DIY: Painted Starfish Scarf

The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make your own starfish scarf

 The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of Minnesota’s most spectacular landscapes, especially when paired with three of the state’s most beautiful women ever, a first massage, hikes, lots of laughter, colorful food, and heart to heart talks late into the night.


Spending time with childhood friends is such a treat. My brain was practically smoking as the memory synapses kept reconnecting at an incredible rate. So many things I hadn’t thought of for years. Each of us sharing our own perspectives of the same experiences. I really do realize how rare and precious these relationships are and give thanks for them everyday.

The Angry Trout Cafe was the perfect waterfront cafe after our Pincushion Mountain hike. (And yes, they did choose this mountain because of the name just for me. And hence, the windswept hair, no make up and red cheeks. Love these girls.)


 It was a feast for the eyes as well as our appetites. Just look at all those delicious colors. And that drink you see in the background? Super good! Soda water with just a drop of pure maple syrup. I never would’ve thought of that.


Not only was the food and the scenery delicious, but the place was full of repurposed items. The menu covers were cut from old wine boxes, the liquid soap dispensers made from old squeeze ketchup bottles, and the chairs were old tractor seats. The building itself was a former fishing shack. They are committed to sustainability. You can read more about them here.

Definitely my kind of place.


If you’re ever in Grand Marais, Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior, I highly recommend The Angry Trout Cafe. I promise you won’t be disappointed.



Oh ya, (did you catch the Minnesota accent?) and it was the perfect place to photograph my latest eHow tutorial:

DIY: Painted Starfish Scarf.

The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make your own starfish scarf

To thank you once again for taking the time to go over to eHow and commenting on my post, I’d like to give this scarf away to one of you on Saturday, July 5.

Hope your summer is full of family gatherings, childhood friends and good memories!


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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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23 Responses to DIY: Painted Starfish Scarf

  1. Charade says:

    Beth, I tried to post a comment on eHow, but it won’t allow me to do so without logging into Facebook – which I refuse to do for posts. Anyway, love your scarf – both the color and the starfish. Here’s the comment I tried to post “over there.”

    Thanks for the tutorial – and for bringing back memories of the summer of 1996 when my husband and I ate at the Angry Trout in Grand Marais, then took off on our motorcycles for Thunder Bay, Ontario. The next day we ran into some major road construction, and I dumped my bike, dislocating my shoulder and breaking my arm and foot. There’s a very nice regional emergency care hospital in Nipigon, Canada, should you ever need it. Since we didn’t get to finish our trip around Lake Superior that summer, we went again the next summer – and ate at the Angry Trout again, because their food is just that good.

    • Hey Charade! Thanks for sharing your story. I’m so glad you were able to go back and complete your trip the next summer. I bet it was a beautiful ride. There is still lots of road construction going on, but you know what they say about the two seasons in Minnesota….there’s winter and there’s road construction…..
      Here’s to The Angry Trout Cafe, maybe we’ll meet up there someday. 🙂

  2. fabricsaver2 says:

    Thanks for the great pictures. Pat ( I Enjoy your emails.)

  3. ooobop! says:

    What a wonderful sounding place. And all those colours… amazing! I’m so totally trying out the maple syrup/soda idea…. yum! x

  4. Great photos and great friends…nothing better!…think I’ll try the drink too…looks so yummy!

    • Thank you, Marilyn! I can’t believe my vacation is already over and I’m back to reality again. I love where I live, but if I could change one thing, I would definitely live closer to my friends and family.

  5. Karen says:

    What a beautiful place to reminisce with wonderful friends! Great friends, delicious food and gorgeous scenery…..what more could a girl ask for!!!!

  6. mac says:

    Your scarf is beautiful, that color is to die for. The Angry Trout looks like a great place all round.
    (I also don’t do the facebook connection thing but I do enjoy your blog)

  7. Judy says:

    What a great weekend and what a lovely write-up. Love you Beth!!! Love the scarf too!!

  8. Bevin CA says:

    Thank you for the tutorial on the scarf. Also for sharing the beautiful pics of friends and FOOD! This restaurant The Angry Trout Cafe will be on my to do list. The salad is beautiful….was it as good as it looks?

  9. Nikitaland says:

    Hey Beth! This scarf is sooooo beautiful and I want it! But then again, I want everything you create! Absolutely beautiful! ❤

  10. Nikitaland says:

    I just went over to eHow and I found out that you need a facebook account to leave a comment. I don’t have one, so can you add me to the giveaway? Thanks!

  11. Jo H. says:

    The scarf is beautiful. And that salad looked scrumptious. Don’t you love finding a good place to eat?!

  12. John says:

    Oh yah! Being a native Michigander, I say Yah frequently, thanks mom! Nice website. 🙂

  13. clbboutique says:

    Looks like you and your friends had a lovely day! Great looking scarf! Love the coral color.

  14. mimiohs says:

    Gorgeous and quick project. Will have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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