A couple of months ago we had a wild, stormy week here on Oahu. There was rain, lightning, high winds, hail and even a “water spout” miniature tornado off Lanikai Beach. Needless to say, there was no swimming for awhile and even beach walks were a little difficult. The week after the storm, the beach was strewn with debris – glass, boards, nails, dead fish, boat cushions – you name it.
My awesome husband happened upon this cute little painted board – half buried in the sand – and he knew it was something I’d want. Yes, my own piece of reclaimed wood with perfectly distressed orange paint! I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but I knew I needed to take it home.
After staring at it for a month, I decided that with a few hooks it would make a perfect rack to hang coats and bags by the kitchen door. And thankfully, our giant wave print will make the little beach board feel right at home! Since we are renting our house and our walls are boring tan, any and all pops of color are welcome.
Next up was to choose whether to use one, two or three hooks. I think any of these would have turned out great, but two seemed the most balanced for the size of the board.
These metal hooks were left over from our old house and I hadn’t yet figured out what to do with them in the new place. (I bought them at Ikea, back when you could purchase Leksvik hooks individually. Now you can only buy them attached to a coat rack.) Anyway, I like that they are metal but not solid black. They kind of have a distressed look to them, which goes great with the reclaimed, washed up board.
A couple of screws later and some nails on the back to fasten it to the wall, and it was done!
So, messy counter and all, the photo on the left shows how it fits on the kitchen wall – centered between a door and window. This has been a weird entryway to get used to since the door opens into the space and we also need room to open the cupboards. This has made it impossible to use my larger coat/hat rack and shoe bench. Instead I settled on a bright yellow Tub Trug to corral flip flops. And my new DIY beachy coat rack is perfect for a bag and a hoodie. Who needs a row of coats in Hawaii, right? And a final bit of joy was seeing that my newest beach bag from Target matches the flip flop bucket. This whole citrusy theme just screams endless summer.
Who loves a challenge? Me! The ladies over at Young House Love and Bower Power have teamed up with Ana and Erin for a new Pinterest Challenge. The idea is to do something crafty and inspirational based on something you’ve pinned on Pinterest.
I have a board for art projects and DIY ideas and have been trying to tackle a new art project every couple of months. Here’s how my latest project started. I tumblred upon this “Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost” piece* awhile back and also found it on Pinterest. It took some digging to figure out who made it – designer Shaun Sundholm.
Anyway, I love the strong typography combined with the photo. It’s the perfect wanderlust piece – makes me want to go somewhere great. I also have a thing for maps, so I decided to combine my inspiration to make a personal art piece of beautiful places I’ve gotten lost. The letters are cut out of an old United States atlas. I started with places that are important to us – where we were both born, cities we grew up in, places we’ve lived together and then added in favorite trips we’ve taken together like Yosemite, the San Juan Islands, Victoria and San Francisco.
I did the type layout in Illustrator and then printed the words on plain paper. Then I cut the letters out, traced them onto the atlas pages and cut the letters out again. To mix things up with the words “Let’s” and “lost,” I used bright photos from a couple of our favorite trips outside the U.S. — Greece and Nice! Then I lined everything up on a large piece of paper, taped the letters in place and framed it.
Hurray! I love it and have it displayed proudly on my mantle with adventurous things like a bicycle photo, travel guides and vintage binoculars.
I can’t wait to tackle another Pinterest-inspired project. Thanks, all you creative Pinteresters, for the inspiration!
*And – credit where credit is due – go buy Shaun’s poster on 20×200 if you like it, although it’s currently sold out.
Summer in Oregon – it’s where it’s at. Here are 10 things that made my month.
1. Bocce ball with friends
2. Fireworks over Oaks Park
3. Busting out the “stars and stripes” Converse All Stars for Independence Day
4. My garden finally growing!
5. Macarons (I know they were on my June favorites list too, but these are from Elephant’s Deli so not exactly the same thing)
6. Multnomah Falls
7. Farmers market season
8. Getting crafty with vintage buttons
9. Sailing on the Columbia River
10. Enjoying Waialua soda at a slightly cooler (and my favorite) beach – Oswald West
A momentous month – I turned 30! There are at least 10 things that made my milestone month amazing.
- Peonies in bloom
- Rosemary fries at the Observatory
- Birthday camping at Nehalem Bay
- My Smith & Hawken umbrella in beautiful aqua
- PB&J cupcake from Cupcake Jones
- Vintage finds at the Eastmoreland annual garage sale
- Macarons from Pix
- Going to a baby shower – first one from the “phase 2” baby makers
- Taking a birthday bike ride with my five favorite friends
- Turning 30!!!
May was a beautiful, busy month. Here are 10 things that made it great.
- Snowshoeing and sledding at Mt. Hood
- Bryan’s Bowl at Por Que No
- Making art again – I’ll have to share more about it later
- Staying at Cavallo Point Lodge
- My first trip to San Francisco
- Visiting Heath Ceramics
- Celebrating nine years of marriage with Comma Mister (the ceramic anniversary)
- Biking trip to San Juan Island
- Taking my bike on the ferry – cool experience
- My new road bike – I’m a bit obsessed