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!



  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!

  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!

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

  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

  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

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

  7. This is so very Sweet..... and thank you so much for linking up