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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Seashells, Strawberries and Hives Oh My!

I like a challenge.

 I like to look at something and imagine what else it can look like.

For me, it has always been fun to think outside the box and come up with something no one would think about.

So the challenge was presented. My mom gave me glass light fixture globes and ask,

 "What can you make with these?"

"Do you want them?"

Although I feel that some might think I am a junk collector, I only take things that I know I can do something with.

This was a challenge though. What can I make with these things? So yesterday I sat and pondered.

This is what I started with. I laid it on some paper so you can see it clearly.
I went to the dollar store and bought a candle holder/candy dish......

I really liked the orange paper that was under the first picture but the blue was more my colors.

So out came my trusty friend Mod........

I Mod Podged the paper to the inside of the globe so the color can be seen through the outside.

When dried, I painted the inside blue to match the paper.

This one will be hard to explain. I got a long piece of twine and pulled one strand to make a cord like this.

See how it looks rounded on the left. That is what I was going for. This will be the trim around the glass.

I hot glued it to the rim of the globe. I added seashells and iridescent beads to give it some sparkle.

I monkey glued the candle/candy dish to the bottom. Now the globe was ready to fill with Seashells!

I love the paper color coming through in a subtle way. It almost has a crackle effect.

It give a nice coastal touch to my decor.

It really was a change from light fixture to pedestal dish. It is a great summer display too!

After I was done with this I had an allergic reaction to the twine!

 At least I think this was the culprit!  I am still scratching today!

This is how it started and they became bigger as the night went on.

It wasn't all bad. Remember me telling you I went to the Organic Farm yesterday? Well this is what I got.

I wish you could smell them! My whole house smells of fresh strawberries! They are so sweet and perfect.

Nothing like a bowl of strawberries and creme.....Scrumptious!

Is your mouth watering yet?

Thank you to A Diamond in the Stuff for featuring my outdoor chandelier!


Dee said...


WOW! Your pedestal dish looks amazing. I love it!!!


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

That's what I call thinking outside of the box! Very creative...I like the blue, too!!!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Wow, Deneen! You are SO creative. I love finding a fun piece and brainstorming to turn it into something completely fun and creative! I am REALLY glad you found me too!

I'm following you right back!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What a fun idea with the pedastal dish!!! And those strawberries look heavenly!!! I wish we had an organic strawberry farm around here!!
Jute makes me itch, too.

Bee happy said...

You've done an amazing job on the bowl, it looks fab! and so do the strawberries :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Terry said...

Are you kidding me? I would NEVER have come up with such an awesome idea. I love the blue paper too. Too bad about the twine reaction though.

SheilaG said...

What a creative idea! However, your allergic reaction may be due to the strawberries, not the twine. So you should immediately pack them up real nice and send them to me! (Just wanna' help you out.) :)

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Way to think out of the bowl, I mean light fixture, I mean box! Outstanding idea. I love the strawberry photos. I think I could smell them. Yumm!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

What a great way to display your shells!!

Very Fancy Frugal!!


ByLightOfMoon said...

I adore your idea! I have used them for popourri with the botton hole covered and a candle! Lots of ideas!

Smiles, cyndi

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

You are so talented, girl! Your bowl is beautiful.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very cute and thrifty. Love the touch of blue. Cheers

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very cute and thrifty. Love the touch of blue. Cheers

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

The dish turned out fabulous and I LOVE it filled with seashells. Those strawberries have got my mouth watering...yummy!

I'm a new follower dropping by from A Beach Cottage Good Life Wed. Hope you come say hello sometime:

abeachcottage said...

Very creative, lovely project! Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and linking up :)

Cat & Cricket said...

WOW! Now that is an accomplishment! That bowl is beautiful!
And the strawberries... you can taste them!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Cricket @ gypsea nurse