My Life In A Dinghy

Sep 18, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you gave a group of artists the same template and asked them to create something in their very own unique style? Well, I have always wondered this and decided to act on this idea. I sent emails to my favorite artists in the craft industry, those who replied stating they could participate I then followed up by emailing them a template and two rules… 1. use the template I sent and 2. the base of their project had to be made from a toilet paper roll… yes, you read correctly a toilet paper roll. I was so happy to have enough artists wanting to participate that this new blog feature “My Life In A Dinghy” was created.

I will post each artists amazing dinghy along with a little write up they provided of what life will be like in their dingy. What I love so much about this feature is every artist stayed true to their style making every dinghy so unique and inspiring. Once all the artists have been featured I will then post the template so you too can create your own dinghy. I have a feeling you will be so inspired by theirs you will certainly want to create one of your own.

So do you want to know which amazing artists are participating? In no particular order you will discover what life will be like in a dinghy by these awesome arty peeps… Suze Weinberg, Rhonda Palazzari, Candy Rosenberg, Stephenie Hamen, Tammy Tutterow, Donna Salazar, Hels Sheridan, Richele Christensen and Paula Cheney.

To kick off this fun blog feature here is the dinghy I created along with what my life would be like in a dinghy.

My Life In a Dinghy

During the day I will enjoy soaking up the sun and listening to the ocean as I slowly drift from port to port gathering vintage treasures and textiles.

My Life In A Dinghy ~ Side

The outside of my dinghy will be covered in beautifully painted cabbage roses and accented with trims and rhinestones that sparkle in the sunlight like the stars at night. The sail is lovingly pieced together using tattered and torn pieces of white and cream colored laces and trims.

My Life In A Dinghy ~ Inside

At night, I will secure my dinghy in the ocean by a chain of soft pink rosary beads and an anchor made from crystal chandelier pieces. I will rest among my day’s finds of pearls, sparkly rhinestones and beautifully aged textiles and as I slowly drift off to sleep, I will eagerly anticipate the next day’s treasure hunt, in a new port among new friends.


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  • Dolly

    Very pretty Lisa!

    Well I just can’t wait to see what the other artist’s have up their sleeves! I can tell you there is going to be a regatta of little inky dingys on the horizon! :D

    • Thank you, Dolly. Yes there are going to be some awesome dinghies on the horizon.

  • Hels Sheridan

    Lisa, your dinghy is AWESOME… I wanna come on voyage with you! All those gorgeous trinkets and your story of what life would be like is perfect… thank you for including me in this brilliant idea of yours xx

  • Voodoo Vixen

    This is fabulous, love the pearls and lace and I would never have guessed it was made from a toilet paper roll!

  • Tracy Evans

    Fabulous idea and I love your dinghy, has a lovely romantic feel to it. Love the sails. Tracy x

  • Beth W

    That’s a real who’s who of crafting icons! I am so looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations. Right now I’m quite fond of your dinghy. I found it very peaceful and soothing to look at.

  • Ginny

    This is beautiful as is your story, looking forward to seeing the others.

  • Sherry B

    Delightful! Excited to see the rest!


    This is awesome. I an working with a local shelter for our homeless neighbors who have a mini-boat regatta. The boats seem to be the size of yours. We were thinking of having my prison art therapy group make some artsy boats and maybe my afterschool mentoring kids. Can you share your template with me for this?

    Dr. Bonnie Winfield

  • Mrs A.

    Just picked this up from Hels blog. Can’t wait to see the rest of the ‘toilet rolls’!! Just looking at the ones you have published so far and they are all so very different and their stories so diverse. I’m loving this project and will be waiting on tender hooks for the template to make my own little boat sail away on the high seas.

  • Helen

    I have just caught up on the dinghies featured so far, and what amazing places they are!! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • MaggieH

    Sailed here from Hels blog loving your sail boat can’t wait for template so I can have my own and sail away on the crafty sea, meanwhile off to visit everyone and join them on their journey
    Thanks for sharing

  • Marjie Kemper

    This is such a great idea! Love your beautiful dinghy and have enjoyed looking through your blog at so many others. Found your feature from Suze’s tweet. Happy sailing!

  • Susie

    Lisa, normally when I see a pin that interest me, I’ll pin it and read it later, sometimes much later, but “My Life in a Dinghy” caught my eye and curiosity caused me to further look at it right then. This is such a great idea! It would take the amazingly talented mind of an artist to envision something like this, to pick other artist that you knew would come up with an entertaining story behind the toilet paper Dinghy that are so beautifully decorated and a story behind their Dinghy’s that are equally sweet and entertaining. The whole time I was reading how you told the artist they had to use the toilet paper roll, I was thinking about how I would manage to come up with an idea for my Dinghy, as of now I’m still thinking :), will probably be thinking about this for years to come. An artist I’m not, interested in others artsy doings, yes!
    Thank you for sharing, am looking forward to reading some more of your articles, and dreaming.

  • Lagene

    What an elegant dinghy! What a wonderful group of artist!