Are you enjoying our ruthless pillage of the gorgeous inspiration that is Z Gallerie?
I'm positively giddy with the results you folks have wrought!
Bravo, I say, to your exact replicas and some of the projects inspired by
the myriad of merchandise you perused!
It's more than okay to tweak a design to suit your taste;
after all, you're decorating a home, not becoming a professional counterfeiter.
Don't be surprised if my next week of hacks are hacks of your hacks.
All draped around one of my favorite offerings from nature.
I fell in love with silver shells years ago, but the price tag and I never quite saw eye to eye.
Boo was depressed and distraught over my predicament and brainstormed
with me to find a solution.
Of course it's simple enough~
a little Rustoleum spray paint in either Gloss Silver
or my new favorite, Chrome,
administered in 3 light coats will turn your shells into baubles.
What can you do with these glittery treats?
You could do the luxe obvious and heap them into an heirloom
vintage bowl for an inexpensive shot of shine.
That would look nice in the foyer, huh?
Use a dot of Goop to adhere a loop of ribbon to a selection of silver
and scatter them in your holiday decorations.
These would be lovely on a Christmas tree or mixed with the
traditional blue and silver of Chanukah.
These are nestled in a Dollar Tree bowl in sphagnum moss and a little cinnamon oil,
then wrapped in cellophane and finished with a wired bow as a quick little gift.
Sure beats ANOTHER cocoa mix on a teacher's desk.
Yes, those are coconuts.
Yes, I went overboard.
Oh, get that shocked look off your face.
I sniff a lot of hot glue.
My tree topper features a huge starfish sprayed silver,
and more starfish keep company shining in the branches
of our Christmas tree.
Nestled in a handmade nest instead of eggs is fun and unexpected.
But that's all past goodies.
What have I done for you lately?
I've had this orphaned vase from one of those hanging candle arrangements
that were everywhere in the 90's.
There's no base to it, so what to do, what to do...
...and I do happen to have this nice, detailed, weighty shell...
...and some Goop...
In crafting math, that adds up to...
...a ritzy cloche topper!
No rocket science involved.
If you were looking at those silver shells wondering what
you could do with them,
hopefully I have you scrounging up $3.50 from the bottom
of your purse for paint.
It got me energized to redo a vignette.
A few shells in a very tall apothecary jar set the tone.
No apothecary jar?
A tall Dollar Tree vase would work nicely.
Let's get a voyeuristic view of these.
When you can have as many as you want of an object, restraint goes out the window.
Who am I kidding?
I need spell check to even type restraint.
Who else DOES this to an innocent coconut???
To be honest, this was another reader dare.
I'd do anything for you guys,
even debase myself horribly with tropical fruit.
A Goodwill silver stand makes a decent mate for my new bell jar.
We'll highlight it with natural shells for contrast.
It commands more attention than all silver would.
Pair it with the apothecary jar and start building.
Warning: unnecessary close ups ahead.
Don't be afraid to play a little until you get just what you want.
Tell Southern Living to come back with the camera crew in an hour.
There we go.
There's just one little problem...
I can't quite shake the feeling that I'm being watched.
What are you waiting for?