Hello, everyone. It's Weekly Wednesday again, and this week I've got some neat items to share with you! I know it's nearing the end of summer, but there's still time for that beach vacation (or lake weekend). None of us want to feel like a pack mule at the beach, so I've found 5 essential items that you need to bring with you (not including food/drink) for the ultimate beach (lake) experience.
Item #1 is fromTheFoxAndTheMermaid
Tired of the ordinary rectangle beach towel? I've always been looking for a large beach towel, but I want it to look a little different from what you normally think of when you hear "beach towel." This summer, I've been seeing more and more "roundies"--round beach towels. These are definitely unique and multi-purpose pieces. They are made of 100% cotton, not terry cloth, so they are very lightweight. The diameter is 78 inches, so you have a lot of space on this towel. As far as it being multi-pupose, you can use it as a beach towel, a wall hanging, and throw for your bed, a picnic blanket, etc. The options are endless!
Item #2 is from WhiskeyRunCo
One thing each of us needs is sunscreen! Sure, it's a hassle to put on, but it protects your skin. You can't get another skin, so protect what you've got! This SPF 20 sunscreen is a blend of lavender and carrot seed oils (both have natural UV blocking properties), coconut oil, cocoa butter, aloe, and non-nano size zinc oxide particles (prevents absorption into the bloodstream via the skin). This is safe for use on the face, so go ahead and slather it on! Smell GOOD and know you're saving your skin!
Item #3 is from hpfrosting
Every beach-goer knows that a beach tote is an absolute necessity....unless you're a guy (but it's still necessary because you most likely put everything in your lady's bag, right?). This bag is a great size, and you can fit a lot inside--multiple large towels, books, etc. It's even very useful after a beach trip, so you're going to get multiple uses out of it--take it to the gym, market, or play date. I'm really loving the print of this bag--the colors go great together--and the fabric is indoor/outdoor, so the sun won't harm the bag's brightness. The bottom is a water-resistant canvas, so you'll never have to deal with the entire bag and contents being went from sitting it down for "just a second." The maker has several different patterns to choose from, so if this isn't your style, check out her shop and I'm sure you'll find one that is!
Item #4 is from jahannamartinez
Does anyone else have major hair issues when at the beach? I can't do anything with mine other than putting it into a pony tail or a knot and even then my hair gets into my face. I saw this and thought it'd be something nice to have at the beach to keep your hair out of your face and also to add a little bit of style when your hair isn't at the top of its game. This head band is another item you can use at places besides the beach. Wear it to the gym, outside, or just to accent a casual look! The bands are adjustable and will fit any head size. You can also change up the placement of the bands, and, voila!, you have a second head band. You can wear it with the individual bands spread apart or right together. However you decide to wear it, you'll be stylish.
Item #5 is from ShopWUDN
A great thing to have at the beach is music, and today, it's easier than ever to get music out there without having to haul a huge stereo (and trying to keep the antenna properly placed) or find a beach with a band playing (which is probably a super-crowded beach). Now, all you need is a smartphone and a bluetooth speaker. This speaker has an outer case made of cedar--the color is gorgeous! It's very simple and aesthetically pleasing. A full charge takes around 3-4 hours and lasts 5-8 hours depending on the volume level. It fully supports speaker phone if you need to make a call on the beach, but really, go to relax. Relax and listen to music and the waves on your much needed vacation time!
That's all I have for you today, everyone! Enjoy this last part of summer and stay safe at the beach (or lake). Catch ya next week!
Hello, everyone! It's time for another Weekly Wednesday Roundup! Seeing that it looks like winter has come and gone and the temperatures have started to rise, I thought it'd be quite appropriate to do an outdoor theme. Where do people hang out outside? The patio of course! This week, I've found some really cool items to get your patio and surrounding area set up and ready for hanging out or lounging around. I kept finding things that I wanted to add, so I may end up having to do a part 2 to this one!
Item #1 is from MeridianFurniture
It's a table with a hidden surprise! You've got sunken coolers. Now, you can stow your drinks right at the table and not have to get up to rummage around a cooler somewhere. I could also see the cooler space being used for flowers. I love dual purpose things! When you're done with your party or dinner, the coolers can be hidden under removable wood planks. If you prefer a different stain, others are available. This table is for pick up only (matching benches are available) in Zionsville, Indiana. I'd drive there for it ;)
Item #2 is from HandHWoodSolutions
OH, I have a thing for Adirondack chairs. I don't know what it is about them...probably the shape. These specific chairs have to be assembled (it'd be hard to ship otherwise), and they weigh a lot (300lbs.), so please have someone around to help move it unless you're a world class body builder. These come poly-coated to protect against rot, decay, and water, but after a while, I'd suggest applying another protective coat so these will last for years to come.
Item #3 is from hankbarnes1234
I'm absolutely in love with this suncatcher! The colors are bright, it's framed, and it's simple yet complex! This would be perfect in a window looking out over your patio. Stained glass is fun to look at whether you're inside to see the patterns produced by the sun or just looking at it from outside. There's also a beautiful piece of blown glass in the center! The artist also sells smaller versions of his work if you don't have a large amount of space. Make sure to check out his shop!
Item #4 is from WoodenHomestore
Patios need to have some plant-life included. Maybe beside a bench or between a couple of chairs? These planters are something simple that let the beauty of the flowers stand out. The artist has left these in a natural state, so you can paint or stain them yourself (Make sure you stain and seal if using them outside).
Item #5 is from FabulousFungi
These ceramic mushrooms are really neat and would add a lot of interest to a planter or a bare spot in your landscaping. The color detail is really amazing. The artist hand-sculpted these without the use of molds and then painted and fired them. Pottery has been something that I've been interested in trying but have yet to do so--I'll get around to it one day :) Make sure you bring these in before it frosts to prevent chipping. These aren't the only shapes and sizes the artist has, so if you'd like something different, go check it out.
Item #6 is from Mastergardenproducts
Patios need seating areas, right? This bench takes care of three seats and has a very detailed pattern. Throw on some pillows and maybe a seat cushion, and you're set!
Item #7 is from HomeLiving
What's a patio without some comfy pillows? I really like these three prints together because they accent each other. They are made as covers for inserts, so it's easy to clean them--no need to throw them away, and inserts are washable!. The fabric is waterproof in case you want to carry them to an uncovered area.
Item #8 is from 81MetalArt
Maybe it's only me, but I sometimes forget where one crop stops and another starts...and what's growing where. It's probably not just me because there wouldn't be such a variety of plant markers if I was the only one! I really like these because they have that vintage-feel to them and you don't have to worry about not being able to see what's where (the chalk on slate sticks tends to come off when it rains, you know). It's something different from the norm, and I love it.
Item #9 is from CubbysBottleTrees
I really almost screamed when I came across this. I have wanted a bottle tree for a LONG time, but didn't know where to get one. These trees are really sturdy as they are completely welded instead of spot welded, so the wind won't blow them away, but I'd feel better if I brought the bottles in when a particularly rough storm happened to be coming through. I'd be really upset if one of the gorgeous blue bottles got broken (Note: bottles are not included, but I'd pick the blue). These trees are shipped in two pieces--one fits inside the other, and you plant it just like a regular tree. Love, Love, Love this! Shipped with love, pride, and good karma!
Item#10 is from Sistersteel
No patio area is complete without some sort of sculpture. My first thought was about how much this looked like the flowers from Mario (different colors but still)! I really like that it was welded from salvaged materials. It's making use of items that would've ended up in a dump somewhere. 'Weber' as he's named, is painted celedon green, a primary green, and a purple. He's got really sharp teeth and has his dinner on his tongue. Bugs beware!! I would so add this to my patio area!
Item #11 is from AWineofaKind
When I first saw this, my brain wasn't really thinking, so I was wondering how you'd not just burn the entire barrel up. Like I said I wasn't thinking---I'm sick again with another nasty head cold. I'll have to admit though, I'm still slightly confused but I think that the tubing from a propane tank comes up through the stainless steel burner pan for lighting. This is another recycled piece (I'm getting a little giddy with all the recycled stuff I've found!) that is definitely a conversation piece. You can move this fairly easily with the help of another person (it weighs 120 lbs), or you can roll it if you're on a hard surface. A hinged door was made to allow for quick and ease access to and changing of the propane tank, and a valve has been installed in the stopper to adjust the size of the flame. The maker included a weatherproof cover, so your fire pit will be a lasting addition to your patio oasis.
Item #12 is from LonesomeBurro
I like to lay out to catch some sun during the spring and summer, and this is the perfect lounge for it! It's probably primarily for a swimming pool, but I don't have on, so a patio sun lounger it will be! The head of the lounger has four different heights and is mounted on wheels at one end to make moving and storing a breeze!
Item #13 is from tickledpinkgoods
If you have a garden but want to keep something close to the house that you can hang out the door and grab, this mason jar planter would be a perfect option. I'd probably grow some herbs in it that I use quite a bit. It'd bring some plant life vertically into the patio area. Each of the boards is reclaimed barn or fence wood, so each one is unique. If you have a preference for a specific brand of jar you can let the maker know, otherwise you'll get more than one brand of jar. I love that this has more than one use. You can use it as a planter, or if you get tired of having it outside, just move it in and use it for bathroom toiletries or in a crafting area for supplies!
Item #14 is from LadybgrWorld
Normally, I'm not a fan of gourd birdhouses, but this one is all dolled up and screaming my name! I love the bright colors and the mosaic design, and I'm sure some lucky birds would love it too! This gourd was grown and hollowed out by the maker, so she was definitely invested from the get go. The color on the gourd is actually paper that is triple-protected against UVA/UVB and water. No fading here! Three holes are also drilled in the bottom to allow water to escape and your birds' home to stay dry. I'd definitely suggest this as something that would be a great addition to your patio area and something that would add a unique vibe.
Item #15 is from birdhouse20
Look at this cute little birdhouse! I've never seen one like it! You've got to have a birdhouse or two for your patio. These bird trailers have solid wood sides, a solid bottom, and a metal top. I personally think the top adds to the charm of the bird vehicle. The top is caulked and nailed in place for a water tight seal. Don't want the little birdies getting wet in their home! The birdhouse gets an exterior primer coat prior to the color and is then sanded down for a more distressed look. It also gets an exterior oil based antiquing. There is a clean out hole for you to clean house after the birds have left. Want a more personalized trailer for you birds? The birdhouse comes with an optional license plate that you can have personalized at no additional cost--16 letters max.
Item #16 is from IndustrialEnvy
Now, if you don't want to do traditional furniture or if you want a little something extra to add some umph to your outdoor area, you might want to check out adding a swing bed/chaise lounge porch bed. Wow! If I got on one of these, I don't think I'd be getting up without a good reason! It'd be a really good spot to corral kids during a get together because they're going to be interested in it for sure. Like to sleep outside? This would be great for you. Sleeping outdoors but close to the house for a mid-night bathroom trip. The swing itself is made from solid cedar and is designed to have a higher arm and back for lounging without obscuring your field of vision. Galvanized steel pipes are added for a modern look. Remember I mentioned corralling kids on one of these? If you mention at check out that you have kids, they'll make a simple hanging swing just for them. Maybe you can keep your swing to yourself after all! The steel cables, hanging hardware, custom fit mattress, and pillows are ALL included! Upholstery can be customized as well. Lots of options for a piece that would be the crown jewel of your patio.
I really hope you've enjoyed this outdoor edition of Weekly Wednesday and gotten some ideas for your own patio. I know I have! Get ready to embrace the warmer weather because spring is coming (any Game of Throne fans out there catch that ;) ?). Please feel free to share, link, or tag this post if you'd like so even more people can be patio-ready! And, as always, head over to your favorite handmade sites and show some artists some love!!
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.