Vacation Confessions and a Puckery Holiday Ornament

October 14, 2010(updated on December 16, 2023)

This always happens to me. I go on vacation, thinking that because I’ll have so much free time, it will be easy to write a bunch of pithy, highly useful blog posts (I’ll admit, there have been times when I imagined that I’d get ahead and write well into the future. Ha!).

woody, on his chair

But the moment I leave Philadelphia, I enter an alternate universe that consists of lots of sleep, reading trashy/entertaining books and eating more than I should. I’m already passed out by the time my regular evening writing time comes along and the days become so full of fun things like walking on the beach, standing in enormous air ship hangars and hiking to the top of Multnomah Falls (that’s what we’re going to do today).

pickle ornaments in a jar

I did want to share one thing with you guys that I found since I’ve been in Portland. It’s from Sur La Table and I’m totally delighted by. I’ll confess now, when I spotted these little pickle ornaments in a jelly jar, I may have let out a small, high-pitched squeal of excitement.

pickle ornaments in a jar, top

I grew up with a larger green glass pickle ornament that hung on our Christmas tree every year, but I’d never seen these smaller guys before. And please, the fact that they are packaged in an adorable little jar? How could I not buy them?

pickle earrings

If you’re as charmed by them as I am, make sure to get them soon. This is just the sort of thing that will sell out and then you’ll be sad that they’re all gone. And, as Scott shows above, they also make a lovely earring.

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12 thoughts on "Vacation Confessions and a Puckery Holiday Ornament"

  • ha! so cute! do we need any other confirmation that pickling has become main stream? 🙂 enjoy your vacation…and i know exactlywhat you mean about all those pre and during posting plans.

  • Super cute! My husband’s family plays hide-the-pickle on the tree. Supposedly this is some German tradition, but….

    I wouldn’t know what to do with more than one, but those are great little pickles! My mother in law has a small one, and we spend forever trying to find it. (There are prizes!)

  • It was such a pleasure to meet you this week Marissa. I LOVED the jam class and took away great nuggets of knowledge from you and from others in the class. I went to Portland Nursery yesterday and bought 25 pds of pears. I’m going to make pear butter, pear chutney and pear infused vodka this weekend! I hope you do another class in December. I would love to join!

  • Dree,

    My family hides the pickle too! Glad to hear we aren’t the only ones.

    These would be nice to give to friends for Christmas with a card that tells of the hide-the-pickle tradition.

  • Hey Marisa
    First: Don’t feel bad about not blogging. Everyone deserves a holiday.
    Those ornaments are nice, though I think they look better in the jar (a trompe l’oeil) rather than individually.

  • I got a set of those pickle ornaments ~2 years ago from the Portland Smith & Hawken before they closed. Nice to see that someone is still carrying them ’cause they’re super cute!!

  • I love the pickle tree ornaments in the tiny jam jar. So cute! Also, I think vacations are all about checking out and going offline. Those trashy novels require infinite amounts of attention especially if written by Stieg Larsson… 🙂