I am not exactly sure why, but I keep rewriting my shopping list. I guess maybe I feel better when the list gets shorter each time.

I still have a little bit to do, but I am hoping one last effort tomorrow will get it done.

My plan for today had been wrapping.

But when I started to go through my ornaments to see if there were any I could tie to gifts, I got distracted by a collection I didn’t even know I had.

Seems all that seems new, really has always been around.

Ombre, or graduated color changes, has made its way into home decor, fashion and most definitely hair.

But I guess back in the (I am guessing) 50’s, it was something new in glass ornaments.

From pink to gold to blue.

From blue to green and back to blue.

Blue to silver to blue

Even pink to white to blue.

They are so lovely and now I have a new collection to group together.

Do you wish you had more vintage ornaments? No worries, if you follow this tutorial you can!

Thanks so much for reading! Vintage Ombre OrnamentsP.S. I did manage to pull together one gift. When my sponsor, Cottage in the Oaks sent me these beautiful cotton flour sack towels, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.

With all the company people having coming in this time of year, I thought they would make a perfect bathroom guest towel gift set.

I used a fruit crate I had saved (actually it had peppers in it!), some ribbon and twine and once again I snipped some boxwood from my front yard.

I folded the two towels, added a bar of lavender soap. The French details of the towels pair perfectly with the boxwood and lavender - but really any type of greenery and soap would work.

It only took me a few minutes and I had a lovely gift!

December 14, 2012 — Laura Putnam