Beach Cottage Best Use for Mason / Jam Jars for Coastal Style Table
Thu 2nd, Feb, 2012
G’day lovely Beach Cottage ladies, well I am back in the loop, though I am still pretty bruised up in the Spider Biting Arm Department…thanks for ALL your messages….errrm I was too scared to reply to them yesterday in case my lovely hubby thought I was doing too much, haha.
I guess I should do another picture to show you what it looks like now…
How about we talk pretty Beach Cottage Vintage Coastal Style, to get us all back to normal again? Yeah? You know you want to.
Now following on from last week’s vlog, (and there will be another vlog on this too, just awaiting the school schedule of the Video Man), I thought we’d talk about another thing I get asked a lot, behind the scenes, in my email inbox.
That would be how to quickly, easily, cheaply and simply brighten up your home with a little bit of beach cottage inspired beach decor?
Hmm, well first of all, as I said, change out your cushions….not too much investment…but even a couple of cushions these days may not be in the realm of your budget if you are either knuckling down because of the economy and the recession or aiming to make 2012 the year you don’t change out your home & furnishings every five minutes.
OK, more than one.
Wash out those jam / mason jars baby.
Here’s a very small glimpse into my collection of these things…ahem, on Beach Cottage De-Cluttering Week, which will be hitting this cottage and blog very soon, some of these will be going…
But I gather them because I love the different shapes, I love glass and more I love shoving things in them…
As you can see, it’s doesn’t take much to start a collection and it’s a budget no-brainer for easy coastal decorating…the heart shape one I received as a gift with sweets (you may call those candy or lollies) in them, the vintage bottles I found while treasure hunting, the Elderflower one, whose label I about adore funnily enough had Elderflower drink in it, the little jars with the yummy vintage wire fittings I found while thrifting for the grand sum of 50 cents each and the hexagonal ones are actually jars that jam comes in.
Next up for this budget-defying home beach decor we go for flowers, beach cottage coastal style needs flowers, drugstore flowers, not post fancy ones are all you need…yep those bunches of flowers you see in the supermarket or petrol station….these girls are your coastal house-brightening friends…
even better, mucho, mucho, better though are Grow-Your-Own…not so easy if, like me, you are starting off with a very un-established horrid and huge Ugly Concrete and a whole lotta lawn garden…but as I have learnt, fairly easy to rectify by chucking in here and there and whenever you have a moment, the odd bush, flower or shrub that you like the look of on the label, is drought friendly and more importantly, on offer, as you fly through the DIY store.
This bunch of stuff is the case in question.
Cost : 100% free.
But, ladies ask me, how the heaven in heck do you get a stack load of cr*ppy old glass jars & a bunch of flowers to brighten up your home and make it look coastal and beachy and nautical cottage?
Well my Beach Cottage friends.
Firstly, you must strategically place said jars on your table…go for an odd number, and then balance that out in some sort of pattern….I got for 2 and then 1 down the centre of the table…
but I also like clusters all about this old cottage….we’ll talk about those another day ;-)
Secondly you need to get thee self a nautical stripe…this can be a runner, placemats, napkins…but what if you don’t have enough casheroonis for any table niceties?
Then my friends, you need to get crafty…beg, borrow, steal some stripey fabric, pull some out of your fabric stash as I did, or cut up anything that has a stripe on it, including your husband’s shirts / children’s clothes…failing that, get yourself to a thrift store (oh I’ve heard it’s not very Australian to say ‘thrift’ hahaha, roflmao, as if you need to tell me how to be Australian, I ask you!…so for the purposes of this International, bi-lingual, multi-cultural blog, I will add in here for your benefit the terms Charity Shop if you are from the Old Country and Op-Shop if you are living in the Lucky Country)….you knew that already anyway didn’t you?…yeah we are all multi-cultural blog-surfers here…BRING IT ON
OK, so with those above ingredients for your little beach decor, coastal style recipe, you dump them all together in classic Beach Cottage fashion and you have yourself, tada, some Beach Cottaeg brightening
a sprig, a jar, a white flower, and a nautical stripe
Bob, my friend is your little beachy uncle ;-)
there is one last ingredient to this beachy, coastal, nautical twist
yep, you guessed it, a starfish, a shell or a piece of coral
You must add these to your flower, mason jar brightening for a simple, un-themed coastal, nautical look, place them around with abandon, but go easy on the quantity…less, my little beachy lovers is more
That’s it from me and my Spider’s Bite, I have lots for you…lazing around in beds on iPads, if one is a blogger, means one’s brain can spill out with abandon all over WordPress….I have a Beach Cottage Real Girls Blogging Tips post for you on the way…
See you next time Beach Cottage lovelies
oh and btw the lil’ old beach cottage made finalist in one the web’s largest and longest-running blog awards ceremonies last night, the bloggies, errrm that means I am in the big girls playground with people like Ree, yes I mean her of Pioneer Woman fame, haha…now if you call yourself a Beach Cottager you need to click here to vote for me