My Favorite Things – Beachy Home Accent Finds on Etsy

Nautical Verdigris Copper Sailboat and Silver Spoon Fish Wind Chime. Costal christmas gift giving made easy, gift for a sailor, navy gift

So as a passionate Etsian, I’m always browsing around to find new favorites on Etsy. With  Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, today I thought I’d share some awesome summer home and deck accents, from some amazing artisans I’ve found this season on Etsy. Like an Etsy Treasury with commentary!

First up – from Twisted Metals by Neva Starr , an irresistible patinaed copper, driftwood and metal wind chime. Twisted Metals by Neva Starr is an amazing site for finding the best in upcycled materials art with a beachy vibe. Those cute fish are actually upcycled spoons. I love how the placement of features gives them each their own personality!  Visit Twisted Metals to view their range of unique decorative offerings.

Throw pillows are a great way to transition to the summer season, either indoors or out.

Burlap Navy or Red Nautical Anchor & Compass in choice of 14x14 16x16 18x18 20x20 22x22 24x24 26x26 inch Pillow CoverBurlap or Linen Sea Bird and Nautical Compass in Choice of 14x14 16x16 18x18 20x20 22x22 24x24 26x26 inch Pillow Cover               These  Aqua Crab on French Document Choice of 14x14 16x16 18x18 20x20 22x22 24x24 26x26 inch Pillow Coverbeautiful pillow covers are made by hand at  Soeur a la Soeur from original graphic designs. The designs are printed on cotton canvas. Soeur a la Soeur offers a choice of natural linen cotton blend fabric or burlap envelope back, as well as a wide variety of sizes, to fit your pillow forms. Prices are based on size selected and range from $35 for a 14″ x 14″ pillow cover, to $70 for a 22″ x 22″ pillow cover. Pillow covers make a big design impact, and store well in the off season.  Soeur a la Soeur  has a wide selection of beach themed pillow designs, and offers a range of other themes to chose from as well. This shop is well worth a visit!

And if you are in the market for beach themed  wall art, Studio Tuesday is well worth a visit. The Blue Crabs Watercolor Painting Print, below, is just one of the coastal art prints offered at this site. And as you can see, the rendering, both the draftsmanship and the handling of the watercolors is just exquisite! Studio Tuesday offers delightful illustrations as well as beautifully rendered watercolor prints in both coastal and other nature themes. Some wonderful original watercolors are available at this shop as well.

Blue Crabs Watercolor Painting Print, coastal beach art

Well, these are samples of the amazing artisan works available at just three of the Etsy Shops I have found browsing this season. Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, happy decorating!


Crafts in the Nursing Home – Please Don’t Pass the Crayons

Christina's Shibori

These beautiful Shibori Print Scarves were just made by a group of residents of the Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation [SSI], in a craft group lead by Christina Ciara. Yes, they were made by residents in a nursing home. And some of them will be sold this week at SSI’s Annual Mother’s Day Craft Sale, to raise money for more high end craft and activity supplies, for the residents’ enjoyment.

Christina Caira is a Music Therapist and working musician, who works in SSI’s very progressive and dynamic Recreational Therapy Department composed exclusively of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists [CTRS’s] and Board Certified Music and Art Therapists. A gifted and passionate therapist, Christina Caira consistently brings creative new experiences to the residents she works with.

The Schulman and Schachne Institute, in Brooklyn, New York, where I had the great good fortune to work for 26 years, until my retirement, is blessed with visionary leadership who are passionately committed to excellence in the provision of the highest quality of life and quality of care for the residents they serve, and support and inspire a passionate and motivated workforce.

Now, this may sound like some fancy small boutique nursing home, but nope…. This is a large, 448-bed, urban inner city nursing home, with no philanthropic support, that has figured out that the highest quality care actually is also cost effective -big time – in reduced hospitalizations, and reduced use of psychotropic medications to treat symptoms of behavioral distress.

In terms of providing resident activities, this means a strong and enduring facility commitment to providing recreational therapy, and allied expressive arts therapies, by qualified professional staff, within a state of the art Therapeutic Recreation Department.

Treatment by qualified professional Therapeutic Recreation Department staff, whose core educational requirements include intensive training in understanding disease processes, and in adapting activity tasks to functional ability, makes a big difference – in resident’s levels of functional ability, reduction of behaviors associated with distress, in engagement and in quality of life.

Therapeutic Recreation intervention supports the residents to access and explore complex and sophisticated activities … like shibori fabric making. Because continuing to enjoy the pride and satisfaction of creating – isn’t that what makes living sweet.

So hats off to Christina Caira for her fabulous and innovative work, and to Schulman and Schachne Institute  for its commitment to providing the highest quality of care in Therapeutic Recreation.  You guys ROCK.

And to everyone else… please don’t pass the crayons.