Nautical Love


It’s been a long while since I have written: Summer goes by so fast doesn’t it?


We took our annual trip to the Jersey Shore…

I LOVE the smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves…

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I Love THIS GUY even more!

I LOVE to go antiquing while I’m there.  You can read about it here.

This year I was inspired by all the nautical themes I saw…

Anchors, sailboats, lobsters, sand, surf…

I tried to bring a little of that back into my home.

I started with a frame I found at a thrift store for $10.  It had a picture of Elvis in it.  That’s gone now.

I had some fabric left over from a previous project and printed a picture from the wonderful Graphics Fairy onto some muslin.


I purchased and downloaded the nautical stars from a wonderful embroidery site called Urban Threads.  (If your have an embroidery machine and are looking for cool designs, I highly suggest giving them a look-see.)

As you can see,  the hardest part (for me, at least) is lining up the stars to match both sides.


Most of the time I try my best and then pray…


Not too bad, huh? 


Next I used some adhesive spray to secure the fabric onto my board.




That’s Vee-O-La! in KathySpeak


I also cut apart a wonderful grain sack I found to make it into a table runner.

I had to get out my serger which always makes me nervous.  Anyone who is new to serging will understand.  But all I did was try to serge the edges.

Before the Serge


After the Serge



Here’s some views of the finished projects






And of course, how could I leave you without posting this………



Please have a Beautiful Day!


Linking up!

What the heck?…

One of the things I look forward to in the summer is visiting family who live on the Jersey Shore.  Every year as I pack I imagine my family walking down the boardwalks, eating saltwater taffy, me wearing a cute sundress that flows with the ocean breeze.  I pack my blow-dryer, straightening iron, makeup…And every year they just sit in my suitcase!  Because this is a trip that is down-right anti-high maintenance!  We spend our days swimming, grilling, taking walks in the woods.  My unruly curly hair just gets put in a ponytail (which is just as well because the humidity from the ocean would make straightening it stupid).  The most I do is wash the saltwater, sand and chlorine off me.  And mascara?  Forgetaboutit!

One thing I LOVE to do is go to the Antique District in Downtown Red Bank which has about 10 antique shops, big and small, and meander about.  I do this by MYSELF.  Ahhhhhhh!  I have a ritual…I stop at a place called the Java Stop which is a cute, little coffee shop and always order an Iced Caffe Borgia.  It’s the most wonderful blend of coffee, chocolate and orange.  The barista even puts shredded orange peel in there to enhance the flavor.  In a word-DELICIOUS!After the coffee pit-stop I head to my favorite shop!  I have been making this one shop the first on my list for seven years!  It’s great-full of old doors and shutters, reclaimed barn wood, vintage aprons and linens for a reasonable cost.  You might have seen my prior post…I got my fireplace mantel there.

Imagine my surprise!Dabnaggit!I wanted to cry!  Soon this will be the site of condos!

What the heck?  More condos?  I must say here that changes like this upset me…where’s the musty, hot antique shop that smelled like my grandma’s basement?  I felt like an old friend moved away…

Stay tuned!

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”-Marcel Proust

Summer Mantel

Well hello! and welcome to a new day and new post!

I had been searching for some cute summery ideas for my fireplace mantel (that isn’t really a fireplace) and came up with a cute idea for some old jars I had stashed.   This project literally costs a few dollars and is mucho easy to do.  The results are kinda cute, too!

All you need is:

  • glue gun
  • rope or twine from hardware store or craft store.  I got mine from Ace Hardware.
  • some cleaned out, previously used glass jars
  • tough fingers to withstand glue-gun burns.  (Oh wait,  that last one was for me.)

First take your rope and glue it onto the back of your jar.  From there, all you have to do is wrap the rope around the jar, using a line of glue as you go.  Make sure you press down on the rope to the glue as you go along.  Be careful,  this is were my fingers got in the way. ( Now that I have no fingerprints left, no one will be able to identify me.)  Just jokin’!

Ummmmmm……that’s it!  How the heck easy is that?

Mine needed a little something-something so I added some colorful string and doo-dads I had laying around from previous projects.  I had my son spray-paint the pickle jar lid black and that was a hit with him!  A 10 year old boy and spray-paint?  Jack pot!

Then I had to find a place for the jars…enter the mantel!

We don’t really have a fireplace in our house, but I really want one.  I hunted estate sales, garage sales, antique stores for an affordable mantel and I’d come up empty-handed every time.  Too expensive, too big, too expensive….

One summer we were vacationing at the Jersey Shore (but not the obnoxious Jersey Shore on MTV.  The lovely, real Jersey Shore of my husband’s childhood.)  I love to go to the Antique Center in Red Bank and get lost in all the musty, old buildings.  You never know what treasures you will find in a hot, musty antique store.

Anyhoo, I came across one that was neither too expensive, nor too big and I bought it!  Imagine my husband’s surprise when I showed it to him!  After all, we had to drive 800 miles back home with children, large dog, luggage, giant cooler for snacks,  and now a fireplace mantel!  I convinced him we/I had to have it since it was reported to come from a summer home on Cape Cod and we had spent our first anniversary on Cape Cod, so of course, this was a sign.  He didn’t believe me, but that’s OK because the mantel came home with us anyway.

I LOVE IT!  When people come to visit, they look curiously and say, “Is that a real fireplace?”  And it’s not anchored to the wall because I like to move it around my house, so every so often one of the kids will knock it down while playing ninja, or tag, or ball, or hockey, or whatever in the house.

I’m sure I can’t be the only one out there with a fake fireplace/real mantel…

Anyone, anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

Enjoy, and have a blessed day!

Trying to link up to The Lettered Cottage Summer Link Party!  Let’s see if this works!=””