Monthly Archives: November 2010

pacific sand dollar ornament for Coastal Christmas Tree

{Coastal Christmas} Glittered Seashell Christmas Tree

There is nothing more special than decorating your tree with homemade ornaments collected from the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach or if you collected shells during your favorite beach vacation; this is a great way to create Christmas memories of your beach adventures.

A menagerie of glittered seashells blanket our work table.


We collected many seashells from our local beach this year as well as a few little floats so we decided to dedicate one of our trees just to our beach treasures.  A few starfish purchased from finished up our Coastal Christmas Tree with ease.


A bit of glitter, ribbon & bow make a Japanese float an extra special Christmas treasure!

Our Holiday visitors will each get to select one of the ornaments from our Seashell Christmas Tree to take home with them as a memento of their Christmas at the Beach.


Paint highlights the Sand Dollar’s natural design & glitter was added for a dazzling effect!

This is a wonderful project to do with your friends, children or grandchildren. We used a mix of glitter types such as iridescent, crystal and shredded to create an interesting and unique look.

Project Supplies: 

Ribbon; Jute or Pre-made Bows
White glue
Disposable cup
Glitter (shredded; crystal; iridescent)
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Bleach (optional)


  • Clean your seashells/floats/etc. in a mixture of 50% bleach
    & 50% hot water…a touch of Dawn© dish soap helps to lift dirt. The
    water assists in killing bacteria and smell on your seashells.  Soak
    for 1 hour or overnight depending on how dirty they are. Rinse
    thoroughly and let dry completely before using.
  • Option: Use acrylic craft paints to highlight edges; a sand dollar design or to create even more dazzle! A shell painted metallic gold looks gorgeous with a bit of glitter over the metallic shade.
  • Pour white glue (either Elmer’s or Tacky glue) into a disposable cup and add a bit of water to thin it slightly.
  •  Brush white glue* onto the seashell; sprinkle lightly with glitter(s) or roll in glitter if you prefer. Lay flat until dry.  (*A variation to using glue is to brush on an interior varnish to
    your shell and then sprinkle glitter on while the varnish is wet)
  • Glue ribbon onto ornament with hot glue (make sure the position of ribbon lets ornament hang correctly). Enjoy!



My pretty seashell ornaments are ready to hang…they filled our 4′ Christmas Tree beautifully!




I’ll show you how I made my “Snow-Angel Tree Topper with Seashell Wings” later this week!


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  • Ocean Offerings – Unique and Distinctive Gifts & Jewelry Inspired by the Sea.

Apothecary Glass Jar with Gold Spraypainted Seashells

{Coastal Christmas} Apothecary Jars

Happy Monday! Shells, starfish, potpourri, small glass floats, old postcards, photographs, an old finial, fake snow, nick-knacks, old eyeglasses, marbles, old door knobs, small glass floats, tiny Christmas trees, berries, rocks,  nuts, ribbons, buttons, frames, old toys or Christmas ornaments are some of the numerous items which can decorate a jar for your Coastal Christmas.

Beautiful Apothecary Jar collection from My Romantic Home

I’ve always loved jars whether they be a simple Mason jar or fancy Victorian apothecary. I don’t have an official “apothecary” jar…yet! I do have numerous glass vases, jars and such and want to use them to decorate for the holidays this year.  There seem to be an endless amount of ways to use the classic Apothecary Jar and when filled with items for Christmas, they are all the more special. Grouping them together makes even more of a statement.

Pottery Barn© apothecary jar display

The Nester made some beautiful displays last year, as seen below.  Get more great ideas from >> The Nester




Vintage Photos are a great idea for filling your jars with! Living with Lindsay found a selection of vintage photos online, she then printed them on card stock, cut them out, and then tore the edges and creased the image until it looked appropriately worn.  She even assembled the photos into a .pdf file for you to use in your own displays. Find that document HERE.  View all of Lindsay’s ideas >> CLICK HERE

A red & white theme creates a stunning Holiday display and doesn’t have to be expensive!  Crafty Designs & Decor used candy canes, solid red and white bows plus striped ornaments. Just because you live in a beach house doesn’t mean that everything has to be “beachy” Look at the rest of their ideas here >> Christmas Apothecary Jars


Chica & Jo spray painted seashells one color and used them as a centerpiece on their dining room table.  “Since they are gold, the look doesn’t hit you in the face as “beachy”. “The shells provide a lot of texture in the jar and the gold matches the table cloth I am currently using.” View all their ideas >> Chica & Jo




Do you use glass apothecaries or jars 
to decorate your home for the Holidays?


Cosmo Chic meets California Girl Cool!

After a hard day we sometimes just need to feel comforted by slipping on a soft, cozy and relaxing shirt. I recommend slipping into this Sea Maiden t-shirt from the Michelle Feis Collection; which feels like a gentle hug.

Pink accents stand our beautifully!

One of the best parts of my job is meeting talented people from around the world. Michelle Feis is one such person…inspired by the notion that finding that one outstanding t-shirt you can dress up or dress down is a fashion miracle that Atlanta designer, Michelle Feis, brings you with her playful yet pronounced t-shirt designs. Michelle wanted to make sure her shirts were stylish enough for a night out with the girls, but also comfy enough for yoga class so the vibe is a little “Cosmo Chic meets California Girl Cool”.  Her collection has been featured on Fitness Magazine and each design is screen printed onto 100% organic cotton fabric.


Designer, Michelle, Feis, at the Atlanta Fall Fashion & Accessories Trunk Show.  Photo courtesy of LynchPhoto

I had the pleasure of recently reviewing this delightful piece of beach ware and found the material to be soft and comfy plus it doesn’t easily
wrinkle. In addition to the easy breezy feel I was impressed by the beauty of her original Sea Maiden design. Photographs don’t do the Mermaid justice as she looks so much better in person! The flowing pink & red haired beauty features an original verse printed in pink from Michelle stating, “swimming out to the sandbars under the milky way”.



This is casual ware at its best! Throw it in your suitcase for your next vacation, beach trip or give it as a gift for the mermaid or beach lover in your life. It can be easily paired with jeans, khakis, beach shorts or under a cashmere sweater.  If you’re a jeans and t-shirt chick you’re gonna love ’em! 

Michelle’s inspiration behind her Sea Maiden design . . .

Please visit Sally Lee by the Sea’s shop on OpenSky to purchase this wonderful gift item. >> Buy Now.
Happy Pink Saturday!  Won’t you Join us?


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our blown glass snowman

{Coastal Christmas} Let the Decorating Begin!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and now it’s time to decorate! My favorite thing to do on the weekend following Thanksgiving is to pull all the boxes out of storage and enjoy the memories which come forth while removing each ornament from it’s wrap. It’s like a scrapbook of memories from times as a child, to being a mother of a young daughter as well as being the wife to my husband of 28 years.

My husband and I began a Holiday tradition in 1983 by purchasing an ornament each year. We made a vow to take the time to go shopping together and select the cherished piece of glass which would grace our Christmas Tree.  Some years it was a hurried event, however many “ornament shopping” nights came complete with dinner and a movie. Taking a bit of time during the rushed times of December has created some very special moments that I truly cherish.

Even though our daughter is grown, married and lives many miles away we still give her an ornament each year so that she can carry on the tradition.

I would have to say that the most important thing of all is to have fun while decorating your Christmas Tree by listening to Christmas music; enjoying a few snacks and taking lots of photographs to capture some new memories!

Do you have a Holiday tradition regarding Ornaments? 

Thanksgiving Blessings from the Beach

For flowers that bloom about our feet; 
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; 
For song of bird, and hum of bee; 
For all things fair we hear or see, 
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support, love and friendship.

{Contest Closed} Holiday Giveaway from Cottage Coastal Store!

Congratulations to Mermaid Creek ~ Winner of this Giveaway!!!

Does your Holiday decor need a bit of new coastal beautification? I have an unbelievably awesome giveaway to announce and is sponsored by one of our beloved sponsors….Cottage Coastal Store, Inc.

Cottage Coastal offers merchandise that is unique, well crafted and thoughtfully sourced.  Their web store provides customers a wide selection of Suzanne Nicoll© Studio designs. Suzanne uses hand-printing, painting and stenciling
techniques to produce an exquisite line of designs
for the cottage-coastal home. 

The fine folks at Cottage Coastal are letting our giveaway winner select their prize between these Suzanne Nicoll© Holiday designs:

First choice is the Holiday Sand Dollar –The classic sand dollar in holiday style. Cut from wooden panels, the
sand dollar is whitewashed and hand stenciled. Perfect for your front
door or anyplace else you want some coastal holiday cheer! 18″ across,
hanging hardware on the back.

Your second option is the awesome Classic Holiday Tree Silhouette –This whimsical tree is a perfect size for your front
door. Made from rustic fir planks, the holiday tree is hand painted and
distressed. All of the natural texture and character of the wood comes
through. About 28″ tall. Can be hung outside in a sheltered spot.
Hanging hardware on the back. Gold ribbon and tin snowflake included.

I wish I could enter, because I would love to have either of these beautiful pieces as part of my Holiday display!! Aren’t they awesome? Check out all of their Holiday Silhouettes >> Click Here

We want to make sure that you have time to enjoy your new Holiday Decoration so enter today before the contest ends on Friday, December 3rd.

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How to Enter: There are 8 ways to enter! Earn one (1) entry for every comment you
on this blog post from now until 6PM Pacific Standard Time on December 3rd.

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Giveaway Rules (the legal stuff): Contest open
to continental U.S. residents only; must be aged 18+; winner will be
selected by on December 3, 2010. The winner will have their
choice of either a Holiday Sand Dollar or Christmas Tree (as shown above).
winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize ~ otherwise, another eligible entry will be
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