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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

St. Patrick's Shelf Sitters and Image Download

These are St. Patrick's Day blocks . Great for shelf sitters, gifts, hostess gifts or for your Halloween tablescape.

I have made these blocks before in a Blog post titled, Thanksgiving Blocks. I'm swapping out the info so you have info and links to make these St. Patrick's Blocks . 

I went to Home Depot and bought some of their discounted wood , took it back to my shop and cut it to a size I thought made a nice set.  I bought 1" x 6" and 1" x 4" boards.  I did 
5" x 7" boards and 3' x 5' boards. (The boards at HD are actually milled smaller than their listed sizes so a 6 " board is actually 5.5" which was great for my publisher layout.)

I used some Fiddes Rugger Brown wax to give the wood some depth and color. Apply wax by brush , wipe off excess and then buff .



Instead of cutting the images from the paper I like to tear around the images to cut them out. I age them with the brown wax used in the same way described above. This seals in the ink so you can decoupage with out any ink bleed onto your project. The brow wax will get your edges perfectly aged and shabby looking. 

Download St. Patrick's Day Images here

After that we decoupage the images to the wood.

Add some accessories  like bows and bling . 
To me this looks like something I may find in a hometown gift boutique. I love to wrap these up with tissue paper and a small gift bag for gift giving. 

Hope you are enjoying your St. Patrick's season and I hope you enjoyed this craft project.


Here's a link to where I  link up all week. Just take peek.

With love and gratitude
Coastal Bohemian

If you are in Myrtle Beach come on down and visit us at the Coastal Bohemian Studio or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, or  G+ .

Monday, February 19, 2018

Guest Blogger Mini Terra Cotta Flower Pot Wreath

Networking permeates my brain, it has been a part of my life for so long. Guest blogging is a novel way to showcase others we respect and network with,  the idea of guest blogging as a form of networking the people and places we love is the perfect way to celebrate others. 

Today, I 'd like to showcase this Mini Terra Cotta Flower Pot Wreath made by Victoria from Dazzle While Frazzled, a fellow crafter and blogger . You'll be inspired to bring on Spring with this little cutie and hopefully stop by and visit her blog.  

"Makers gotta Make" 

Hello! I’m Victoria from Dazzle While Frazzled and am excited to be sharing with you today an easy DIY springtime wreath. I absolutely love to make wreaths of all kinds! This wreath utilizes miniature terra cotta flower pots, painted in whatever colors you like best, attached to a wire wreath form with floral wire. Add an oversized bow and hang to enjoy all season long! 

Stop by to see how this DIY Mini Terra Cotta Flower Pot Wreath is made!  

With love and gratitude
Coastal Bohemian

If you are in Myrtle Beach come on down and visit us at the Coastal Bohemian Studio or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, or  G+ .

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vintage Folding Chairs Upcycle

These are the folding chairs for our travel trailer.

Even though I love me some rust and wood and patina, I still loved these chairs when I found them on Facebook Marketplace. I actually paid $20.00 for 3 of these but for this blog post I'm showcasing these two. 
We bought a camper trailer that we will have available for renting starting in April. The thing is, I wanted the trailer to be appointed in a mix of a vintage and shabby chic kind of way. It's not easy because the camper is actually a 2016. I just think it can have the feel of a traveling B&B.
Here's are a few pics.

Anyway, these chairs struck a cord in my vintage heart. I could immediately see them painted and chippy. 
Using Chalk Country Paint Pretty in Pink, I painted some of the slats. Then I added some King's Carpet to the Pretty in Pink  to deepen the pink color. My goal was to have 2 contrasting pinks and two contrasting blues, as you'll see when you scroll  to the blue chair. 

I like to use my rotary sander with a heavy grit sand paper (80) to remove some serious paint.

After dusting, I add a coat of dark wax and buffed to a shine.

Thanks for reading about my silly little upcycle.  These chairs make me happy and I hope our renters will enjoy the ambiance as well.

I'm planning a post about the camper soon. Stay tuned.

With love and gratitude
Coastal Bohemian

If you are in Myrtle Beach come on down and visit us at the Coastal Bohemian Studio or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, or  G+ .

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love Birds and Funtastic Friday #166

Love Birds and Funtastic Friday 166 Link Party


Last Spring , on a bird kick,  I created a teapot bird nest post. It was perfect for Spring and after that I was in search of old teapots at garage sales and flea markets.This latest one was donated to me by, Mel , one of the teachers at Coastal Bohemian Studio.
I used Chalked Country Paint King's Carpet and a coat of dark wax to get that dark, rich, ruby red finish. As you can see the teapot was orange.

 I'm a nature girl , have a fondness for tea and birds and so the whole thing sort of gets me excited.  The instructions for this post are included in the Teapot Bird Nest post here from last Spring.

It's all so basic. Get out the E6000 Glue and glue the teapot to an old candlestick. You can use glass, brass, or glass. I've used all three so far.

I pulled apart and created a mixture of several things to create this particular Love Birds nest. 

The last time I used newspaper to fill up the teapot so I would have a place to sit and glue my nest. This time I used a piece of green floral Styrofoam brick hot glued in place on the bottom of the teapot.

It's easy to condition the materials into a nest. Then hot glue to foam. Now add a few dollar store birds . I printed and cut out the word Love Birds and sprayed it with some glimmer mist  to give it a bit of color. Add a swipe of Mod Podge to adhere and you are done. 

It's a great and colorful addition to any room , it's a statement piece and it's perfect for Valentine's Day.

Hope your home is filled with Love Birds.

Now to all the fun stuff. 

Meet the Funtastic Friday 166 Link Party Hosts

We would love for you all to follow us on social media.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole - Filling and comforting without all the fuss of traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Sherry's favorite - Broken Heart Applique @ Eye Love Knots
Debra's favorite - DIY Mason Jar Wall Scones @ Live Craft Love
Air dry clay initial gift tag
Michele's favorite - Clay Initial Gift Tags @ Sum of their Stories
Organized kitchen pantry cupboard.
Donna's favorite - 8 Steps to An Organized Kitchen @ Clean and Scentsible
Quilted Sweetheart Pillow Tutorial
Heidi's favorite - Quilted Sweetheart Pillow @ Gluesticks
How to Make Crepes - the perfect meal for Valentines Day
Lacie's favorite - How to Make Crepes @ The Kittchen

Cristy's favorite - Soft and Sweet Sugar Cookie Bars @ Cooking with Carlee

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With love birds and gratitude,
Coastal Bohemian

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