Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Seahorse and Starfish special edition silverware gift tags garden markers

Last week I was commissioned to craft a unique hand stamped vintage silver plated spoon. 
Wondering what other sea life might be manageable resulted in this "seahorse" design.


Over 160 hammer strikes.  I lost count after that.

Tedious.

This inspired some new
nautical colored sea life gift tags.

Golden seahorses on navy blue.

Much easier to do with my handy tag cutter.
Each tag is cut one at time.

Our dachshund, Noelle is not a fan of the sound the cutter makes.
Molly, the other dachshund is in complete oblivion.


New compass tags too.

I have been so pleasantly surprised by the encouragement
and support from so many of you.


From little notes or shopping with me (some more then once)
to lovely mentions on your blogs.

 Photo courtesy of Pretties and Posies

I thought this custom order looked darling. The buyer will be
giving these to her neighbors with basil plants in small white pots.
for Mother's Day


 A little personalized thank you.
 

This one is serving spoon size; big.


That has been inspiring to see how a second generation of
the "free form starfish" might look


and this "ship ahoy and anchor" motif


and last but not least, another "beach"


Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about
the new designs. Yeah or Nay.
Thank you everyone.

39 comments:

chandelier magic said...

Are you kidding me - These are the coolest things I've seen!

Wish I could get a sugar spoon for each guest coming to my daughter's Beach Wedding.

I'll have to get one for me for sure...

Marsha

Melanie said...

A definite Yeah!!!! I love them all!!!!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Lovely! Love the gift tags and mothers day gifts. So sweet. Happy planting. XO

La Dolfina said...

OMG I love each and every one of them!!! You and DB are amazing. Completely amazing and full of talent:)
XOX

Elizabeth said...

They all look gorgeous! The starfish is wonderful, and the seahorse is divine - actually I love them all!!

Vintage French Hen said...

YEAH...YEAH...YEAH!!! LOVE THEM ALL!
Marcia

simpledaisy said...

LOVE.LOVE.LOVE them:)
I have stamps too and started making stamped jewelry....but I find it too be hard to do!! I always mess up and the sterling blanks are rather expensive....your designs might have inspired me to get back at it:)

Linda said...

OH...I just love the seahorse and starfish spoons...very cute!

Roberta said...

oh my! LOVE these and have to have some. Beautiful! xoRoberta

sealaura said...

these are absolutely gorgeous, I am in LOVE with the seahorse, anchor and starfish. but that seahorse is gorgeous. have you ever done a squid or octopus?

Beach House Living said...

Dear Sea Laura:

No Octopus or Squid yet thanks for the idea...maybe at some point
I'm trying to work on a shell..
The spoons have to flatten just so or the design doesn't look as nice.

Jessica said...

So gorgeous!

Sanity Fair said...

These are lovely - I'm such a fan of the little animals you've added!
P.S. Thanks for the note on Mystique flip flops! I wasn't familiar with them but they are SO CUTE!!! I have to have some! The other top shoes on my list are the Miss Trish of Capri at Target. Snatched these up last year, and had no idea they were collaborating again for 2010. They are absolutely darling.
-SF

red ticking said...

love these... and i want you to know your comments ALWAYS make me smile... xx

WhiteWhispers2u said...

My Fork, I love it! Your so sweet thanks again.I want a Starfish and Seahorse gotta have one.Woo-Hoo!

~Cheers Kim

Dreamy Whites said...

I just wanted to tell you that I your comments mean the world to me!! I appreciate them.
Take Care,
Maria
These spoons are adorable!

Maya said...

Oh dear, these are just precious..., the seahorse and anchor are incredible..., adore the tags!

reasonably chubby said...

These are sooo fantabulous I had to go lay down for a while...:) I love them! I admire your talent and ability and I'm ticked that God didn't bless me with any of it. But so happy He did bless me with eyes so I can gaze upon the lovliness of it all. Have a wonderful day!

Canadian Cottage said...

I just found your blog and I love it! These spoons are so wonderful, I would love the seahorse one! I'm excited to look through your shop. Have a wonderful day
Janice

Annie Louise said...

These are absolutely wonderful--I adore all your designs. Thanks for sharing.
Jeanette

vintagesusie & wings said...

Your spoons are awesome...I soooo want to make some for my shop!!! I just found your lovely blog, I look forward to following you through all your adventures!
Smiles,
Susie

Michael Mattison said...

I've always loved your blog -- one of the first I'd discovered! Yet another great post here as well. (Just did something with a beach theme myself recently, on Mykonos; now that island's got a built-in color scheme you'd enjoy!)
Have a great weekend,
Michael

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Everything looks amazing!Fantastic ideas and brilliant execution. You are so very talented! Wishing you wonderful weekend.:-)

thenextarrow said...

i think i'm developing an obsession for utensil art. i adore these.

xo Alison

Cashon&Co said...

wow. they are all incredible. and I love the tags too. these would sell like hotcakes down in Orange Beach!!! seriously!

Elizabeth said...

I can't believe how many hammer strikes it takes...that is tedious...but so lovely too :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh what awesome spoons!!!!!

m ^..^

Lady Grey said...

I LOVE them, especially the starfish one!
oxo

Kathysue said...

I love them all each and every one. What a fabuous gift for her neighbor. you are one clever lady,Kathysue

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Absolutely yeah from me! just popped over from Roberta's blog and so happy I did.. Love your blog.. love anything blue or sea related too and everything here is just that.. The seahorse is just so special... and very clever... Julie

Aladdin's Cave keepster said...

Oh my goodness! These are soooooooooo lovely and what a lovely idea's you have!!!

cityfarmer said...

... you're a busy little beach bum ... your wares are stunning

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi dear,
Yes I still make the birdhouses on my blog site, I got away from it a bit due to the fact that the market was saturated with many like mine, I sold a lot the the beach shops and Sisters In Redlands Ca.

I got away from them and now long to make them again, the market is not as demanding of them these days so I moved on a bit.

I will psot one as soon as i get it going.

I love the flatware and I too have a punch and am waiting to do something creative with them. Love yours big time and want to master that craft aw well as you have.

XX
~Dore~

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello~Thank you soooo much for my sweet treat your the best, you Rock! I just got side tracked and forgot to get back to you.I am lovin all my ReArt spoons and forks.

I was so sad about that house it was a great price and looked amazing! Just wasn't ours.~Cheers Kim

Down and Out Chic said...

definitely yay! they're awesome. the seahorse spoon is my favorite although i'm sure it was tedious.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, these are very cool. I have no idea how you do that? You mentioned hammer strikes? Sounds like a lot of work but you're obviously very talented.

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Just gorgeous. Love them!

oceangirlcollection said...

I love the way the inspiration for tags was a natural progression after the silver hammered spoons. Great job. They are both so beautiful!

SHERRI ROCHA said...

oh me oh my i need to get some of these for my daughter she lives in huntington beach ca and has the coolest garden still producing cucumbers you are so very talented !!!!!!!!!!xoxo sherri

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