A Driftwood Hunt & A Crate

9:11:00 PM

Driftwood in my world doesn't come from a store...

This is the North Shore of Long Island.

Pretty rocky, not like the beautiful white sand ocean of our South Shore, but beautiful anyway.

Today I dragged out my husband on this beautiful day, down to the beach for a driftwood hunt.

Not just any driftwood but driftwood boards. Pieces of old boats, docks, or old bleached-out  whatever that has floated to shore.

As you can see we collected a basket full.

It's kind of like nature's junkyard.

We walked all the way out to the point where the Long Island Sound was on one side of me.

And the bay was on the other.

We collected a ton of sun bleached boards today!

I'm thinking another trip to the beach for more treasures might be in order soon!

I brought the driftwood home and dumped it all into a pile so I could figure out which ones I could make into something with beachy awesomeness.

A few cuts and a little ornamental rusty hardware all came together for this project.

I especially love the pieces with paint still on them. 

I wonder what this wood used to be... a ship? a dock? 

How far did it drift?

And now a very cool crate with a mysterious history and special memories of a beautiful day at the beach.

Stay tuned ...

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  1. How Fun! Sounds like a lovely day at the beach!

  2. OK you would have to know about my super secret love of driftwood and how I stalk bloggers that have access to it, and beg them to send me boxes of it in the mail - to know how much I love this project! Thanks for linking to our party, and remember to watch your back for driftwood stalkers....


  4. I love it! I also loved seeing the pictures of your wonderful day at the beach!

  5. I'm so jealous! Our beaches down here are not populated with boards and wood that's drifted ashore. If it ever does come and land on the beach, the town or county cleans it up. They don't seem to understand we want this kind of trash on the beach! Your boards were perfect for the box. I love how you've designed it and that it reflects original colors, and all. So cool!

  6. Love it!!
    Beautiful pictures of your outing at the beach!!

  7. That is one super cool box! ~ Maureen

  8. Hallo Susan,
    ich lese schon sehr lange Ihren Blog, er ist einfach fantastisch. Sie haben so tolle Ideen, sprühen förmlich vor Kreativität.
    Ich liebe dieses wunderbare Holz, die Kiste ist richtig edel geworden.
    Vielen Dank für die schönen Bilder und Ideen,
    Simone aus Dresden

  9. I love your crate, it's cute and it can be used for so many things too!

  10. I love it! I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

  11. Finding driftwood and a walk on the beach ~ sounds like a perfect day, Susan!

  12. Very cool looking crate. It turned out beautiful.


  13. Susan Dear....... thank you for linking to the Hot Fun in the Summertime party. And of course I love your little driftwood box. The walk on the beach looking for treasures reminds me of a time gone by for me.


  14. That driftwood is to die for! And I wish I had the coast nearer to our home. I'm going to have to go exploring when we go to the beach in August. Thanks for sharing ;-) I'll be sharing this on my FB page.

  15. Hi Susan, I love your driftwood crate. What a fun day to collect free treasures. Thanks for linking up to the Hot Fun in the Summertime Party.

  16. Do lakes have driftwood? LOL! Darn....I don't have anywhere to get any driftwood but I am sure loving yours! Especially with the paint and numbers....COOL!!!!! You did a great job with the crate and rusty hardware to boot. Very nice!!! Can't wait to see what else you make. You got a lot of really cool boards. Maybe I could take some old boards and dip them min the lake across from me and call them driftwood! LOL!
    BTW, very pretty pics too!

    1. Lakes absolutely have driftwood. I have a cottage on a lake, and the ocean is 15 minutes away. Both have lots of driftwood.

  17. Very cute crate you made! And I'm so jealous of you being by a shore! Beautiful!

  18. oh my... this is absolutely darling! I just love how organic it feels. Would have never thought to use driftwood! It's perfect. :)

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 142. :)



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  20. Yowza...so creative. Love it! : ) Pinned it and shared on facebook. Have a lovely weekend.

  21. Love it! Lucky you...so glad you rescued them and gave them a new life :) Laurel

  22. I love your driftwood creations!!!


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