By the Sea
I'm a little late getting my summer mantel up....I know.
But I have a confession to make....I have not changed out my mantel in the living room
since last summer. I just did not have it in me.
So this is a good sign that I'm moving forward because I actually felt like changing it out.
My mantel is inspired by this large print of the painting called "The Giant" painted by
N.C. Wyeth long ago.
It is a very favorite of mine. It usually hangs in my den/office but it's perfect for a summer
I kept the mantel simple since there is so much going on in the painting.
A closeup of the children on the beach.
And the giant strolling through the clouds...I imagine he's searching for Jack.
Needing more sea inspired accessories and having long admired beach glass bottles
adorned with seashell toppers.
I set out to make some of my own.
The two bottles to the right are new but I added a cloudy color wash to the inside.
The other I found at the flea market last week for only $2.
It already had the perfect patina.
These were so easy to make.
I could have done a better job on the toppers but did not want to go out and buy supplies.
I used what I had on hand. Styrafoam for the corks...and hot glue to attach, then I painted with silver
paint over the hot glue.
The seashell candleholder I've had quite awhile...a gift from my Mother.
Because several have asked - I'll do a tutorial on how to make the seashell bottles.
They are super easy.
sharing here too...