Saturday, August 18, 2012

Crafting with a View of the Pacific Ocean Blue

Ahhhh--vacation!  We work so diligently immediately before and right after
a getaway, but it's all worth it for the change of scenery, relaxation and...
uninterrupted craft time! 

We spent one glorious week, with family friends, enjoying Laguna Beach. 
If you've been there, you know how beautiful the Pacific Ocean water 
shimmers under the bright hot sun. 
We hoped for some nice, cool ocean breezes,
given the relentless heatwave Southern California has been experiencing.
It was a "mild" 90', which was, at least, cooler than the 108' at home.

We enjoyed early morning walks at low tide,

beautiful views while sipping on a chocolate banana shake
overlooking Crystal Cove,
The Shake Shack
simmering sunsets

and crafting with friends!  
That's right. No vacation is complete without a trunk full of craft supplies.
Hey, if he gets to bring his boogie board, I get to bring my crafts.
One day, we moms got together on the large patio.
We altered shadowbox photo frames with, of course,  
a BEACH theme!


It was so much fun sharing my crafting obsession with the girls. 
Here's my finished shadowbox frame:
Scrapbook Ideas
Beach theme projects
Pin It
I love how the contrasting sepia photo with the brightly-colored photo frame
and the coordinating banner tucked underneath the glass.

Additionally, my husband encouraged me to take a collage class
with a well-known Laguna artist. 
She taught us technique, color and composition.
Here is my first-ever genuine collage:
Venice inspired artPin It
It was a fun week.  Of course, the days flew by.
We're already looking forward to next year's beach vacation.
You may like this summer project:
Summertime art projects

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  1. Doreen,
    cute frames! :) beautiful pics. I leave in two days for sun and fun in california with my daughter. Headed out there to meet a blog friend! Gotta love the www!
    I've never been to CA, really looking forward to it.


  2. Sweet way to preserve happy memories. xo

  3. What a fabulous place to work on crafts!! I could craft all day with a view like that. Thanx for joining THT!

  4. I love it - What an awesome project idea!

  5. So fun. That sounds like a relaxing and awesome vacation! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!

    Betsy @ Romance on a

  6. Oh, love all three of them but fell in love with the collage, I'm attracted to the color, so very pretty. I also like how the sepia on photo contrast with colors of banner. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  7. Makes me want to move to CA all the more now! Your collage is fabulous - you've got some serious skills!

  8. Hi, I just found you through mutual followers. Ocean view crafting . . . it doesn't get any better than that!
    Maybe not when the breezes blow your paper away, LOL.
    I have been going through your posts and I'm captivated with all our wonderful projects.
    I am your newest follower, # 201.
    Please come visit - I would be on cloud nine if
    you followed me back.
    Have a sensational weekend, Connie :)

  9. I had never thought to take my craft supplies with me on vacation! I will next time - instead of just sleeping in the lounge chair or reading 4 books in a week! Heading for the gulf coast at Thanksgiving! Your projects inspire me!

  10. what a great idea!! that frame with the flip-flops and umbrellas is a*d*o*r*a*b*l*e!

  11. So much fun. Not only the projects but the setting and that you got to spend time crafting with friends.

  12. Stopping by from Thee Networking Blog Hop. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. Hosting Mom's Monday Mingle tonight and all day tomorrow. Love to have you!

  13. Hi! I'm stopping by from Artsy VaVa, saw your comment and thought I'd check out your blog! Crafting on vacation? That's a splendid idea! I always take art supplies with me wherever I go! Love your project with the girls and love your first collage! Great job! I'm your newest follower on your blog and pinterest, hope you will stop by and follow me too!

  14. Wonderful site and huge information. The information present here is helpful for the readers I'll come back to this blog for sure!
    Craft Suppliers

  15. love this fun idea of altering the shadow box for a specific trip or place :) great idea. pinned from diana rambles!

  16. Now that is my kind of crafting! I love Laguna. Cute frames too! Following on Twitter :)


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