The theme for this month is picnic. I am back on the East coast and couldn't be happier. The ocean inspires me to create. Having visited the Atlantic several times since my arrival back in September, I made these fun napkin rings and table favors that would be perfect for a beach picnic.
I have always been fascinated by looking at treasures behind glass. I made shaker type/shadow box squares that display a beachy mix of shells, micro beads and seed beads. I made them from foam core and backed them with a wood square. I cut a center from the foam and covered the whole thing with a 2 x 2 glass slide. I covered the edges with gaffer tape from 7 Gypsies.
I added white barley to the bottom (it looks like really tiny shells/sand particles) which I mixed with more shells and a few aquamarine swarovski stones for extra sparkle. I painted the lid olive green and dry brushed with a blue.
For one more special but easy special touch, I adhered a pre-formed pearl sticker to the top, followed by a coat of varnish to hold in place and keep the paint from chipping.
Live Life Creatively,