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11 June, 2014

Summer Dough Bowl with DIY Japanese Fishing Floats

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing FloatsI was drinking my coffee the other day when I had an epiphany…I am not making good use of my beloved dough bowl! It is very special to me because it was my grandmother’s and was the starting point for many a batch of good Southern biscuits! But, sadly, it now spends a lot of time in a special place in my closet.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2012I love to pull it out in the fall and at Christmas when it becomes one of the centerpieces of my holiday décor. You can see some of my fall dough bowl looks here and Christmas ideas here and here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing Floats But I realized that I have been missing a wonderful opportunity to use it the rest of the year! Soooo…I decided to give it an all-new look for summer…and I didn’t have to look far for my inspiration!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing FloatsI filled it with pebbles (from Dollar Tree) to serve as an anchor for my pillar candle, which I wrapped in jute twine for a beachy look. Next, I loaded in the shells…some from my thrifting stash and some left over from the seashell wreath that I had just made.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing Floats But the crowning touch…my DIY Japanese fishing floats…were by far the most fun to make and, to me, have the biggest impact! To create them, I decided to combine the projects of two very talented bloggers, beginning with these super-easy glass floats made from clear glass Christmas ornaments! Yep…can you believe it? They were the brain-child of Suzy at Worthing Court. You will find her tutorial for dyeing the glass by clicking here. And don’t worry about finding the ornaments since they are already out at Hobby Lobby! I would add that they take several days to dry. I added a small amount of blue dye to the Mod Podge to achieve the color. The iridescent look is from the ornaments themselves.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing Floats Once I had dyed the glass, I was ready to add my DIY “nets,” so I followed these  instructions from Lucy at Craftberry Bush. I was amazed at how easy they were to add to the glass balls. It took me back to my days of doing all of those macramé projects waaay back in the ‘70s!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing Floats Throw in a couple of starfish and…taaa daaa!…here is is! I love the way it combines all of my summer favorites!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Starfish PillowAnd just in case you need some more summery ideas, how about my linen and burlap no-sew starfish pillow

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pier 1 Inspired Seashell Wreath…or my Pier 1 inspired seashell wreath! Yes…summer is gradually starting to make an appearance at my house!

OzzieAnd as a way of explanation for my Facebook friends who may have seen a message from me that went something like this… k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k,k …our ever-industrious CEO Miss Ozzie has decided to take a few word-processing lessons this summer and can occasionally be found at the computer updating my status and taking the liberty to delete a few files. Hmmm…thanks, Oz!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer  Dough Bowl with  DIY Japanese Fishing Floats
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my summery centerpiece! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Tuesday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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    1. I followed the tutorial from Suzy at Worthing Court that you will find here as well as linked in the post:
      So glad that you like them!

  2. Love your centerpiece and the overall costal look of your décor! So summery! Can you believe Hobby Lobby has Christmas aisles in place?

  3. This is so pretty and so perfect for summer.

  4. Super did you get it to look iridescent? Love those! ;)

  5. Thanks, Donnamae! The ornaments already had that iridescent look.

  6. I love those Japanese fishing floats, and they're always so expensive. Great look you've created there, Debbie.

  7. The fishing floats are great looking and Miss Ozzie is always getting in the act, LOL.


  8. It's beautiful. I may have to try this. I totally forgot it was supposed to be summer! It's still cool in the PNW. I guess it's time to drag all the summer stuff out!

  9. Love the fishing float in the bowl....they look wonderful....I am fortunate to have the real deal that was gifted to me by my Japanese mom!!

  10. They turned out fabulous, Debbie! I love the iridescence of the ornaments. Thank you for the shout out!

  11. You created such a great beachy look right in your dough bowl!!! LOVE the iridescence floats! Brilliant to combine Suzy's and Lucy's ideas!

  12. Great summer look for your dough bowl. I'm copying! :)

  13. Beautiful and such a creative idea! Very impressive.

  14. I love it and you did a fantastic job. I can't wait to try something similar. Thanks for sharing.

  15. This is a great look and something I would like to replicate in my home. It would be perfect for my Santa Barbara beach cottage!!!
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara


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