Tuesday, September 4, 2012

........end of summer........more............shell love..........

.........hello sunshines! hope you had a wonderful...healthy and happy........ labor day weekend!

...i'm still workin around the cottage.................movin.... n shakin............but finished up another.........end of summer project.................this one.......another larger shell picture frame....................just a bit different.................i will be hanging smaller frames inside this little lady................................................or nothing at all........................:)....a blank slate!..............





......i know..............yet another shell project...i love shells............however.....since i had some left.and still do........well..................here goes......................

..........this was an old frame...........looking at the character of it........it could be utilized as a great flat area for more shells..........i added more of the flat marbles from the other project.......but i also added a little bling......................some sand from joanns...................it has.............just the right sparkle............don't you think?..............

............it turned out much more "softer" with the added sand ......maybe a more finished look...........................................here is how i got the sand to stick!........................watered down paint! yes................paint! i had thought about glue.........but i also............wanted to keep the color there as well......................so.............it worked.............and i love it.....................










....as you can see...........this little beauty had a little "thought" behind the design....this time..............i started with a large shell....center top.............center bottom...............center right and left................then started adding in between......................i also tried to make the inside margin of this frame somewhat the same.......................small shells and flat marbles...........................more of a formal look?






...............i added lovely white ...........sand dollars......to the four corners too..................building them up a bit with a marble underneath.................a raised effect.........................

......................when you are completely done....................with all the lovely shells...................lay a large piece of paper on the ground........................outside is best............make the paper larger than the project.............................then get a small brush and some watered down paint..................paint in between your shells and onto the frame..............................do a small section at a time.....................

.....................then sprinkle the sand on the wet paint..................the excess sand will fall onto the paper below your project...........so you can ......fold up the paper and .............."pour the excess" back into the container for the next project...........no waste...............no muss no fuss............discard the paper if you wish..........................i had thought about plastic but paper is much easier to use.......................sorry i didnt take any pictures.......................(i used grocery bags taped together!) hello "duct tape!"


........this too ..................was a pretty clean project...................when all was said and done.........oh and leave your frame or mirror outside for a day or two so any excess sand will blow off or fall off before you bring inside................................

..............i get a chuckle......a rather................. large one!..............with the popcorn ceiling......oh............my 70' charmer..................the two-tone paint................and not to forget the spackle ...............on the walls..............

.........this little beauty is hanging in my "soon to be completed and under construction" cottage masterette bedroom!.......(i should take a picture of my hard hat! lol) ..............poor thing..........my room........multiple issues here! :).........certainly a large work in progress................................but this shall be finished soon........too............

..................i hope you remember if you make one of these.....they do not have to be perfect..............as................bob ross always said.........i think it went....something like this............"we dont make mistakes..............we make happy accidents!"..............i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont you???  :)

.........i hope you have a wonderful "short" week!.....................i hope you try a "project!" ........................................... I will be "working" in my cottage for sure................
hugs kat =^.^=

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14 comments:

  1. What a clever idea, Kat. They are lovely. How have you been?

    Giveaway ends 9/9

    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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    1. hi marydon, well i will have to pop over to check out what you've been up too huh! :) i've been so very busy with the cottage......work work work! more work now than regular work! go figure! :) still tryin to get to that sewing machine!!!!! :) hope you and yours are well too! thanks for stoppin by! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  2. How pretty. I love the look and the close up shots are great. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. hi debbie, wow, so glad you had a chance to stop by today! i stopped by your place today too and wow you are one busy lady! i love your burlap curtains! im gonna have to try that, i have a ton of burlap, the coffee bags, they smell so good too! lol thank you for your kind words! ;) hugs kat =^.^= ps i dont know about you but im so ready for fall!!!! this heat just about killed me this year! we topped 114 deg! :(

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  3. Hi Kat, so glad you stopped by Quirky Vistas and left me such a great comment. Thank you! I'm thrilled that you would follow. I'm following you as well. Your shell design is so soft and sweet. Love the idea of using paint to stick the sand and those little clear flat marbles add a dimension that gives it a true sea feel! It's so inviting to think of you over the hill in a quaint little town. Sounds like a place I'd love to visit!
    Liz

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    1. hi liz! thank you for following! and if you ever visit please......let me know! :) love your blog, yes still giggling... love it! cannot wait to see what you do with all those treasures!!!!glad you liked the frame.....love the shell look any time of year:) so fresh! thank you for your lovely comments! will be visiting soon :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  4. Your frame looks amazing! I love the seashells with the sand.

    Dee

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    1. hi dee! thanks for stoppin by and following! love your place......love what you are doing with it.....just lovely! tons of work...re-decorating! but love it too!:) hugs kat =^.^=

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  5. Love how the sand makes this look - and the fact that paint kept it on there! What a wonderful tip!

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    1. hi jill, yes the paint and the sand! who knew! :) lol love those happy accidents! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  6. Love your end results, and the techniques you used are innovative and unique. Know you had lots of fun with this project. Take care, my friend.

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    1. hi ellie, oh thanks........hope your "project" is coming along.................hugs kat =^.^=

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  7. Just found your blog...It is lovely! I just moved to the Arizona desert and used to live by the beach in Ca! I thought I was done decorating with seashells but your frame is adorable! I might try one!! Thanks, Ellen (Found you at An Oregon Cottage!)

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  8. hi ellen, thanks for your lovely comments and stopping by! i hope you make one...and i hope you send me a picture as id love to see it! i SO miss the beach in cali! :) hang in with the az heat my friend....i dont think we are done just yet huh! :) i cannot wait for the cooler weather!!!!! hugs kat =^.^= ps i have learned SO very much from jami at oregon cottage! lovely gardens!!!!!!!!

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