Only 8 days to go!!!

Eight days

Only 8 days to go! Hope you’re all organised and have those presents wrapped!

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Ocean Blue

I’m new to Etsy and I love creating treasury lists! It’s a great way to explore all the wonderful talented work people are creating and selling around the world. As you all know I have a love for the ocean, so it only seemed right to put together a treasury list called Ocean Blue

I’m in love with this bag from designer JK at cocosheaven it’s just perfect for the beach.

Just Keep Swimming print available at Gus & Lula

Dishy Fishy Fridge Magnet hand painted at Alienstoatdesigns – just SOLD to me, I couldn’t resist!! Please check out her wonderful collection of sea glass.

This ink watercolour just says it all! Available at Emily Hamilton Illustration

Blue water beach photography available at CarolynCochrane

This beach quote is so true, available at TwistofOlive

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my Ocean Blue treasury list.

The Jolly Sailors

Personalised Childrens BoatsThese cute little Personalised Children’s Boats “The Jolly Sailors” are available at my Wood & Rope Folksy Shop. I can personalise your boat with a name or word up to 10 characters long and have a selection of fabrics you can choose from.

Tie The Knot

Are you getting married this summer? Why not tie the knot with one of our rope ampersands. After designing the wood and rope logo I thought it would be great to make a real rope ampersand. Then instead of the W&R I thought it would be fun to put couples initials instead. This would make a great decoration for a beach wedding. Here are some more photos of beach themed wedding decorations taken from my Pinterest board “A Beach Wedding”

This photo is from our wedding day in the South Pacific, I collected this shell the morning of our wedding to use as a ring pillow.

Then we tied the knot!

This rope ampersand is for sale at my Folksy shop please take a look, they can be made to order.

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

These little wooden boats came about after sitting in a cafe on holiday over looking the Harbour at La Rochelle in France.

The Harbour was filled with little yachts.

La Rochelle is very picturesque and I thought making the little boats would be a great way of capturing that in a decoration.

I wonder how many people have this photo in their holiday snaps? I couldn’t resist!

My Father inlaw has a workshop at his home in France and he makes the boats out of reclaimed wood, some of the wood is burned during the winter months but this is a much better use for it!

Ray enjoys to work outside in the sun!

The first batch of boats, shipped to England (pun intended) awaiting their sails.

I decided to give them all French names and add hand painted details to the sails.

This boat has a hessian sail with fish detail and hand stamped ‘La Sardine’ name.

I used fabric paint on the squid detail and then hand stitched him on to the sail.

The names are stamped on with a letter stamp kit, making mistakes is easy! I then paint over the wording, let it dry and gently sand of the excess.

Please visit my Folksy shop where you will find my little French boats for sale wood & rope

The Driftwood Hunter – Hanging Driftwood Fish Tutorial

The Driftwood Hunter – Hanging Driftwood Fish Tutorial

For my fish project I was going to need some driftwood, this was the perfect excuse for a day at the seaside! My friend Jess and I went to Wells Next The Sea on the North Norfolk coast, which is an attractive town about an hours drive from where I live.

The beach there is great, there are lovely trees lining the beach with a path running through them, colourful beach huts look out to sea and small boats are moored all along the walk from the town to the sea front.

The day was off to a good start with a traditional English cooked breakfast at The Village Deli in Thornham, you can’t go searching for treasure hungry!

From there it was only a short drive into Wells’, We then had a twenty minute walk down to the beach, admiring all the moored boats on the way.

I couldn’t decide on a favourite boat but it was a close joint first between ‘Popeye’ and ‘Legless’.

One of the first things that you notice on the beach are the pretty beach huts, some have names and are decorated nicely, so I took photos of almost all of them for my ‘inspiration board’ at home.

Enough of the site seeing, we were here to find driftwood and anything else useful, I had brought my faithful nautical straw bag and intended to make good use of it.

Usually the best place to find driftwood is on the shore line but surprisingly this time I found some perfect bits in amongst the beach huts and sand dunes.

As an added bonus I also found some nice shells which will come in handy for another project I’m planning. I only needed enough driftwood for one fish so I put back what I didn’t need, just incase someone else could use it!

Driftwood Hanging Fish Tutorial

1) Layout, I’ve gone for the traditional fish shape nice and simple, it’s just a case of laying out you driftwood in some kind of order, you might need to swap around a few pieces a few times to get it looking how you want it.

I have a nice ‘V’ shaped piece for his head and got lucky with a nice piece for the tail too, all the other pieces in between are regular straight bits.

2) Drilling holes, Once you have your driftwood in order you’re going to need a way of attaching them together, I’ve used an old piece of string, it looks like it’s been outside for ages so it’s weathered look matches the driftwood nicely. You can use anything really, rope would look good for a nautical look but you’ll need thicker wood and of course bigger holes. For my holes I’m using a 4mm drill bit on my multi tool which I use loads for craft work.

The driftwood tends to be quite soft so you don’t need a powerful drill. Be sure you can hold or preferably clamp the wood down properly or it can spin around with the drill!

3) Threading the string, Firstly I made a loop at the top so the fish has something to hang by when he’s finished, make sure the loop is big enough to go on whatever you want to hang it on before you get finished as problems are easier to fix now than later.

Then at the other end of the string I had to wrap sticky tape around the end to stop it from fraying, this makes it a lot easier to thread through the wood.

I slid on the first piece of drift wood that makes his head, the ‘V’ shaped bit, I had to tie a knot after it went on to hold it in position otherwise it would hang across the other wood awkwardly, I need it to hang flat and level. After that it’s just a case of threading the rest of the wood on.

4) Final Knot, in the fishes tail section you’ll need to tie off the string, you can make this knot part of the decoration if you want, for the sake of simplicity I’ve stuck to using a regular knot. If you’re struggling with finding a piece for the tail like mine you could use a curved bit, that would work just as well and would be easier too find.

5) Hanging Your Fish, he would look at home either in the kitchen or the bathroom, mine is in the bathroom so I’m reminded of that day at the beach every time I take a bath!

I hope you have fun making your driftwood fish.

My Love Of The Seaside

For me, the seaside feels like home, I love everything about it. I’ve been attracted to the coast ever since I was a child, it’s not any one individual thing but the whole great mix of the beach, the air, the sound of the waves, finding interesting pieces of driftwood and love heart shaped pebbles. I also love crafts so putting the two together felt like a natural thing to do. This blog is for all the things I like to find and make so I can share them with you.