Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Guest Host {Michelle of Emerald Cove}

A week with my Best Bloggy Friends continues today with Michelle from Emerald Cove!


Hello there!
I am Michelle from Emerald Cove and I am so happy to be here today to guest post for Yanet!
I absolutely adore her and her boys and my visits here just make me smile. :)

Today, I want to show you how my daughter and I made a beachy mobile using driftwood, starfish and some Dollar Store hemp string.

I am showing you the after first so you can get an idea as I take you through the steps that we did.

Here are the supplies that we already had so this cost me nothing!!

We started by drilling a hole in a medium size driftwood that would be the top of the mobile.
We threaded the string and tied it off so it would stay in place.
(my daughters new favorite nail polish, Crackle)

We then carefully drilled a hole in the center of a large starfish using a small drill bit and just eased it through the center of the starfish.

After threading the string through the starfish you can wrap it anyway you want and then tie it off underneath and tuck the string so the end doesn't show.

Now you want to drill holes on the tips of the starfish like this.

Then thread individual strings through each hole and tie a little knot on top. You can make the strings as long or as short as you want depending on where you want the smaller starfish to hang.

Then I again drilled a hole in the center of two of the smaller starfish and thread the two of the strings, which were opposite each other, into the holes and tied them off.

The remaining three starfish, my daughter wanted to tie onto the strings so they hung vertical. So I placed a small amount of glue (I used Elmers), then wrapped the end of the string around it and held it until it was able to stay on its own, about 2 minutes or so.
Again, you can make these as long or short as you want and just snip off any extra.

Repeat this for the remaining starfish and you get something that looks like this..
Well, minus the dorky teenage girl!! :)

For the center you can use whatever you would like, another starfish, driftwood, nothing or a shell.

Carefully drill a small hole in the top of the shell and tie off.

I did this using a separate piece of string and attached it to the center of the larger starfish by just tying it to the string that was already there.

There you have it!!
A cute little starfish and driftwood mobile!

You can use anything you like, more sea shells or all driftwood, it is up to you!

We took a morning to do it and what better way to spend some time with your kids and make something together. :)

Thank you again Yanet, this was fun and I hope to be making some more of these soon!!


Thank YOU, Michelle, for sharing this terrific project with us. I can't wait to find some starfishes to put something like this together.

Michelle is so sweet. I can e-mail my frustrations to her and she'll always have something encouraging to say. Even though we're thousands of miles apart, I feel like she's just a girlfriend next door.

I can't let yall go without sending over to visit Michelle's Beachy Master Bedroom. You might have seen it since it's been featured in several places in the blogosphere. If you haven't, you're in for a breath of fresh air. If you have, it's worth revisiting.

A favorite in Michelle's bedroom is the Faux Fireplace. It looks like something out of Coastal Living Magazine, doesn't it?

Come back tomorrow to see which Best Bloggy Friend makes hen's nest boxes look beautiful! 
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Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Awww 2 of my favorite sweetest bloggers on the same post! Love you both and that mobile is so cute. Michelle definitely has style.

Simple Daisy said...

Very cute!!!!! Love it ...so beachy and so simple:)

beachcomber said...

great idea, very cute! your bedroom is so lovely and inviting, love the faux fireplace idea and the colour scheme. thanks for sharing.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning you two!

Michelle my dearest, you are a genius in the beach d├ęcor department, and I am sure a wiz at so many other things! THIS IS SO WONDERFUL. And thank you dear hostess for showing us your blog! LOVE THAT BEDROOM!!!! So peaceful! Anita

Deborah said...

This is the sweetest mobile made by the sweetest friend and her darling daughter!
Another coastal treasure..I love it!
So nice to meet you Yanet!
Blessings on your day!!

Deborah :)

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

This is soo cute!! Your so creative Michelle!!

Kelle Dame said...

This is so cool! I love all of your beachy creations Michelle!! This is another way to bring your vacation home with you. Awesome tutorial as well :) Loving Yanet's blog too!

Low Tide High Style said...

Michelle you are so talented my friend! I love this project and also your daughter's cool nail polish!

Kat :)

Tricia said...

Oh I love that! What a good idea, Michelle :)

michele said...

it's awesome. i love michelle's beachy aesthetic, spirit, and passion for the sea. and i so admire the fact this was a project with a teen as i have teens and it is challenging at times to find common ground.

what a lovely blog!


YONKS said...

What a wonderful post and a great driftwood and starfish mobile - LOVE IT. I love the bedroom, very Coastal Living as you said. I used to subscribe to CL in the UK and loved it.

Cassie Bustamante said...

i love that idea! it is so pretty- perfect for a beach inspired house or a beach nursery!

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi there! Michelle you are so creative and that is just beautiful! I loved the pic of your sweet girl too and it was so fun to visit you over here. :-)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a great project Michelle! I really love the way it turned out. So so cute! Your daughter is adorable as well. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I LOVE this, Michelle! I may just have to make one myself when things slow down.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun post! I would love to try to make one of these for our lanai in Florida! Thanks for the how to! When can the sweet teenager come to help me? heehee! ♥

Kirsty Girl said...

I love the use of drift wood here! I'd love to do a variation of this using melted cutlery as the hangers!

Jenni said...

Michelle, what an amazing idea! I love this! It is both gorgeous and unique! You and your daughter did a wonderful job! :)

Martina said...

Michelle, such a gorgeous project! Love this pretty idea - and your bedroom is supercool too, such a cozy and relaxed feel, like in a holiday house!

simone said...

Awesome Michelle! Very beachy.

Heaven's Walk said...

Doesn't that Michelle remind you of a Martha Stewart-Energizer Bunny??? lol! She is SO creative and sweet! Great job, my younger sis! :) LUV it! ♥

xoxo laurie

Comeca Jones said...

What a cuuute project ! Great job Michelle & co.