I am a huge fan of all things nautical—as I mentioned once before, my dad is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy and I'm super-proud of that. I spent most of my early life on or near the water with him, so all things boating/fishing/Naval/sea-related bring that sense of comfort that only memories of your childhood can. It's no surprise, then, that one of my favorite motifs to use when crafting/designing is the anchor. The nautical thing seems really hot right now in fashion and home décor, so I figured I'd share with you some inspiration and artwork to help you get on that ship before it sails. (Ha!)
Several TV seasons ago, guest crafter Marie Hejl showed us how to personalize wooden Dr. Scholl's sandals for summer. I used her technique to make my own, and added an anchor stenciled onto each of the heels.
Below, my brilliant and generous "Martha" coworkers incorporate the anchor every way they can to welcome my baby boy. He was born a Pisces and I was thrilled about that (Aquarius would have worked too!)—and his birthstone is aquamarine!
1. Gift tag created with the Martha Stewart Crafts Anchor punch.
2. A literal "inside" joke—Hosanna embroidered my son's in-utero "code name" on a pillow with a tiny anchor.
3. Kristin went felting-crazy on a wool blanket and shared the how-to here.
4. SweetDaniB's sea-themed shower favors featured a cookie anchor.
Feel free to keep and use my two favorite anchor shapes below by clicking on and saving each from your browser. I'm thinking I'll use one of them to stencil some anchors on my son's wall (hopefully before he's in college) and I'll post a follow-up when I do. Send us pictures of what you choose to create with them this summer and you may be featured in my follow-up!