The big box home improvement store I work for can't be outdone by Cracker Barrel so we put the Christmas stuff out right along with the Halloween decorations so there is a big honking witch cackling away on aisle 24 with Santa ho ho ho-ing out of the big blow-up snow globe right across the aisle. It's confusing.
But something magical happens to me on the day before Thanksgiving. I usually go to my storage to get all my Christmas tubs because I commence the decorating on Thanksgiving night while everyone is passed out from tryptophan/carbohydrate overload. The attitude of gratitude from Thanksgiving has washed away all my commiserating about the hustle bustle of Christmas and I just shift over in to MERRY CHRISTMAS-mode. So today my day was filled with the usual pre-festivity errands and shopping. I stopped by to see Brandi from The Shell Shop. She was putting out the Christmas shell ornaments in her shop
|Pretty Murex - love the touch of rose|
|Brandi had just made these before I got there|
|These cuties are made from sea biscuits|
|The star of the show|
|Brandi said these were made by a 92 yo woman who recently went into a nursing home. Bless her darlin heart - aren't they just gorgeous.|
Across the street from Brandi's shop is another cute coastal gift shop called Beach Road Boutique. The owner was nice enough to let me take some pics of this shellicious topiary that was out front. I'll be telling you some more about this shop soon. It was packed with beautiful things from the sea.
|Shellicious topiary made by local artist Gail Rogers in front of Beach Road Boutique 1350 Beach Road in Englewood, Florida.|
If you want to really bling out your coastal Christmas Bealls Department Store is one stop shopping. Anytime I need something glitzy or sparkly I head straight to Bealls. I've never been let down and it's usually 40% off.
|Dr. Seuss meets the beach|
|Love love white trees but would never happen at my house|