“sea” christmas ornaments

Well, i’ve been keeping very busy lately, making christmas ornaments to sell at an upcoming craft show later this week. keeping with my “under the sea” theme, i chose seahorses, fish (& little beach signs), starting with plain inexpensive wood ornaments from the craft store.

seahorse ornament 1

of course I painted them with annie sloan chalk paint in old white and duck egg! ;) then i stamped on them using two of my favorite (& most used!) background stamps by impression obsession — shells  and wood plank  using versamark ink and embossing powder (ranger sea foam white & judi~kins egyptian gold). then i covered them totally using versamark ink and UTEE — i liked the “bubbly” texture — so stuck with just one coat.

seahorse ornament 2

i drilled hanger holes using my dremel, and then struggled for ages to find a hanging cord/ribbon i was happy with…(sometimes the finishing touches are the most time consuming, right?)

seahorse ornament 3

in the end, i went with coordinating silver and gold ribbons (that don’t fray easily).

i also found these plain wooden trees at my local discount craft store to use as a display for my own ornaments.

the trees light up with regular twinkling christmas lights…i thought they were just adorable! i found pegs that almost fit the pre-drilled light holes, so i painted everything, mixing various shades of annie sloan chalk paint to achieve the look i wanted –then carefully drilled several holes slightly larger to accommodate the pegs.

seahorse ornament 4

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of course, what sea themed christmas would be complete without a glittered starfish tree topper?!?

i’m really excited to get everything set up at the show on wednesday…but for now I’m off to go put the finishing touches on a few other things I’ve made for the show…

thanks so much for taking the time to drop by my lil blog!! hope you have a great week :D

oh…and here are some other ornaments i made — mini “message in a bottle” …(just for you MC, *wink*) enjoy!!!

sea ornaments 7

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