I recently added a GIANT painting to hang above our fireplace for the sweet summertime. It is from GoJumpInTheLake. I have another painting of theirs too, which I shared in my mini pie post. Their work has taken off and is seen in LL Bean Maine store, Design Sponge, and many other places. I am VERY excited to have one of their paintings. It is absolutely perfect and I'm a little giddy over it all.
It is REALLY big, so it makes a special statement.
When I discovered this painting, I knew I had to have it! ...just like we need food and water...know what I mean? I wanted it placed in the center of our home. It encompasses how I feel about my boys (and my husband!) ;) I wanted it to make a statement to my family, so every time they looked at it, they felt a big hug from me! Titus used to sing this song often as a little toddler and it was simply precious. I will be sharing more about the inspiration behind why I wanted this painting in a future post.
...oh yes you are! ;)
I wanted my summertime mantel to be fresh, beachy, and peaceful! I found these cool candles at Pottery Barn and tied sand dollars around them with twine.
A beach behind glass and a candle rest on an old dusty, summertime classic book.
A friend of mine brought me Florida beach sand and shells a few years ago and I show it off every summer, wishing I could be on the beach!
Between my sand and shells is an old forever favorite photo of my boys! It leans under the giant sunshine photo, reminding us all of our sunshines in our family! I will be sharing more about this soon as I mentioned...
BraggingBags on etsy. They have a huge collection of worn wood treasures. I have a complete wish list already made from that store!
Our big summertime mantel demonstrates that the season of the sun is still strong in our home! I believe August is the prime of summer! The earth is adjusted to the warmth and gives deep sunshine, with still long days.
(image via google search)
Oh summer, let me count the ways I love you:
the smell of sunscreen on our skin
riding our bikes through water puddles
and watching the long line of water
that our tires stamp onto the hot sidewalks
toes snuggled in the sand
the easy life of flip flops
the simplicity of life's pleasures
nostalgic fun in the water
long, warm nights
(image via google search)
This is why I LOVE summertime!
(now if only the bad grammar in this didn't drive me crazy) ;)
my 2011 calendar showing seashell lovin'
That they may know from the
rising of the sun,
and from the west,
that there is none besides the Lord.
May The LORD bless you and keep you;
may the LORD
make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you.
- Numbers 6:24-25
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