Wishing you a happy Memorial Day Weekend with a Smooth Sailing wreath in patriotic colors.


I recently made this red, white and blue wreath for my eldest son R’s Manhattan apartment.

When I found the wood and canvas sailboat decor piece (Home Goods), I knew it would be the perfect centerpiece of a nautical theme wreath.

The patriotic color scheme would also make it a great Memorial Day through Labor Day decoration for R’s front door. Smooth Sailing all summer long!

Living in a rooftop apartment, surrounded by a terrace on three sides, R’s apartment is the gathering spot for his friends. He has it outfitted with both lounge and dining areas, a grill, mobile cooler, bar, trees and plants, strings of lights, music, and plenty of outdoor entertainment options.

Last year, for his birthday, we gave R all kinds of outdoor tableware. Many of the dishes had a nautical or coastal motif. So,  I figured a Smooth Sailing wreath would be a great welcome to the party inside — and out to the rooftop terrace.

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Smooth Sailing on the Dalmatian Coast

Last summer, R and a friend went on a fantastic sailing trip along the Dalmatian Coast. The small ship adventure included only four other passengers, and a crew of two, taking them from Split to Dubrovnik.

I believe this first picture was taken while exploring high above Split’s harbor, before setting sail.

I didn’t even realize the Dalmatian Coast was on my bucket list! Once R booked the trip, I wondered if I’d been living under a rock or something? How did I not know about it? Oh yeah, there was that horrendous war in Croatia…that explains it. But, according to my son, it’s one of those really hot trips millennials are taking these days.

The pictures he shared took my breath away. Here’s one of the small harbors they overnighted in.

Too many fabulous pictures to choose from (taken by R and his friend T)!

Here’s one of my favorites, as they exploring an ancient town along the coast.

R also raved about the food, cooked by one of the two crew members, and great nightlife spent on shore.
I figured a sailboat wreath would be just the thing to remind R of that dream trip, and decorate his front door for the summer.

Have you ever been on a small ship adventure?

Raising Anchor…Again


Several months ago, I created DIY Anchors Aweigh Sailboat Wreath for my sister’s Charleston home.


I had plenty of the anchor ribbon left for another sailboat wreath. R’s birthday was coming up, and we were going to have the rare opportunity to be with him on his actual birthday.

I already had his gift wrapped and ready to go, when I was inspired to make the sailboat wreath. When I saw the boat at Home Goods, my brain chanted, “make R a wreath, make R a wreath…quick!”


We were leaving for Philadelphia in just three days, to attend the wedding of my college bestie’s daughter (see Love is Sweet Bridal Shower).


Fancy or Not-so-Fancy Footwork

It was a weekend of dancing (yet another of my favorite things!). We stayed at the lovely home of my brother-in-law J and his wife J. On Friday evening, we were their guests at a ballroom dancing club. What fun that was! Just hope we didn’t embarrass them too much.

I didn’t flamenco (see Seductive Seville Entices with Arabic Palace, Flamenco Dance), but I did manage a decent tango —twice!

My brother-in-law is well over six feet tall, and even on tiptoe I’m height challenged! A little like my Scottish Terrier LOL.

It was a good warm up to the wedding the next day at the gorgeous Ballroom at the Ben (as in Franklin). A wonderful affair!

Birthday Brunch

On Sunday, we met both our sons (D lives in Philly) along with their aunt and uncle for brunch. R had “trained” (a verb in the Northeast) down from NYC to celebrate his birthday with us. I brought the sailing wreath with me, but intended to take it back home to Pittsburgh and mail it to him.


I hoped he’d like it, and was encouraged by his reaction to the Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Wreath I had made him last December.


But, I never expected him to be willing to schlep the sailboat wreath back home on the train.

Especially because R received a number of other birthday gifts, including several that were a bit heavy. It did help that I had encouraged him to bring an empty bag to travel back home to NYC with his packages.

Fortunately, he also had a backpack to hold more of his loot.

Even still, I was thrilled he wanted to carry the sailboat wreath back home with him on the train.

He must have really liked it!


Marina in the Sky: Sailing Wreath Welcomes Visitors to Rooftop

Several days later, R sent several pictures of the sailboat wreath hanging on his front door.


Makes his momma really happy, even though it was supposed to be his Happy Birthday gift.


Hubby and I are looking forward to visiting R in NYC in the not-to-distant future.


It’s always great fun up on the roof! I think being an engineer definitely gave my husband an advantage on this game, but can he make a wreath? I think not!

Three’s a Charm

Later, I created a third sailboat wreath — using up the rest of the anchor ribbon.

Check out DIY Nautical Sailboat Wreath: Raise Anchor for a different color scheme.


Hope your summer is Smooth Sailing




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