We went to Whitney Beach on Longboat Key hunting for sand dollars. My girlfriend Amy (seashell/sharktooth hunter extroadinaire) told me this was a good beach to find them. We found one intact right as we walked down to the water and later a bit of a broken one but, unfortunately, that was it. I think we needed to go further out in the water and also "put in the hours" as Amy phrases it.
We did find this pretty shell completely unbroken.
Later we went into Bradenton Beach to get slurpees. LOVE Joe's Eats & Sweets ice cream shop painted bright beachy colors!!!
I was out a few weeks ago in funky Burns Court and saw the cutest shop-door decoration. It was made from canvas cut into triangles and hung in an upside down pattern and embellished with feathers and glitter (love it!). I came straight home and tried to figure out how to make my own.
I remembered I had a made a painted floorcloth a while ago and decided to use that since it would stand up to being outside. As much as I wanted the glitter and feathers I don't think they would last long outside at my house.
I needed to make two door-hangers as I have double doors. For each door hanger, I measured and cut 3 triangles from the floor canvas. I hot-glued two of them side by side to a piece of wood ( slat from a broken bi-fold closet door). I glued the 3rd triangle in between them at the bottom.
I added a starfish to the center top, and strung small plastic pearl strings to hang them. I really wanted to use raffia to hang them and add as trim but I just didn't have any around the house. I plan to add it later and do some more embellishing. But for now it's a fun, beachy welcome to our house in sunny Florida.
We decided to have a Peppermint Party for my daughter's 5th birthday. It's just before Christmas so I thought this would be cute and very simple. I used the Curlz font to print the information then traced it onto the black and white invitations printed on cardstock. Then I colored in different bits with pink and blue markers. Lastly, I added a pink candy cane with a silver tinsel pipe-cleaner.
For treats we dipped marshmallows in melted chocolate then dipped them in crushed peppermint and placed them in mini-muffin papers.
We also made mini peppermint cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting mixed with more crushed peppermint.
Guests made candy canes from pipe-cleaners and beads to take home. Very simple but very fun!