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.
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.
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.
Laura – Frugal Value Lifestyle
Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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