DIY Nautical Dec(k)orations

Brad and I are preparing to clean, fix and stain the deck on our new house, which inspired me to share a project from last summer that didn’t make it on the blog yet.

I can’t take credit for anything you’re about to see, all the credit goes to my crafty and talented mother-in-law. She has the cruise bug worse than anyone I know and is drawn to all things nautical. This is the woman who made a cruise-themed Christmas tree for their living room.

At the beginning of summer last year, she was anxiously anticipating an upcoming cruise so she decided to deck out their deck with some awesome handmade nautical items (please tell me someone else appreciates all the ways I can use “deck” in this post). I’ve linked to her inspiration with each item as well.

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I got it from my Momma

I’m so happy to share a special refashion with you today… one that is NOT mine!

*gasp*

One of the most popular topics on ProbablyRachel is refashioning clothing, I’m often asked how I learned to sew and aside from learning how to hem a pair of pants and sew on a button, I never really was taught anything else. I watched my mom sew from time to time, but I think there’s a part of my refashioning that’s inherited – genetically speaking.

My mom is a very creative lady and I’m sad to say I didn’t realize that fact before I became an adult. Today’s refashion project is hers and she graciously allowed me to share it.

Mom recently remarried and while wedding planning, she came across a cute hi-lo hem, peach chiffon dress in the juniors’ department. Yes, my mom shops in the juniors’ department. She saw that it had the potential to be a gorgeous going-away* honeymoon dress for her… just not with the black accents.

Before:

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