eco-friendly decorations

Last week I decorated a Christmas tree that was auctioned off at the “The Dirty Santa Ball,” an annual fund-raiser which benefits our local theatre, the Seaside Rep.  I wanted my tree to be simple, original, and made of eco-friendly materials.  So I partnered with local talent and friends, Melanie of Norma Dean Designs and Brett Martin of Made on 30.  All of our ornaments were original works of art, made of reclaimed wood, moss, flowers, etc.   Here is a peek at what went on the tree…

Melanie and I decided that hand-made floral ornaments would give our tree a magical and elegant look.  I thought white would be lovely.  Each one of her ornaments were so carefully made, look at the detailing right down to the pearl pins.


All of her hand-made ornaments can be purchased at Norma Dean Designs for $15 each.  A bargain!  Yes, they ship.  I love giving ornaments as gifts.  Wouldn’t a set of these make a beautiful holiday gift?


I think these would also be so elegant at a wedding – picture them hanging on branches in a tall glass container at a sign-in or gift table.

Melanie used cotton seeds on this one.  Stunning.


Speaking of cotton, I spotted two gorgeous cotton wreaths at Melanie’s shop.  They are $80 each or $120 for two.  If interested, you can contact Melanie here.  Yep, they ship.  By the way, these wreaths never die and can be used in all seasons.  Great investment.


Next I worked with local craftsman, Brett Martin, of Made on 30.  Brett is a genius with wood-working and makes everything from porch swings to custom furniture.  His specialty is working with reclaimed wood and vintage materials.  Yes, he delivers and ships.  He got all crafty and made me some jolly Nutcracker-esque guys to hang in our tree.  LOVE!




Brett also made “jingle boxes” out of vintage wood.  They have bells inside – this is a great “first Christmas” ornament for baby.  Yes, a child-proof ornament that stunt doubles as a Christmas rattle ; )  I tied some in raffia and some in cream satin ribbons.  It added great texture to the tree – these are stunning in person.


I was excited to see my tree was purchased by friend, Stephanie of Deja Vu, who also decorated an amazing tree too – check it out here.  I never got to officially photograph my own tree because everything happened so fast last week, so if Stephanie shoots me a pic of it in her home (which I would love to see) I’ll be sure and share with you.

It was an honor to to contribute to the local arts in our community.  The Seaside Rep is a talented group – be sure and check them out when you’re in town.  Peter and I had a great “date night”  going to the Dirty Santa Ball.  Love this time of year with all of the festivities and fun!


Up next, more ideas for adding simple decorations in your home…

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  1. says:

    Had soooo much fun working on ornaments with you.
    Got tons of ideas for more repurposed projects.
    Hurry back to the shop. You are welcome anytime!

  2. portia says:

    Great ornaments. I believe you have planted the seed of a new tree decoration trend that will be sure to catch on. All natural decorated trees with no plastic ornaments at all allowed on the trees. Only glass blown, wood and natural materials. This is a good first step in taking back Christmas from Madison Avenue and giving the Holiday back to the people for its natural and religious significance. What wholesome beauty you bring – and great picture of you.

  3. nastasha says:

    Love your post and blog. I am starting my tree over today with all natural ornaments!

  4. Seleta says:

    Thanks, Brett! You are super talented, can’t wait for more fun projects together!


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