Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beach Therapy


 We are home once again after an AMAZING 11 days in Fenwick Island, DE with our friends! The weather was perfect the whole time and the laughter and fun never stopped. And for the first time we went on a little sight seeing trip to nearby Berlin, MD one day- a charming and quaint Victorian town. Once I get pics organized and edited I'll share the town where Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting was filmed.

 I have missed you all but I kept my promise to myself to disconnect from the phone and PC (outside of deleting emails each AM, and watching my online calendar lesson for Aug.-the only art I did!) so I have LOTS of catching up to do.


 Each year for our big beach trip I like to make a little something for the girls. This year I made fabric starfish using summery batik fabrics. These were inspired by my friend Becky Shander and her article and projects "Stars of the Ocean" in Sew Somerset Summer 2014, pgs. 82-85.

 We only ate out one night (everyone took turns making the meals) but I just have to share part of our dining experience in Bethany Beach, DE at Sedona restaurant because it was an unforgettable dinner:

 This was only some of all we had including salads and bread. The menu changes a bit so unfortunately I cannot make you drool with the descriptions of these dishes. Hubby proclaimed we were having food o's!

 This was our lobster night - a tradition Trina has had in her family for many summers at the beach- and we have taken it on now:)

 We began on the deck with champagne (what else do you have with lobsters?) and corn on the cob while Lobster Queen Trina prepared the main course (A few yrs ago I made the crown she is wearing-complete with a moving lobster toy. Lynne was also given a crown for her expertise in cracking and dismantling lobsters :) Our wonderful friends and beach house hosts Lynne and Chad are in the bottom rt. photo. I am joining back in with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!

 One more art project:

  Had to take some time away from cleaning, laundry and errands to make a bit of art for several challenges including  Mixed Media Mojo (tags); Mixed Media Monthly (stencils and paste); Mix It Monthly (crazy dresses) and Simon Monday Challenge Blog (scratched up-embrace imperfection and get grungy). Would love for you to play along!

 The tag was first stencil embossed using a word stencil (The Crafters Workshop) and coarse pumice gel (Golden). Several ink sprays were used after the tag was completely dry. Edges of collage images, words (ARTchix Studio) and tag were sponged with Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger). Image was embellished with Gold Stickles glitter glue (Ranger). Paint dots added with black paint marker(Deco Color Marvy Uchida). White dots added with white gel pen (uni-ball Signo). Foam tape was used to adhere words and image. Asst. fibers from my stash.

  Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

              "By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more."


  1. WELCOME Back dear Linda!
    Missed you but I knew you were having a wonderful time with sand between your toes.
    Sweet photos you've shared here
    and those Lobsters WOWEE!
    Happy T Day ... glad to have you back

  2. I love the darling starfish ornaments you made--they are just the perfect beachy color!
    Sure looks like everyone enjoyed that lobster dinner! Lovely bright colors in your tag, too! Thanks for sharing on T Tuesday!

  3. We live nowhere near a beach, but beach vacations have a special place in my memory

    I got a kick out of making art "loudly". :)

  4. From starfish to lobster, I can tell you had a beachy good vacation. No wonder you didn't bother with the internet. Too much fun with friends.

    Those lobsters were HUGE. Lucky you. They would have cost around $50.00 each here in KS. Some things are NOT reasonable here, and fresh salt water fish is one of them. Fresh crustaceans are another.

    The meal you ate out looks yummy, and there appears to have been lots to choose from.

    And of course, that tag is simply adorable. Glad you had a chance to make a bit of art while away.

    Thanks for joining in today. Glad to see you back from the beach.

  5. Glad you enjoyed your beach time and your break from being "connected". The fabric starfish are so cute. I really like the tag you created too. Happy T day.


  6. Oh wow! You look like you had a fantastic time! Love the little starfish you made to share. Glad you are back and thoroughly relaxed and ready to join us for T.
    Happy Tuesday!

  7. A lobster tradition!!!! Oh I do love to eat lobster. Great pictures of your group, and yummy food.

    Thanks for visiting earlier. Happy T-day

  8. Glad you had such an amazing holiday Linda and love your makes, hugs Annette x


  9. Welcome home from what sounds like a happy and fun time for all ~ Lovely creations as always and love the starfish ~ xoxox

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Hello Linda, what a wonderful time you've had. I'm catching up too as you saw in my post. So good that you disconnected from electronics and enjoy your time away. Those starfishes are sooo cute and love the colors too. Lobster is one of my favorite seafoods, YAY! The tag is amazing and full of texture and fun.
    Enjoy settling into home again and catching up. Happy T Day!

  11. Wow, you had a super holiday, didn't you?! Happy memories being made ;)

    Welcome home and welcome back to your arting!


  12. Fantastic that the holidays were such a success!
    The tag is so beautiful and I love the starfishes!
    Fab to have you back !

  13. Welcome back Linda. So good to see your posts again. Yes, of course at times we all need to keep away from these electronic gadgets and I think that will only help us to come back with more creativity. Wow! that lobster is so awesome. I have never tried one. Your art is also wonderful. Beautiful shades on the tag.
    Have a creative week my friend

  14. What a wonderful time!!
    I love that saying on the tag, too.
    Happy T-Day! :)

  15. looks like a fabulous time was had by all...love the crown and the little starfish! adorable!

  16. I am drooling at your lobster. Over here it is so expensive that we don't get it very often. It is one of the things I am looking forward to sampling in Boston later this year!
    Those starfishes are great but that crown is brilliant.

  17. Awesome looking food, great photos :) your tag is great too and the stars. The Lobster looks like I need to get some :)
    Happy T day

  18. It looks and sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous time! The joy literally seems to leap from your post and from your art.

  19. Welcome Back!!!! Looks like you had an amazing trip with lots of great memories made. Love the tag!!!!!

  20. Looks like you had a great time! Love your tag and all the layers and texture! Thanks so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo this month!

  21. Linda, it looks like you had a fabulous beach vacation! Love your tag and those stars are delightful - I bet your friends were thrilled with them. Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm glad you enjoyed my recent flurry of artivity. :)

  22. Great tag! LOVE the background! Looks like you had a fabulous vaca!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge "Stencils and Pastes.

  23. beautiful tag, just love that sentiment. please link back to our challenge to be eligible to win! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  24. It looks like you had a great holiday! Gorgeous projects. That tag is so much fun and the colours are great. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  25. What a beautiful time you are having, Linda!! Love all the wonderful photos from you and your loved ones!! Yummy food, sunshine, sand and the ocean..this is of course a therapie ;) I so love your tag too...the expression in her face is priceless and of course her cool dress...aahhh a freast for the eye! Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

  26. What a beautiful tag! I love how you used that script stencil. Thanks so much for joining us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  27. Unique tag design. Nice colors, texture, and sentiment. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge!

  28. Thanks for sharing photos of your holiday, Linda, it looks like you had a great time.
    Love your "Crazy Dress" tag, with the intense colours and so much enjoyed reading about your art materials and how you made it.

  29. Just bought that word stencil, too, love it!! I love all the colors you used on this, they really pop! Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  30. LOL! Love the saying on the tag and the tag it self. So cool!


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