Seaside Tinkered Treasures Review

Last week I was asked if I’d like to review Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major and of course I jumped at the chance. As we live a ten minute walk from our nearest beach we do have (ahem) a mild tendency to bring ‘treasures’ home with us. Frankly, this means that any ideas on how to turn our stash into craft projects would be greatly appreciated!

Seaside Tinkered Treasures ReviewThe book is a nice mixture of things you can make with your seaside treasures, such as the shell ladies above, things that remind you of the seaside such as a cute mobile with boats on it and things which aren’t strictly ‘seaside’ but have that kind of shabby chic vintage feel to them. I really liked the look of this summertime clock. Making a clock is on my big to-do list so it was nice to see that it’s something achievable!

DIY Vintage Shabby Chic Upcycled ClockThe other thing I really liked about it was that it suggested things that you could change for each tutorial, you aren’t just expected to follow their rules. This is always a big one for me as I never seem to have all the things I need when I try to follow instructions (actually that’s pretty much an issue with me following instructions full stop. Ahem) so it’s really nice to see an author suggest some other things you could try.

Obviously I wouldn’t recommend anything without giving it a try so last night I had a quick flick through Seaside Tinkered Treasures to see what I could make with what I already had in my house. Again a bit of an issue as with two small kids the only time I get to craft is when they are asleep which also means I can’t get out to buy anything! I opted for the pleasant dreams catcher, this is obviously my attempt and not the official one in the book!

DIY Shabby Chic Dream CatcherI changed Elyse’s instructions to using knots to secure all the fabric (no glue here!) but I’m still pretty pleased with how it turned out! The fabric is wrapped and knotted around an embroidery hoop, with more being used to stretch across the hoop and more strands tied on to create the strands at the bottom. No vintage fabrics here but I think the striped fabric gives it a nice shabby chic feel that looks seasidey too.

Shabby Chic Seaside DreamcatcherAll in all it’s a very cute book that will make you want to hit the beach for your next craft project and is a great way to help keep that summer feeling going at home when the nights start to draw in.

DIY Shabby Chic Vinage Style BottlesDisclaimer: I recieved a copy of this book for free to review, all opinions remain my own. The photos of the dream catcher are my own, the others are as from the book. Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major, photography by Claire Richardson, published by CICO Books, rrp:£12.99 You can order a copy and look at more gorgeous pictures on their site here.


  1. 15th August 2014 / 1:08 pm

    dear kate!

    so happy to “meet” you and thank you for being part of the book tour! i love your thoughtful review and your dream catcher is a positively dreamy in beachy stripes!

    thank you again!

    happy tinkering


    • 15th August 2014 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks Elyse 🙂 love your book, hope you sell loads!

  2. 16th August 2014 / 3:29 pm

    This book looks right up my street – off to check it out!

  3. 17th August 2014 / 12:23 am

    Super cute ideas. Love the vintage bottles decor idea.

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