July 23, 2013

Sea Sayings

This summer-time vignette uses quotes about the ocean 
to inspire and enrich those who visit my home and 
hopefully you will enjoy these photos of it too!

I have really enjoyed these frames that I converted from their
more traditional role as picture holders to a place to attach
various smaller objects by nailing chicken wire to the backs.

To give a more nautical feel to them, I also draped netting 
from the Dollar Tree over them.  Most of the items are 
attached to the wire with tiny wooden clothespins (these
can be found in the craft sections at most stores). 

The larger starfish and the non-flat shells are attached
to the chicken wire by fishing line.

To find the quotes, I just googled "quotes about the sea"
and found some that appealed to me.  I typed them into a 
word processing in sort of old-fashioned fonts and then
printed them out on card stock paper that I had aged.
(opps...mis-spelled a word...didn't notice till it was up...too lazy to go back and reprint)

Most of these papers were aged with coffee grounds...to see 
how that is done you can click on this link 
"Aging Paper with Coffee Grounds".  For other ideas on how to
age paper, see the post "Aging Paper" and "Aging Book Pages".

The quote from "Anne of Green Gables" was placed in the
thing-a-ma-jig that I got when I ordered a "surprize" box
from an online company.  I wasn't sure what it was for but
I have enjoyed it anyway.

Most of the other glavanized items I pulled from my stash of 
stuff came from Hobby Lobby (on sale or using coupons).

The balls of shells were a happy discovery at Michael's.
They were on clearance, three in a pack for $4.

Their round shape co-ordinates with the spheres that got
shells hot glued onto them (hopefully the shells will
pop right off when summer is over). 

The angel's praying hands were easy to just place a shell onto.

One of my favorite guys, a statue I've had for many years, is
watching over the "Sea Sayings" vignette" from the coffee table.

With some specialty "ribbon" from Hobby Lobby
(it looks like chicken wire with a foam coating)
wrapped around him, I'm calling him "Beach Boy".

The "ribbon" reminds me of fishing net.

His fishing net has small shells and starfish attached to it.

His base and the surrounding net have larger shells
and starfish scattered around.

Since the photo of the cabinet that the "Sea Sayings" is on/over
is partially covered by the title, here is a photo without the text:

The piece was almost completely black with aged varnish on it
when my husband and I found it in a flea market. We
 refinished the top and painted and crackled the bottom.
  It is now one of our favorite pieces in our home. 


  1. That looks so great- I love all the sayings. I am always "cured" when I am by the sea. It is my resting spot of serenity. You have brought that feeling into your home. Wonderful job all the way around. xo Diana

    ps. Love the refinished piece!

  2. So many ideas I see are similar to one another. This is such a unique display. I LOVE it.

    I might add some sea quotes to my beach pail and shell mantel.

  3. I love your display for the quotes about the seaand your little staure is too cute with the ribbon and tiny shells. You really have a gift for decorating!

  4. Adorable! I love seashells, cherubs and quotes. I love how you put the quotes on card paper and then aged the quotes with coffee grinds. Great Idea!
    Thanks, Patty

  5. So beautiful! Love the stained top - I am loving that look lately!

  6. that is a FABULOUS vignette! I love the antiqued look of the papers, the NETTING! and the nautical writing you even put over the picture. that's beyond my skill level, lol.

  7. What a neat project! I love the ocean and am always using vintage or vintage-inspired décor. I like to use a beach theme in our basement family room that doesn't look like a raided a souvenier stand LOL! Thank you for the lovely inspiration! Hugs, Leena

  8. Sweet sea sayings! I pinned your board to my beachy folder:) I posted anchors aweigh to Wow Wed:) Stop by:)

  9. I love the ocean and quotes, and these are wonderful. What a nice touch to your home! Sharon

  10. Loving all of your seaside touches!

  11. The gang at My Personal Accent thinks your post about Sea Sayings is fantastic and we would like to invite you to party with us at starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! http://wp.me/p2Vf55-XA

  12. I love your coastal vignette and the frames are fabulous! Thanks for joining the Open House party.

  13. I love all of this!!!! Thank you so much for sharing and now I'm ready to shopping and crafting!!!! This is just so beautiful and I'm in aw of your creativity!!!


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