Message in a (Repurposed) Bottle

Message in a (Repurposed) Bottle

Ever since my county stopped recycling glass, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I decided to recreate the look of a message in a bottle…using glass wine and liquor bottles that are no longer allowed in our recycling bin.Read more ›

Coastal Coat Hooks using Repurposed Vintage Drawer Handles

Coastal Coat Hooks using Repurposed Vintage Drawer Handles

This post is sponsored by Weatherwood Stains, and contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

As luck would have it, my friends are constantly offering up freebies from their homes for me to repurpose for my blog. And so was the case with these vintage drawer handles- my friend, Teri, had given her mother’s dresser a makeover for her daughter’s new apartment. Because she knows me so well, she asked if I could use the old hardware- and it only took one look for me to think “these look like boat cleats!”. And so, my idea to create coastal coat hooks came to be…Read more ›

Coastal Farmhouse Seaglass Candles

Coastal Farmhouse Seaglass Candles

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is just wickedly hot here- so much so that I long to stay inside where the A/C blows cold and I can daydream about the elusive cool summer day spent on the coast. And with that idea in mind, I decided it was time to create another beach house décor project.Read more ›

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

For years and years, I lived near the coast in South Florida- both on the Atlantic side and the Gulf side. And even though I am now landlocked in the Appalachian foothills, I still enjoy the tranquility of coastal décor- whether it’s the white/aqua/tan color palette or the childhood beach memories it conjures up, there’s just something about it that’s breezy and relaxing. I mean, really, who knew décor could feel breezy?Read more ›

Coastal Crafting: DIY Japanese Fishing Float

Coastal Crafting: DIY Japanese Fishing Float

Well, my summer mantelscape is nearly complete, but I decided to try one more project to finish it off. You may recall that I recently posted my Summer Jar project, and those are working the mantel quite nicely, along with some driftwood and pretty antique glass bottles in aquas and blues. I had thought some antique Japanese fishing floats would fit in swimmingly- but I never ended up finding any in my recent trips to various antique stores.

So, I DIY’d it. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Even though I’m enjoying every colorful, breezy moment this spring, I can’t help but plan ahead for summer décor. I don’t do much decorating for summer- but I do tend to bring a little of the coast inside. Some seaglass here, some driftwood there- you get the idea.Read more ›

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. Though I now feel settled and home in the foothills of the Appalachians, I do have fond memories of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid bits, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beachglass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood.Read more ›