Monday, January 24, 2011
With the freezing weather we've been having here in MN, I have been really inspired lately by the thought of the ocean. Not the arctic-type ocean, but the soothing, warm waves of the Mediterranean.
Seriously, I would give my right pinkie toe in exchange for a vacation to the South of France right about now!
But sadly, that is not going to be happening anytime soon. So instead, I pulled together a beach-inspired "mantel" for the shelf above our couch.
Starting off, I used some twine I had in my craft supplies to wrap around a glass hurricane lamp.
It was really easy to transform the lamp with the twine, I didn't even use glue to hold the twine on there, just tucked in the ends so it can be easily removed when needed. I also found myself wishing I was a master knot-tyer so I could make some fancy design on the glass. Wouldn't that look cool?
I also added another clear vase with some glass filler beads that reminded me of sea glass and a fun round candle.
For the final touch, I attached two mother-of-pearl plates to the wall next to the mirror using double sided mirror-hanging tape. I found the plates at a thrift store for $2 each a few years ago, and have never found the "perfect" spot for them. I'm glad I held on to them though, they ended up being the perfect accoutrement to my sea-themed mantel.
I love how they catch the light, they really have the coolest sheen when the sun hits them.
So, that's how I've been trying to make my way through the first of the "Winter Doldrum" months.
Also- this little fluffball has been a great addition to our lives. Aside from being super cute, she loves to cuddle and is like a personal heater for your lap!