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Simple and Elegant Coastal Centerpiece

Martha Stewart Candles

“Light up a table with this sand-and-shell centerpiece.

Use candle adhesive to secure slender tapers to the bottom of a clear glass vase.

Carefully pour in a few inches of sand, then arrange shells on top.

Besides refracting the candlelight for added ambience, the vase will protect the flames from . . . → Read More: Simple and Elegant Coastal Centerpiece

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Aquatic Artwork

Aquatic Art

Simply changing some decorative accents can make a room feel like it has had a total makeover. The holidays are over and this is a perfect time for re-decorating.

Good Housekeeping Magazine showcased a Maine beach cottage (June 2010 issue) with a great coastal accent. Hanging fishing nets and adding shells makes a fabulous . . . → Read More: Aquatic Artwork

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Starfish Santa Ornament

Starfish Santa

I love a Christmas tree with handmade ornaments, especially when it is a “BeachTree“!

This is one of our favorite ornaments, made by a friend. All you need is a starfish, paint and a ribbon to hang the ornament.

What is your favorite handmade . . . → Read More: Starfish Santa Ornament

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Decorate With Coastal Style

25 Days of Decorating

Coastal Living Magazine’s 25 Days of Decorating will give you great design ideas for the holidays!

What are your favorite coastal holiday decorations?

Have fun! Enjoy! Peace!

Punch up your palette Reinvent your chandelier Streamline decor Add some sparkle Keep decor simple Go beyond the interior Outfit extra spaces Adorn your windows Display . . . → Read More: Decorate With Coastal Style

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Cleaning Seashells

Shells

Here are a few ideas for cleaning your seashells:

Soak in a 50-50 solution of warm water and bleach. Laying your shells in the sun will get rid of any fishy smell. A toothbrush and dental pick are handy tools for cleaning shells. Don’t leave sand dollars out in the sun too long, . . . → Read More: Cleaning Seashells

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Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Ken Smith of Sebring, Fla., carves his top prize-winning entry in the 2007 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest. Photographer, Bob Care © Florida Keys News Bureau

Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort’s annual underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest is set for Sunday, October 24, 2010.

Do you know that pumpkins float? Using their dive knives, the contestants . . . → Read More: Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

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i Love Shelling

i Love Shelling

For years we vacationed on North Captiva, a beautiful island with the best shelling. My shell collection brings back so many wonderful memories! Some of my favorite shells are the shark’s eye, tulip, olive and of course the rare lion’s paw. What are your favorites?

Pam Rambo’s i Love Shelling is a fantastic . . . → Read More: i Love Shelling

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Oar Clothes Line Pole

Oar Clothes Line Pole

Another great use for an old oar!

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Oar Railing

Oar Railing

Love this oar railing!

An oar, fresh coat of paint and brackets from a hardware store and you can make a fabulous handrail!

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Things Perfected By Nature Are Better Than Those Finished By Art

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Marcus Tullius Cicero might have been talking about Sea Glass when he said, Things Perfected By Nature Are Better Than Those Finished By Art.

Do you know that it can take up to 10 years to create substantial etching and up to 20-30 years to eliminate the hard edges on a glass fragment? . . . → Read More: Things Perfected By Nature Are Better Than Those Finished By Art

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