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6.01.2018

Beach in a Jar

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it's JUNE! that puts me in a summery mood, how about you?

way back in 2013, i shared '5 ways to decorate with seashells' in a post...
while they were all good ideas, i can say that based on pins, re-pins, and blog post visits, 
THIS ONE has been the overwhelming fave every summer since then.

it's a perfect time to revisit this easy summer decor project!

continue reading to see how simple it is to create variations of your own...

when i made the first ones TEN YEARS AGO (!), 
i was lucky to have found old pickle jars with naturally rusted white metal lids...
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i simply collected shells from the beaches on my island in Washington state,
and filled the jars with them. some broken shells and nests made of seagrass add texture, 
and a simple twine tie & manila tag finish them off.

(i also save sand & shells in jars when i go on vacation - 
and the tags tell me what beach they came from!
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in later years, i used newer mason jars, and simply covered the (shiny) metal lid
with a piece of canvas or burlap, tied on with twine.
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photo on left taken at the Farm Chicks Antique Show 2010 by Julie Anderson / The Little Red Shop

i embellished some of the jars with vintage book snippets of summer-y, beach-y words.
and when you opened the lid, you could actually smell the sea (even tho i washed the shells!).

i made & sold hundreds of those babies every summer from 2008 to 2011 
at antique & vintage shows up and down the West coast.
... and do you know, i just realized that i don't even HAVE one?!!! 

i have shells. from my island, even. 
and i have jars.
guess we know what Deb's doing later today, huh?! (watch my IG for a photo!)


UPDATE:
i made one just for me! and shared it on my Insta!
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shared online:

funky junk interiors | diy salvaged junk projects #429

yesterday on tuesday | project inspire{d} #276


2 comments:

  1. Great post, Deb, and so inspiring! It makes me think of the awesome collections of aristocratic men & women in some of my favorite English novels. Trip to Bath, anyone? :) Have a sweet day as you work on your collection. Thank you for the mention, and for all of your inspiration & advice over the years! ❤️

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    1. thank you so much for visiting and commenting, my friend! you have always captured the most beautiful and inspiring images at vintage shows, and i am forever grateful to you for preserving the booths and displays and products i've created over the years that are now long gone. thank you so much for sharing your talent and eye with us! ❤️

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