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I finally finished my outdoor shower!  I’ve only lived by the beach for ten years, but hey, it’s finally happened.  I can now say I have an awesome outdoor shower!

Man, this project feels like it took forever!

Here are the before shots:

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My husband and dad built it from cedar last summer and my cousin, sweet as pie, installed the plumbing.  This made the shower functional…but it definitely needed something…. what’s the word… pizzazz?

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Here are some of the items I found in my basement, shed & garage.  Last year during Hurricane Sandy, we lost a large curly willow tree.  As it was getting cut up for removal, I was snatching up as many curly branches as I could carry.  I didn’t know what I’d do with the branches, but I couldn’t part with them.  My husband rolled his eyes, seeing as how I have 3 large boxes of driftwood already in the basement! Next, I traced the flip-flop base onto the slate and then hand-painted flip-flops on the path to my shower.  The pegs are something I scored from my local hardware store some time ago.  I thought they’d be perfect for hanging towels. The strange facial mask was a gift from my brother-in-law a decade ago.  He was stationed in Haiti with the Marines.  It’s one of those gifts you just aren’t sure what to do with… a decade later, I finally found the perfect place!  The red thing up above unfolds to be an octopus drying rack.  It has tons of pins to dry our bathing suits.  That was another unique gift from my in-laws.  How lucky was I that it was red, the theme color I chose for my shower décor.  Then there are the bird spindles.  Thrift store find. The colors were never my style, but I thought the profiles were cool.  Found those in my basement too.  That leaves the old ugly bench I found on the side of the road and the piece of plywood my girlfriend gave me after hearing I needed wood for a sign.  Using what I had, I spent $20 for this project.  $20 bucks for 4 cans of red spray paint.  It’s amazing how far you can get with the junk in one’s own dwelling!

So here are some of my favorite photos from today:

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The first thing you notice when you walk in is the sign.  I wanted the sign to look like it was institutional.  Something you’d find at a school or public pool.  As a kid there were always hand-painted signs with rules on them.  I wanted something subtle as well.  Only people who stop and read will realize how ridiculous my request is.  My daughter got a good laugh out of “Cracks and Crevices”.  We all need a little humor right?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the branches.  I only wish I would have kept more!  I was going for the look of electric red coral.  Rhode Island’s license plates are blue and white.  That was my little nod to my locale.

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I created a quick stencil for the existing stepping stones.  I just love the red it makes everything so bright and cheery.

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I now officially feel like a Rhode Islanduh!

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Tomorrow’s the day  – Definitely!

I’m finished painting the walls.  I finished my vintage inspired sign, painted the bench, and painted the accessories.  Now I’m finishing the small touches for my outdoor shower reveal.


Down to the stepping stones on the ground!

I hand-painted six flip-flops on the way to the shower and I created three crab motifs for the stones inside the shower. It’s beginning to look beachy. Speaking of which:


Do you know what this is?

 My mother-in-law saw this at Ikea and swore I had to have it!  It is supposed to help at the end of a beach day.  I’ll show you tomorrow!

If you have been following, my kids were away and now they are back.   Bye-bye Be-Creative-Mary, Hello Be-Creative-Mommy.  When my daughter is home, there is not a silent moment.  She is like a hummingbird asking to do this, try that, create this….For any one thing I would like to do for myself, I have to promise to help her with her dreams and expectations.


So on the daughter-front, I went on a wild scavenger hunt through three different beaches looking for sea-life remnants.  My daughter was assigned a project the last day of school, for this year’s first day of school.  A presentation and report.  Was that to freak out the kids or the mom???  If it were me, I would have finished the project my first week of summer vacation, but my daughter has my husband’s last-minute-gene.  Gives me a heart attack!  We found most of the wild life and she finished a report on the Block Island Great Salt Pond Committee.  They work with the nature conservancy.

If that wasn’t enough, my daughter then begged me to create a special present for her grandmother, aka. GJ.  GJ asked my daughter if she could make a special bag for her crochet needles, similar to one my daughter made for my paintbrushes.


I have to say, I use my paintbrush holder everyday.  It’s perfect.  I was teaching my daughter how to sew straight lines with this project. For mine, we used a pillow case.


It just so happens, I had bought these two place mats on clearance years ago, thinking I’d make a pillow with them…never happened.  I dusted them off and thought, boy these will make a perfect crochet needle holder.  I left one place mat flat and folded the other place mat in half width-wise.  I then stuck the flat place mat inside the halved-place mat.  I put masking tape and electrical tape where the needles would go.  Any area without tape is where she would sew a line.  GJ wanted three different width sections for different needles and scissors.


My daughter is getting sewing basics down pat.  She knows to lower the presser foot, hold the thread for the first stitch, go forward 3 stitches, back 3 stitches, forward….sew in straight lines, feed the fabric through…back stitch when at the end, raise needle, raise presser foot, cut and release the thread…all the things my mom taught me.  I want to say I was 13-14 yrs. old though, not nine!


She got it done and then had to sew the outsides because they were too thick to fit in the sewing machine.  The top of the flat place mat folds over to keep the needles in.


The other side of the folded place mat becomes a large pocket for other materials.  My daughter is currently going through my vintage button collection, searching for the perfect buttons for grandma’s case.  It is so cool when a child can make something functional.  They don’t just get a pat on the head, they see the person actually using it which shows them the value.  It’s not always easy to stop what you are doing, lug the sewing machine out and keep patient while someone learns a fairly complex skill.  But, if you get yourself to that point, it is well worth it.  I could see the pride in her accomplishment.

So that’s it for yet another day.

My husband is boiling down about a hundred tomatoes from our garden to create a fresh basil sauce we will freeze and enjoy in the dead of winter as well as making me my favorite: fried eggplant from the garden.  It’s going to be a good night I tell ya.  Good eats!

I look forward to tomorrow.

We are heading out for what is most likely to be one of our final beach days of the summer and when we get home, we get to enjoy our OUTDOOR SHOWER!!!

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I’m working feverishly on my outdoor shower, however I have decided not to give anything away until the big reveal.

Here are some more supplies I was working with today:


All sorts of goodies I’m digging up from the shed, garage, & basement.

Top Secret!

I’m such a dork.  Obviously I watch too much HGTV!

Onto Art….







Today was a tweaking day. 

I re-sketched a new bouquet of dahlias.

I want to try again painting them again.

Learn from some mistakes.










Next, I drove over to pick up some butterfly bush blooms from my girlfriend’s house.  I had a 30 foot butterfly bush in my yard and I accidentally killed it.  I didn’t think it was possible since they grow like a weed, but I manage to do it.  I cut it back to hard and it didn’t come back this spring.  Total sadness.  We are on the Monarch butterfly’s path to Mexico, so I got hundreds of butterflies on the bush.  I bought a new bush, but I won’t get butterflies this year.

Anyway, I sketched and began to paint Buddleia, the Latin name for the butterfly bush.




Lastly, I added a few more leaves to the rose bud vase.  Every time I walked by, I kept thinking it needed something.  Whether it needed it or not, it got it!  No un-doing that one. Luckily it was a quick fix otherwise I’d be adding it to my long list of re-dos!

This is my final day without the kiddos.  They come back tomorrow.  It was quiet while it lasted!  I’m looking forward to seeing them.  I haven’t laughed as much while they were away.  Tonight my husband has prepared a feast.  I’m off to enjoy it!

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