Seaside Motifs

One of my favorite bloggers on here is Elenora from Coastal Crochet. She likes to crochet things by the seashore. I like to craft stuff with those same ocean inspired things too, so her ideas are great to explore.

She posted a cute ammonite pattern a while back (be sure to check out her other stuff too!) and I thought it would be cool to work up in my favorite coated nylon Brazilian thread, Linhasita. I also found a simple starfish pattern on Pinterest as well.

For these motifs, I really enjoyed using the Linhasita since it has a stiffness to it, allowing the piece to be shaped by hand. It’s nylon, so blocking it with your fingers is the best option. It also helped the starfish look more real since the arms could be shaped, and looked less “cookie cutter.” I love how the ammonites came out looking very lacy. I used a 2.0 mm hook with these, but I did make some size adjustments for variety. In other words, I had fun, yo.

Just had fun with these

Next, I simply whipstitched the motifs onto little 3” muslin drawstring bags from the craft store. 

Natural thread, natural muslin bags, easy

Used a simple backstitch

Lookin’ classy now. This would be nice to give to a salty, crunchy, surfer needing a little surfer’s tune-up kit (wax, fin screws, fin key) OR collect some seaglass or shells to give to your buds!

Hold yer stuff, man….

Happy Freakin’ Whatever. Let’s surf!

This sums up my ideal PAR-TAY

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DIY Outdoor Patio Coasters

One of the best things about being a crafter is that there’s always something in the “job jar.” Since we had the recent hurricane, pushing us all indoors for a spell, it was a good time to knock out a few crafts. Now that the power’s come back on reliably, I can share some with y’all on here.

I figured my patio would be used often after the hurricane passed and left us without power, so I’ve been wanting to make some outdoor coasters that wouldn’t break. They also needed to absorb some condensate from iced drinks, and look kinda beachy also.

Hemp was a good choice for this since it’s a little sponge in a way, but dries out quickly outside in the Florida heat. Plus, they won’t break apart if I drop them on my pavers. Bonus.

I also wanted some color, but color dyed hemp can fade unevenly. To add color subtly and to minimize uneven fading, I decided to crochet a strand of one color of super colorfast Linhasita macrame thread in with my hemp, with a contrasting color on the outer circle. I chose colors to complement my Surf Tee Pillows.

Burgundy, Yellow, and Purple fiesta siesta

All this pattern is, is one big circle made with single crochets (triple quadruple axel crochet for the Brits..hehe). Soooo frickin’ easy, even I got-r-done!

Get da free .PDF pattern here—> 

Outdoor Patio Coasters


No more drippy condensate!

I made these oversized, since I drink A LOT of Diet Coke. When the local convenience stores start to reopen, I’m back to my large fountain drinks, so I need a coaster that can handle the load…..

This was sooo me before Hurricane Irma

Earning Gnar Points

After going though a night of howling wind, no power, and the occasional errant chunk of debris hitting the Hurricane panels, it looks like Central Florida won’t be wiped off the map. We’ll still be here, providing entertainment value for the World.

Looks about right

We’re still without power this AM, and the water pressure needs to be restored (we’re under a boil water notice), so this post will be short and sweet. 

Stay safe, Fellow Floridians!

Still a blowin’

Restocking my Cheez-It and Diet Coke Supply

So I was up at the Publix this AM with the rest of the Barrier Island getting Hurricane supplies like Diet Coke, Cheez-its, and some fruit and veggies (hubby’s got to eat too). After all the coverage from Harvey, you’d think this is the freakin’ end. I mean, this is FLORIDA. We deal with rogue pythons and flesh eating lake bacteria. We have Florida Man. We’ll be alright.

Personally, I like Diet Coke, yo

With all this news coverage, I’m really getting in the mood to watch The Day After Tommorrow. Corny movie, but still a guilty

Holy Schnikes


pleasure for someone into Oceanography like me. With the storm Jose forming behind this one, it reminds me of that radar scene where all the hurricanes converge together. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
But SO GNAR
As a surfer, I think it’s funny to hear people ask if the waves are going to be good ahead of this hurricane. Ummm….not this one. Surfers like their ‘canes out in the ocean a bit, away from land, pumping in those nice swells to create beautiful, rideable, glassy waves with light, gentle offshore wind. I’m afraid this storm will only provide training footage for the Coast Guard. Boo.

Sandy was a good swell here in Cocoa Beach

 
We shall see if Irma will move off into the North Atlantic, leaving a nice swell behind, or if it just leaves us with a bunch of cleanup.

I foresee some beach trash crafts a-comin’, since hurricanes always bring in the wackiest and most interesting items to our shores, good and bad.

Oh, I snapped this pic by City Hall on the way back from the grocery. I wonder how many people will show up this weekend? I’ll bring the hibachi and rum out to da beach.

Weeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Hurricane Bracelet

Here in Cocoa Beach, we’ll be getting another yearly dose of Hurricane Hunkerin’ with the next storm in line, Irma. Since I got a small shoulder injury while surfing on Friday, that puts me out of the lineup for any potential swell. Probably not a bad thing, since the current tracks aren’t conducive to a clean hurricane swell. For our area, at least. 
So, I’ll be watching Irma (and the one behind, yikes), and I’ll be beading in the meantime. I thought I’d make a little beaded bracelet pattern that can be whipped up fast and easy. Feel free to download the pattern, but if you do, make little a donation to RedCross.org please. The Red Cross helps many people year round all the time with their services, and they need extra support during large crises, like Harvey and Irma. Honor System, People!

Hurricane Bracelet Pattern PDF



My little design is based on Coastal Warning Signal Flags (NOAA Link). The Hurricane Warning flag is typically two red flags with a black square in them:

So, if you decide not to evacuate, this can be a fun craft to do while it pours rain. 

But, let’s be safe and make sure you have everything ready- there’s even a website for that too.

Everyone take care with this one- the Bermuda High looks like it’s not going to back down. Might be time to tuck-n-roll, since this looks like a closeout.

Never gets old

I Meant to Do That (Learning to Fall off of a Surfboard)

So I had another surf lesson this morning down in the Patrick Air Force Base area, since the waves were fun-sized for longboarding.

At least he went. Yikes.

 

Even though I’ve been surfing for quite a while now, I’ve only just recently been more careful about how I bail off my surfboard. I’m not too proud to learn the proper way to fall, because I’m certainly not getting any younger, and my punchcard at the Holmes Regional Trauma Center is full. So, today’s surf lesson at the slightly rocky, worm reef area of north Satellite Beach brought back a spoonful of reality.

That’s me (not from today). This ride was headed for a wipeout

I’ve become better at reading the wave, which helps, but I wish I had practiced falling off properly when I was first learning to surf. Better late than never.
My surf teacher suggested I look up skateboarding videos to help with surfing, since they are quite similar. And no, I won’t skateboard anymore (water is softer than concrete), but some of these videos are really good. I found one on YouTube that goes through falling off a skateboard properly, but he really explains how you should fall off safely in any action sport. I don’t personally know this guy, but it’s quite good:

How to Correctly Fall Off a Board (YouTube)

I will use the whitewater now as an opportunity to

Weeble Wobbles!

practice “tumbling” off of my board instead of just flying off backwards. This seems to cut down on the surfboard yanking back and hitting me, which is always a bonus, bro. Remember Weeble Wobble toys?? I figure if I stay low on the board, I can get knocked around like a 1 year old’s toy. For a hot second.

After being very mindful of falling off my surfboard correctly today, I composed a deep haiku, brah.

Paddle, paddle. Grunt.

Push-up. Twist, flail arms around.

CLOSEOUT! Tuck and Roll.



Always remembering the last surf session…..

DIY Cork Display Ladder for Matau Carved Necklaces

I’ve become a collector of Maori-style carved pendants, mostly Hei Matau. I’ve even expanded my collection beyond the traditional fish hooks, and a local Cocoa Beach artist (Capt. Steve Bowman) has made me several sea life pieces that I adore.

My first Hei Matau (Left), my favorite carved pendant, Seadragon (right)


Problem is, I really have no good way to display them nor store them currently (I’m constantly wearing them and switching them out) and it’s been bugging me.
I was out at my local discount store and found this cork trivet that I thought would work perfectly as a necklace ladder. It would keep the pendants from banging against the wall, they could be easily accessible, and I can SEE them. Perfect. All for 4 bucks in the clearance bin. Score.

Craft cork can be expensive, so the Kitchen wares department is a great place to look

I cut the connecting jute cord and separated the cork tubes, which were already pre-drilled. Of course, I’ve seen these type of tubes at the craft store, so you could make your own with a small rotary drill.

Any leftovers can be used for leash loops on your surfboards!

Simple overhand stopper knots to make rings, spaced out about two inches

 
I re-threaded the tubes with doubled #90 paracord, with a simple overhand knot on each side of each “rung” as a stopper. I used about 2 lengths of 2 yards to make the ladder.

Adjust the knots to even up spacing

Make sure to burn and melt any ends or they’ll fray

 
Done! And it fits perfectly between the closet doors. I just used simple wooden tacks to hang up each necklace.

Done!

Much easier to get to….

Gotta take care of the surf cred like this since I don’t have surf tattoos, only the surfy jewelry. Yeah, I know I need to step up the surf cred game, but wetsuit season is coming. I can just PRETEND I’m covered in gnar surf tattoos, and no one can really know.

Psych out, brah.

This wins for most gnar surf tattoo