'The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use.
It is not recycling, it’s reuse...'
Ok. Here is our Christmas Tree for 2013...
I can't quite express the level of delight creating this tree has brought me - firstly there is the joy in the act of making something with ones own hands; but for me that satisfaction has been met by the added knowledge that everything decorating this tree has been either made at, or sourced from around our home; requiring no financial outlay whatsoever. Each item on the tree already plays a role in our lives, has a story, and is appreciated and loved - meaning that when the festive season reaches its inevitable end that these same objects are able to seamlessly merge back to their former purpose, rather than languishing in storage for another year, or worse, being discarded.
I created this tree from wood scraps sourced from the Freshwater tip-shop for $5.00 in total. A rumble through the Poets' toy box revealed numerous decorative opportunities in the form of plastic animals and a ballerina in need of a new home.
I filled Baubles with photographs I have taken of local landscapes we love, and more farmyard friends.
Stars, hearts and circles were cut with great enthusiasm from Sculpy using play dough cookie-cutters and the Poet's eager hands. Glitter glue was later globbed on with equal enthusiasm!
Vintage French lace and ribbon found in my sewing box has filled the role of tinsel, and last year's lights are thankfully still working and not in need of replacing...
and Dante's chalk board has been 'borrowed' for the next few weeks to get the Christmas message out to guests.
... and at the base of the tree are our Christmas Stockings hand made by the amazing Kristen Tennyson [who is taking orders for these incredible keepsakes] - you can see more of her wonderful work here].