Make Your Own Pottery Barn Inspired Nautical Candles

A couple weeks ago I received in the mail one of those little Pottery Barn catalogs for summer. As I flipped through the pages knowing that I most likely couldn't afford any of their fabulous merchandise, I came across these pretty lanterns. What caught my eye was not the actual lanterns but the candles they had inside of them.

I immediately thought that this look for the candles would be easy enough to recreate and place around my home for the summer months. As it turned out...I was right!

All you need is as follows...

Pillar candles of any size and color you choose (faux candles are an excellent choice too)
jute twine, natural or white
a glue stick
hot glue gun
staple gun
starfish, shells, anything that reminds you of the sea

To create the simple wrapped look you will need scissors, the jute twine and glue stick. 

Rub the glue stick on the surface of the candle and then just begin to wrap the twine around the candle pushing the twine layers together as you go around. Believe it or not the glue does adhere to the waxy surface of the candle. Cut the jute when the desired amount of coverage has been achieved, and then you can go ahead and hot glue whatever little nautical item you'd like to the twine itself.

To create the pretty nautical knot you will need 4 to 6 pieces of jute cut in equal lengths. Make sure the are long enough to cover half the diameter of the candle when the loop is formed. It is OK if the pieces are a little long because you can always cut off the excess.

For a 5 1/2 inch pillar candle I decided to use a total of 6 pieces of jute. Form a loop using 3 pieces together, and then with your staple gun secure the loops of  of twine to the candle.

With other 3 pieces of twine, create another loop and thread it through the first loop pulling it somewhat taut, and then secure the six end pieces of the second loop with your staple gun.

And the final look is...

I think these would really make adorable end of the year gifts for teachers too.

Wishing you all a wonderful last weekend in May! 
Here we come June!!!

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Share Your Style Link Party #15

Welcome back to another Share Your Style link party. This week's host is Ron from The Uptown Acorn.

Hi y'all!
It's my turn again to host this great weekly soiree. I hope you will continue to Share Your Style with us.

I spent the Memorial Weekend in my "happy place", Grand Isle. The unofficial start of summer is here, and I am most excited that my summer will be here in just two days.

This is me and my cousin Monique outside Kajun Kastle at age 7, 40 years ago!!!! Do you like my flowered raft???

Do you have summer plans? This summer I have trips planned to Perdido Key, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. I cannot wait to share the adventures of Uptown Acorn coming soon....

Thanks to all of you who shared your style with us last week. Here are a few of my favorites:

Southern State of Mind shared her beautiful foyer transformation. 

You must see this chair redo from Decor to Adore.

I am a lover of white flowers and silver. Ramon of Rowhouse Blog shared his favorite combination with us.

Meatloaf and Melodrama shared this idea for summer cookies, flip flops. I adore these so much. Brilliant!

Who doesn't love a good summer cocktail? Life In My Empty Nest shared the delicious sounding Simple Cranberry Margarita. Cheers!

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Amazed at what a Little Paint and Fabric can DO! (Updating Kitchen Seating)

Hi and how are you all doing? 
I sure hope you enjoyed the long weekend and big kickoff to the 2015 summer season! We were down at the Jersey shore for a few days, and although the weather was a bit windy and cool it didn't stop my kiddos from venturing into the 50+ degree water!


We stayed at my dear friend Donna's house in Brigantine NJ. If you remember last summer we spent every available minute we had there working on bringing her 1970's beach home kitchen into the new millennium. I just wanted to share with you what she did with the thrift store seating she bought last year.

This is what it looked like at the end of summer 2014.

Donna actually built her own farm table for roughly $130 and then purchased the cute wicker back chairs for $50. Not bad right? The faux leather topped stools were another steal for just $10 each.

Now we knew we wanted to paint the chairs white but Donna wasn't sure what other accent color to bring into the room. She already added pretty turquoise plates to the shelf and bottles to the table, but she really wanted another pop of a different color. So last summer when our family took a week's vacation at the sweet beach bungalow, I snapped this picture of my sister Kim.

The perfect color to add to those plain looking chairs!

So when I suggested orange and white fabric for the seat covers Donna's first response was "Are you kidding me?" I think that orange was the last color she ever thought would come out of my mouth, and here is why.

This was Donna's kitchen when she and her hubby took possession of the house last May. Straight out of That 70's Show!

I told her we can bring orange into the room but in an updated and fresh way. So she picked up some new fabric and I gotta say that I think Donna hit a home run!

This kitchen is so bright and cheerful now that it actually feels like the room is smiling at you when you walk in.

How about you...is there a color trend from a past decade that you avoid like the plague? Possibly you stay away from florals with stripes and the peach overload of the 1980's? Or you do your best to avoid the 90's minimalist style and almost complete lack of color? Then there was the Moroccan vibe with its jewel toned colors of the last decade. Hmmm...I wonder where we are headed color wise in the next 5 years and what trends will be making a comeback!

I suppose only time will tell.

Have a great day!!!
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A Day of Remembrance

May you all enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Share Your Style Link Party #14

Hi there friends...It's Martina from Northern Nesting
I'm thrilled to be your happy host this week at
Here's a few things I shared with you on the blog this month...

If your not already I would love for you to become a new follower...
I love making new friends!

You guys AMAZE me every week with all the fabulous posts you all link up...I wish I could feature all of you!
Here are a few from last weeks party... 
made this beautiful trumeau mirror...love how it turned out! 


shared this beautiful outside tablescape!

Laura from Top This Top That
shared her beautiful guest room makeover! 
Making my reservations today:-)

Julie from Little Farmstead
shared how she painted her kitchen countertops!! 
What a fabulous transformation!

Christy from Our Southern Home
shared her DIY no sew lampshade...love it!!

Shared this yummy and healthy for you dessert!

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May's Beauty

 Driving home from Grace's lacrosse game yesterday, I couldn't help but to just want to take pictures of this wonderful part of the country we call home. May is one of my two favorite months of the year. To me it possesses such a peaceful beauty. 

He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

Psalm 104:14-16

Wishing you all a very blessed day this 3rd Sunday of May.

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