7/18/14

DIY - Nautical Keepsake Box

I get a lot of inspiration when I visit my favorite beach...
The trek alone takes over a hour and a half on foot, 
no other way to get there... And it is so worth it! 
I always seem to pick up white stones and shells, when wet they look magical... These little gifts from mother nature make me smile.
So, I decided what I needed is a container to house these special treasures. A little rustic Nautical keepsake box. 
This is how I made it! 


Supplies:
• Antique Matte Mod Podge
• Gloss Mod Podge ( You can use any Mod Podge)
• Mod Podge Tools
• Unfinished Wood Box
• Brushes
• Folk Art Stains (Love this product)
• Papers and prints to decoupage (Make sure they are copyright free)
• Sand paper or file (Not shown) for a rustic look (Optional)



• Stain the whole box with any Folk Art Stains.
Let dry...
• Dab a little stain on the edge of the Print, let dry...
Next,
• I decoupaged a piece of "Net" like paper on the top of Box, let dry...
Then, I decoupaged the "dry" print on top of the "net" like paper, this yields a
nice border frame.


Then I decoupaged the interior bottom and Top of box, let dry!
All images came from the Graphics Fairy & altered in Photoshop.


• Sanded some of the edges of the box, aiming for a Rustic Nautical Look!
• Wipe clean...
Then I sealed the whole box with Antique Matte Mod Podge, let dry ( 10-20 minutes ) and repeat!
Use more coats till you get the desired antique look, I used 3 coats.
Let dry....


Project completed!
Ready to fill with my treasures found on Cape Cod beaches!

Check out this Fun You Tube video of this tutorial: 
 



6/19/14

Product photography...

Today, I am working on product photography... one of many captures of a Polka dotted Elephant pencil, markers and/or crayons holder. Solid wood with decoupaged sides. 
Middle is painted with lilac chalk paint. Available soon in my Etsy shop.

6/17/14

New illustrated Owl family Footstool

Hoot, hoot!
 Just listed some new children's organizers and small furniture, 
like this Owl Family foot-stool.
Great for story time seating, provides some extra height for 
brushing teeth or hair. Available here.  
Handmade in the USA!

6/2/14

Geometric Anchor

New item listed, Geometric Anchor Wall Hook.
Great for any Beach House, Lake House or Nautical Decor.
Wall Hook available here:
Throw Pillow available here:
Matching Pill, Ring or Powder Box here 

Selected size prints available here:
Thanks for taking a look!

5/16/14

Play Time!

Just finished making a new collection of FUN items dedicated to Playtime. So many great items to make you smile. See it here: Have a great weekend!