The biggest hint yet...

by brae  

As I show you two tiny accessories I've just made, you'll likely guess the direction I went with for the Spring Fling.  :D  Both were found from links on Completely Coastal.  If you love anything beachy, that is the place to go!

The first is a 1:12 scale replica of a driftwood sailboat.

I first saw this on The Lettered Cottage, and the real life size one is from White Flower Farmhouse.

the original

I started with scraps of balsa wood that I shaped into a rough replica of driftwood.

I then put on a light coat of Country Grey by Apple Barrel followed by a wash of Liquitex Payne's Grey.  Looks a lot like driftwood now!  :]

The fabric is a ticking stripe pattern that I had attempted to recreate by printing on fabric, but my scale was too large so I didn't end up using it.  But, for this project, I thought it fit wonderfully.  I actually like the larger stripe.

I cut a rough triangle and attached it to the base with a drop of tacky glue at each corner.  The flag is paper.

The other item was inspired by a starfish planter I also saw on The Lettered Cottage (see more on the original here) made from a vintage cricket cage.

the original

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I made mine out of 1/32" thick bass wood cut into strips.  My cage measures 3/4" square.  That's an actual tiny starfish from Timber Ridge Studio.

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I used some of the aluminum mesh I had used on the chimney topper to create the cage portion.  I painted the mesh with Country Grey by Apple Barrel and then dotted on some brown paint for rust.

The nails are just dots from my mechanical pencil lead.  The ceramic planter is by Manor House Minis.  I chose to leave my starfish as is to preserve its natural beauty.  :D

So, there you have it...the biggest hint yet.  Only a short time left...


Comment from: pepper [Visitor]
I'm amazed at how you fashion what seems like something out of nothing. The driftwood looks so realistic. If ever you need nautical items again, gimme a shout. I live a stones throw from the beach and have a nation of teeny stones/driftwood/beach finds =0) I can't wait to see your Spring Fling entry =0D No doubt it will be spectacular
06/20/11 @ 10:38
Comment from: Josje [Visitor]
What I love about your work (apart from it being completely original) is that you put the same precise attention into everything you make, from the big structure to the small accesories. Great work!
06/20/11 @ 15:40
Comment from: Keli Minick [Visitor]
You made a houseboat? A yacht club? Seafood restaurant? Lakeside cottage?'ve got me wondering, hinty girl.
06/20/11 @ 16:36
Comment from: craftland [Visitor]
The star fish planter is very beautiful. I would put a candle inside. Regards from Craftland
06/20/11 @ 16:55
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Something nautical this way comes. Hmmmmm. I haven't even seen the complete structure yet and, already, I am in love. ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT TO WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/20/11 @ 18:06
Comment from: brae [Member]
&#59;D The sound of seagulls overhead and toes squishing in the sand....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah....
06/20/11 @ 23:54
Comment from: Julie [Visitor]
hey i have a boat too! :o) and sand! hmmmmm....very fun items you made!!!
06/21/11 @ 08:14
Comment from: Maureen [Visitor]
08/12/11 @ 12:07

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