine”, and his own life that he risked and gave up for the good of others by performing Holy Matrimony, I have made a 3 piece tag set of Simple Victorian sentiments…….these are now available in my Etsy shop if you would be interested in purchasing them…. www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

 The next set is a Sparkly Music theme.These could be a Valentine in themselves, or used as a tie on for your gifts….!

"LOVE NOTES"

 

 These are ALSO available for purchase in my Etsy shop. www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

In the meantime, I’ll be workin’, as my body permits, on more projects for you!

Easy Handmade Cards

Sorry, didn’t have time to crop this picture, I JUST WANTED TO SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CARD FOR ANY OCCASION, THE POSSIBLILITIES  CAN GO AS FAR AS YOU WANT THEM TO GO………JUST GATHER A PIECE OF CARD STOCK, SOME GLUE, AND SCRAPS OF JUST ABOUT ANY KIND, PAPER,VINTAGE PAPER,WRAPPING PAPER,PAPER FROM CARDS YOU WANT TO RECYCLE, LACE, TRIM, RIC-RAC,RIBBON, WHATEVER SCRAPS YOU HAVE ON HAND.

JUST FOLD A PIECE OF CARD STOCK IN HALF AND SCORE WELL. OPEN, AND DECORATE OUTSIDE FRONT, AND EVEN SOME OF THE INSIDE IF YOU WISH, GO FOR PEARLS, LACE, PRETTY PAPER FOR A BRIDAL GIFT, ANY COLOR COMBINATIONS YOU WANT, OR MAKE ANTIQUE LACE CARDS WITH VINTAGE BUTTONS. LIKE I SAID, IDEAS ARE EVERYWHERE, JUST MIX AND MATCH,UNTIL YOU GET THE LOOK YOU WANT AND THEN GLUE INTO PLACE.

EASY HANDMADE CARD

THESE ARE JUST AS PRETTY, IF NOT MORE SO, THAN CARDS THAT MAY COST YOU ANYWHERE FROM 4-6 DOLLARS IN A RETAIL SETTING.

YOU CAN EVEN MAKE THEM FOR KIDS FOR THIER BIRTHDAYS, OR FOR A SPECIAL PERSON FOR VALENTINES, MOTHER’S DAY, FATHER’S DAY, EASTER , ANNIVERSARY, OR FOR JUST BECAUSE!

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO USE UP ALL YOUR SCRAPS THAT WERE JUST TOO PRETTY TO THROW AWAY,

AND

 A GOOD,GREEN PROJECT~ ~ ~ ~ ~

what a pretty way to recycle….!

HAVE FUN…