My niece is getting a Valentine’s Day creation I began planning during my Christmas trip to Texas. As I've noted before, I couldn't pass by the piles of oyster shells on the beach. After hauling them back to Tennessee and giving them a good soak, several of the smaller shells I picked up have become a mermaid crown.
I found a small, inexpensive tiara online for the base. A long cardboard box allowed it to sit flat while I adhered the shells.
I used my industrial glue and took it slow. Each piece had to be held to the frame for a minute or two to make sure it stuck, and I had to spread the glue along the edge where it hit the rhinestones.
After covering the front with shells, I dug out an impulse-buy from SmArt: a packet of pink beads. I strung them randomly between freshwater pearls, then glued the strand onto my crown. The beads in the back were glued, giving the piece a little movement.
It’s a little top-heavy, but my niece has the hair to hold it in place. To complete the look, I wound twine and shells along a mesh thrift store basket to resemble a net.
It’s a pretty good catch!
Wow, last week was a tough one. Long, cringe-inducing story short, we were pummeled from all sides, and the house was a wreck, which meant the husband and I never felt like we could rest.
But then the weekend came, and things started looking up. First, we had a lovely play date with one of the oldest’s friends at Chic-fil-a, which put us both in a better mood. Then, when I got home, I was given the chance to go shopping all by myself. That’s right - no one whining or pulling me around, or saying “gimme, gimme, gimme.” So I jumped in my car and trekked through the mud and the rain to SmArt Art.
When I got to SmArt, not only were there new items in the artisan corner, plus the red paint I needed for Son One’s derby car, but the speakers overhead were playing the best of Disney soundtracks. It was nothing less than magical, how I kept remembering things I needed to throw in my basket. Still the happiest of my happy places.
And I found out that they're having a competition! I'm intrigued. It sounds a little like the old cooking show "Iron Chef," as teams are given two hours and a set of materials to make a piece for the judges and the audience. I'm going to be giving this some serious thought.
But before I can get to that point, we've got valentines to stuff and color. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!