This past weekend I needed some Mindy-time. Between work, house guests and holidays, I haven’t had an evening to myself in weeks. With Christmas just around the corner, I decided a glass of wine and a night of ornament-making was exactly what I needed. I had an idea for creating some beachy christmas ornaments, so I picked up some plastic ornament balls at Michaels on my way home from work on Friday and got started!
I grew up listening to Amy Grant’s Christmas CD (starting around September) and I would turn up my fan, put on my hat and gloves, and dance around to the song Tennessee Christmas. I’ve always loved the idea of snowy Christmases and jingle bells and chestnuts roasting on open fires. But the reality is: I hate being cold, after a while jingle bells annoy me, and I do not like the taste of chestnuts- as much as I have tried!
I happily reside in Florida. I like sand, salt water and scarves as accessories- not as necessities. These beachy Christmas ornaments are my ode to a lifetime of going to the beach at Christmastime.
My plan was to fill the ornaments up with sand, a few seashells, and those little confetti-sized presents. This shouldn’t have taken long at all, however, the “presents” come in a set, and the majority of them are red, green and gold. Any one who knows me knows that I gravitate toward blue and white- all the time- and Christmas is no exception. But I figured I would tie blue and silver ribbons to the top of the ornaments and the little red and gold gifts inside wouldn’t bother me. Wrong.
Before I decided I hate red and gold- even just on the inside.
Starting the bows- note the blue and silver color scheme :)
Finished product: I liked the concept, but I hated the look of these little “gifts,” so I started thinking of alternatives.
Unable to think of a quick and easy fix, I went for the long and tedious DIY method for solving my problem. I unwrapped the mini-presents and I re-wrapped them with sparkly ribbon that fit my color scheme. Who knew you could even unwrap those little guys!
If anyone has EVER wrapped smaller presents- I would like to shake your hand
An all silver bow (before I added my re-wrapped presents)
Ready for the tree!
In 2013, I quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. After four months of backpacking I returned to the States and fell in love with a guy whose job sent us straight back to Asia. Nothing has gone according to plan... and it's been absolutely magical.