Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Getting It Done


Have you ever brought something home with plans for a project - and never gotten around to the project?


Steve and I found this piece of driftwood on the beach a couple of years ago and forgot about it until Saturday when I was cleaning up the side of the house.


I knew I wanted to use the wood for a sign, but could not decide if I wanted horizontal or vertical and I also couldn't decide what I wanted the sign to say.


I know it doesn't show much imagination, but I went with the single word - B E A C H.


My intention was to create stencils, but with my first snip, I made a mistake so I had to trace the letters on and then paint them.


I'm a color girl so I used a different color for each letter.


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dries so quickly, that my sign was ready to be hung in just an hour.


I love the way the sign turned out,


but, I have no idea where to put the sign.


The sign is sitting on the fire pit bench temporarily, but hopefully it will have a home soon.


I was feeling pretty productive by this point so I grabbed these starfish I bought last week


to make a wreath I pinned 2 months ago from Coastal Cottage Dreams.


It took me longer to go up to the attic to find the grapevine wreath than it did to glue on the starfish.


 I hung the wreath on our side gate, but like the B E A C H sign, the wreath will probably get a new home.


I was so proud of myself for finally "getting it done" with the sign and the wreath, that I went to my Pinterest To Do board and chose 3 projects.

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My biggest challenge will be to find some driftwood for the boats, but my goal is to get these projects done by Friday.

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67 comments:

podso said...

Well done! I love the beach signs whose time was right! And the wreath. You should open an etsy shop! Look forward to seeing your next projects.

Nancy's Notes said...

Your sign turned out fantastic, love the great colors and I sure like your starfish wreath! You are one project happy lady, how fun is that!! I'll be back to see your new projects, can't believe you'll get them done in a week! You speed demon you!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Carol...your sign is PERFECT for your garden, a garden that leads to the ocean. How romantic and perfect is that! Simple, authentic, to the point, so ART AND SAND. And that wreath...stunning. My little writer's studio will have a beach theme this summer. I'm just waiting for school to unwind then I'll hit the decorating in my house and enjoy every moment of it and even share on my blog!

Have a great day. Anita

JoAnne Weisser said...

Love your sign with the driftwood, Carol. It always feels good to get some projects done. Now I better get busy and get something done!

Rita C. said...

I love your sign -the shape was perfect for the arrow!

My Little Home and Garden said...

The shape of the driftwood was begging for an arrow on it and the sign turned out beautifully. You are so great at getting projects done and I look forward to the next three, Carol!

Karen

Babs R said...

Great sign...Love it! I like the simplicity of your starfish wreath, too. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

chateau chic said...

LOVE the fabulous piece of driftwood and the sign you made, Carol! It's just perfect for your garden.
Mary Alice

Stacey said...

Love the BEACH sign. You make it look so easy. The wreath is simply adorable too.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

I love the beach sign and wreath. I am looking forward to seeing your next 3 projects!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

more examples of the creativity of bloggers!!!!!!

as to where the cool new sign should go, i'd say it needs to go, where it actually points to the beach. ,-))))))

tessa~

Kathy said...

Love the colorful letters!

Liz said...

Love anything painted on drift-wood! I need to make myself do the pick 3 pinterest projects. Can't wait to see yours when they are done!

Dawn said...

Perfect new drift wood sign. I love all the bright colors (of course)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH I LOVE your sign...the driftwood piece was a wonderful find and you did a beautiful job painting it and choosing colors! Perfect! Thanks for the sharing my project link, too!

Debby said...

Oh I love the sign. The letters and the colors make it really pop. I love the driftwood boats as well. Sending you an email later.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are so creative! I love all of the beachy touches at your house! Have a FUN week! Hugs!

Kim M said...

My, you are productive! The sign looks great, I love color too! I can't wait to see the rest of your projects...and now I have to go check out your To Do board! ;)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the Beach sign and the arrow is perfect on that little ending part of the board! Cute wreath. I need to make a Pinterest Board for things I REALLY want to do and then make myself do some! AFTER I return home in June! Right now I'm home for two weeks for some R&R and some business I must take care of. Then back to TX the end of the month. Sigh....so many things I want to do....so little time.
hugs, Linda

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love it and the different colors you chose. I wish I could find a few good pieces of driftwood. I'm so guilty of buying and stashing, so I know how good it feels to finally finish a project.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

both look great! I had to chuckle at the boats...because I saw them a week or so ago and loved them too! :)

bobbie said...

I love both the sign and the simple wreath... I think the sign would look the best on the stairs leading up to my Sea Gypsy's Nest (aka studio)!!

;)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Wonderful sign, happy Carol colorful and reminds me of a canoe oar, loss and tossed by the sea. I love driftwood.
Your wreath is perfect understated beauty. I too have lots of starfish (white pencil) in our house for the season.
I've been noticing the sailboats everywhere lately, they look really amazing in mass with sheer white sail cloth.
Enjoy your projects this week my very energetic and playful friend.
XO,
Vera

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I love the sign and it is just the perfect shape and colors for your beach cottage! My first thought was that it would look kind of cute hanging from a rope down from the middle of the surf board. I'm sure wherever ends up it will be fabulous! I pinned those driftwood boats too. Thought they were so cute for Americana décor. Doubt I'll find driftwood, but maybe a rustic piece of wood in a stream or something. I know you'll have yours whipped up in no time!
hugs,
Jann

must love junk said...

Your sign turned out great-LOVE it!! :)
Susan

jinxxxygirl said...

Love the BEACH sign and the wreath... I think the wreath will look really good when those starfish get some age to them.... Yeah for finishing project...just finished and posted about one myself!! Hugs!deb

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

What a productive day! I love when projects come together...you have inspired me to head outside and get a few of my own projects done...spray paint here I come!!

Debbie Freitag said...

I just love love love your BEACH sign. I've been thinking about doing a starfish wreath as well and now you've inspired me!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the beach sign and especially the paint colours! Have fun with your projects.

Carla from The River said...

Love the beach sign. Very fun!
And good for you to have gotten something off the To Do List. :-)

fiona anderson said...

Fantastic beach sign and the wreath is so pretty. I bet people love looking at your house, as much as you love looking at others !

Sue said...

Your "simple" driftwood beach sign looks like it belongs at a surf shop. It turned out great.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, your sign is perfect! Love the colors and how it turned out. Your wreath looks really good too. I'm sure where ever you put them, they will look terrific.
Good luck with your future projects.
Have a great week - loving the weather.
Mary

Pat said...

HI there! Thanks for stopping by. I wish I could find starfish like that. I haven't seen them anywhere in this area. I need some for my bathroom. Have a great week :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love it. I have several projects sitting in the yard.

White Lace and Promises said...

I think the sign is great right where you have it. The surf board and the other beach stuff is pulled together so nicely. I love all the colors!

JP said...

Such a fun and colorful sign....if only I had a beach house!
Enjoy it!
JP

The French Hutch said...

I love the piece of wood, perfect for making a sign. I’m sure it will look great anywhere you decide to hang it.................

Vicky Hunt said...

Your sign and wreath are just perfect. I love the different colors of the letters and the arrow on the little spot that sticks out...perfect! Looking forward to seeing the next three projects. The little boats are so sweet! Have a happy Wednesday.

Blessings, Vicky

My Garden Diaries said...

LOVE the sign pal! What a cool piece of wood! You have inspired me as I have just found an old pile of wood in the shed that I had no idea was even there....amazing what you can find under your own roof! And the wreath is stunning! You rocked it lady! Happy getting it done! Nicole xoxo

Botanic Bleu said...

Of course, you had to make a sign pointing to the beach...the driftwood shape clearly needed an arrow where you painted it.

Great job!

Judith

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a fun sign...like how you did each letter in a different color. Thanks for sharing at my party.

Blessings,
Linda

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Wonderful projects! Looking forward to seeing the next 3! Picked up a nice hunk of driftwood during last week's trip to the Gulf...now to decide how to use it and get it done! Susan

Renee said...

I love the beach sign and the wreath. Great job getting it done.

cynthia lee designs said...

Great beach sign!! Love the wreath too. Can't wait to see your other projects when you get them done.
hugs,
Cindy

Connie said...

Hi Carol, your beach sigh is perfect!
Looks like you are in an ambitious mood. I love when that happens, motivation is a wonderful thing, LOL. I can not wait to see your take on the little sail boats :)
Connie

Art @ Home said...

:D Your sign is so cute. I still haven't tried ASCP yet! I think I'm the only one in blogland who hasn't….

xo,
RJ

Cynthia said...

Carol, I love the sign and the colors are so perfect and the being placed in the garden was such a great choice. That wreath is so great for your beach cottage.

Cynthia

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love both the sign and the wreath!

Maria Elena said...

Love, love this sign! What a beautiful idea!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Carol, I love your piece of driftwood.... it is the sort of thing my husband is always looking out for here along the Northumberland coast line.
.... and the wreath is so lovely.
I just know you will have completed your three projects in quick time.
Best Wishes to you.
Daphne

Shabby soul said...

I love all the colors of the sign, it turned so happy! I must adopt colors this summer, I realized i missed them!
ps: You have a beautiful sun in California =)
Silvia

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great job on the sign and wreath. They are perfect for your coastal décor.
xx,
Sherry

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I have far too many unfinished projects... Thank you for the fun inspiration.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Very cute! I like the bright colors.

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Carol,
Your post made me laugh...I cleaned up my craft room yesterday and found no driftwood but an old saw handle I had been saving to make a mobile out of (long story!). Love your starfish wreathe!
Cheryl

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That turned out great, Carol! I love that you used different colors for each letter. It is "you", too! I am sure you will find the perfect place to put it. Good for you for picking projects to work on. I was doing that for awhile and need to do it again. I see so many on Pinterest I'd like to do and they are just getting buried on my boards.

Jen Ham said...

Ooh...I adore the sign...absolutely adore it! You have given me some inspiration for a summer wreath as well! Love love love! xoxo Jen

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Great sign and wreath! Love them!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Hugs,
Deb

Kelly said...

Your beach sign turned out so cute! I like how you used different colors for the letters. I really like those driftwood boats you're planning on making. Perfect for where you live too.

Melanie said...

Love your beach sign - it is perfect on the piece of driftwood! I'm sure you will find just the right spot for it.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

So cute! I like that you made each letter a different color.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm so excited! I finally figured out how to fix my glitch that kept me from seeing your blog! Love the sign. Love the wreath. I say put the sign ON the yellow surf board. You should be able to answer this question - is surf board one word or two?

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

Love that sign! Could you hang it on the yellow board behind it on the fence? You are SO talented!

Patty Antle said...

You've been a creative girl like me! The beach sign and wreath turned out great! I like how you used different colors for the letters.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I just had to featured this cutie at my party...see ya there on Monday.

Blessings,
Linda

CatieAn said...

I love your sign and the different colors. That makes the sign fun and happy.