Beach Trip #2


My last post, I shared pictures of our awesome beach house.  Today, I’m sharing pictures I took while we were shopping and eating in Seaside, Florida.
We found this amazing art glass store.

 Aren’t these chandeliers beautiful?!

This fish wall art installation was wired with light in each fish.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.

Love these boots!!

Worked up an appetite shopping — Shrimp and grits with sweet potato crunchies on top– Yum!

Just for display, but what a great idea for a project.  I also love the color palette of the shells.
Honey do spotted this canvas.  I really like the multi-layered  dimension and of course, the bling.

What interesting places have you found on vacation?
“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore …”  Genesis 22:17  NIV Bible

Beach Trip and House 2013


We stayed at a wonderful beach house this year in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.  The view was stunning out our back door.  We saw all sorts of marine life this year:dolphins, skates, sand sharks.  But, my personal favorite was the sea turtle.

Blue Mountain is trying to maintain the dunes so the habitat is left to grow.

Come on in and enjoy our beach house 2013! 
I love the gloss on this canvas in the foyer, but what a bugger to take a shot without a reflection!

One of four bedrooms –  Besides the incredible views of the ocean, the other bonus to this property was everybody had their own bedroom and bathroom. 

The house had an open kitchen, dining and living room plan.

I loved the coastal decor.  This artwork would be a great project out of a pallet.
Just looking at the pictures takes me back — I told Honey Do I wanted to stay longer next time! 

After all, you only live once.  YOLO, anyone??

If you didn’t get enough coastal house pictures, here’s the  link to our beach house in 2011.



“The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.  Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty.” 
 Psalm 93:3,4  NIV Bible

Seashell Mirror Project

I have dog eared, ripped out and/or drooled over seashell mirrors in magazines and books for years.  Finally, I have my own.  I can’t wait for you to get to the after picture of this project!

I made this mirror specifically to go over the sink in our pool house.  I know that sounds really grandiose to have a pool house, but trust me, this room is only a very, very, small bathroom.   I have to be careful what I put out there because the house is not heated or cooled and shares the space with the pool pump and equipment.  Not to mention, sometimes critters get in there.

I started this project with a thrift store frame.  I think I paid about $1.  I bought one that had a flat surface and then spray painted it white in case some of the frame showed through the shells.

Next, I added the mirror to the frame (with Honey Do’s help).   Do you remember the mirror that I had cut for my side table for free?  If you don’t, you can see it by clicking here.   This mirror was cut out of the same original piece.  Bonus! I got this piece cut for free, too.  The last step was adding the seashells.  I have been saving seashells from our beach trips for several years for just this purpose.  I used a glue gun to attach them to the frame.
And here is the wonderful after!

I’m including this front view shot so you can see the mirror straight on, but I’m not crazy about the angle or the lighting of the picture.  It’s so hard to take a picture of a mirror and not be in the shot!

I think the mirror turned out perfect.  What do you think?  And if you’d really like to see more, you can click here to see the start of our pool house renovation.

I’m also linking up with Jennifer today.  Drop by her site and see all the other wonderful projects! Click here.



“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore…” Genesis 22:17  NIV Bible