here i am!
life has been interesting this week, to say the least!
i have immersed myself into the completion of my
romantic, isn't it?
someday, i hope to actually live by the sea.
i once heard this expression:
"the sea is my "Paris""
this is so true for me!
but for now,
i can only simply dream
and dream i did as i created this chariot!!
every detail is an infusion of sea inspiration.
here is my seat.
again, i just used some canvas and cut out a seat circle
then i made a casing to be able to tie it tightly underneath
i then hand sewed the crochet doily on the edge all the way around
so that it would fit correctly
i like how the edge looks like it is scalloped
i like to carry a blanket whenever we go riding
as you never know when you will need to sit a spell
and have a refreshing drink
a back basket was in order.
i really desired willow baskets on my bicycle
they just bespeak elegance to me
after further consideration,
i decided that this metal mesh basket may serve me better
as it is very dry and hot where i live and the basket would dry out very quickly
and we wouldn't ant that, now would we??!
this basket was originally black,
but i sprayed it with my favorite shade
and then made a liner out of linen.
more rose trim was added like on the handle bars
along the elastic edge
it is durable and washable
this is the front basket
it was also black
can you guess what i did??
i sprayed that too!
and created a little basket bling
using an oval shell to which i "liquid nails" glued
a vintage rhinestone starfish earring to
as this was the front of my seaside chariot,
i opted to use the rose trim that was wider here
(you can find both rose trims at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
i like the softness that it lends on the linen liner
i wrapped a sea shell garland around this front baskets handle for added whimsy
another reason for choosing this basket was
that it is very convenient to use elsewhere
like say ~ at the farmers market
or to stow any left over loster roll sandwich from lunch!!
(as if ther would be any of THAT left!!)
it can easily removed or replaced ready to serve you!
when i was all finished with my seaside chariot's transformation
i stepped back and was thrilled with her loveliness
something was missing!
not a mermaid!!
(a new mermaid tail is being created as we speak ~ lol!!)
the idea came to me!
the last thing i created
was an elegant "vanity plate"
i used a small piece of pine and wood burned my "seaside chariot" words into the wood
i then painted it and sanded it to my satisfaction
then i decorated to my hearts content:)
this is a reflection of who i am
i happily embellished!!
i wanted to have a starfish in the front,
and in the back
for my back starfish,
i decided to add some more bling
and flipped it over to the backside and attached rhinestones to the arm's channels
...and sewed lace trim around a few pieces of driftwood
a few pearl dangles and...
my chariot awaits!!
sharing my sea inspired chariot with:
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry's: Air Your Laundry Friday
Romantic Home's: Show and Tell Friday
here's to fairytale sea chariots and carriages!