Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major Book Review via

Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major! A charming read, this book is brimming over with 35 seashore-inspired projects made from simple materials with easy instructions anyone can follow. If you’re planning a beach or nautical themed wedding, you’ll want to add this book to your collection. Or you can enter our giveaway for a chance to win a free copy! Simply leave a comment on this post before midnight CST on Tuesday, March 11th, to be entered. Best wishes to everyone who enters!

Seaside Tinkered Treasures Cover

So many of the projects in Seaside Tinkered Treasures would be perfect for wedding decor, favors, or special treats for your wedding party or guests! I’m excited to share some of my favorite ideas from the book along with some fun interview questions that Elyse graciously answered. Let’s get started!

Seaside Tinkered Treasures Flip Flops

{Fanciful Flip Flops – A Perfect Gift for Bridesmaids}

Hello Elyse! I am so delighted to have a chance to ask you some questions and to review your new book Seaside Tinkered Treasures. When I look at your blog or read your books the word that always pops into my head is charming! Congratulations on your second book, and best wishes for its success.

Thank you so much Kimberly! I am smiling from ear to ear

I’m so inspired by your writing and your projects. Who or what are your favorite sources of inspiration?

I’m so happy to hear this! Thank you Kimberly! Whenever I’m seeking inspiration, it always helps me to wander through a pretty shop or pick up a favorite magazine.

Le Petit Mariage Clothespins Wedding Party via Tinkered Treasures

{Le Petit Mariage Bride & Groom}

Have you considered writing a Tinkered Treasures book about weddings? Your floral, feminine style is perfectly suited for the topic!

People have mentioned that idea to me and it’s something to consider! Oddly enough when I was creating projects for my original book proposal, I gave myself little “tinkering challlenges” and one of them was to create an entire wedding party from clothespins/pegs.

Seaside Tinkered Treasures Message in a Bottle

{Message in a Bottle – Sweet Trinkets for Wedding Favors}

Do you have any advice for brides who want to make their own handmade favors and decorations? For example, do you have some tips for crafting multiples of the same project?

For crafting multiples, I would advise keeping projects simple so that the making stays enjoyable and doesn’t become a daunting task. Projects using paper from both books (Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures) lend themselves well as you mention to being favors. Just think at how customizable favors like pinwheels, matchboxes or tussy mussies could be when created using color-copies of wedding invites paired with color-copies of favorite fabrics and even swatches from bridal party attire!

Seaside Tinkered Treasures Tin Can Luminaries

{Tin Can Luminaries – A Lovely Way to Light Up the Ceremony/Reception}

What are your favorite places to work on your projects or writing your articles and books? Do you have a studio or dedicated workspace in your home?

I do have a dedicated workspace and in my house full of guys and we refer to it as the Girlie Office. I am trying to work in there more often but currently when I’m tinkering, I end up spread out all over the dining room table with music playing, and when I’m writing I seclude myself upstairs in my bedroom for the quiet I need to think things through.

How do you organize and store your craft supplies and what are your top 5 favorites?

I am constantly looking for smarter ways to store my supplies. Somehow, I seem to know where everything is but I’m not a very good example of how to keep a tidy studio and I’m quite the messy crafter. I keep supplies in a variety of containers from photo boxes to jars to produce containers on shelves. My top 5 favorite supplies excluding scissors, glue stick and school glue are: vintage millinery forget-me-nots (they make anything pretty), vintage seam binding, little gems/cabochons, paper roses, and glitter.

Seaside Tinkered Treasures Bottles

{Bubbly Soda Bottles- Doily-Embellished Drinks for a Beverage Station}

Are there any art or craft techniques that you’ve never explored but would like to try?

Yes, there are lots of them! I would like to give mosaic a try soon. My oldest sister just learned how and wants to show me how. I get nervous about mixing and disposing of the grout but I have a photo box full of broken China in waiting!

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your blog book tour, and for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to seeing what you do next!

My pleasure! Thank you for your support and for a thoughtful list of questions! xo elyse

Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major is published by CICO Books and is available from 

It was such a thrill to be a part of the book tour for Seaside Tinkered Treasures! Many thanks to Elyse Major and Ryland Peters and CICO Books for sponsoring this post and the giveaway. Don’t forget to leave your comment on this post for your chance to win a copy!

By Kimberly Jones


30 Comments so far

  1. Shari Harniss on March 5, 2014 6:48 am

    Lovely looking book!
    Please enter me.

  2. Judith (from Israel) on March 5, 2014 10:00 am

    I’d love to win this book.

  3. superstitches on March 5, 2014 10:49 am

    The dolls on the cover remind me of when I was young and visiting my grandparents in Florida. My cousin and I bought some little dolls made of shells, very similar to those. I think I still have mine tucked away some place.

  4. Rose S. on March 5, 2014 10:58 am

    Such a lovely book. I would love to win this.

  5. Sue Grier on March 5, 2014 11:20 am

    Wow such a beautiful book with so many ideas and some looking so easy to make. Would love to win this book and start creating.

  6. laura jones on March 5, 2014 11:40 am

    seaside treasures are the best i love filling my home with shells and trinkets with a seaside style as a mad crafter this book would be great for me

  7. patty on March 5, 2014 11:59 am

    i love this book it would fit in here at my house thanks for the chance

  8. Michaelene Stone on March 5, 2014 1:02 pm

    OMG! Not only would I love this book, but I need this book. Please!

  9. aj on March 5, 2014 1:32 pm

    This looks like a lovely book! I already collect so many seaside treasures. I’d love to get new ideas of things to do with them to celebrate my love of the sea.

  10. Tracey on March 5, 2014 1:33 pm

    I love books!

  11. Melanie W on March 5, 2014 2:12 pm

    The shell dolls on the cover are so adorable! I’d love to win the book to learn how to make them.

  12. Theresa on March 5, 2014 2:55 pm

    I love anything related to the beach or ocean!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. elyse on March 5, 2014 3:43 pm

    loving these comments!

    thank you so much for hosting!


  14. Karey on March 5, 2014 3:53 pm

    Fantastic ideas!! I would love to win!

  15. Robin C. on March 5, 2014 5:07 pm

    Such cute projects! They look pretty easy too, which is great! Thanks!

  16. Sheila Green on March 5, 2014 5:15 pm

    I have so many shells from so many places, and I never know what to do with them, besides putting them in a jar. I would love to have a copy of this book (and I think I might even purchase it for our library).

  17. Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) on March 5, 2014 5:20 pm

    Oh my, my in-laws live by the sea, so we’re always collecting shells – now I’ll know what to make with them!

  18. Susan Lindeman on March 5, 2014 5:30 pm

    Looks like a lot of great projects for us beach lovers!

  19. HawaiianLibrarian on March 5, 2014 5:39 pm

    Fabulous ideas for weddings and other gatherings! Mahalo for sharing and for the op to win a copy for our public library collection.

  20. thia Beniash on March 5, 2014 7:26 pm

    These look like fantastic crafts! Love the sea shell ladies. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful book.

  21. Mary Rok on March 5, 2014 7:42 pm

    Will be spending a week on the beach in Fla in May and would love to have this book to put to use all the shells we will be picking up.

  22. nancy d on March 5, 2014 11:21 pm

    I have so many shells collected from the beaches in Florida! And I just love those cute flip flops!

  23. Karin Bosch on March 5, 2014 11:59 pm

    What a amazing book. We are planning my only daughters wedding. The book will be a great bonus in the preparation and planning of the wedding.

  24. Susan Samuel on March 6, 2014 1:48 pm

    What a great idea for a book. There are wedding bells in the distance in our house so all different ideas are being looked at for possible ideas. This book looks like it could be very useful.

  25. Emily C on March 7, 2014 4:34 pm

    I really love some of these ideas. They look awesome and perfect for event planning.

  26. Michelle Mathey - POMI on March 7, 2014 9:25 pm

    Great job on this interview, Kim!

  27. Lavender Dreams on March 8, 2014 3:37 pm

    What a wonderful interview and a fabulous book! I live in Florida and have a big shell collection. I could sure use some ideas from this book! Thanks! Diane

  28. Christina C on March 8, 2014 4:05 pm

    I live in Florida, so I would love to win this book for decoration tips!

  29. kim on March 8, 2014 7:21 pm

    I live by Lake Michigan, would love to bring some of it inside!

  30. Dawn on March 25, 2014 7:42 pm

    What a lovely book! Lots of cute ideas!

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