Monday, July 8, 2013

Seaside Ideas

Well friends, Tone Finnanger has done it again.  She's come out with a new book called "Tilda's Seaside Ideas" with delightful creations for a seaside retreat.  I adore the colors she uses in this small book - soft blue, gray, white and sand.  Since our home is just a mile from the Atlantic ocean, I enjoy creating a nautical-inspired decor in the summertime.  This book is filled with great ideas!

A 'seaside corner' has already been established in our living room.  Take a peek...



These whales were made from patterns in the book:

I couldn't stop at making just one.  My daughter requested the larger size with striped fabric, and I kept on making more in my favorite blue and white palette...

Seashells and the book "A Gift from the Sea" (listed in my Etsy store along with this crochet piece) enhance the vignette.

A seashell wreath I made several years ago completes the seaside corner:




Nearby I added this large vintage bowl scored at my local thrift store.  I love the floral pattern!

Here is the cover of my Tilda book:

Soothing, seaside cottage feel inside its' pages...

Next I would love to make this sailboat applique onto a white coverlet.  I'll have to wait when my time allows such an ambitious project:

I'll leave you with a collection of seashells on our mantel.  Hope you're enjoying your summer and it includes a visit to the sea, listening to the soothing sound of the waves!


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18 comments:

Victoria said...

How darling your little whales are! I love your seashell wreath, I hope to make one this summer:) It's a good excuse to go shelling!

Vintage Market Place said...

Susan I adore those whales.
So cute!!
I just love her books.
I have her first book in my etsy shop now because I never had the time to actually sit and make the items. But I wish I did.
you make it look so easy
Amy

Rhonda said...

So lovely, Susan. We all have a romantic draw to the sea and you've captured that very well. xo Rhonda

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

OMG your whales are so cute,bet they will be a big hit!!! Love this post,makes me miss Ireland and the Irish sea,just the sound of it hitting the rocks,oh and collecting shells on the Antrim Coast,my collection of them are on my kitchen window sill to remind me of happy times....have a good week! x0

chateau chic said...

Lucky you to live so close to the water. Your whales are adorable, and I like your seaside touches for the summer!
Mary Alice

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful book. The whales are adorable!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That book looks like lots of fun! I am making myself a purse right now out of Tilda fabrics... want to get it done but I don't get much accomplished when it is hot. Love your whale--just adorable!

Anne said...

Oh I wish I could sew! Love those whales they are so sweet!Love your pretty seashell wreath too!
xx
Anne

Donna said...

I love your sea shell corner, Susan! And your whales are just charming, the fabrics you used are perfect! The book sounds so neat, I love her style!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

The whales are so sweet Susan. I've got Tilda's Seaside Collection in stock now and it is really lovely. The scrapbook paper pad is just gorgeous too. I'm just eaiting for our weather to warm up so I can add some Tilda seaside décor too.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your seaside decoration is beautiful and I love the soft shades you used. The whales turned out just adorable.

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

You are so clever Susan! I will have to check out that book. It looks yummy!

Hugs,
Judy

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

How cute!!
Friday is girls day at Plymouth Beach and I have been collecting seashells to make something for my new trailer!

Debra Oliver said...

LOVE your beautiful seashell wreath, just perfect for your little nautical corner!

lynn said...

so sweet, susan:) love that tilda book! (i just planted a dawn climber--the roses are just gorgeous, huh?) happy weekend!

Nancy Lee said...

So lovely to visit your blog, it is so serene here. Your whales are sweet. The Tilda books are such a visual treat, and you have done such a beautiful job presenting your take on the projects. I am pea green with envy over that blue and white bowl!

manuela carvalho said...

So, so beautiful!

Anna said...

Uwielbiam świat Tildy i wszystko co z nim jest związane. Tworzysz piękne prace i bajkowy klimat u Ciebie panuje.

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