Nautical summer mantel for you today because it is mantel decorating time! Yeah, I decorated my mantel for summer and I went all out on the beach theme. I didn’t hold back, I went full-throttle ahead and decorated my beachy little heart out.
I had to, really people, you would too, if you lived over here. I know that I have always said I have to do the beach decorating thing with moderation, since I live so far off from any beach or coast line. But come one! It is almost the end of June and we haven’t had any summer at all yet. The weather out here in the low lands has been wet and cold and windy, and with just enough sunny days to have us yearning for more.
End of June and the BBQ has not left the shed yet, I still sit around under blankets and with wool socks on at night, hot chocolate sounds like a pretty good idea on most days and my milky white legs are still being covered up by jeans all the time (which might actually be for the better, I wouldn’t want to expose those to the world).
Anyway with summer outside being just a faint memory or a distant hope, I went full-on beach decorating inside.
I loaded up my faux-mantel with shells, sea stars, flea market corals, a homemade thrift~wood garland and lanterns.
There is a real tea-light in this little I-used-to-be-a-jam-jar-lantern. I don’t light it of course, too much of a fire hazard. It is waiting to be replaced by one of those fake battery ones.
What is real is my growing collection of coral. I am so excited that I have discovered these can be found at flea markets. I have three pieces now and I use them all the time. I don’t think there is a greater artist than mother nature herself, and these corals are so stunning in their ‘design’.
The long vase is filled with the whitest sand I could find. It is sand that is normally used on the bottom of birdcages. I think it is mostly crushed up shells. So I guess that goes nicely with the small shells on top of it.
The curly willow branch was left over from a never realized Easter project. I white washed it to give it more of a beachy vibe. I strung the shells in there with some fishing wire. I was afraid they would untangle themselves but so far so good, they haven’t moved at all.
The driftwood garland was a bit labor intensive but really easy to make. I started with three bags of driftwood pieces from the dollar store. I drilled holes in them, gave them a quick white wash, and strung them onto some wire. I love the texture it gives. If I can find more cheap bags of driftwood I am going to double or triple it in length.
Ha it might be almost Fall outside but it is looking like very nicely like summer inside, thank you very much…
That’s it for today….