Thursday, December 8, 2011

Beach Memory Ornaments


We vacationed in the Outer Banks, NC this past summer with Ryan's family.  
It was Ellen's first trip to the beach.  


Ryan filled a ziploc baggie with sand from the beach before we left.  (Although I could have collected as much from our van from the amount I vacuumed out of it upon our return...)  When we got home I tossed the bag of sand in with our Christmas decorations.    

A few weeks ago I bought a clear glass ornament from Hobby Lobby.  And when the Christmas decorations came out I filled the ornament with the sand from the beach.  

Then I took a silver permanent marker and wrote Ellen's name, "OBX," and "2011" on the ornament.  A great keepsake for her first trip to the shore!        


We did the same thing to remember Clare and Jude's first beach vacations.  (Although back then I only had 2 kids and took the time to paint their names on the ornaments.)   

These are definitely some of their favorite Christmas ornaments!






















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8 comments:

  1. I love this ornament, so cute! Would love you to come over next wednesday when I host an ornament only link up as part of my Delightful December series! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com

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  2. That is just the sweetest tradition - bet all of your kids love it! Makes the holidays special when you have individual items with names. Great idea and darling girlchild. Happy Holidays!

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  3. What a great idea--love it! Very original idea!

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  4. What a great idea to remember your special trip. It will be great to look back on each year. I am a new follower visiting from Ginger Snap Crafts. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  5. Hi Trisha, what an original idea. Years from now the children will treasure those keepsakes. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  6. what a wonderful idea! Merry Christmas from a Virginia Beach blogger! :)

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  7. This is so very Sweet..... and thank you so much for linking up http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/12/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-2-and-highlights/

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