Love Art and Beach Shells

Love art from the beach has to include seashells for our family and we love using the beautiful shells we find on the beach to create art, signs, decorations, photo frames, seashell planters...  You name it we love sharing our love of beaches, sunshine and shells all over our home.  My family gave me the greatest gift this Valentine's Day an awesome seashell art canvas that clearly spells out how much they Love Me.

Seashell Art With Love

Every beautiful shell was handpicked from our beaches including some of my favorite whelks, conchs, kitten paws, olives and some of the amazing beautiful sea glass my daughter the beach whisperer always finds every wonderful trip to the seashore.  Heart shaped rocks and shells decorate our home made shell art while pretty little seashells of beautiful colors become a magical butterfly.

Be creative in your home too. If you find some seashells big or small, round or long make something wonderful out of them and show someone oceans of love from the sea and from your art from the heart.

Love and Positive Energy

Wishing you love and all the positive energy of the sun high above. Today and every day.

 Beaches Energy and Love

Whatever you do, do it with your heart.

Waves of Moods

The beach reminds me of everyday living. Some days there are so many extremes. Feelings of high tide and low tide ebb through your day. Some of the waves of feelings whether reacting to work, bills, stress or hopefully, happy times, birthdays and memories they are all guaranteed to stir up lots of underlying old stuff and new.

  The Beach Reminds Me Of Everyday Living

Some days it's all one mood. It's a great calm day and the plan comes together.

  Beaches Some Days It's Clear Sailing

Some days it's rough and tumble and you are working harder to keep up with the tide. But everyday it's important to take some time to see the beauty in your life through high waves and foamy seas.  

Seashell Solar Lights

Seashell solar lights are perfect because I love lights especially solar lights out in the garden, along my path, on my deck, in my planters, everywhere I can. I even have solar string lights for the holidays. They save energy because you don't need electricity. They look great and really light up a dark night. Solar lights are a great way to give a cozy we are home feeling to every house. Solar lights are even great on balconies and terraces if you live in a condo or apartment.

I also love seashells. My new passion is seeking out seashells because that's a great reason to go to the beach. Now that I have moved down South and the most beautiful tropical beaches are just a few miles away, going to any one of the beaches is the best way in the world to clear your head, leave reality behind for just a little bit and remember that out there, the sky meets the ocean and everything possible is on the horizon. Seashells are a token of that visit. They are big and small. Sea shells that are hard to find and some very common but every size, shape, color and type are just amazing and beautiful. I quickly have brought home so many seashells I love that I need to keep making things I love out of things I love.

 Seashells and Sea Shell Solar Lights

We happened to have two leftover tiki candle cans that we had never used (I never set anything on fire with actual flames if I can help it probably due to my firefighter career (you can read more about that here) and had used the big tiki candles with two solar lights in it to light the back area of the house until they kept getting knocked over when we trimmed the bushes. The tiki torch holders were long gone but the cans and solar lights we still had. Tiki cans with no cool holders are just not that great looking. So out of the garage came the cans ready for a diy seashell home renovation.

Seashell Solar Lights From Tiki Torch Cans

Seashell Solar Lights DIY Home Project

First thing my husband did was clean off the can including any rust it had accumulated then spray paint it black so the writing and old stuff was all covered up and looked much better already.

Seashell DIY Home Projects Hot Glue Gun

Seashell Home Art Projects With Your Favorite Shells

Seashell home art projects often require the work of a glue gun. Shells are so irregularly shaped sometimes the mod podge and tacky glue just doesn't work. Your hot glue gun will work with seashells on almost every surface but you have to definitely have patience and definitely have fingers that will probably have to hold up to a couple of hot glue gun burns!

Slowly but surely my husband worked his way around the cans sea shells and glue, choosing some of our favorite calico shells, olive, clam shells, small conch shells, all the colors and shapes that would fit into each spot. Every single shell we found with our own hands, during so many visits to the seashore every day new finds now DIY fastened to a cool new home light project. 

Not to say there wasn't any under the breath cursing every time a finger met the glue or the shell moved or the glue dried before it was in the right spot, but it was worth every minute. It took a couple of days between spray painting the light cans, hot gluing the shells to the light but it was like adult arts and crafts that ended up a DIY project we really use and love.

Seashell Solar Lights Home Project DIY Seashell Art

After both lights we decorated with shells, the hot glue all set and the lights cleaned up and charged by the sun we covered the entire beach shells surface with mod podge to seal it up hopefully keeping the harsh weather from breaking down all of our hard work. So far, so good!

Solar Lighthouse and Solar Seashell Lights

We hope you will join us on Facebook at Bonfire Designs and share some of your home DIY projects, fun beach adventures or share your love of beaches with us too.

Beaches In My Mind

This is the beach where I am in my mind. Even when I'm not there at the seaside, shelling for adventure I'm looking forward to being there again. When life gets stressed reality of course says you can't just go running off and play in the sand. There's work and school and bills and homes to take care of.  Home is beautiful too I love it there. But tucked away like the ocean waves now and then the thought rushes over me....  I really wish I was right here where I took this beach photo and can't wait to be back there again.

Beach Carts For Seashore Days Fishing and Shelling

Beach Carts For Seashore Days, Fishing and Shelling On The Beaches is my latest recommended you really have to think about one of these for your own. Check these out.
beach buggybeach buggy uprightbeach buggy chair
Beach carts are what you need to get your gear down to the beach for an easy trip with this beach buggy, carts and wagons. Foldable for storage when not in use (although we keep everything for the beach like our beach chairs, insulated coolers, kids beach pails and shovels stored away and ready to go in ours when not in use) and they will help you get through the sand and beats carrying your beach chairs, towels, beach bag, lunch bags and insulated coolers as well as fishing gear and sunscreen in your arms.

Beach Carts and Fishing Buggy Fun
Beach carts and fishing buggy loaded up with everything we need to hit the beaches

Beach Buggy Cart loaded up with chairs, umbrellas, shovels and pails, plenty of room for insulated cooler and beach bags

Whether you are shelling, shore fishing, tanning on the beach or surfing the waves these beach carts are really exceptional. The wheels are made not to dig into the sand instead to roll over the sand making the push or pull of the beach buggy easier than a little red wagon. (we upgraded our wheels but the ones ours came with also worked great, we just really load this up and go a long ways on the beach so we can also do some shore fishing away from the swimmers.
Beach Cheers Throw Pillow
Seashells at the Sea Shore Throw Pillow

Sea Where It Leads

This is why even when I'm not at the beach I'm thinking of the beach. Seashells and sea air. The sky goes as far as forever until it meets the horizon and keeps on going where it meets with the ocean and together they are the rest of the view.   Sea where it leads, it leads to clean air, fresh thoughts. Sandy toes and you feel so much more grounded than when you first got there.

Sea Where The Seashore Leads

Sun filled blue skies or white puffy clouds overhead. Huge barreling waves so loud you can't even hear or calm low tides that float around your ankles, you never know how the beach will be from day to day. You never know where the sea really leads.

Seashore and Beaches

Seashell Treasure Murex Shell

Seashell treasures are at every beach around the world but I'm happy to explore my beaches for seashells and treasures every chance I get. I admit I was in awe when I looked behind me as I walked along the ocean's edge, where I had just been before a big wave hit the sand and saw this beautiful Murex seashell freshly washed from the ocean to me.

Seashells Treasure Murex Shell

Seashells Treasure Murex Shell

This perfectly whole Murex shell could be 100's of years old. I'm not sure how I would ever know but imagine where it's come from and where it's traveled to. I think all of the shells I find on the beach are awesome but some are an even greater treasure than others. I'm very happy to keep this amazing seashell safe and sound with me in it's new home.

 Seashell Treasure Home With Me

Beaches Are Beyond Dreams

Beaches are beyond dreams it's part of why I love going there so much. You can dream about an amazing nature scene. Dream about the skies, the clouds, the ocean. You can picture what beauty and amazement is but when you are there, standing on the sand looking north, south, east and west all around you is this amazing phenomenon of endless horizon that blends together yet is still separate and independent.

Beaches Are Beyond Dreams

Wherever you plant your fishing rod for some shore fishing or lay out your blanket and beach towels there's something wonderful to see, feel, hear and enjoy. Every day is a special day at the beach. A great day for reflections, to let your mind wander. To dream and let the outside world go. At least for a little while.

Relax at home and dream about the beach - we have fun for that too!



Treasures on the Beach

Anytime I'm lucky enough to get to the beach I can't help but search for new treasures. Shells of every size and shape fascinate me. Millions of sea shells millions of years old I love new and different safe relaxing adventures and every visit to every beach is always a new wave of fun

  Seashells At The SeashorePersonalized Gifts Personalized For You

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