So call me crazy or whatever... but when I am at the beach, I have as many art supplies packed as I do clothes. (MORE!). I don't like to have time off and not have my tools with me should the opportunity arise for some creative freedom.
Suzy brought these really cute Little Golden books, and she directed a theme every night. After she left, Ellie and I would try to come up with out own ideas. This was a night we wanted to use scraps of paper to create a design related to all things beachy.
We used some new water color washes and gel sticks.
I also had LOTS of jewelry finding handy in case the urge struck. It did.
You'll get to see this one completed in a minute.
I painted a canvas to match the bedding of the new baby coming to our family... Staci will be a "Honey" soon, and our much too young Hayden is about to be a daddy. Life goes on. And a baby is always a blessing!
I saw this quote on the net and HAD to use it somewhere.
I had packed some little plywood boards, so I googled shells, found one that I thought looked interesting, paired it with the quote, and VOILA'!
I posted it on instagram and made a sale as well. In case you are reading, it was packed up yesterday and will be in the mail today!!
So cute. I just love it. The condo adopted ours.
Did you know that ocean-themed jewelry is actually IN?! Well, it is!
And it's a good thing, cause I was in the mood to make some! This is a few shells I picked up on the beach and Mod Podged (dimensional magic or something) them into this bezel.
Todd brought Emma Lou, her friend Bradley Ann, and BOTH of our sitters to the beach with him. GO TODD! When they got there, we had art night often!
Here's another look at my completed necklace.
And this is what my little box of awesomeness looked like on the beach. It was easy to pack and was inspiring, cause there were so many things tossed in there. It fit nicely into my beach bag too.
I had all of these great quotes printed out for another project, so I tucked them in the bag, jusssst in case, I might want to use them for something.
I didn't take a picture of it, but I did start a fairly large mixed media canvas with one of them.
I also made a 12 month scrapbook, ready for photos for my dear friend, Lissy, who will be giving birth to Miss Phoebe Jane just any day. That gift, my friends, is a labor of love. EVERY page is decorated and embellished to be full of awesomeness for a whole year's worth of photos.
This is what Todd had to deal with for two weeks. It's also on the counter and all over the table.
I made myself some shell earrings which I wore daily.... along with my favorite visor, which I begged off of a woman at the Beach Club pool last year. I still can't believe she gave it up. I think I traded her handmade jewelry.
I can't wait to wear this. And by the way, I have TONS of handmade jewelry right now. What's the best way to show it and sell it?! Facebook? Etsy? Right here?! What's the easiest for me and the buyer?!
Oh, I also had an entire closet reserved for my art supplies. Obsess much?!
I love that my friend, Linda Lou, loves my jewelry as much as she does.
She sits with me on the beach, helps me find shells, and even gives me feedback on my designs.
She was the only one who got not only earrings, but also a beach inspired necklace.
Here are a few of the earrings I made while on the beach. These were for Renee.
And Linda Lou eventually got these.
Emma found these shells.
And these were made for me. I love all the danglies, and I kinda am liking long earrings these days.
Renee's daughter snagged these.
And I made these especially for Miss Linda.
Noone in our group, as far as I knew, was left out. All the women got new earrings... right there on the beach.
I have several left... the ones above and all the ones below.
So if you are interested, speak now. Email me and we can work a deal! firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula got these simply designed ones, and they suited her perfectly.
I just had a blast making them. I could sit out on the beach all day long if I have something to preoccupy my mind and hands.
I didn't; however, get around to filling all of these bezels with shells and goodies and making them into resin pendants. Maybe next trip!
Snekcip, you can bite my wiener (with your "like a hotdog without a weiner" comment! ha).... I am sitting in the middle of the floor in Todd the Bod's gameroom to pick up a signal to create this blog! Oh, the lengths to which I will go!
So, happy Friday to you all. Let me know if you want some of these earrings. I am planning a big ol sale somehow or another.