One of my favorite things is this Mussel shell wreath. I bought this a long time ago when I lived in New England and didn't live near the beach at all.
|On the Atlantic shore, the mussel shells would get so "pearly" from being scraped on the sand so many times.|
|These have more blue in them and are larger than the same type of shells I find in Maryland.|
There are some things that I love from Christmas also that don't get put away. One of my current favorites (from last Christmas), is this lamp base with growing partridge berry plants in it. I got them in my friend's back yard and just plopped them into the container. They have been growing since last November, without the addition of water.
They are in the bottom of the lamp and are sealed in there. We used to make "berry jars" for Christmas like that, putting the partridge berries into small jars and sealing the top with cling wrap and a ribbon. They would last a long time.
|The original moisture just keeps circulating!|
Another find is this unfinished boat hull. I was at a Christmas Fair in Maine two years ago and I saw it above a doorway It was filled with greens and red berries and I wasn't even sure it was for sale! But luckily the ladies of the church decided to sell it to me. In the summer I put starfish in it, but in winter I'll have it decked out with something green or sparkly!
One year, I went to a local auction and got this great thick, leather heart with bells on it! Since the auction was at a farm, I think it was for horses or a sleigh? Anyone know? Anyway, I LOVED it! Needless to say, this Christmas decoration is up all year at my house. I just couldn't bear to put it away. It is on my door and jingles when anyone comes or goes. Delightful!
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