Beach cottage decor just stocked at Stars

I usually stock my ‘beachy’ stuff at the beginning of summer.  A bit late this year with my move and all.

P1210669Better late than never. I guess!

P1210645I filled this glass conservatory with assorted glass bottles topped with shells and starfish; and placed a sea-glass wreath over the top.

P1210646I made several of these wreaths in various colors a few years ago when I found a great buy on the sea-glass.  The BIG ones like this are $35.00; take about a week to make.

P1210647Closer look at the bottles in the conservatory.

P1210648There is a specific name for this kind of ‘shell collage’ that I made on a candle pedestal, but it’s escaping me right now.  The little three section frame, I added turquoise paper and glued shells and starfish on.

P1210650I filled the big birdcage with shell topped bottles and some shells and starfish on tall candlesticks.

P1210651Closer look at the shells in the cage.

P1210649Some small apothecary jars filled with shells too.

P1210652The smaller sea-glass wreaths are $13.00 – $19.00

P1210666Vintage ceramic clam shell bowls.

P1210681These framed shells are on a sand paper backing.

P1210682A small framed shell and a photo of a shell.

P1210680Upcycled beach lantern.

P1210683Another sand paper backed shell collage; shell topped cloches, shell filled and topped jar and a jute wrapped candle jar with starfish.

P1210685Old rope and starfish wreath.

P1210686Starfish and grapevine wreath.

P1210687Burlap and jute wrapped wreath with shells.

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NEW! Beach cottage decor ~ in my etsy shop

P1200044Some large and small starfish plaques.

P1190995The large ones are 11″ across; have a sawtooth hanger on the back and are sold individually.

P1190949These smaller ones are 5″ frames; sold in set of three, as shown.

P1190952These small one have a sawtooth hanger for hanging on the wall and a removable wood peg for sitting them on a flat surface.

P1190977And I finally used up the last of my beach glass on these wreaths.

P1190964This one is light green and white.   These wreaths take take several days each to make.  Each tiny piece of glass has to be carefully hand selected to fit together just right, and is then glues in place. Once one layer is full, I have to let the glue dry for 12 hours before building the next layer on top of it.  There are approx 12 layers of glass on each wreath.

P1190968I make my sea glass wreaths on FLAT wreath forms instead of the tubular looking styro wreath forms.  But they are NOT flat once I’ve built up all the layers of glass.   I just think this way they are a bit more ‘organic’ looking.  Although it does take a LOT more glass this way!  The one made using the styrofoam wreath forms just look to ‘perfect’ to me.

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Once I’ve added all the layers of glass, these beach glass wreaths are VERY big and full.  I even partially cover the back with glass so no bare spots will be visible when they are hung.P1190971This one is a brighter green with bits of aqua.

P1190969This is the back.  Not as completely covered as the front, but enough that you don’t see any bare spots on the back when it’s hung on the wall.  (and yes, the ARE very heavy!)

P1190970Looking at the side angel you can see how deep they are, and why that little bit of extra glass on the back is important.

P1190974Darker blues and aquas.

P1190976Such pretty colors!!

P1190980All these items are available to purchase in my etsy shop.

Sea Glass wreaths

I’m on a serious mission to pare down the amount of craft supplies I have.  MUCH of it I brought with me when I moved out here just over 10 years ago.  And some of it has not been touched since it was packed and moved.  I MAY be a borderline HOARDER!!!  ack!!  Lest I actually DO turn into a bona-fide hoarder; I am sorting through boxes of stuff and ‘using it or tossing it’.  (tossing it into a box to donate to a thrift store that is!)

One of my recent conquests was the two drawers full of sea glass I had.

P1130775This all white wreath is a combination of frosted and clear glass and it is HEAVY.  In my attempt to use up as much of my glass stash as I possibly could; I added layer after layer  . . . . over the course of a week to create this one.  (which I am keeping for myself)

P1130776The beauty of the shimmer of the glass is completely lost in these pictures.  It’s gorgeous in person.

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You can see a bit of the shimmer in this side view photo.  Yep, almost two inches thick!

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And while it’s not really ‘necessary’ to add a layer of glass on the back side of the wreaths (because it won’t really show once it’s hung) I decided to do so just to use up as much glass as I could!

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There’s a little more of the shimmer!

P1130780I didn’t think I’d like all white, but it really is my favorite of the bunch!

P1130784Large tan and aqua, and small white and blue.  (now I wish I hadn’t added the blue to this white one!  But I made it before the bigger all  white one and realized how much I liked it!

P1130788This one has several layers also.  I started with tow cardboard circles glued together.  (tacky glue for ALL the gluing on these)  Then I covered the cardboard with some paper to match the color of the wreath.  Once that was dry, I started adding the glass pieces. a layer at a time.

P1130789The DRYING is what takes the most time on these.  My secret speed drying method is to put them in the oven!  First turn the oven on to the LOWEST setting.  Once it reaches temp (and the light goes off) TURN IT OFF, and put your wreath in directly on a rack.

P1130786I was working on several of these at a time, so I heated the oven up each time I added another wreath.  Be VERY CAREFUL to not leave the oven ON!

P1130790Backside of the tan and aqua wreath.

P1130785The white and blue wreath. (and that dang dust spot that is INSIDE my camera!)

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This green ans aqua is a really pretty one, and mostly clear glass (as opposed to the frosted)

P1130793Again, LOTS of layers of glass; all glued on with tacky glue.

P1130797I used green paper to cover the cardboard on this one.

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P1130806BLUE!!  I only had enough blue glass to make one wreath.

P1130803Dark blue frosted glass, and clear and frosted aqua.

P1130804I even ran out of tiny pieces to fill in the inner edges; where you can see a bit of the tan cardboard between the front and back layers.  I SHOULD have used blue paper!

P1130811Had to improvise on the backside and fill in with white.  Like I said though, you don’t SEE the back once it’s hung.  Just a little bit of the side edges if yo are looking from a side view.

P1130809Clear green and white.

P1130812Making them is kind of like doing a jig saw puzzle.  You just have to play around with different pieces until you find one that fits the spot!

P1130815Backside.  Several of these clear glass pieces were HUGE.  Too huge to use on the wreath.  I tried breaking them with a hammer and they wouldn’t budge!  Guess I’ll be donating the leftover big green pieces.

P1130816This one ended up very deep too.

P1130819Don’t ask me WHY I bought the dark brown glass?!?!?

P1130821But I had it so I decided to use it, and then embellished with some small tan frosted pieces.

P1130820Backside.

P1130818A lot of the brown pieces were too big to use also.

And that is how you use up two big drawers full of sea glass!

Haven’t yet decided where to put these yet.  I have 4 or 5 smaller ones at Stars already, and etsy has HUNDREDS of sea glass wreaths already listed.

NEW STUFF in my etsy shop

I’ve been adding LOTS of new items to my etsy shop.  Here’s a quick peek.  CLICK HERE   for the complete tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE Halloween and fall decor coming VERY SOON!  

Big CRAFT SUPPLY DE-STASH SALE coming soon too!