Sunday, 19 October 2014

Coastal Vintage Christmas

Can you believe it is almost that time again?
It only seems like yesterday that we celebrated last Christmas doesn't it?  If you've been following my blog from day dot, well you may remember my very first post this year and this gorgeous Coastal Christmas table created by an old friend & neighbour of mine Shelby.  
 Not long after I opened last year, Shelby purchased some old glass floats & blue bottles, and a vintage nautical chart of the Great Barrier Reef. She told me that she was going to do a coastal theme Christmas and this is what she created.
Isn't it gorgeous?
Firstly, I love al fresco dining and this beautiful setting is perfect for an Australian Christmas.
Secondly, the starfish are striking on the gorgeous blue 'Lotus' plates aren't they? 
Shelby bought these online from the fabulous American shop Anthropolgie. 
In the middle of the table, Shelby has used a hessian runner that she whipped up. I'm useless with a needle so if I was to recreate, I may use brown paper.
These are similar glass floats that Shelby has used on the table. They are all authentic vintage fishing floats that were once used to hold up fishing nets. Click here to take you to the website to see what glass floats are available.
 A beautiful old clam shell would make a stunning centrepiece and it could be filled with glass floats, prawns or perhaps sand with candles. Click here to see the range of clam shells we have available.
Shelby bought plain bonbons** and replaced the insides with lindt chocolates & a scratchie (lottery ticket) and then used an old nautical chart to decorate the middle. I haven't the heart to cut up an old chart but I certainly could trace an old chart and colour it in to create this look. Click here to see the vast range of old nautical charts in-store.
Isn't this Christmas tree just glorious?
Shelby has used driftwood garlands that you could easily make using pieces that you have found or perhaps make one with shells, or driftwood & shells. 
To complete the look tie some blue ribbons, add some starfish and string blue fairy lights.

The coastal vignette on the side table is beautiful too. Shelby has used our glass floats once again, some shells, old fishing corks and an old model yacht to create this look. There are a few old model boats in-store that would be perfect for decorating like this or perhaps it would be the perfect gift for someone who loves boats! Click here: model boats
And we have quite a few fishing corks too that will be added to the website in November. 
This coastal vintage style Christmas table theme could be used for many occasions minus the Christmas bon bons. It could be recreated for a beach wedding or a coastal luncheon, or why not a coastal theme high tea. 

Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration Shelby.

After I return from holidays in November, I will write a post about some other coastal vintage ideas for Christmas & the festive party season.

and until next time, 

lover of the sea and all things Coastal Vintage - Sally

** bon bons are Australian Christmas Crackers. A person holds the bon bon at each end & pulls the bon bon until it cracks open with a crackle pop, and inside is a little surprise. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Old Wooden Frame - Restored

Recently, I found a beautiful old wooden frame in an estate sale that I thought would look lovely painted. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of it before I took to it with a brush & some paint, but you can still see the beautiful wood work in the photo below.
I have used Annie Sloans chalk paint - old white and then I painted over it with Aubusson blue.
Once dry, I gave it a sand and polished it with dark wax to give it a more aged look.
The frame didn't come with glass or a backing. So I recycled some glass and backing from an old picture frame that had broken & was fortunately of the same size. If that hadn't been available, I would have simply bought a cheap frame in the same size from a stationery shop.
Then it was time to decide which picture to place behind the frame. At first I was going to go with this photo of me walking on the beach out to our old boat as it is the perfect size. But then decided to use this sweet old pirate card that I had bought a few years ago.
It's the perfect picture for my little girls playroom. 
However, it doesn't completely fill the space, so I painted the backing the same colour as the frame. 

And here it is…. 
And, my girls absolutely love it!

Until next time,

lover of the sea and all things Coastal Vintage

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Driftwood Boats

Aren't these driftwood boats fantastic? So lovely and unique!
They are made by a local chap based here in Noosa with pieces of old boats & channel markers that he has found washed up on our beaches here in Australia. 
The hull of this piece is actually from a mast of an old boat and the red sail is from a channel marker.
These pieces were found at Double Island Point - a coastal headland just north of Noosa. 
And these gorgeous green & yellow pieces were found on the beach down on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. 
The green is from a starboard channel marker.
And the materials for this boat originate from a beach in Cooktown up in Far North Queensland.
And the hull is from a mast of an old wooden boat. It had obviously been floating at sea for a while as it was filled with gorgeous little holes that had been made by sea worms.
I decided that I had to keep one and once I put it up on the wall, 
I decided I had to have another one to compliment the other. 
And here they are displayed in the foyer of my home.

If these driftwood boats are of any interest to you, there are few left on the website.

If sold out, please contact me and I can organise to get one for you.

and until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

House & Garden Magazine

Thrilled to see one of our glass floats appear in this months Australian House & Garden magazine. 
Thank you House & Garden.