Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Beachy Thoughts PART 2

Continuing my list of happy beachy thoughts and hopefully  I don't repeat the first 30!  I'll try but you never know.

  1.   No more cell phones, keys or shoes
  2.  Feel the sand between your toes
  3. Breakfast at the Beach
  4. Got Wine?
  5. There's a BOY who stole my heart...he calls me MOM!
  6. There's a GIRL who stole my heart...she calls me DAD!
  7. SEAS the Day!
  8. Leave your drama at the door
  9. If life's a journey, this must be the destination!
  10. Bless this House
  11. Forget the cracker, Polly wants a cocktail!
  12. Life is better in flip flops
  14. PARADISE FOUND - (lat & long)
  15. Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
  16. I love you but my heart belongs to the beach
  17. MALARKEY! (an old new favorite)
  18. Mermaid's Rest
  19. Mermaid's Don't Cook
  20. Diner Closed
  21. Beer : 30
  22. Drinks on the House
  23. Group Therapy ~ red, white or rose
  24. TONIGHT'S DINNER:  take it or leave it
  25. 5 o'clock yet?
  26. Wino Crossing
  27. Friends don't let friends drink alone
  28. Want some whine with your cheese?
  29. I need my space (NASA)
  30. Playalinda Beach (long & lat)
  31. I saw the Dragon light up the sky
  32. I saw the ISS
  33. I saw the shuttle launch
  34. Reach for the stars
  35. Fly me to the moon
  36. Yes, I stopped at South of the Border
  37. Don't ask about my Journey down I-95
  38. Kokomo 
  39. racking the Tropics
  40. Flip Flops: the glass slippers of the south
  41. Eat, Drink, Beach!
  42. Aloha
  43. I <3 my cat!
  44. I <3 my dog!
  45. Live and Let Live
  46. Hope ~Trust~Strength
  47. Cafe Mocha Valium Latte
  48. Love knows no season
  49. I love you to the moon and back
  50. Lost Socks (clothes pins)
  51. May you always have a shell in your pocket
  52. Ocean Love
  53. Mermaid Princess
  54. Imagine
  55. Get I come
  56. You give love a bad name
  57. Live well ~ Love much ~ Laugh often
  58. Always Kiss Me Good-night
  59. Food, Fun and Friendship
  60. Kick off your flip flops

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

OK... late with my announcement...


There they are!  My New Networking Cards!!  I love them.. you?   For a small card the clarity of the picture is perfect.  Now if I went to the mailbox on Saturday, I could have share them sooner.  Yesterday and today I  was punching holes and attaching to completed plaques with jute, raffia and ribbons.  And of course because I was looking at everything, I have another pile of almost done that it needs "something"  like a shell or seagull or something!  I'm going crazy but want them perfect.

This is what I was doing with them earlier  

Tonight I started working on my very own Etsy Shop!  All my pictures have to be re-sized!   But I am going to be working on descriptions and a portfolio of my work so you will get to see it all before.  

I feel somewhat like I might have bit off more than I can chew at one time but I can't explain to you how much fun I am having and once in the zone, I am really at peace in whatever picture I am painting at the time... I love being in the zone...haven't been there in at least 4 years and it was a different zone, I like this one better.

So, if you feel like helping me out... 

  • if you like this picture and you were going to sell it, how much would you sell it for?? 

  • If you like it and were looking to buy it, how much would you pay? 

I'm in the process of figuring out prices and wondering if I am in line.  I know different areas will get different prices, but hoping you'll play along on this phase of my journey.  Thank you!

"FREE Therapy for the SOUL"

rope trim with a shell where it ends

real shells and moss

 This is my interpretation of "Free Therapy for the Soul" on a deserted island!

Whether you live near or far from the beach, kick off your flip flops and sit a while under the palm tree. Relax. Before you leave, check out the shells in the sand!

It measures approximately 12 inches by 12 inches, painted on plywood and glued edges with rope. It has a wire hanging secured with pearl beads and decorative raffia and real beach shells on the island.

So there you have it!  Hope you'll help out!

Catch ya later

Friday, October 19, 2012

I'm so excited!

I am so excited!   And I can't help it but this song keeps rolling around in my head!!!  I'm so excited.   

This is what I can share with you tonight:

As you know by now,  I have been working on my first Craft Fair. It was supposed to be Black Friday and Saturday...BUT (due to a senior moment ~ that happens in an over 55 park allot I'm finding out) it will only be one day, on Saturday.   Honest, I was initially, I was pissed!  But do-do happens.

SO....I will be opening my very own Etsy Shop!   I have been working on so many pieces, so many more ideas, and totally enjoying it that I want to keep going.  It will probably not open until after the craft fair around December 1st but I will most likely ship Priority Mail by the US Post Office.  I hope you will check it out.  Meanwhile:

These are the Beachy Things I am working on, staying within my love for the beach:
  1. 12x12 Paintings on plywood
  2. 6x6 Painted Signs on plywood
  3. 6x6 and 6x12 plywood KEY HOLDERS
  4. 6x6 Memo Holder
  5. Green Christmas wreaths
  6. Grapevine Wreaths with reversible plaque for all seasons
  7. Message in a Bottle, suitable to send in the mail
  8. Bleached pine cone ornaments
  9. Canvas boards
  10. Black Boards
  11. Children's Totes/bags with beachy treats :)
  12. Shell encrusted Light Bulbs: I've Got an Idea!  Gone to the Beach!
  13. Decorative Jars
  14. Photo Prints with sayings
  15. Furniture
so far....

I volunteered in the Park to do the newsletter and communications... that's one way of knowing what's going on! LOL I volunteered to decorate the Laundry Room and Rec Hall, using my work!  I can't wait to show you my idea of NO SMOKING, NO PETS ALLOWED along with LAUNDRY ROOM FOR RESIDENTS ONLY!!  All with my sunny beach theme!  LOL  I am also going to paint the chairs similar to my Adirondack chairs, a TV stand and maybe a lamp...add a basket of magazines and maybe some flowers!  The Rec Hall will probably be a mostly monthly theme but I'll put my spin on it.
Welcome...may all the guests who enter here leave as friends.

Above for the Rec Hall.

We decided that the month of November here will honor our Veterans and I am so happy about that... just need ideas, as to how! Any suggestions?  I picked up some red, white and blue decorations, have small flags and a couple of pin wheel spin things.  So far in November we have POT LUCK DINNER that I thought maybe we could theme around some good ole American food; BINGO games where we could salute the Flag, a moment of silence for those we've lost and prays for our Troops and close with God Bless America.

 I think I have my work cut out for me before November 1st!!

I need 2 No Smoking, 2 No Pets, 2 Close washer lids and 2 No Problem's...and I guess 2 Residents Only for each door.... it will definitely be a different laundry room but I'm thinking a couple of these above my washer & dryer would be pretty neat!
 Busy, busy keeps me busy and happy!

More to share on Monday!   Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012



I haven't been getting much sleep and I can't believe I am still awake.  I'm so in a blind craft mode, that that is all I am doing and thinking.  I think I told you that I am getting ready for a Craft Fair on Black Friday weekend.  Let me tell you what I am working on, as soon as I get my little painted pictures done.

I made a batch of these key holders, each one is different.  Do you have a hard time finding key holders too?  I thought it might serve a need and be cute too.

Sorry, I am too tired tonight, and it's taking so long to up-load more pictures but in the mean time, today's photos are on Facebook if you'd like to see them.  But what I wanted to share tonight is what's next, so there aren't any pictures of the following yet.

  1. Two green (fake) Christmas wreaths to decorate with shells, and a plaque in the center of a Christmas tree on the beach.
  2. Four grapevine wreaths to decorate with shells.
  3. Four caulk boards decorated with rope.
  4. Four Mermaid Princess plaques with mermaid dolls glued to it.
  5. Four children size tote bags to paint on
  6. Decorating jars, that I washed out and spraying the tops with sand paint and gluing shells to the tops
  7. and a message in the bottle...going to recycle my water bottles! This idea just hit me over the head!  Inside: shells, paper umbrella, foam fish and palm tree; will include a shipping label and a beach photo.  I'll spray paint the caps.  I think it will be cute, especially to send and receive!

As I go along I'll post them...but thought I'd share some ideas with you in case you're looking for something to do!

I have to try to get some sleep... hope all is good in your neck of the woods.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcome to my "ART PATIO"

The weather is gorgeous... absolutely perfect!  I started writing this Friday night, almost 11pm, because I was exhausted but too lazy to get up and go to bed.

It was so nice this morning that I took my coffee and my "big girl tools" out to the patio.  I finally had the room to get organized and I think I know where I  stand now.  So let me show you...

It's Sunday Morning as I continue this post...

I have been busy, busy, busy!  I think I finally got it together yesterday...figuring out what needs final touches, giving final touches, organizing completed items...I broke a drill bit!  I got 4 hours sleep last night after spending the night making LISTS!!

any suggestions for a larger carrier?

I started off all over the place, until I got it under control.

I am loving these... hope everyone else does!
Sorting out everything... finally got it together so I know what I've got done and what needs to be finished:

My cousin posted this the other day and think it would make a great sign, if I can paint the words straight but maybe another way... we'll see....

and Sunday's crafting: 

 That's it for now... today is Monday and I really need to get some other this done before working on the patio again.  I feel like a creative monster and I can't shut my brain off!  I can't sleep!

Hope you follow my Face book page to see more pictures!  Have a great day and I'll catch you later!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy and Beachy Thoughts...part 1

The beach invokes happy, calm, relaxing feelings...even if I didn't arrive that way.  I am always collecting sayings and thoughts to keep a positive outlook and thought I'd share them with you!

Life is good...simple as that

I'm building sandcastles in my dreams

Light Houses don't run around!!

Life Shore is fun!

Mother, Mother Ocean...


  1. I love the beach
  2. don't Happy
  3. Live, Love & Laugh
  4. Mermaids  don't Cook!
  5. Live to Love, Love to Live
  6. Be happy...Sing, Play, Giggle & Dream
  7. I wanna live at the beach!
  8. life is better than good.
  9. Celebrate the beach
  10. You are my sunshine
  11.  define drunk
  12. eat, drink & re-marry
  13. Ain't no Margarita tall enough
  14. It's a Wonderful life!
  15. Write your secrets in the sand and trust them with the tides.
  16. The secret to living a good life is living along the coast.
  17. Live...Love...Laugh
  18. She with the most bathing suits wins!
  19. It ain't cheap being me
  20. I'd rather date myself
  21. I can't be good all the time.
  22. All you need is LOVE
  23. What if the Hokey-Pokey is really what it's all about?
  24. Ain't no Martini tall enough
  25. Sunshine...Makes me Happy
  26. Sweet Land of Liberty
  27. The beach...FREE Therapy for the soul
  28. If it weren't for the Beach, where would I dance?
  29. Group Therapy 
  30.  In a world where you can be anything... BE YOURSELF!

to be continued...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Keeping it real...

Sometimes I wonder what I got myself into... so I am going back to my paints, where they don't talk back.  I know it's still early October, but what I can get out of the way, I will.  Before you know it the Art and Crafts Fair will be here and I need to have my hand made wares ready!

Truthfully, the backgrounds don't take long...they actually take longer to dry than they do to paint.  Some I like just the way they come out but putting a finishing touch on them is time consuming too...and I want each one different and unique!

This is what my kitchen looks like right now and it will till I am done.  Aren't I lucky to live alone with the dog?  She's getting used to me sitting at the table for hours.

It takes about an hour just to glue the roping around the edge of wood...
but I like the finished look this has.  At the end of the rope ends, I glued them and a shell to each end to finish it... and I glued some shells and a bit of moss (in a shell) to the island.  I wish I could think of something for coconuts!

glued end of rope with a shell

with all the shells, good deserted island!
I'm still working on my flamingo and going for a quirky one at that!

 Somewhere I have a pink feather that I want to snip for the top of the head... I like the way this lie looks as a trim but one is not enough...and I painted flip flops on the flamingo!  SO, to be continued!

I'm trying to figure out how to finish off the canvas boards and attach something to hang it with.  Honey bunches of Oats is my snack!

I took a walk to the dumpster earlier and came back with a resin chair that I will paint also and sell at the craft fair and some branches!

  and was still trying to figure out how to finish off the canvas boards.... and it all continues.

Have a great day!