Summer-Garland Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments here and on social media the other day on the decorating of my parents’ beach house. It was a lot of work to pull together, but I am glad to have been able to help out. Now of course, a beach house is a pretty special thing. We feel so lucky to be able to go each year and spend time down there. But not everyone has the chance to do something like that. And sometimes we just want an idea that is quick and simple. So why not bring some of the beach home? Today, I thought I would share a super simple decorating idea – a beach garland that can go just about anywhere - even if there is no water visible from your windows. I originally shared this three years ago (is it possible I have been blogging that long?) as part of a summer mantel. It was one of those things where I had pulled together a bunch of pieces and parts and I didn’t exactly know what I was going to do with all of it.And then somewhere along the way, I decided to use a piece of rope as a garland. I used a hot glue gun to attach twine to shells and starfish that I had collected from different places over the years. Some of them didn’t even require glue – some I just tied on. Then, I used a box of vintage mason jar lids that I had bought at an auction. Using the same idea, I glued twine to the lids.Then I simply tied the twine to the rope and hung it across an salvaged barn door. Again, not everyone has an old barn door lying around.But it could easily be strung across a fireplace, on a staircase, on an outdoor fence, across the front of a console table or even on a mirror. Actually, come to think of it, I still have that garland in a box in a closet in the basement. I might be getting it out this weekend and finding somewhere new to put it! Thanks so much for reading! Newpostsignature_thumb.jpg