Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sun Sea Sand

My calendar tells me that it is the end of August, exactly one month since I returned from vacation and I question where the time went - not much to show for it


other than some fun vignettes I posted for Instagram.


On Monday I yelled at myself for being so lazy and decided that I needed to accomplish something in the month of August.


I made a new window seat cushion in July 2013, and have tried all sorts of different pillow combinations on the window seat, but the only pillows I liked were the lobster and crab pillows that belong to my next door neighbor.


I found these pillows here and thought they might look cute on the window seat.


I printed out the words on computer paper,


cut the letters out and using fabric I bought at the beginning of August, 


I painted the words with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


Unfortunately, I had eyeballed the placement and the word sun was too close to the right edge so I had to scrap that pillow and start again.


This time I went with blue at my daughter's insistence.


I like the crisp white pillows, but I was a little concerned about using beach themed pillows.


I decided that since I do live in a little seaside cottage, it is okay for me to have a beach theme going on in the house all year long.


There are still some changes coming for the dining room,


but for now, I am happy with the pillow combination and


a new painting, "Ha'ena From Tunnels Beach" hanging on the wall.


I feel like I accomplished something more than just changing up vignettes around the house.


Life is Good and I am ready for September and a long list of projects!


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62 comments:

Rita C. said...

Carol, your pillows and window seat cushion look great. And yes, you have the artistic license, beach or no beach, to decorate however you wish!
Rita

My Little Home and Garden said...

The pillows look great, Carol. I need to make myself a list of projects for September. Maybe the old school feeling of starting fresh in that month will spur me to to getting things accomplished!

Karen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are soooooo talented! I just love them. And yes, it is permissible to have beach objects year 'round in a seaside cottage! We do! :-).

xo

Sheila :-)

Stacey said...

The beach theme pillows couldn't be more perfect in your house. I bet you won't use them year round anyway. You are too busy creating...something else will come up later. :)

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

What a great set of pillows! They look so nautical and fresh! I haven't really accomplished much in the way of projects this August, too much sun, sand and surf here for real! ;)

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

What a great set of pillows! They look so nautical and fresh! I haven't really accomplished much in the way of projects this August, too much sun, sand and surf here for real! ;)

Lorrie said...

Love the pillows. Your window seat is a sunny and cozy place. The pillows would look great on a boat, too. I think you accomplish a LOT!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always have fresh flowers and touches of color here and there. Everything looks so bright and cheerful. It helps that you hubby is an amazing artist, too! Love the new pillows! Hugs!

bobbie said...

I love the new pillows ~ and the new painting is gorgeous!

Kathy said...

Sea, sun, sand is PERFECT for your cottage and they look great!
I have been thinking of you with all the news of the huge waves on the CA beaches. Is your beach getting them?

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The new pillows are great and really look good on your bench. The new pictures is also terrific. I would say that you accomplished quite a bit - you even went on vacation.
Have a Happy long weekend.
Mary

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Call me stupid. I have seen so many words on things like pillows, wood, and such. I thought where do they get the stencils. I found some and they were expensive. You have just shown me and easy way of getting any font word that I would like to use. Thank you Carol.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
There you go again my friend putting a smile on my face with your cheerful energy and creative soul. I adore your pillows and Steve's new artwork is powerful. I'm feeling like I'm fighting a cold so to see your sweet creations makes the poor sick me into wanting to get up and create.
Happy a wonderful Labor Day celebration.
XO,
Vera

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

back again... Let's blame it on my low grade fever, see Birthdays do make me sick! I forgot to mention I love the piping around your pillows, an extra effort that truly makes a big difference,
XO,
Vera

Patty Antle said...

You did a great job with those pillows. They look great. I have my pillow you made in my office and I think of you often.

chateau chic said...

Carol, you are one person who never has to apologize for not accomplishing enough!! Love your pillows on the window seat! Of course a beach theme is perfect for your charming cottage!!
Mary Alice

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
Love your new pillows they are perfect for you beach cottage home. Super sweet. Love Steve's artwork it goes so well with all your creative treasures. Gosh with all the things you do give yourself and break and a nap for August LOL! Have a great evening.
Kris

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You still got a lot done in my opinion! Love your home and always look forward to your projects and changes!
hugs,
Linda

Vicky Hunt said...

Sweet vignettes and I love the pillows. Blue was the perfect choice! Love it on the white...so crisp! Have a lovely Friday..:)

Blessings, Vicky

Jeanna said...

Yep...blue is the perfect color for the pillows. Beach theme is always in style when you live on the coast! Your vignettes are always fun to look at, you do such a great job with them.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am late, but I did have an awesome day teaching at the middle school (B day) and then at the high school. Gosh those kids are great....

Carol, YOU MUST think about making a magazine. Your DIY projects are just amazing, and I must say that photo of your area with Steve's painting? SUBLIME. I could sit there are smile all day long. Thank you for the contribution you make to the blogging world with your art and arrangements. And tell Steve HE ROCKS!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Carol, you get more done in a month than most of us do in a year! Your newly made pillows look fabulous in your dining room and they're perfect for your location!

Cozy Little House said...

And I spent the afternoon, on a whim, a wisp of a whim, hanging quilts on the walls. Guess I'm ready for winter. Or at least ready for it not to be over 100 degrees every single day, and I don't even get a glimpse of the ocean, you lucky girl. I LOVE YOUR HOUSE!
Brenda

Kelly said...

I love your beach theme with the fact that you live near one! It makes more sense for you than me. You did such a good job on those stenciled pillows.

Blondie's Journal said...

These are just so cute, you creative lady! I love that you went with the blue, it looks a little more beachy and you have every right to do that, no matter where you live, but especially because you DO live near the ocean!

I love the painting. Give yourself some credit. As summer winds down I have heard a lot of people say they didn't accomplish as much as they planned. Heck, it's a time for Sun Sea Sand! :)

Jane xx

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your cute new pillows and maybe your neighbor will give you hers when she tires of them.

The Junque Seeker said...

Love the pillows and the new art! I'm sure others have said something similar, but you amaze me with how many projects you take on and complete in record time. You're an inspiration!

Consider It All Joy said...

Love the new pillows, the addition of the blue is great, your daughter was right! What did you do with the 'scrap' piece, with the red 'sun' in the wrong spot? ...I sure could use it!! :) Blessings

Things and Thoughts said...

How wonderful is to create your own stuff! The pillows are super and the blue is a good choise. Your dining room looks so pretty and fresh Carol.
Wish you a lovely weekend!
Olympia

Louise Oakes said...

Like you, I am wondering where August has gone? Actually, I feel that about the whole year!
I love your seaside pillow idea, simple but very effective. Like you, I'd have gone with the red.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Carol, I love your new cushions and the colour blue was a perfect choice. You live in such a beautiful climate that the beach theme is one which you can enjoy all year round. I love visiting you as you always spur me on to 'get myself into gear' to do things. August tends to be a bit of a lazy month for me, but with September just around the corner, and colder days following, that is when I organise myself more.
Carol I have sent you a private email, which might have ended up in your junk box.... would you mind taking a peek.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Suzan Sweatman said...

LOVE them Carol - and of course you can have them year round ( you could even if you didn't live on the beach in my opinion ) because I just may copy this !!!
XOXO

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

These pillows are great! Love them and the painting :)

podso said...

The pillows are great--clever of you, and I like your centerpiece.

camp and cottage living said...

I love your beach theme all year around, Carol.
But, you are like me, always changing and rearranging!

Donna Heber said...

I don't know where the time has gone either. I'm so behind on things. Your seat cushion is so pretty Carol as well as your pillows.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

The pillows you make are always super cute! You should open and etsy store!

Marcia Pilar said...

Oh, I love playing with vignettes around the house.
LOVE the pillows.
LOVE the painting.
LOVE your window seat.
AND...never a wrong occasion for a beach theme for a sea lover...seaside or not. ;)
xoxo

Laurel Stephens said...

If anyone can have beach decor all year round, it's you!!:) I love your attitude, and I love your pillows.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, I love your pillows in the window seat. I think having beach decor out year round is perfect for your cottage by the sea. You are so talented. I love the process you used creating those pillows. Great pics.
Have a nice Labor Day weekend.
Hugs

My Garden Diaries said...

Carol...they rock!!! I love how they turned out with the blue! And I hear you on getting things done! I need to write everything down so that I can focus on what to do first!!! Here is to a new month of creating! I can't wait to see what you make! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Nicole xoxo

Connie said...

Carol, your pillows are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Maybe that is just the thing to get me inspired to do something on my porch. A couple painted pillow covers and a pumpkin or two might bring in a nice autumn theme without looking like Halloween. I'm still thinking . . . I don't want to do much, but some little something to change it from summer to fall. Maybe an apple theme; we do live in the apple state:)
I love your pillows and that white tool box on the table is adorable.
Connie:)

Nancy Reinke said...

Love the pillows, Carol. Your cottage is always charming no matter the season. Can't wait to see what you do in September. xxx ~ Nancy

Canadian Chickadee said...

Love your new cushions. The perfect choice. I love Annie Sloan chalk paint too. I just wish it wasn't so hellaciously expensive, or I'd use it more often.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the cushions and of course it's ok to have a seaside decor all year long! I actually think of it has a privilege when the end of August come and long lines of cars are forming on our roads from people going back to their normal life away from the sea!

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I agree that the pillows work all year for your sweet beach cottage. They turned out so cute! August did just fly by and I don't feel like I have accomplished much either. Oh well, enjoy life. . .plenty of time to work. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Cute. Very cute. But I do really like your neighbors pillows. Why don't you trace them and make a stencil and paint some for yourself? I'm wondering if maybe August should just be a wash. Seems like we all suffer from Augustitis.

must love junk said...

I noticed the new artwork right away-love it! Your pillows are adorable :)
Susan

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Carol,
I just love the Sea - Sand - Surf pillows you made...so simple and they make such a statement. Sorry I haven't commented recently...been traveling and finally getting caught up. And BTW, you deserve to take August a little slow after how busy you are blogging and creating the rest of the year. Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend!
Cheryl

laura Madalene said...

What great looking chairs and table! They look both stylish and comfortable, both of which are things that I guess most people are looking for in a chair purchase. The overall space looks really good, too!
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Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your pillows are perfect! August seems to be one of those transitional months for me too. Time to get serious tomorrow...can't believe it's already September.

Daytona Damsel said...

Love your pillows. Fresh and beachy looking. I would use them year round too.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very pretty! And yes, you can definitely do beach all year long. Best wishes, Tammy

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

What an absolutely adorable little nook in your cottage!!! Those pillows came out beautifully!! I love the ivy that you see outside your window. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now that I've found you, I'm looking forward to reading more!! Happy and safe Labor Day to you and yours. :)

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Time sure does seem to go by fast! I always feel that days go by slow but years, fast, very fast! Lovin your new beachy pillows, and if you live near a beach it seems perfect you'd have beachy pillows! You nook is so comfy and cozy, I'd be sitting looking out the window all day. Hope you labor day weekend has been a good one. Oh, I'm working on fall but not putting out, I don't like to rush seasons.

Melanie said...

I seriously doubt that you are ever lazy, lol. Sometimes it's good just to let life lead you "wherever" and if you don't get anything accomplished, it's OK. Trust me, I'm preaching to myself on that one, too. Your window seat cushion and pillows are fantastic. The fabric of the pillows and the words are just perfect for that space.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carol,

the cushions look great on the windowseat. I need to get going on some projects that need doing here too. Good luck with yours.
Carolyn

Jen Ham said...

Your house is always so lovely Carol! xo Jen

Poppy said...

How much cuter can that dining room, and the entire cottage get??!! Just when one thinks it's complete on the 'cute' checklist, there you go making it even more adorable! You live near the sea and the sand and you are covered in that California sunshine, so yeah, I'd say it's pretty safe to show off those pretty pillows all year round!

Poppy

Down by the sea said...

I enjoy your trip to Michelle's home too. I loved the story behind her jewellery, her pieces are so lovely. Sarah x

the cape on the corner said...

beautiful! i love the color those pillows bring in, and i love a good window seat.
b

fiona anderson said...

They're perfect all year round !