Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dreams quote

Happy New Year & Looking Forward to New Dreams

I sit here waiting for a large storm to hit the coast and reflect about the happenings over the past twelve months.  Not one to look back and ponder for long, I quickly set my sights on 2012 and new adventures.    Though I don’t usually make conventional resolutions, I’m feeling that the upcoming year may be a year to try some.  I’ve always felt that resolutions were like a list of stuff that could never really be accomplished so then I found myself disappointed by being imperfect (that’s another story!).

2012 is my year to DREAM.  The word is going to be my daily mantra to myself and nothing will stop me from achieving my dreams.

 

Dreams quote

 

First Decorating Resolution of 2012:

My dream of living in a sweet little cottage (instead of an old manufactured home) near the sea will be shared on our Beach Cottage Decorating site this year.  It’s not easy converting a manufactured home into a cottage; however I’m dreaming it can be done…and on a tight budget!

I am promising to be better about snapping more photos of the before and after for each project (and we have quite a few).  You’ll be seeing all the gory details of unorganized closets, disastrous floors, craft projects and a Master bath that should be demolished.   I’m also going to keep you updated on all projects when finished or those that never got around to finishing (have NOT been good at that in 2011! Remember my back deck? I forgot about it too).

Hopefully by sharing numerous decorating resolutions with you this month, you’ll keep me accountable! lol!

 

Dreams quote

If you’d like to join me for some decorating resolutions in 2012 please write a post and what decorating/craft projects for your home you want to complete in 2012 and link it to our upcoming party.

Sharing with Layla and Kevin at The Lettered Cottage!!

The Lettered Cottage

Join us for our 2012 Decorating Resolution blog party

Monday, January 23rd.   

 

2012 Decorating Resolutions Blog Party January 23, 2012

 

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Coastal lifestyle blog

 

Vertical Flag - Home

Add Nautical Flair with Navy Signal Flags

Sometimes it isn’t what you say, it’s the way you say it. International maritime navy signal flags are a colorful way to spell names, messages, or to decorate your home. Give a personalized signal flag banner or wall hanging as a nautical wedding decoration, an unusual boating gift, or just for the plain fun of it!

Vertical Flag - Home

When I walk though my door it’s one of the first things that I see.  It really brightens up a room and coordinates all of my nautical things that I have around the house.  Window treatments can be simple or elaborate.  If you have blinds they can simply hang from a single curtain rod above the top as seen in the picture below.” – Kathy of IB Designs

 

Nautical Flags for Cottage Exteriors

 

What are Nautical Signal Flags?

Back before wireless radio and telegraph, ships at sea needed a way to communicate from a distance. With their probable beginnings in the 18th century, code flags have evolved into the patterns accepted today. Our flags use the same patterns as those of the US Navy.

 

USS New York - Battle Of Santiago-1898

 

International signal flags continue to be useful today. Ships moving in and out of port fly their radio call sign so that they can be quickly identified by harbor masters. Additionally, with modern electronic surveillance tools, naval battle groups use signal flags to maintain radio silence.

There are 26 naval signal flags corresponding to the letters of the English alphabet. Then there are 10 numeric pennants, from 0-9. Additionally, certain repeater flags are used to pass information about the message itself. For example, a code that indicates a previous flag is repeated. Finally, there are a few special code flags, such as “Diver Down,” meaning there’s an underwater diver in the vicinity (so drive carefully).

Probably because of their colorful designs, a fully “dressed” ship flies all the flags for special occasions. In fact, the Navy Department specifies the order in which the flags are hung (hoisted).

 

Ocean Cottage

 

Bedroom with Vertical Flags

 

Are you ready to order some personalized Nautical Code Flags??? IB Designs offers…

Horizontal Rope Banners; Coastal Decor Nautical Valances; Signal Flag Vertical Hanging Ladders and Bravo-Zulu Awards.

“All our flags have a white cotton back lining (e.g., the letters “b” and “z” to the left). The backing makes the colors nice and bright, but it also means the pattern can only be seen from one side – the front. As we’ve said, our banners aren’t designed to be hoisted up a mast on a sailboat.”

Visit IB Designs for all your Nautical Code Flag needs….

and add that Nautical Flair to your Beach Cottage today!

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seashell ball craft project

Useful Ways to Use Seashells in Your Home

Should you need ideas about how to spruce up your interior spaces, what is found along the seashore can help. For instance the seashell crafts that you can create can often range from the very simple to the very complicated. Thus during the times that you find yourself walking along the beach, the search for interesting shells that are right for a project should also be in progress.

Seashell Candles from Ocean Styles

Stopping by the local craft store may also be in order to gather the supplies that are needed to enhance the look of the items that have been recovered from the sand. This can include items such as glitter, glue, string, wire, beads, ribbons, felt, and Styrofoam balls that one deems necessary to complete the creation of the ornamentation that they desire.

One project that many favor is what is known as a wineglass charm. They utilize the shells, wire, felt, glue, and beads to bring something into existence that pleases the eye. Cutting the wire to lengths of about 16 inches is one way that these artists begin their work. Next they fold that same wire in half and then attach it an some felt to the back of the shell with some glue. After that has finished drying then the beads are strung on the wire in any combination that is pleasing to them. They then make sure that enough room remains on the wire to close the circle off.

wine charms from Ocean Styles

This particular project doesn’t just have to be used to make wineglass charms. Instead it can be adapted for use as a napkin ring or holder. This will give it a bit more of a decorative touch to the table and its place settings when preparing for guests during a special occasion.

Using a Styrofoam ball that will ultimately be covered in shells is one project that can occupy children. The glue that they will need to accomplish their task is similar to what they use in their classroom. Once they have completed their decoration though then it is advisable to use a bit of hot glue to make the children’s handiwork a little more secure. Prior to this particular project getting started though it might be a good idea to also use hot glue to affix the means to hang the ornament up to the un-decorated base.

 

seashell ball craft project

There are also those that use the seashell decorations they have made to make a profit through online sales to interested people. Sine they have access to the seashore and they use what is washed up on it on a daily basis and use that to help continue their endeavor.

These ideas can also use those things that come from the craft store to make a piece of work that will compliment the shells and broken glass that they have discovered in the sand. This includes such items as gemstones, ribbons, beads, silk flowers, and various colors of paints. The finished work will often go into packages to complete a customer’s need for a set.

Thank you to Ocean Styles for this coastal article.  Visit Ocean Styles today for all your coastal design needs.

 

2012 Decorating Resolutions Blog Party January 23, 2012

 

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living room with driftwood

{Interior Design} Tips for using Home Accents in your Cottage

Our Boat House has LOTS of experience with decorating and these sisters are eager to assist you in bringing your beach cottage accents together in a cohesive way.

“Be sure to group your home accessories in odd numbers and in varying sizes … in three’s, five’s, seven’s etc. Place the items in high, medium and low–biggest to lowest arrangement –within an imaginary triangle.

Odd numbering is more aesthetically pleasing.  Each piece stands out –making it well-organized.

On the contrary, even number groupings, such as a pair or a group of four, tend to make the group look over-decorated and leave a cluttered feel to the area.”

living room with driftwood

 

glass lamp from Our Boat House

 

Coastal Living Room from Our Boat House

 

See how easy it is to accessorize your beach cottage!?  

Visit Lori and Karen for even more >> Coastal Decorating Tips.

 

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Erins Art & Gardens - Winter White

(Coastal Christmas) Winter White that will leave you Breathless

If you’re a regular reader then you know how much we think of Erin from Erin’s Art & Gardens.  She is a multi-talented lady who takes beautiful photographs, is a Master gardener, creates interior designs which we find swoon-worthy and she blogs too!

One of her latest posts was “Winter White” where she incorporated seashells, mercury glass and vintage silver into her dining room design for the holidays.  It literally took our breath away and eased the tension of the holidays.

 

Erins Art  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

 

Erins Art & Gardens  - Winter White

Visit Erin for more glorious white Christmas dreaminess > Erin’s Art & Gardens

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$35 Nautilus Shell Garland Giveaway!

24 Days of a Coastal Christmas

Christmas Blog Hop/Linky Party

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Win this Seashell Garland!

{Contest Closed!} Seashell Garland from CereusArt

Congratulations to comment #14 – Beth Martin!!!! Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays, beach friends. We hope that you’ve had a delightful week.  We finished up Christmas shopping, sending cards and only have a few gifts left to wrap.  It is still difficult to believe that it is the middle of December already…the times just flies.  We’re almost done with our weekly giveaways for the year but before we call it quits we’d like to introduce you to Dana of CereusArt.  Dana has generously offered to provide a handmade Nautilus Sea Shell Garland for one lucky winner.

The Nautilus Sea Shell Garland is a little over 5 feet; is strung on monofilament cord with clear beads, cream coral, and 3/8″ nautilus sea shells.  This beautiful garland would look lovely draped here or there in your beach cottage, don’t ‘cha think?  It’s perfect to hang on your Christmas tree, over a cabinet, or on your mantel. The garland is valued at $35.00

 

Win this Seashell Garland!

 

Win this Seashell Garland!

 

Win this Seashell Garland!

 

Six Easy Ways to Enter to Win $35 Seashell Garland

 

1.  Visit CereusArt Store

Come back, leave comment letting us know what your favorite product is!

2.  Become a follower… CereusArt on Facebook

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4. For additional entries advertise this giveaway on your blog, Twitter account and/or Facebook page

Come back and leave a comment telling us where you shared.

5. For one more entry…become Sally Lee by the Sea’s Google Friend or Subscribe to Email

Come back and leave a comment telling us you follow us now/or do follow us!

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Rules: **Each comment is an entry ~ Please make sure there is a way to contact you should you be selected as the winner.  Winner will be randomly selected by random.org on Thursday, December  22, 2011 at Noon (Pacific Standard Time).  Winner has 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Contest open to U.S. residents, over 18.

 

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