Monday, November 17, 2014

Twas the month (or so) before Christmas...

We spent a chilly weekend Bald Head, bundled up for some "forced famliy fun". If I had to guess, the kids had a blast... 
Mama got a wild idea and took away all electronics Saturday morning and told the kids were were having a winter weekend at BHI just like I did when I was little - no phones, no computers and no TV. We would have to get creative and crafty to make our own fun.  

We hit the beach to hunt for driftwood because Mama wanted a tree. We gathered flat wood pieces from weathered fallen fences and drift wood that had washed ashore and carried them back to the house.  Hutson found the mother load which served as the perfect chance for the kids to pick and choose their favorite shapes. The more holes and barnacles, the better!
  Cue: Read's eyes rolling. We collected pieces and sawed the larger ones into pint size pieces with a hand saw (and by "we", I mean Read). 
We found the perfect base to hold our tree. Read drilled a hole in the base and we put in a 36" piece of metal rebar we found at the hardware store. A wood dowell would work too!
Everyone pitched in. Including Teddy. 

 The kids and I drilled holes in the center of each piece to create our Christmas Tree "branches". Tip: Do not leave the kids unattended with the drill.
We added some copper wire lights for a rustic look and some pom pom garland for some beachy decorations. 
The kids layered the tree and could pull out metal pole and start over to get the shape they wanted for their tree! We added copper LED lights and some pom pom garland in the colors of beach glass. 
 Graham added a star made of 90 gauge wire and we covered it in lights.  It is the perfect addition to our little beach cottage. Here's to a festive and beautiful holiday season! 
Bye bye birdie....
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