Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Morning on Revere Beach

 One morning recently, I spent a bit of time at our local beach. 
It's not the most scenic beachfront but none the less, it is nice to visit first thing in the morning to walk and collect some seashells. 

These are the pictures I took that morning.

Seashell Heart Wreath

It was a bit of a cloudy somewhat overcast morning with the sun peeking through.  

Photo Frame with Seashells and Sea glass

Many of the shells that I use in my wreaths and photo frames are collected right here on Revere Beach

The week before was the yearly sand sculpting festival.  Usually the creations last for weeks but we had just had a major thunder lighting hail storm the day before so some of the creations were destroyed but here are some that were still standing. 

 Look at the incredible detail on this one.

This one was a tribute to Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox play and also honored the festival sponsors.

I hope you enjoyed the visit to Revere Beach,  in my hometown, and the oldest public beach.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beach House Decorating

Since I love anything about the beach I thought I would search around Etsy to see what I could find in beach decor.  Here's my Etsy beach finds:

a sweet little "Life's a Beach" sign for your entryway. 
Primitive Country Sign

Shell collection in an antique soda crate

How about a seashell collection?

This beautiful seashell collection is made using an antique soda crate and carefully selected shell specimens. The "cabinet" is an antique find: an old Pepsi crate. The outside is a grey color, almost whitewashed with a red Pepsi Cola logo. Each of 24 "cubbies" holds a unique seashell specimen. Perfectly worn and rustic.
Seashell Table Lamp

 Here's a nice table lamp decorated with seashells and aqua blue glass.  This would be really pretty in a beach house. This seashell lamp is made using the traditional stained glass method. Every lamp is a unique creation. Soothing Aqua glass gems are Interwoven throughout the shade.

Starfish Watercolor

Who doesn't love starfish?  Here is a lovely print to decorate your beach house walls. This print is a reproduction of an original watercolor painting by Kelly Bermudez. It is printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper which is high quality, beautiful and Certified Archival. The print looks very much like an original watercolor painting

Heart Twig Wreath with Seashells

Here is a twig heart wreath from my Angels and Everlastings Etsy Shop with assorted seashells and sea glass.  This heart shaped twig wreath is embellished with seashells and sea glass and measures approximately 18" across from tip to tip. This wall hanging is perfect for rustic home decor. If you love the beach and nautical decor this wreath is for you
Jewelry Holder or Key Rack

Seashell jewelry holder or key rack.  Brighten up your vanity, bathroom, bedroom, closet, mudroom, or home with this beautiful jewelry or key holder. Use It as a fun, stylish jewelry rack to hang up your most treasured, or well-worn pieces. No more digging through a box to get just the right one!
This also can be used by the front door or in the office to hold your keys. Easy to find when you're rushing out the door!

For those that are unfamiliar with Etsy, it is a on-line marketplace for handmade items.  There were so many beach decor choices on Etsy and it was hard to choose so I know that this will be the first of many Etsy beach posts I will make.  I hope you enjoyed my choices.  Take a look on Etsy here for more beach listings.  Check out my Etsy shop for  seashell and sea glass embellished photo frames, silk and dried flower wreaths and wall hangings at Angels and Everlastings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Shop Feature - Wits End Design on Etsy

Wits End Design carries cross stitched items, needlework, vintage and collectibles.   A new item in Wits End Design is personalized stitched jewelry.

Personalized Embroidered Pendant

Friend Cross Stitch Sampler
Lorrie of Wits End Design opened her Etsy shop in Feb. '09 It was an outlet to engage her creative side while doing office work full time. She eventually left her job and began to dedicate her time to making her shop more than just a hobby.  She initially started selling just her own cross stitch projects, towels, bibs and samplers.

Friends For Life - Cross Stitch Pattern

Since she was also a thrifter at heart, she added needlepoint kits and patterns to her Etsy shop that she would pick up at thrift shops.

Evening Gown with Scarf and Jacket

It wasn't long before she also began selling sewing patterns too.  Here is just one of many patterns available in the Wits End Design Etsy shop.  Take a look at her Sewing Pattern/Notions section here.  She has quite an extensive selection of patterns available.

Her love of vintage also found it 's way into her shop in the Vintage Corner section.

Small Fruit Themed Plates

Lorrie says "Every once in a while I find a real nugget that I can add there".

Check out Lorrie's Etsy shop at Wits End Design.
She currently has about 250 items in her shop and sells mostly to other crafters and those looking for home accents or gifts. Follow her facebook page at Wits End Design facebook page.