Down a sandy, bumpy road,
an old weathered cottage with silver shingles & shabby blue painted shutters
sits and waits for the weary travelers to visit.
There is lots of sand, surf and fun to be had
and every cottage has a view of the ocean.
On the porch,
is a shabby old willow basket filled with faded hydrangeas
that were cut from the garden...
a fisherman's old chippy wire basket
filled with creamy white seashells collected on lazy day walks
& a few little starfish & white pumpkins too...
A twig wreath covered in berries and weathered vines
welcomes you in and invites you
to stay awhile & make yourself at home.
Welcome to the Seaside Resort!
Between all the running around we did this weekend and all the rain,
I didn't get too much done...
but decided it was time to get working on some of those projects that I have been neglecting.
These are the old piano side pieces I found at a flea market and they have been
patiently waiting to be painted and shabbied up...
I loved their curves and details and envisioned them on the sides of a mirror or as shutters or who knows... I just knew I liked them!
I also knew when I bought them that I would paint them-
the finish was bubbled and uneven and they were talking shabby to me from the start.
Once the rain took a break for a bit,
I got out my paintbrush and painted them a mis-tint gray
thinking weathered, worn, bleached...
The color I painted them is gray...
and they did look gray-
But when it started raining again,
I brought them in the house,
and they looked blue.
I will probably be layering a white paint on them as well but for now
I was kind of inspired by the blue...
It made me think of a charming little beach cottage,
blue sunny skies
the sounds of the ocean...
warm sand in between my toes & the salty sea breeze in my hair...
So I gathered up some of my beachy inspired bits
& put together a quick vignette atop one of the fireplaces.
I think I am ready for a warm beach cottage weekend !