Shopaholic in Alabama

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Shopaholic Gets Crafty

In a move surprising to my family and close friends, I have embraced my "crafty" side. Note that I never even knew I had a crafty side...I've always been one of those people who couldn't design a room, couldn't arrange a vase of flowers, etc. Now if you asked me how to help you fund those same purchases, that I could do. I can help you write the business plan to open your design business, but I can't design my own bedroom. Go figure.

A few days ago, I decided I was going to try for a Coastal Christmas decorating theme. Of course this is a wee bit of a problem, as I don't have any coastal holiday decor. So with limited resources here at the beach (read: no Hobby Lobby, Michael's, etc locally - just Target and Wal-Mart), I had to get creative. I went to the local souvenir store and bought a bunch of starfish and sand dollars - and have started decorating them. 

Glitter, Swarovski crystals, a hot glue gun - they are all my new BFF's for this project. I wanted to share some of my creations with you. Please note - they are not completed and I'm not ready to decorate just yet - but I'm working on it. Most of these will become tree ornaments - and a few might be used in a centerpiece. I'd love to hear what you think! 

Are you working on any crafty projects this holiday season?

p.s. I blame most of this on Pinterest...looking at what others have created is quite inspiring! 


  1. I love them... You did a great job. I had a coffee can of beautiful sand dollars my aunt gave me in 1999 -- like 50 perfect ones, and I made ornaments out of them and put the date on the bottom front (1999). I got in the attic tonight to get the ornaments and tree and decided to use a tree and ornaments we had not used in forever and I found some of these sand dollars -- I gave most of them for gifts that year. I like that bling. Where did you find nice stones around here?

  2. I think they look fabulous! Another trick you could try is to spray paint shells silver, or gold for some more sparkle.

  3. I love this! So simple and so beautiful!!

  4. I LOVE Pinterest!! I have gotten hooked on using deco mesh to decorate EVERYTHING even my pot rack in the kitchen and I also created a canvas to hang about our master bed.
    LOVE your coastal theme. Looks great!

  5. They look gorgeous! I'll live vicariously through you, since I haven't found my crafty side yet :)

  6. Love these, Lori! Pinterest really is the best at motivating me to do something fun, too. :)

  7. I love these. Anything with seashells/glitter/!

  8. Oh you did a great job, Miss Craft-aholic in Alabama!!!! I love them!


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