Seashell Banner

This seashell banner is a new slow sewing project.  For years I’ve been finding shells at the beach, and ones with tiny holes in them have always caught my eye.  I remember collecting them as a young girl, hoping to make necklaces with them.  The problem is, I’ve never done anything with them – until now.

Two summers ago I made a linen banner and sewed a row of shells to it.  I added a few more rows this year.  The broken shell at the top reminds me there’s beauty in broken things, that God loves and heals us and brings joy.

So far there’s no plan for the layout of shells; I’m adding them as I go and not worrying about anything else.  Just enjoying the beauty of each one as I spend a few minutes stitching it to the banner.

I find myself enjoying the simplicity of this project:  the natural colors, the contrast of supple linen against the cool solid of the shells.

Our annual trips to the sea are incredibly rejuvenating
for our family and it makes me happy to create something simple to celebrate that.  I am a visual learner and I find that visual reminders are important for me to stay focused on what matters.  Much of the decor in my home is here not only because I like it aesthetically, but because it reminds me of something I desire to remember.

Soon more rows will be added and I’m eager to see how it looks.  One thing is certain:  I have more shells than will fit on one seashell banner.  Perhaps I’ll make another, smaller version for a mini seashell banner.  What else should I do with them, I wonder?

Do you make special things with vacation souvenirs?  How do you use them to preserve memories?  I’d love to hear!


Headboard Makeover


Last week when I shared my newly refinished nightstand , it occurred to me that when I refinished this headboard last year (yes, you read that right) I never shared pictures of it, either.  Since it’s my favorite headboard in the house, and since the nightstand sits next to it, I decided to share it now.


I found it a my local thrift store for $20 and decided it had potential.  Here is a picture of it when I began sanding:


The original detail at the top of the arch was dated so I removed it, sanded the entire piece, added the wreath and painted the entire thing a soft gray.


I change the duvet cover at whim and both the color and the headboard have looked beautiful with everything I’ve had on the bed.  Above hangs a vintage oil painting – the only one I’ve ever fallen in love with – that my Mom bought for me a couple of years ago.  I love it and it’s perfect in my home.


I love the way the wreath gives the headboard a vintage feel while the gray keeps it fresh.


And even though it’s been a year, it still feels good to have completed it.   I am happy with it every time I walk through the room and hope it’s added to the comfort and beauty of our guest bedroom when we have friends and family in town.


Nightstand Makeover


I picked this little table up at Deseret Industries FOREVER ago for $15.  It had good bones, nice lines, and when I opened a drawer to check its condition, I found the Ethan Allen brand burned into it, also identifying it as solid birch.  It had an ugly stain on the top so leaving it was not an option, so it came home with me to be re-painted.


I sanded it, then painted it navy blue, and then painted the aqua on top of that.  I wanted it to wear with that darker blue beneath it to show through when it gets scuffed over time, as has already happened thanks to my eager children.  I kept the original brass drawer handles and like how they stand out.  But my favorite part of all might be the legs.  I painted the bottom six inches of each leg metallic gold and I’m totally hooked.


In fact, I talked my daughter into letting me do the same thing on a project for her room as well.  I’ll share more on that soon.  And I’m wondering what else I can paint gold.


This little table fits perfectly next to the bed in our guest room/studio.  I’m happy with how it turned out and grateful to cross a project off my list.  That always feels good, doesn’t it?

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