Summer is here!
There is nothing like the smell of salty air and sand between your toes.
Still dreaming of the beach though. For me growing up in New Jersey was something I always treasured, especially since I moved away when I was in High School. There are so many memories I hold on to. My family always got together and when they did we had a blast. Being from up north we were loud and proud and loved being together.
My grandparents took us to the shore when we were little. Atlantic City was their spot and eventually Cape May. I remember the smell of peanuts and the smell of the boardwalk like it was yesterday.
I had the opportunity to ride all the rides on the pier in Atlantic City, Seaside Heights and Ocean City.
There was nothing like it. We would sometimes rent bicycles and ride on the boardwalk early in the morning. We would spend the day on the beach, go back to the hotel to take a nap and get ready for night.
Night time was the best! All those lights from the rides and games like skee ball and miniature golf. It was so exciting.
I am not sure if I will see a beach this year. One thing I know for sure is I will be surrounding myself with beachy things.
Doing so keeps me happy.
I love this beach inspired project so much. The hardest part was deciding which wooden cut out to use!
Old Time Pottery sells these adorable wooden wall hangings of whales and seahorses. I knew the moment I saw these I had to do a project with them.
I love whales. I hope to one day fulfill my bucket list of seeing them, hundreds of them swimming together!
This little sign will remind me and keep me dreaming.
One of the beach wooden wall hangings
paint pen white
I started ripping strips of this beautiful fabric I found at Old Time Pottery and feeding it through the rattan mat holes. I love that they have fabric and I have done several projects with some I purchased there, like recovering chairs and making bunting.
Make the strips at a desired length and keep knotting across the bottom
You are making a fringe with tattered edges. Nothing precise. That is what gives it charm.
Turn the whale over and locate the toothed hanger. You will use this to tie your wire through and wire to rattan mat. I also wired the tale to keep it secure.
Using a stencil I traced the words "Beach Love"
Use a white paint pen to color in the letters
You can add shells or a starfish or leave as is. I used two push pins lined up with the rattan holes to hang on the fireplace.
This will also look great on a front door!!
I getting tons of nice comments when people see it.
Now ...Who's ready for the beach?