Water/Sea – Week 3

Here we are at week 3!  This week is a water theme.  The poll will be open until Friday @ 9pm MST.

Craft #1 – Surfboard Towel Rack – Cheri

This crowning jewel of this deep sea bathroom is a surfboard towel rack.  It’s made from scratch, but given a vintage look.  Rather than a surfboard company name painted on, it features the last name of the family it was made for.  While the little guy whose bathroom this is will be practicing his surfing moves in the mirror, the towels will stay clean and dry.

Surf’s up dude!

Craft #2 – Zippy Flip Flops & Beach Bag – Natalia & Whitnee

I love spending time at the pool so what better way to do it then in style! These Zippity Flip Flops are darling for girls from mom to teen to little girls! The coordinating bag is the perfect summer accessory!

Craft #3 – Under the Sea Silk Canopy – Carrie

Under the Sea Silk Canopy

We live in the mountains of colorado. We have beautiful rivers, mountains,and trees… but we long to be near the ocean. This weeks theme of water inspired me to bring the OCEAN to the MOUNTAINS!

I made this silk Under The Sea Play Canopy.

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It gives us a dreamy place to study sea creatures…

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And to Dance…

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Craft #4 – Beach Memory Box – Heidi

Taking a trip to the beach can be a lot of fun.
When ever our family goes, our children love to collection shell and other little fun finds.
For this round I took all our little cherished finds and placed them lovingly into a shadow box.
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This gets them “out of a box” and into their own home.
To dress up the shells a little more, I added in a few scrapbook supplies.
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It now sits nicely on our book shelf and my heart is full.
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Craft #5 – Sea Side Table Scape – Mary Beth

The ocean evokes so many emotions in me and is my ultimate sanctuary.  I love all the sights, sounds and smells (except for low tide of course –Pee-Yew!)  I wanted to try to capture that in this week’s challenge.  To me the ocean is peaceful, fresh, natural and life always seems a little simpler there.   My goal was to showcase some of my favorite photos and the new treasures I from our summer trip to Cape Cod, MA.   So, I created a Sea Side Tablescape.  The main project is my eclectic little frames, but I couldn’t stop myself and had to create a whole vignette, sailboat included!  I wanted the frames to have texture and a classic, clean/simple look.  I searched my house with the intent to “Use What I Have”.     I had my “A-HA Moments” and found random objects that I thought just might work and went to town.  The hard part was finding a way to make it so everything could be changed out easily for the seasons… and By George I Think I Got It with some clever little solutions!  You’ll have to wait for a tutorial to find out how.  In the meantime, I hope you all get to escape to the beach to soak up the sights and sounds like I did.  Happy Summer!

Craft #6 – Sudden Showers Set – Emilie

When I was growing up I wondered why anyone would ever need to buy a raincoat. Then I moved with my family 2,000 miles away and realized quite quickly that, not only do you absolutely need a raincoat, but you also need an emergency back-up plan!

In our area, sudden downpours appear out of nowhere and last for a few hours, drenching everything around us. Many times we were out an about and a sudden shower would hit, leaving us running errands and getting soaked while our raincoats hung at home in our front hall closet.

When this week’s theme was “Water” I realized I could fix this problem. I bought a simple shower curtain from Wal*Mart (for $10.88) and made two complete sets of rain gear which can be stored easily in our car for those unexpected showers.

Each set includes a poncho, hat with petal brim and easy storage bag. And because there is a variety of shower curtain patterns out there, you can make these very feminine (like mine), masculine or unisex…whichever best fits your needs.

So when Sudden Showers threaten to ruin your day, reach into your glove box and grab this quick and easy solution.

*please note that my adorable model had a much larger head than my actual child, so the petal detail of the hat’s brim was a bit lost. It is very cute and looks like a flower when on the appropriate sized head.

Craft #7 – Peekaboo Shower Curtain – Kim

Are you ever in the shower…and you can hear someone in the bathroom
(I had to sit down and explain what privacy was to my kids) But when
you pull the shower curtain aside to see who is the culprit–you get
water all over the floor? (okay, maybe it’s not that big of a deal)
BUT how easy would it be to just look through your shower curtain.

introducing the Peekabo Shower Curtain (100% hand painted onto a clear
plastic shower curtain.)

See out without people seeing in
Two lookouts in case you are “conserving water” and showering with a
companion.
and an Octopus peekhole for when you are taking a bath
Never be sneaked up on again.

Craft #8 – Fishy Backpack – Vanessa

Fishy Backpack

Fishy Backpack

Whether you’re visiting the beach or relaxing by the pool, kids need
“stuff” and lots of it! Flops, bathing suit, goggles, sunscreen, snacks,
water toys, towel, more snacks. Mom will of course be bringing an
extremely large beach bag but why not promote your child’s growing
independence by allowing him to carry some of his own things. Your back
will thank you!

100% washable and lined with water-resistant PUL, the Fishy Backpack can
withstand wet bathing suits, sandy Crocs and the occasional sea creature
stowaway. Time to go to the beach!

Fishy Backpack

*Project by Vanessa @ Tried & True*

Fishy Backpack

Fishy Backpack

Whether you’re visiting the beach or relaxing by the pool, kids need
“stuff” and lots of it! Flops, bathing suit, goggles, sunscreen, snacks,
water toys, towel, more snacks. Mom will of course be bringing an
extremely large beach bag but why not promote your child’s growing
independence by allowing him to carry some of his own things. Your back
will thank you!

100% washable and lined with water-resistant PUL, the Fishy Backpack can
withstand wet bathing suits, sandy Crocs and the occasional sea creature
stowaway. Time to go to the beach!

Sea Side Table Scape

*Project by MaryBeth @ Addressing Spaces*

The ocean evokes so many emotions in me and is my ultimate sanctuary.  I love all the sights, sounds and smells (except for low tide of course –Pee-Yew!)  I wanted to try to capture that in this week’s challenge.  To me the ocean is peaceful, fresh, natural and life always seems a little simpler there.   My goal was to showcase some of my favorite photos and the new treasures I from our summer trip to Cape Cod, MA.   So, I created a Sea Side Tablescape.  The main project is my eclectic little frames, but I couldn’t stop myself and had to create a whole vignette, sailboat included!  I wanted the frames to have texture and a classic, clean/simple look.  I searched my house with the intent to “Use What I Have”.     I had my “A-HA Moments” and found random objects that I thought just might work and went to town.  The hard part was finding a way to make it so everything could be changed out easily for the seasons… and By George I Think I Got It with some clever little solutions!  You’ll have to wait for a tutorial to find out how.  In the meantime, I hope you all get to escape to the beach to soak up the sights and sounds like I did.  Happy Summer!

Beachy Memories Box

*Project by Heidi @ Hello Color*

Taking a trip to the beach can be a lot of fun.
When ever our family goes, our children love to collection shell and other little fun finds.
For this round I took all our little cherished finds and placed them lovingly into a shadow box.
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This gets them “out of a box” and into their own home.
To dress up the shells a little more, I added in a few scrapbook supplies.
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It now sits nicely on our book shelf and my heart is full.
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Sudden Showers Set

*This project was made by Emilie @ Emilie Handmade *

When I was growing up I wondered why anyone would ever need to buy a raincoat. Then I moved with my family 2,000 miles away and realized quite quickly that, not only do you absolutely need a raincoat, but you also need an emergency back-up plan!

In our area, sudden downpours appear out of nowhere and last for a few hours, drenching everything around us. Many times we were out an about and a sudden shower would hit, leaving us running errands and getting soaked while our raincoats hung at home in our front hall closet.

When this week’s theme was “Water” I realized I could fix this problem. I bought a simple shower curtain from Wal*Mart (for $10.88) and made two complete sets of rain gear which can be stored easily in our car for those unexpected showers.

Each set includes a poncho, hat with petal brim and easy storage bag. And because there is a variety of shower curtain patterns out there, you can make these very feminine (like mine), masculine or unisex…whichever best fits your needs.

So when Sudden Showers threaten to ruin your day, reach into your glove box and grab this quick and easy solution.

*please note that my adorable model had a much larger head than my actual child, so the petal detail of the hat’s brim was a bit lost. It is very cute and looks like a flower when on the appropriate sized head.

Under the Sea Canopy

*Project made by Carrie @ Tao of Craft*

We live in the mountains of colorado. We have beautiful rivers, mountains,and trees… but we long to be near the ocean. This weeks theme of water inspired me to bring the OCEAN to the MOUNTAINS!

I made this silk Under The Sea Play Canopy.

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It gives us a dreamy place to study sea creatures…

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And to Dance…

DIY Aqua Sand Birthday Gift Kit

*Project made by Ashlee @ I’m Topsy Turvy for the Kids challenge*

What a fun week, Just for kids, I was actually completely stumped by this week’s theme. I had ton’s of ideas, but none of them really spoke to me… I kept going back and forth and had the hardest time actually deciding what to do. Birthday season has arrived at our house. I like to encourage the kids to make gifts for each other, so I started thinking down those lines. What can the kids make each other that they’d have fun making, receiving and playing with?

Then my husband started talking about this new toy wanted to get the kids. Aqua Sand. It sounded really fun, sand that resists water, so it’s always dry. You can pour it into water and it will form designs, and when you scoop it out it stays dry. That and I love sand, I grew up only a few hours from the beach and it’s still my favorite family vacation destination. Anyway, aqua sand, sounds fun enough, but we’re on a budget. And I kind of hate spending money on all the cheap plastic parts just to get the good part, the sand.

So I thought it would be fun for the kids and I to make our own sand for much cheaper! And to make a gift out of it I thought we’d make our own kits!

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So I went to my favorite hardware store and grabbed some play sand! Then we turned it into our own aqua sand! The kids had a great time making it! So success for part one!

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I have to say it’s pretty cool!

Then came the next part, putting kits together! Personally my kids will have more fun with just sand and water, but as an idea for a kit my oldest suggested adding some toys… so we did!

I love how well the colors turned out, it’s such a fun rainbow. That’s the best party about making your own sand, you can do as many colors as you want. In the kits at the store you only get one maybe two colors. By making your own you can have a ton of colors, or maybe different shades of the same shade, or even personalize it with the birthday child’s favorite colors!

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And it makes such a pretty kit/gift! My oldest made this one for her sibling. We have a birthday next week. And while the sand won’t be a surprise (as they all helped me make it) hopefully the rest of the kit will be! And not only was it fun to make, but the bag of sand made a TON. So we’ll have TONS of fun, I’m thinking a HUGE amount will end up in our bath. My kids love playing with water. Even better? It’s WAY cheaper than the store stuff (although it is a little grittier).