Projects Sometimes Take on Lives of Their Own

Sometimes I start with an idea, and maybe I even think I know where I’m going with it.  But somewhere along the way it takes a detour because either the idea I had really isn’t working out, or because I didn’t plan really well, or I thought of something better, or, well, whatever.  There are a million and one reasons.  I don’t really care, as long as the finished product is something I like and I had fun.  This frame is one of those things.  Thankfully I think it turned out better than I originally even envisioned it.

When my youngest son and his wife visited in January I took a photo of them that I really liked and I wanted to send it to them.  But I decided I wanted to frame it.  At some point I decided I would make a frame and blog about it (of course!) and since this whole Handmade Monday thing is causing me to have to come up with something, I thought, yes, ok, that’s what I would do this week.

At first I thought of doing a decoupage frame with paper of some sort. Then I thought something beachy would be better.  I have done some really fun shell frames in the past, although I was not up for doing a whole one of those yet, because they are very time consuming and there was no way I could start one on Sunday and have it ready for THIS Monday.  So, anyway, this whole thing evolved.

But, I think you will like it.  I’ll show you how it grew from a bare idea into a finished product.  Let’s just head over to Make It and take a look at the Beach Shell Frame.


  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to show such detailed instructions. It looks lovely I am sure they will love it.

  2. The frame looks great, really effective 🙂

  3. Wendy says:

    I love beach themed items – and this frame is gorgeous!

    Thanks for popping by and joining in with Handmade Monday! Hope to see you again next week! x

    • Susie says:

      Thank you, I am really enjoying this. I think this is really keeping me moving on the blog, it would be so easy to let it set and stagnate! It was just a lucky stroke to find your wonderful group and I’m so thankful you let me join in! 🙂 And your signs are so cute! I wish I had that kind of skill. 🙂

      • Wendy says:

        I think it’s helping keep most of us motivated and blogging – including me! I hadn’t thought about that side of it when I started it but it’s a really valid point. Absolutely anyone can join in – some of us know each other from a craft forum, some others don’t. It’s always great to see new people!
        Thanks also for the comments on my work – we all have different types of skills and different styles, I just love the diversity of handmade items 🙂

  4. lisa says:

    I love shells and what can be done with them. Lovely frame, well done and thanks for showing

  5. Caroline says:

    Thank you for sharing the shell frame tutorial, the finished frame is beautiful

  6. Melissa says:

    Really effective frame!

  7. Kat says:

    Very pretty! And thanks for the tute!! Love a good tute 🙂

    Well done one a great job!

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