Mom & Dad bought a place down in Florida in 2012 and have been fixing the place up ever since. Perhaps some of the "Florida style" has rubbed off on me; I had a Pinterest-inspired idea for a Christmas present!
I have a board for all kinds of "monogram decor*" and I've made monogram gifts and have 2 projects in the works at home as well. One of the styles I've seen is where you put buttons on a decorative background. That gave me the idea to put shells on a canvas!
I started by using paint to make a beach scene (air-quotes) by using 5 different paint colors and basically blend the colors together for an ombre effect.
When the paint was dry, I hammered a couple of cable staples on the back so that the ribbon to hang it from could be changed easily, if so desired. I ended up using a tan/gold thick ribbon.
I actually really love this now, and will probably add these to all the things that I need to hang, it if works. I put these on the back of a black frame that I glittered, and it works very well (more on that in a later post).
I found the shells I wanted to use at Michaels and bought them on sale. While I had initially wanted to use all-white shells, I'm glad I wasn't able to find that kind of an option, because I like that some of the shells I used have some color, some striations, etc.
I used Alene's glue (and have since fallen in love with it for other projects) and so far it appears to be holding the shells well. I guess we'll know otherwise if Mom calls me because falling shells woke her up at night. :-)
I got opinions from a few different people on the shape of the letter, but it was Rhyanne who suggested making the "B" a serif letter by adding the little shells at the top and bottom on the left. Think she was right. Without those, it looked like an "8".
*I use an asterisk because I don't consider it a "monogram" when it's just one letter. I always thought a monogram was all 3 initials... But what am I going to call it? "Letter decor"? "Initial decor"? Neither of those options are really the best... So "monogram decor" it is. <sigh>