Unique Sand Dollar Ornaments

12.04.2010

Many years ago when I worked for a large Pediatric group my office manager brought in these unique ornaments. These are Mr. Savvy's favorite ornaments, but they don't go well with my decor.  I found a place to use them this year. They are perfect for a Florida or coastal home.



The ornaments are sand dollars and dyed gar fish scales.


Her family gets the gar fish scales from somewhere in Texas, if I remember correctly.


Then they get together and hand dye and glue each tiny scale onto the sand dollars to create poinsettias, Christmas trees, and angels.


This is one of my favorites. The colors are beautiful.
Her sister owns (maybe owned now) a shop in Destin, Fl. and sells these before the holidays each year.





This is a pretty little angel.


Here is a picture of the gar fish just in case you are interested. 
You can find more info here about the fish.


I will share where these ornaments are being used this year soon.

Linking to:
Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things.
Funky Junk Interiors for favorite things theme party this week.


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

KIM

38 comments:

  1. What unique ornaments, just adore sand dollars!
    Tracey

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  2. Wow, these are gorgeous Kim!

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  3. I've never seen those before, I love the white poinsetta and the Christmas tree too!
    Sorry for using Deb instead of Kim, I blame it on Christmas decorating overload.LOL
    Rondell

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  4. They are very dfferent and very beautiful! I wonder where you are displaying them.....
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  5. Those are such unique and pretty ornaments!

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  6. These are so beautiful.....I have never seen anything like them before! I love the little angel one....so precious! Have a great weekend girlie :o)
    ~Des

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  7. Neat! Those are pretty and interesting! I am not a fan of gar fish though. We have them here in Lake Murray and they kinda freak me out a bit. They don't come after you but I don't like knowing they are around where I might be swimming! I like them much better as an ornament. LOL!

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  8. They would go really well on my Florida Tree....lol....They are really lovely. I would never have known they were made out of fish scales. Must be very labor intensive.

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  9. I have never seen ornaments like those. They are indeed beautiful. Who would have EVER guessed that those beautiful little creations are gar scales???! Amazing what people think to and are able to do!

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  10. Well- I DO love sand dollars! My favorites are the tree and the white poinsettia...the others are a tad uh...too bright(?) for my taste. How about a tree for MrSavvy right on his desk? I'm sure you will have worked them into some kind of setting and they will look wonderful (I'm counting on you)..Diana

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  11. They really are gorgeous! I would love to find something like that! Can't wait to see more of your decorating! Hugs! ♥

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  12. These are really unique. Anxious to see where you are going to use them.

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  13. These are beautiful, Kim. Unique and very interesting.

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  14. Kim, I love sand dollars and these ornaments are pretty. When we lived near Destin we always had a small tree decorated with seashells and nautical ornaments.
    Happy Holidays,
    Sherry

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  15. How unique! I think they are very pretty! What a conversation piece.

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  16. What a cool ornament! I enjoyed reading the history and how they made them. They are all beautiful, but really like the tree and angel! How special to have an ornament that is so unique!
    Wendy

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  17. Those are really fabulous ornaments and each one unique - certainly ones to treasure. I think the Xmas tree is my favourite.

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  18. Beautiful and unique ornaments. Can't wait to see where you are using them this year.

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  19. I love them! They would go good with my coastal decor this Christmas.

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  20. I like the one with the Christmas tree...very unique!

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  21. Well I love that you still have them. I too have ornaments that patient gave me when I worked for the oncology Doctor. Seems like many moons ago. Those sand dollars are so pretty though, and I can see the thought and time put into them.

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  22. Very unique Kim... I cant guess if you don't tell that from what they made... very lovely
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    Love
    Farah

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  23. Beautiful! I can see why they're his favorites!

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  24. What a beautiful and imaginative idea! People and their creativity never cease to amaze me!

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  25. Very pretty and unique! I just love seeing different coastal ornaments to get ideas for my tree!

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  26. I echo everyone's comments ... so unique, Kim! I can't wait to see where you've used them ... your nautical guest room? Don't keep us guessing *too* long, please. *Becca*

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  27. That takes some talent (and steady hands) to create those ornaments. Very impressive!
    Jane

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  28. love this beautiful ornament and I can only imagine what it would be like if somehow you could incorporate the sand dollar poem

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  29. Well you know I love shells, so I love these. My favorite is the white one...almost a snowflake, so it would go with a winter theme. They really are unique!

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  30. Actually those are gorgeous ornaments!! I am shocked that they are gar scales! We have a lot of gar in the lake where we camp and fish. Not sure I am up to taking the scales and painting them!!!

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  31. The sand dollar makes a great background for almost anything. I love the poinsettia!

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  32. I love the sand dollar ornaments ~ I agree! I love the pointsetta. LOVE THESE

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  33. I love these. I am a southern girl in the NW now. Have a lovely weekend.

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  34. Hi Kimmie! Here I live on the Texas Gulf Coast and I've never seen any ornies like these! How unusual and very pretty. Fish scales? Amazing!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Kim, these are certainly beautiful, unique ornaments. Thanks for sharing! ~ Sarah

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  36. How beautiful!!! You look at them and think they are pretty, but then you know how they were made and they are amazing! Where did you put them? In the nautical room?

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  37. Very unique and very pretty! ~Liz

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  38. Kim, I've never seen anything like those. They are really pretty, and I can't wait to see where you used them. Thank you so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

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