Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Ornament-Exchange2015If you have been a reader of this blog for very long, you may have noticed that I absolutely love the holidays. For me, January 1-October 30 is just one long buildup to the best time of the year – the only time of the year that really matters – the glorious period between October 31 and December 31. If I could live in a permanent Christmas town I totally would. I enjoy Halloween . . . I tolerate Thanksgiving . . . I adore Christmas.

It should be no surprise to you that I jumped at the chance to participate in a blogger ornament exchange graciously organized by Erlene at My Pinadventures. Somehow she managed to coordinate over eighty people, mostly strangers, into a lovely roundabout of holiday giving. The rules were simple – make or buy an ornament fitting your partner’s holiday décor for no more than $10 and follow it up with a post. This is actually the very last day of the fun. Blog posts from the various participants started going up on November 1. Start clicking on the links below to venture into the ornament rabbit hole.

I was thrilled to end up partnered with Lisa from She just revamped her tree theme to a lovely-sounding mix of Tiffany blue, white, and champagne/light gold. She described the rest of her holiday décor scheme as modern and Tiffany or Kate Spade-inspired . . . can you say holiday soulmate!? The PlayfullyTacky household lets our Christmas run wild and theme-free, but Lisa’s description fit right in with my usual inspiration. I was excited to come up with something great for her.

I decided to buy an ornament. I didn’t even have to think about it very long. I mean, I’ve successfully diy-ed several cute things and couple of stylish things, but I’m more of a burn-myself kind of crafter. There was no way these hands were going to create anything that would be at home on Lisa’s tree. PlayfullyTacky’s #1 rule of DYI . . . Know your limits.

Bonus! Buying an ornament for the exchange meant I had an excuse to check out all of the holiday displays freshly installed for the season. I took a few photos of things I liked best as I shopped and planned to share them with you. BUT! That was before I found a holiday decoration that really called to me. One that really embodies the spirit of PlayfullyTacky. Without further ado, let me present this busty, booted reindeer in all of her glory.
Seriously. Somebody is going to decorate their house with that saggy breasted, questionably dressed reindeer.

Confession! I actually purchased an ornament for Lisa online. I just couldn’t find what I was looking for during my shopping trip. Thankfully, provided. [Note: This post is not sponsored by Pottery Barn. I paid for the ornament. Another Note: Email me, Pottery Barn!] And since they were offering free shipping on their ornaments regardless of price, I didn’t even have to worry about going over that $10 spending limit. Woot!
Ornament 1
Here is what I really love about this ornament . . . it doesn’t have to be an ornament. It is the simple kind of beautiful with a touch of glam that will work on a tree or as an accent around a house. As soon as I saw it on the website, I knew it was the one for me. Or well, for Lisa.

Need more ornament-love? Check out the other exchangers who posted today.
Gypsy Road
Wife Mommy Me
Ash and Crafts
Flourish & Knot



  1. I received the ornament last evening, Stephanie and you nailed it! I absolutely adore it and it will have a home year round! I’ll add it to the tree during the Christmas season, but I will most definitely not be packing it away with the other decorations – it will be displayed elsewhere for the rest of the year. It’s perfect! I’m emailing you and will send a proper thank you, but had to comment here right away! Thank you so much — it was so fun to be paired with you! P.S. The reindeer made me lol for real!!

  2. Lol….that saggy boob deer is too funny. Love the ornament you picked out and what a savvy shopper to get it with free shipping 🙂 Thanks for sharing your shopping trip on the #ornamentexchange.

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