Last February my boyfriend and I moved from the Baltimore area to San Diego County. In the months since we have had quite a few friends fly out to spend their vacations in southern California. For Christmas I decided I wanted to do something small to celebrate their time out here.
I went down to the beach and collected a little bit of sand for each ornament. I then found seashell and wild animal buttons to represent a tiny piece of San Diego. I also picked up a few holiday items, the candy canes and wrapped presents. Since these will be shaken up in travel I decided to cut of the button holes on the back of each button with wire cutters. (If I had more time and my dremel tool I would have made sure the backs were completely flat, but since we are prepping to move back to Maryland I just didn't have time.)
So I glued like buttons back to back so that when they get moved around they are always visible and don't just show the back of a button. Then I finished them off with a "So Cal '09." They were really simple, but with my limited crafting time I am very pleased.