Being that I’m about to take off on another vacation, I thought I’d share with you a project from the last one. On every vacation we take, we get sucked into souvenir shop after souvenir shop, looking at all the crap. The more you cruise the aisles, the more you convince yourself that you need at least a handful of new shot glasses, a new souvenir plate, and countless keychains. Thankfully, early on, we figured out that we were going to collect ornaments from our travels, which if I’m going to be honest with you, has got to be the best souvenir you can buy. Mainly because they are put away for most of the year, but then come out and turn your Christmas tree into a story-teller. But also because our house doesn’t look like a frat house with 200 shot glasses displayed year-round. Which it probably would with the amount of traveling we do.
Since we are always on the lookout for the ornaments while we’re on vacation, we did the same thing while in Moorea. However, due to the fact that it’s a tiny little island with not much more to purchase than great seafood, we found nothing. So what do you do when you can’t find said item? You make it. Obvi.
I brought sand and seashells back from the beach in Moorea with me, so I ordered some glass vials online (couldn’t find the right sized ones at Michael’s), and painted “Moorea” on each one. I know they’re not perfect looking, but for me, this paint job has got to be museum worthy. I am the worst at hand-painting. This Moorea paint job is definitely in competition with the Mona Lisa, no?
When they dried, I filled the ornaments up with sand from the beach at our resort, put a tiny seashell in each, and tied them off with some twine. They’re going to look beautiful on our Christmas tree, if I do say so myself.
What kind of souvenirs do you collect from your travels?