Beach Calling

A quote I saw that I just can’t get out of my head, “I Long for Salt Air in my Hair”.  I’m thinking about long lazy days spent at the beach with my boys.  The beach is where so many of our summer memories are made with family and friends.  I’m ready!

DYI Transform a screen into a custom headboard

If you have one of these cheap folding screens and want to upcycle it, why not make it into a custom headboard!  It’s easy and you can do just about anything your heart desires.


Step 1:  Spray Paint~ I used a more expensive paint to avoid having to spay so many times.

Tip: Take your time when you spray paint, it’s best to do in light layers.

Step 2: Add metal hardware on back of screen to avoid the screen to fold.  Then Hang on the wall behind your bed.  Either drill a hole through the wood or add hardware on the back.

                Tip:  Resist adding your decor to the screen, as this is large and awkward to hang and you don’t want your hard work to get ruined.


Step 3:  Collect and create the decor you want to add to your screen.  Use Velcro to affix items to your board.

Tip:  Don’t be afraid to add a few things to start then add over time, as this is a large space!


I made my own Fishing sign by hot gluing store bought pebbles onto letters!  Use shells or seaglass as well!  The Bait bag is actually an old clothes hanging pin bag!  I hand painted the words and picked up vintage wooden fishing hooks to add to the bag.

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My son collected stickers, shells, and driftwood and I picked up the signs, handmade fishing pole and the clothes pin bag from a yard sale, and the Pottery Barn pin board shark


The Perfect Wedding Gift

I enjoy doing anything creative, so naturally I love to wrap gifts, but mostly love giving them and try to create a unique gift if possible.  There is nothing like getting a gift that is so perfect for you and you love everything about it, from the way it was presented to you, to the packing, and of course the gift!

I bought a large frame from Crate & Barrel that had a custom mat where several size photos could go.  I made sure that the frame would be a good fit for the couples home style.  I took their wedding invitation and copied a couple of times so that I could create some custom cards using their invitation, quotes, monograms and their names.

The couples’ invitation.

I made their monogram on my computer and added my favorite quote, “And they lived happily ever after”!  I used  turquoise card stock to add another blue to the frame.

I cut their invitation anchor and added it with their names to tie the entire look together.  It is these details that make this gift look professional and very special.

I went to the store to shop for something else to add to their frame and ended up picking this blue water heart card out!  Love!

It just needed a little of Holly & Seth!

Here are some of the custom cards I created.  All with blue fonts.

I took the boarder of their invitation and cut it to fit perfectly around their ‘established’ card.

The final gift has plenty of space for wedding memories and photos.  I love that I started their memory frame, but they get to add their own touches to complete it perfectly for them!

I never give a gift in a bag, and with the scale of this gift I had no other choice but to use paper.

I love white and only white for a wedding.  This is handmade paper that was made through fair trade practices.

I used a strip of burlap fabric for an earthy looking bow.  I love contrasting everything- soft and rough.

To add their ‘blue’ wedding color I tied in a blue ribbon and monogram on their card.  To keep with the beach feeling, I placed an ornamental starfish.

The couple recently moved to the coastal area, so I liked the idea of also giving them a fresh set of Ralph Lauren beach towels.  I used a stripped paper, but kept things similar with the bows and starfish.  To combine the two gifts I added an extra layer of the fair trade floral paper to this gift.

You can’t go overboard with a newlywed couple and monograms!

And they lived happily ever after and I am happily gifting!

One Scoop or Six? New England and Old Fashion Ice Cream

Scoop Deck in Wells, Maine is like an adult ice cream dream come true with oh, are you ready for this, 72 flavors to choose from!  Not only do they offer ‘old fashion’ ice cream that is oh so yummy, but they offer an old fashion feel good experience.  The feeling you get when your there is that it’s ok to not take yourself serious at all, kinda like when you were a kid and everything was fun and easy.  The Scoop Deck fills my tummy and mind with a smile, so much so that it can be addictive!  The prices are right, and the scoops are ginormous and perfectly creamy, bursting with flavors that will bring you back to old summer days.

How much do you love their street sign!!

Oh boy, the decisions!

A clever sign posted to the right of the door~ take time to read it!

Maine = Lobster

I made the mistake of ordering a small… it was 2 scoops! oops!

Someday I will splurge and order the ‘six scoop’!

These messages around the “Scoop Deck” are what make this place a fun experience.

The ice cream descriptions.  There are several old fashion and specialty flavors to choose from.

  This bike is located to the left of the front steps.  If you can’t decide then the descriptions are attached to this bike.

My favorite sign at the Scoop Deck!

If you are as inspired as much as we are by the Scoop Deck check out their website and if you get the chance, go!  Open everyday, 11-11!

Maine attraction

When we moved to Maine I was impressed…. well with all of it!  Lobsters….for starters!

This dock is 5 minutes from our front door!!  Feel a bit spoiled admitting that!

A local church steeple.  Every town has at least one that commands the most attention.

If you’re in Maine, LL Bean in Freeport is a must go to destination of you name it, but their known LL Bean boot is my favorite.

Camden is a stunning coastal town that is sweet and quaint with a real Down Eastern feel.

If you head to Maine in September, then you cannot and I mean cannot miss the Common Ground Fair.  The fair is by MOFGA, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.  You will find various local crafts, perishable goods, handmade soaps, fishing nets, to locally made meats, sweaters, and much much more!

Southern Maine has many small coastal towns.  This is of York’s Wiggly Bridge walk!

Lobster buoy’s in every seaside town!

Lobster bakes all year round, but summer is optimal for enjoying our gold of the sea.

In the fall, the small towns always celebrate with local parades, contests and festivals!

Fall apple, gourd and pumpkin orchard.  Last year we wicked two months worth of apples.  It cost us $91!  Of course we made crisps, pies, sauce and had caramel with all of our apples!

The beaches are great.  The water is freezing, but with the humidity and heat, sometimes I even go to play in the waves!

The lighthouses are beautiful but what is even cooler is that they light them up with holiday lights in December!

As you can see there are so many attractions in Maine… I hope you come and visit!

Maine, the way life should be

We’ve lived in Maine for the past eleven years and I love everything about it, but if I had to pick my most favorite thing about living here, hands down I’d pick our stunning coastline and welcoming beaches.  On any given summer day, I have 7 different beaches to choose from all being with in fifteen minutes from my house.  I have developed such a fondness for our beaches, I was inspired to create Maine compositions for my son’s room.

My boys combing a Maine beach for treasures!

Our beach finds.

I love how the wood, shells, watercolor, lobster claw and stickers work well to create a cohesive Maine collection.

When my kids found this lobster claw they felt like they found a diamond in the rough!

While antiquing I found these two Jonesort, Maine canned fish labels.  I love the way they look mounted together, so I attached them to a canvas that I painted bright yellow to add a punch of color.  Since they are in a child’s room, I added playful stickers.

I bought a nautical themed mirror from an inexpensive store, but on it’s own, it was too simple so I found this small handmade buoy created by a local Mainer!  Maine has several do it yourselfer’s so you never know what you’ll find in local shops.

Maine is also known as vacation land! Lucky Me!