Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Very Florida Christmas



I can't believe that it's December 15th and I'm finally putting up my first Christmas post! Where has the time gone? I've been surfing around on my special holiday board and drooling over all of your homes. WOW, you are all amazing, you've put me in the holiday spirit for sure!



Since all my goodies are packed up tight in storage this year and because my friend Karen from The Essential Beachcomber has been nagging asking me to do this, I thought I would share with you a couple of pics of my seashell tree from last year…








We always do a traditional tree also, but this is how I celebrate my love of the sea and all things tropical. I have other blogging friends here in Florida who do the same thing and I'd love to show you their creativity.

First up is Pam of I Love Shelling, this year she participated in the first ever Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade! Yes, while many of you have been seeing snow plows around your town, Pam was making the rounds in this…







She actually cut that HUGE Junonia on top out of plywood and, being the incredibly talented artist that she is, painted all the details herself. How cool is that?

And what Christmas Golf Cart would be complete without a starfish and sand dollar tree on the back?

Pam's blog is all about shelling in Sanibel and if you haven't visited her lately, be sure to stop in. Sanibel is known for being the best shelling spot in the U.S., but right now they're having a SHELL BONANZA.








AND if you love shelling as much as we both do, check out her blog shop.



Next up we're going to see the C-U-T-E-S-T Florida Christmas Tree I have ever seen!

My friend Becky of Abbeystyle and Beachsnaps made this creation and when I saw it I was bowled over.

I love, love, LOVE this tree…


This is the Quintessential Florida Christmas Tree from the cartons of orange juice…


right up to the tree topper — a sun hat!



Now, if you've been around here a lot, you know that in almost every single photo of me, I'm wearing a sun hat and that I have a passion for rattan furniture. Becky, you have captured the spirit of Christmas in Florida with your tropical, beachy style!

Speaking of orange juice, here's a vintage Christmas ad that offers some great advice…



Be as good as FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE

and you won't get coal in your stocking this year!

It's a beautiful time of year,

Squeeze some fun out of it — no snow required.


Holiday Update!


I was over visiting my friend Linda of Coastal Charm. She's having a Christmas Open House Party and I decided to join the fun and let others see how we celebrate and decorate here in Florida. You won't believe all the fabulous goodies she has around her lovely home, including a Christmas Flamingo Flag! Stop by and say hello, you'll be so glad you did!

19 Thoughtful Comments:

Loui♥ said...

Oh Shelle..
I can always count on you to bring a smile to my face..FLORIDA style!!
love your friends and there trees..
enjoy the holidays..
stay warm!!
warm sandy hugs..
Loui♥

Beach House Living said...

That all orange juice ad is pretty neat. Our things are still in boxes!

Sunshinemeg said...

Love, love, love the golf cart! That is just the cutest, most hilarious thing I'v ever seen. Your friend is adorable. It is frosty cold here in Maryland and although I don't mind it, I do NOT like the wind! Takes the breath right out of you. Enjoy this holiday season.

Flotsam Friends said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. You can go ahead and use anything you like! That tree is fabulous. I so remember Tropicana from when we lived in NYC. It was the best! What a great idea having the sun hat at the top of the tree. Pruxxx

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Oh goodness, that tree is just delightful!! The little Tropicana OJ boxes are so cute and what a novel idea.

Happy Holidays, Rhonda!

the cape on the corner said...

how fun is that florida themed tree...but i don't see any manatees? i think they must be on there somewhere, right?

thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your sweet comment on my dining room table vignette. you'd be welcome to come over...but definitely not to snag my goodies! so nice to meet you!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Hey Shell, many thanks for including me in this post! I feel humbled and honored!!! Loved the Santa ad with the orange juice...hilarious! So old Florida, eh? Love old Florida!
becky (at beachsnaps)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello,
So happy that you came by and shared you Christmas shell tree...it's outstanding! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas in your new place:)

Blessings,
Linda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the shell tree and all the other fun decorations. I think it's fun to do some decorating that's related to our passions!

Brown Shoe said...

Love the beach too; especially yearn in these 18 degree days! That tree is awesome...love the shirts! How creative.

Ms. Bake-it said...

I LOVE them! What fabulous creations!

~ Tracy

iLoveShelling said...

Your shell tree is FABULOUS- How cool! Love your little angel with auger arms. Becky's tree is so old Florida, you can just smell the beach- so sweet. Talk about sweet..... I'm so honored that you talked about my crazy junonia golf cart and stuff. You ARE the sweetest.

Kaybe said...

I remember when I first saw the pics of your tiki tree. I just couldn't get over all the different things you incorporated into one bee-you-tee-full tree. I'm so glad you finally shared it again.

Love Ya!

simpledaisy said...

Oh my gosh!
I am going bananas...I love it all!
Love the tree and LOVE the yellow striped bag!
All the happiness I needed to see on this cold and snowy day here in Indiana:)

Drawn to The Sea said...

Such a happy, colorful post, Rhonda. Did your son make the small tikis in your shell tree arrangement? They're adorable!

Happy day,
Julia~

Completely Coastal said...

Florida is great for Christmas!!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh how fun it would be to do a tree all wild and crazy Florida like that! Why didn't I do that when I put up several trees? Now I just have the one "pretty" one.

I love the wreath "card" at the top of your blog...how did you do that?

CHERI said...

I love your seashell tree...as well as the other Florida trees. Such creativity! How are things working out for you in your new home? Wonderfully I hope. Sure hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

Love of the Sea said...

I love your tree. So creative and so cute!!! Very festive in a seashell kind of way. Which of course, I LOVE.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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