35 Beachy paper plate crafts

Entertaining little ones without technology can be difficult these days. I put together 35 fun “Beachy” themed crafts made simple inexpensive supplies of plain white paper plates, markers, scissors, glue and imagination.
These are shore (*wink) to keep your little ones occupied for hours without screens and batteries! Links to original sites available, but most are pretty easy to figure out. Enjoy!

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1. crab Skip to my Lou

2. whale In the playroom

3. porthole aquarium Craft Project Ideas

4. pirate I heart crafty things

5. jellyfish Buzzfeed

6. seagull How Wee Learn

7. shells Artsy Crafts Mom

8. shark Artsy Momma

9. pelican Mosswood Connections

10. beach ball Glued to my crafts

11. oyster Crafty-Crafted

12. walrus I heart crafty things

13. sand dollar Craft gawker

14. beach First Palette

15. sailboat (unknown)

16. tropical fish Crafts by Amanda

17. boat on water Spackel

18. Mermaid necklace from Our Big Earth – link no longer available

19. scuba diver Educacioilestic

20. aquarium (unknown)

21. whale Fun crafts Kids

22. starfish Artsy Momma

23. stingray Flickr

24. jellyfish Buggy and Buddy

25. swimming dolphin from ActivityVillage.co.uk ( link no longer available)

26. lobster TaniaManesi-Kourou

27. octopus Easy Peasy and fun

28. whale from Keisbay blogspot, link no longer available

29. gold fish I heart crafty things

30. stingray The Pinterested Parent

31. sea turtle from A day in first grade (link no longer available)

32. hermit crab I heart crafty things

33. mermaid Lakeshore Learning

34. under the sea Indulgy

35. killer whale Primary Reading Party

My Top 16 Beach House blogs

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Here is a list & links to my top 16 favorite beach house blogs! Most you may
already follow as a beach house fan and hopefully some new ones for you to enjoy!

Carons beach house

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Completely Coastal

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Beach Bliss Living

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House of Turquoise

Ciao!Newport beach

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Beautifully Seaside (formerly Chic Coastal Living)

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Coastal Living

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Sand and Sisal

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Stylish Beach Home

Starfish Cottage

Sally Lee by the Sea

Coastal Shore Creations

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Fox Hollow Cottage

Our Boat House

H20 Bungalow

Go Nautical

A Sense of Place: Houses on Martha’s Vineyard & Cape Cod

With the advent of Pinterest one has access to a plethora of visual goodies on house and home. As much as I adore Pinterest myself I am still a hardcore fan of magazines and books. A recent house and home book I have stumbled across is
A Sense of Place: Houses on Martha’s Vineyard & Cape Cod by Mark A. Hutker.
Available on Amazon here .

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Here is the synopsis:

Thirteen exquisite houses create a portrait of life in one of America’s most exclusive coastal destinations, along the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Hutker Architects, led by founding principal Mark A. Hutker, has designed more than three hundred houses along the New England shore. A member of the close community on Martha’s Vineyard since his arrival in 1985, Hutker has become an expert at interpreting the ideal lifestyles of his clients within the respected traditions and restrictive codes of the beautiful but fragile environment.

In their design and construction, these houses honor the vernacular traditions of craft and indigenous materials, are deeply respectful of the cherished landscape, and demonstrate a lively range of solutions to building on the bluffs and dunes that line the shores of the Vineyard and Cape Cod. A working organic farm fulfills a family’s dream of simpler values; a luxurious renovation saves the best of an antique shingle cottage while transforming it for contemporary family life and a raised structure clad in naturally weathered boards combines the legacy of midcentury regional modern architecture with Cape Cod’s maritime tradition.

The firm is committed to the principle “Build once, well,” looking to the historic architecture of the region and the inherited experience of its carpenters and craftspeople as inspiration for contemporary design. The result is an architecture that is at once adaptable and livable, yet enduring, efficient, inevitable, and appropriate.

The houses sit lightly on the land, deferring to their surroundings, often built as a series of modest pavilions linked by passages or grouped to enclose an outdoor space. Creative design solutions—a light-filled gallery running the full length of a house, a continuous wall of sliding glass doors—make houses both open to views, but protective in a storm. Specially commissioned photography captures the craftsmanship and the settings of the houses, from dramatic bluffs overlooking the sea to secluded coves and rolling meadows filled with wildflowers, creating a unique portrait of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

The homes are just as gorgeous inside as their stunning views. As a New Englander myself these houses to me are Home. Rambling stone walls, weathered cedar shakes, granite blocks and oceanfront are the theme of these amazing homes.

Here are a few pictures to give you a sneak peek:

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The photos in the book are huge and colorful. You just want to dive in and live there. I hope you enjoy this visual treat as much as I have.

Sea Urchin Pumpkin tealight holder

Every season here at The Mermaids Tale has to be imbued with coastal elements. For this Autumn I created a tea light holder that is a sea urchin with a pumpkin hue.

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I took a standard glass globe candle holder, cleaned it with rubbing alcohol (to remove any finger prints/grease) and painted it with white chalk paint.
Once dry I used scribbles fabric paint in white. This paint is raised and has a superfine pointed tip which works fabulously to create the raised nubs found on sea urchins. (the paint can be found at Michaels arts and crafts)

Once the nubs are dry, I then used orange chalk paint and painted lines on the globe.
Before the paint has a chance to dry I used water only on a paint brush to create the gradient colors of orange. Then let dry.
For a final detailing I added a green burlap leaf and a piece of green wired twine that I wrapped around a pencil to create the pumpkin curls. (both items available at Michaels).

Seashell lamp makeover

I have been lusting over seashell filled lamps for some time. Especially the large ones, but everyone I find is a wee bit pricey and I can’t seem to bring myself to shell out the cash for one. ( pun intended) I have a tall thin candlestick lamp in my living room that I have been pondering over to makeover, particularly with seashells. This morning I had an AHA! moment and thought , why can’t I just put the skinny lamp in a large glass vase and fill it? So I went poking around in my ever growing supply of junque and found a large tall cylinder vase and it fit nicely. For this I am not drilling any holes for the cord, this is just a temporary fix until I find a lamp to my liking. I just slid the lamp in the vase and filled it with shells. The electrical cord comes out the top, but I ran it down the back out of view. I must say I am quite happy with this project that cost NO money and was only a few minutes of my time. (those are my favorite kinds of projects)
Here are some of the pics

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Broken apothecary jar recycle

One of my apothecary jars I use for various decorating got damaged awhile back. However I could not bring myself to part with it. I knew I could still use it somehow. While doing a regular clean out in my storage area I came across it again and instantly knew what to do with it! First I got a wood plaque from Michael’s Arts & Crafts and glued it to the base where it was cracked. I used my trusty E-6000 glue. Once it was set I covered the entire base with seashells including the wood plaque base.

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I love these moments when a craft I have been wanting to do comes to fruition! Now my “new” shell candle holder is all lit up and I love it!

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Patriotic decor at The Mermaids Tale 2015

There is something about the colors red white and blue together that I just love. From Memorial day to 4th of July I get to decorate with these hues in full force. Here are some snaps of my patriotic decor of 2015.

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Here is my trio of Nautical Nutties.

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These are my patriotic and beachy painted masons jars from a previous post.

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Here I used a vintage blue enamelware bucket with red white and blue hued faux florals as my centerpiece with an antique red white and blue runner.

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Here are 2 of my latest creations. The nautical anchor flag and USA shadow box. Both have upcoming blog posts on how I made them.
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Even Mr. Sandpiper got a dapper makeover with a top hat and patriotic bow tie.

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