Friday, May 23, 2014

Frivolous Fun


My husband and children enjoy making fun of me and my silly projects.


 I acknowledge that many of my activities are frivolous, but I have fun.


In my last post, I gave myself 3 projects to "copy".


From this view of the garden, you would be hard pressed to see my handiwork


and even zooming in, it is still difficult to find any changes.


Yet when you look closely you can see that I added birdhouses to the side fence.

birdhouse on the left via

I really should not have used the word copy, because the photos I pinned on Pinterest were just for inspiration.


With the birdhouses hung, I was ready to make the boats and that involved a long walk along the beach hunting for driftwood.


Making sailboats out of driftwood and left over fabric absolutely falls into the frivolous category.


I moved the yellow bench to under the front window and played with my new boats.


It was a silly pastime, but I had fun.


I waver between liking and hating the large boat, but you can see that the glass bowl is full of driftwood which means I have lots on hand and I can just make another boat.

boats on the left via

Just as the birdhouse picture led to inspiration, Beachcomber's boats were simply inspiration for my silly boats.



I fully intended to make a tray with numbers just like this one made by Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces.


but when I saw the condition of the tray, I decided to use an old lid from either a bread box or a coffee canister.


When I went looking for numbers to use as stencils, I came across two different sets of magnetic letters hidden in my alphabet stash.


A magnetic sign that can be changed as the mood strikes seemed like a much more practical way to go.


The shelf in my creative space got an update and the best part is that I can change the sign any time I want.


I wanted to complete these 3 projects by Friday - it's Friday and I am done.


And, I must stop all of this frivolity because I have to make 50 different boxes, cut out tags and make a banner for an upcoming baby shower.


And that is serious business, no frivolity involved.

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59 comments:

Gina said...

Beautiful projects! I don't think they're frivolous, I think they're fabulous! I love the sail boats. And...I'm also glad to know that my husband & kids aren't the only ones making fun of all our blogging projects. What do they know anyway? ;)

Kim M said...

What fun would life be without a little frivolity! ;)

bobbie said...

Ain't NUTHIN' wrong with frivolity and fun!!! Everything we do should be infused with those wonderful qualities!!
Congratulations getting your projects done ~ I LOVE the magnetic tin you can change out at will!! It is all about making it your own...

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love all your projects that you finished. You have to have some fun in your life or everything would be boring. You go girl and have a fun Memorial Weekend.
Mary

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love how you adapted my project...now I'm inspired again! The boat is really cute! Frivolous projects are just fun to do!

My Garden Diaries said...

I love that felt flower on that box for the shower...it is adorable! And all of your projects are just awesome! You are inspiring me to add some more goodness to my side garden room....I really like those birdhouses but I am also thinking a mirror!!! Ok and those boats...Gavin would LOVE that! They are so fantastic! Have a great weekend pal! Happy making! Frivolous fun is the way to be! Nicole xoxo

Blondie's Journal said...

Frivolous in no way!! In fact, you gave me some inspiration in attaching some birdhouse to my fence. Luv ya!!

XO,
Jane

Lorrie said...

A little frivolity is good for the soul. Love those driftwood boats!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the sailboats!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Now, you inspire me to be frivolous like you! I love the driftwood boats so much!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

The sailboats are one of the most unique uses I have seen for driftwood. Your sailboats are adorable! I think I also have flowers with bird houses pinned up too. The bird houses are so cute - maybe you'll have some house guests soon

greenthumb said...

Looks like you have been have a great time making things, love the birds houses and the sailing boats are so cute.

Primroses Attic said...

I loved where you put the boats on your yellow bench they looked fab.
Rosezeeta.

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh Carol...I always enjoy stopping by your place for a visit. Everything you create makes me smile! I too enjoy being frivolous and having fun when I can squeeze in the time. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Blessings, Vicky

Jewels said...

All Wonderful!

Jewels said...

All Wonderful!

Stacey said...

Not frivolous but inspiring! I love that you see things and then make them. I tend to admire and then move on. My husband and I have always gone on lots of garden tours. There are often great collections of birdhouses like that. I love them!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Carol,
I think if more people had some fun and frivolity in their lives they would be much happier people, so
good for you. I liked all your projects, and thought your boats were adorable, and loved your tray and the fact you can change it anytime you want......much better idea I think!! So you keep on with your frivoility and fun cause there is plenty of work to be done
that is ho hum and maybe not so much fun!! lol
Blessings to you hon,
Nellie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

All of your projects turned out great. My favorite are the driftwood boats.

Dawn said...

I love the boats you could sell those for sure they are just darling.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You are the most productive frivolous artist around, my friend! Out of this fun is where true art comes, because art without the fun is work. I LOVE THOSE SAIL BOATS and though I don't have anywhere to put one, I still want to make one, maybe a tiny one! You know that as busy as I am as a teacher and writer, I need to escape to my frivolous world to make paper objects, my last one being a white horse. It was fun and it came out wonderful.

Keep enjoying...we benefit from everything you do.

Kathy said...

I don't think anything that brings you joy and relaxation is frivolous at all!! Great projects.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love that you were inspired and completed three projects. Bird houses make me so happy and the boats are so so cute and perfect for your home. I like your magnetic sign and how easy to change it out. Enjoy your baby shower work.

Linda

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I think your projects are wonderful. Pashaw! to those who rain on your parade. We can't all get bookoo bucks for our art like Steve does!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Delightful additions to your amazing cottage, you inspire me with your artful play. Your self expression is heart warming, I want to linger for awhile and soak in your charming creations, while I imagine sailing away for a day on one of your precious sailboats, leaving all worries behind.
XOXO,
Vera

Down by the sea said...

I love your fun projects especially those driftwood boats! Sarah x

Cathy Carroll said...

Hi Carol, I love the driftwood boats - they have been on my to do list for a year now - but, finding decent driftwood here is near impossible... we found a new more isolated beach so just maybe I will be able to pick up a couple pieces... love all your little frivolity... Cathy

The Junque Seeker said...

Great projects all and as usual I admire your industriousness, but what I just noticed and especially love is your "Chien Bizarre" sign. Wonderful!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

awwwwww hon, nothing that is fun, can be called frivolous. nothing! so there!!! "olden" wisdom has spoken!!!!! ,-)

tessa~

Suzan Sweatman said...

I ADORE your boats !
I've cut the sails on one too - ( my daughter brought me home a piece of wood from Florida lol ) and they've just sat there for well over a week now - I've got too caught up with the garden ( and wild life )
Your garden is stuff that dreams are made of Carol - truly - it's magnificent with all of that glorious color!
XOXO

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Frivolous? Never, no way! I love your versions and the fact that you had so much fun creating them.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Don't ever worry about being frivolous,it's our right as women to be anytime we want to be! I love your inspiration and it seems like you had an enjoyable time doing them. But doesn't sound so much for all the work you'll be doing for the shower!

Melanie said...

I don't think your projects are frivolous or silly at all! I think you are amazingly creative and talented with all the things you do. And if what you do makes YOU happy, then power to you. Those sailboats are ingenious!

Sarah said...

Not frivolous! Your projects feed your soul. I love seeing your creative endeavors and the photos that inspired them.
Enjoy the weekend!

podso said...

How clever, your birdhouse on the fence. They are really sweet! Keep crafting away, you are retired and should do what you want to do!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the sail boats!! Everything looks great.
hugs,
Cindy

Consider It All Joy said...

I love all of your projects, birdhouses are adorable! I especially love the BEACH sign from your last post! I think it would look best by my pool :) Enjoy making your boxes! Blessings, Cindy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Carol, your comment on my new post is so kind and I can feel the vibes through the screen - I really can. My goal these days is to learn to write well, and blogging is just one marvelous way to write and share. I have a poetry group that comes to my house and tomorrow for sure, I need to work on a poem for when they come to visit. Writing is such a personal and emotional activity, and poetry writing is different from my blogging because there are no photos used! But I appreciate everyone's comments and I just want to write beauty. Have a sensational day! Anita

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Carol,

Oh goodness - I am in love with your drift wood boats - so much so I may copy them for my garden!! I am switching over to my summer style garden and adding bits and pieces of seashells ,etc. and think they are adorable.
Have a wonderful day.
Blessings, Erin

Pondside said...

Bring on a little frivolity in this life! I love your little boats and you've inspired me to bring more than shells home from the beach.

Sue said...

Love the driftwood boats,magnetic tray message board and birdhouses on the fence. There is so much frivolity going on here I had to stay awhile.

Sam I Am...... said...

I don' think any of that was frivolous. I love your boats and especially the big one. I'm sure the hard part was having to walk along the beach searching for the driftwood...yeah...that had to be rough. The birdhouses are darling and the tray is genius! I saw someone buy those colored magnetic alphabet letters for kids and spray paint them (or not).....I think I need some of those. You're so inspiring. Now if you could just send me some energy to go with it. Have a nice Memorial Day.

fiona anderson said...

Is it really frivolous to spend one's time creating beautiful things which make one happy ?
Well, I'm frivolous too, and long may it continue.
I love the birdhouses and the sail boats. I could make a whole flotilla with the amount of driftwood I've got !

Patty Antle said...

Aw I love your boats. They aren't frivolous. They're beautiful!

Carla from The River said...

I love your boats. :-)
Thank you for the tour.
Happy Memorial Day!

chateau chic said...

I don't think any of your projects are frivolous, Carol. Any time you're being creative and making such charming creations to add beauty...that's a good thing!!
Mary Alice

chateau chic said...

I don't think any of your projects are frivolous, Carol. Any time you're being creative and making such charming creations to add beauty...that's a good thing!!
Mary Alice

must love junk said...

It's important to have fun in life! :)
I love your boats-SO cute!!
Susan

Bliss said...

I'm gonna add another F word to those boats. Besides frivolous and fun they are Fantastic, I love them.

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Driftwood sailboats are now a must do! Hope your must do boxes turned out as well as your "frivolous" projects! Happy Memorial Day! Susan

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Frivolous or not frivolous as long as you are having fun is all that matters. You are just getting in touch with your artistic side. I reckon you are very creative and imaginative. I love the birdhouse, I think I pinned the same birdhouse from Pinterest so cute.
Living by the beach is like living your holiday.
Enjoy making and creating those arty things.

Have good week.

Blessing,
Ada

eileeninmd said...

I like your projects, looks like fun. The boats and birdhouses are so cute. I love the fence with all the birdhouses.. Great post, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

bj said...

haaahaaa...cute post.
Almost ALL my projects are silly...and i USUALLY love them.....

Jen Ham said...

Frivolous or not, you inspire me immensely! Ooh....the birdhouses! I might have to try my hand at one. You have so much talent and creativity! xoxo Jen

Laura Lane said...

I do like your birdhouses!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Kim Gaynor said...

Your projects are delightful, Carol, and here's my two cents: they're not 'silly' if they make you happy!

Renee said...

The boats are great.

I like the bird houses on the fence. That is such a cute idea.

The magnetic letter idea is even better than the original. You can change it as you want. You could also get some of that magnetic paper you could print things on to really change the look.

Great ideas. No not copied but inspired :)

Carla said...

Well your little driftwood boats are cute and I love the bird houses.

Be Happy

CatieAn said...

I love your projects....I get teased about mine as well but you know they love what you do! I love the different sizes of the boats and all your little birdhouses.
I also love the magnetic message board. What a sweet idea.