Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lobstah Lovah.

Did you catch the story on tonight's national news about the rare blue lobster caught by a fisherman in Prince Edward Island, Canada today? Check this guy out: 


His gorgeous electric blue color is apparently caused by a rare genetic mutation seen in only one in every four million lobsters! NBC reported that this guy will now be living out his days in an aquarium where he can be admired for his lovely coloring.

In honor of this colorful celebrity lobster, here are some great lobster-inspired finds:

Ladie's Lobster PJ's

For the man in your life: Lobster Boxers

Show off your summer pedicure in these cute lobster flippies!

If you're more of a foodie than a fashionista, how about adding this Mariposa Lobster Claw Bottle Opener to your kitchen or bar?

Mariposa Lobster Claw Bottle Opener

And finally, I left the best for last... this lobster percale sheet set from LL Bean is too cute for words. I'm SO very tempted to click that little "Add to Bag" button because these would look so stinkin' coastal and cute in our (newly) navy and ivory bedroom!

I love, love, LOVE these lobstahs!

Which coastal creatures are you crazy over - is it lobsters, seahorses, octopus, snails? 

And have you spotted any lobster-print goodies I missed?? Do share!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

100th Anniversary of the Titanic Launch

Here's a tidbit of nautical history for your Wednesday...

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the launch of the RMS Titanic, and descendants of the men who built "the unsinkable ship" held a ceremony in Belfast, Ireland to help restore the city's maritime pride. The Titanic was launched on May 31, 1911 - nearly one year later, on April 14, 1912, she struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden transatlantic voyage.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Newport, RI Wrap Up

The hubby and I are just back from a few days away in Newport - the City by the Sea. Newport is easily our favorite place. If we won the lottery tomorrow, we'd be back there in a heartbeat - permanently! Enough of the daydreaming though... I wanted to share a wrap-up and some photos of our trip.

This visit we stayed at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, and while our room wasn't as luxurious and lovely as where we stayed in Newport for our Honeymoon, the hotel's location couldn't be beat. Just step out the door and you're in Bowen's Wharf, which was wonderful!

The highlights of our trip were a tour of Marble House, one of the famous mansions in Newport, a quiet lunch by the sea at the Chinese Tea House at Marble House, a (very chilly!) sail on Newport Harbor aboard the Madeline, a lovely walk on First Beach to collect shells, and a peaceful Sunday Mass at St. Mary's - the same church where Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married. But I won't bore you with the full run-down...instead, here are some snapshots of our trip:

The walkway up to Marble House

We had a light lunch here, looking out over the sea.

Detail shot of the tea house.

The bow of the Madeline in Newport Harbor.

The doors to St. Mary's Church

For my fellow history buffs and lovers of 
Camelot, here's Jackie and John F. Kennedy at 
their wedding, in front of those same doors.

A little history on St. Mary's

...signing off from Newport!

What city by the sea are you headed to this summer?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Getting Crafty with Shells: Simple Sea Shell Wreath

I took an hour out of my Saturday this past weekend to sit down and whip up this seashell wreath for our front door. I happened to be organizing my craft closet and already had the glue gun plugged in to make some quick repairs on a decorative sign for our porch…and when I came upon my boxes and boxes of seashells, a lightbulb went on in my brain…shells + glue gun = awesome beachy door decor!

I already had a ribbon-wrapped wreath from last summer but it definitely needed something, and I knew shells would be the perfect addition. I started by spreading out my shells so I could see what I had. Then I worked in small sections, going counter-clockwise from the bow on the wreath, trying out small arrangements of 3-5 shells and making adjustments before I actually hot glued them down.

By the time an hour was up, I had a beautiful, summery (and most importantly, completed!) sea shell wreath to dress up our front door! And as an added bonus, my shell wreath has extra special meaning since it combine shells from our honeymoon, my work out at Boston Lighthouse (a place very close to my heart!), and childhood family trips to Cape May and the Florida Gulf Coast. Fabulous! 

So how have you put your seashell collection to good use lately?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sea Themed Treats & Treasures

Spring has sprung at SeaChele Studios, bringing with it some 
lovely new treasures!

The store is filled to the brim with sea-inspired jewels to add some sparkle to your spring & summer outfits! 

Swim on over and snatch up some sweet, sparkly sea-themed goodness! Plus, just for you, my dear readers, take 10% off your orderwith coupon code HELLOSPRING 
But hurry, this offer is only good through 11:59pm ET on Sunday, May 8th!

And the fun doesn't stop darling penpal, Kate, over at Nautical by Nature is hosting a Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway. 

The winner gets to choose between Kate's 2 favorite dresses: the Azure Coast and the San Gabriel - you really can't go wrong with either one! (though I do admit to being a bit obsessed with the San Gabriel!) So scoot on over to her site and join in only have until tomorrow, so hop to it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Scented Sea Glass


Did you know that sea glass is very porous, making it perfect for holding fragrance? 

Here's a quick and easy project to add a beachy touch to your home - or to give as a gift for a beach-loving friend!

Gather up your favorite colors of beach glass and place in a food storage bag. Add 2-3 drops of an essential oil such as lavender or bergamot to the bag and shake to coat the glass evenly with the oil.

Pour into a dish or decorative jar. Add shells or smooth beach stones, if you'd like.


Voila! A sweetly scented, beach-inspired touch for any room in your home! (And a perfect crafty project for your weekend!) :)

How have you incorporated sea glass into your craft projects or decor?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What Do You Wish to Renew?

Today on this snowy Wishcasting Wednesday, I wish to renew my creative spirit.

The past year has been the busiest year I've ever experienced - through July I was planning and crafting for our wedding, stressed at my job, stressed at home and overwhelmed with trying to figure out how to balance the seemingly endless to-do's with family time and personal time. Self care and a lot of the things I love to do (the things that renew me!) - beading, drawing, reading, blogging, tweeting - all fell by the wayside. I've been slowly, but surely trying to get back to the things I love, but it's been a fight to get that spark back.

So, in the New Year, I wish to rediscover and renew my creative spirit. And here's my game plan to make it happen:

• pulling out my well-worn copy of the "Artist's Way" for a refresher course.

• Scheduling a weekly Artist Date in my planner to make sure I don't lose that creative outlet in the busy-ness of my week.

• Staying committed to consistent blog posts and twitter conversations, since the bloggy/twitter community is such an endless source of creativity and support.

• Better self care, especially more sleep and exercise so I have the energy I require to be creative.

What do you wish to renew?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sea Inspired Scents

Since it's January - and cold, gray and snowy here - I've been escaping the cold with daydreams of beachy, summer days. And nothing gets me thinking warm summer thoughts better than a spritz of my favorite summery scent! So I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you today!

Inis (Energy of the Sea) has been my signature scent for years. It's an Irish cologne for both women and men with a scent that "embodies the coolness, clarity and purity of the sea." It has top notes of lemon, bergamot, neroli and marine notes blended with lily of the valley, and sandalwood.

I love Inis because it has a really unique scent, and since I can only get it at my favorite little family-owned Irish shops, I'm supporting local businesses each time I need a refill! And Inis Cologne also contributes to the protection and conservation of whales & dolphins. Love it!

I'm currently maxed out on perfumes and body sprays, but the next time I start running low on fragrance, I'm looking forward to adding Lilly Pulitzer's Beachy to my collection. Beachy has notes of watermelon, citrus, marine air accord, jasmine, tiare flower, frangipani, salt crystals, amber and vanilla. It's light and smells amazing! A great summer scent!

Escada Ocean Lounge is another great summer scent. Ocean Lounge has notes of strawberry meringue and lychee blended with plum and Anjou pear nectar. Definitely gets you daydreaming of blue sky days spent lounging on the beach with a tropical drink in hand. And who doesn't need a dose of that this cold, gray winter?!
And I don't want to leave the guys out, so I'll share a scent for the handsome ones as well... My hubby has been using Ocean from the Signature Collection for Men, from Bath & Body Works. The key fragrance notes are Bergamot, Cypress, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Vetiver.

It has a nice, refreshing scent and is easy on the pocketbook too, at just $10.50 for the Body Wash, $12 for the Body Spray, or $29.50 for the cologne. Plus Bath & Body Works is always running those "Buy 3, Get 2 Free" deals so you can stock up!

What are your favorite ocean inspired scents?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Inspiration

Jamie Ridler, one of my most favorite creative souls shared these powerful words of advice and inspiration on her blog earlier in the week and it resonated so strongly with me that I just knew I had to share it with you lovely readers, dreamers, and fellow Etsy-ians! A wonderful little tidbit for your Friday! :)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with time to laugh, stretch, rest, create...shine!  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wishcasting Wednesday: What do you wish to enjoy?

The answer to today's wishcasting prompt is an easy one for me... I wish to enjoy sleep! Just hours and hours of wonderful, restful, dream-filled sleep while cuddled up under soft sheets and piles of fluffy blankets. (falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach would be extra lovely!)

Over the last few weeks I've really run myself ragged - especially last week when I was dashing from errand to errand every night and frantically cleaning, cooking and decorating to prepare for our halloween party. A good night's sleep is always the first thing to go when I'm feeling frazzled - usually also followed by a complete lack of exercise and healthy meals. I am so there right now.

I think one day this weekend will definitely need to be declared a "Bed Day." Just two more days in the workweek and then it's off to dreamland for me!  

What do you wish to enjoy? Play along at Jamie Ridler Studios.