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One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch. This is a set of three which I enjoyed displaying together as a unit. Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch.
This is a set of three which I enjoyed displaying together as a unit.
Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle
www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

Other than Oak, one of my favorite trees, regardless of season is that of White Birch.  It has character that shares strength with delicate features. I love the white that is shadowed with black from wounds created by nature.

This past spring I started to look for fallen white birch along my path, yet when I spotted any, it was rotted to the core. My husband and father’n law knew that I wanted this for some project, not quite sure what, but set in hopes to locate some in their travels as well.

Upon a visit my husband made to his dad’s house, he was gifted with some beautiful pieces of birch that had fallen along the paths that my father’n law frequented. He was not sure whether it would work for what I had envisioned, but felt it was worth picking up and carrying home. My husband told his dad that although he did not know what my plans were, he was pretty confident it included some of his help.

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch. This piece fits nicely on a bookcase as one enters into our living room.  Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch.
This piece fits nicely on a bookcase as one enters into our living room.
Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle
www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

He was correct. There are two gifts that he is working on for me, one which is completed, while the other gift item we are waiting a spell to see how the birch dries. After he completed these two gift items, there was plenty for him to  use his own creative mind to make some projects he felt I would enjoy during this season of holiday decorating.

So, with a little time to set-up, cut, and drill, these candle holders were made. I am thrilled to no end, appreciating his thoughtfulness in making me something out of nature he was sure I would enjoy. He chose to use the battery operated candles, so that I did not have to worry about making sure the candle did not burn too low, plus one would not want to put an actual burning candle in a piece of wood.

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch. This log piece has five candles and my preference was to have it in my window sharing a more natural, flickering display. Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch.
This log piece has five candles and my preference was to have it in my window sharing a more natural, flickering display.
Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle
www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

Using nature with added love, time and talent, a warm and inviting decor has been added to our home.  The only cost was the battery candle lights, that were purchased at a reduced price.

One can purchased fallen, cut birch at Michaels now.  My husband and I were surprised, yet we are grateful that we were able to do this with natural resources that we already have available to us. The battery tea lights can be found at a multiple of craft stores, but use your resources wisely, and take advantage of sales and coupons that your store might offer.

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch. Here I have the set sitting in our kitchen window. Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

One of the different candle holders my husband made using a fallen birch.
Here I have the set sitting in our kitchen window.
Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle
www.frugalvaluelifestyle.reflectivetapestryoflife.com

Laura – Frugal Value Lifestyle

Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor

Outdoor Christmas Swag

Using greens from our backyard pine trees and other items already on hand to create a beautiful Holiday door decoration Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle

Using greens from our backyard pine trees and other items already on hand to create a beautiful Holiday door decoration
Laura of Frugal Value Lifestyle

Part of our Christmas decorating allowed me the luxury of making my own side door decoration. In the past I have used a wreath that I previously decorated and re-used each year, maybe changing the trims a little. This year I wanted something with live greens, yet still wanting to keep our expenses low, meaning that I was not planning on purchasing a wreath or new trims.

  • Holiday Frugality 101a: I never throw away trims that are in great condition from prior year decorations and gifts. I remove them and safely put them away for future decorating use.
  • Holiday Frugality 101b: I never buy new trims at full price, or even at 50% off sales.  Sometimes one can acquire them at 75% off close to the holiday, but better deals can be found when they stores want to seriously make room and sell off items from 75% – 90% off the SRP.
  • Holiday Frugality 101c: If it is something I can do on my own, then why would I pay someone else to do the job? Plus, I love being creative.

As I was placing holiday potpourri, that I let soak in holiday scented oils throughout the year, both my husband and I thought a little greenery would set these little scented containers off quite nicely. Immediately i thought about our side door.

As we continued the decorating, I decided to go through my collection of wreath ornaments and trim. In that stash were blue and silver wreath ornaments, pine cones with bells from a prior year wreath, along with some blue and silver ribbon just waiting for a purpose to be used.

So, taking some of the greenery from our yard along with wreath ornaments and ribbon I already had on hand I made a decorative holiday sway for our side door. With a few minutes of my husbands time in cutting the pieces I used, some twine and time, I had a decorative piece that I was pleased and excited to place on our side door welcoming guests to our home.

This years decoration was minimal in price as the items came from nature, reused from prior year decorations, yet in pricing out what I did spend on the ornaments and ribbon in a prior year, the cost was just under $3.00.

Use what you have while adding a little love and creativity while you enjoy your holiday.  Christmas is not about how much you spend, but rather the joy and love you spread.

Merry Christmas, from my backdoor to you 🙂

Laura

Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor