Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Little Coastal Christmas Style

I like to do a little decorating in the back yard at Christmas.  The Grand River runs along the back of my property and beyond that is a heavily wooded section. I do, however, have one neighbour who is situated to the far back of my yard so it is my patio area they and their guests see the most as they travel their lane way.

I love to bring nautical elements in and I use the river as my excuse to get beachy.  Okay, so it's not Hilton Head but I do have water and a bit of muddy beach.

Last year, I picked up a large wreath and garland at the floral wholesalers on deep discount.  I'm thinking the market for bright blue Christmas decor was smaller than they anticipated.  I used a hot glue gun to attach shells and tucked in some white picks and wired stars.  A small feather wreath fit perfectly in the centre and didn't even need to be wired.  As always, I had feline help with the project. ~

I strung clear lights through both the wreath and garland and set them around the potting table on the patio.  A few large shells, a birch limb and some driftwood and I'm at the beach! ~

My daughter and two eldest grandchildren lived in beautiful Nova Scotia for five years while her husband finished his doctorate in Halifax.  I know they miss it and I wanted to bring a little of that time into the scene.  I added a clothes peg piper and rustic ornament to the wreath. ~

For the final touch, I wove a piece of Nova Scotia tartan along the garland.  Welcome to the Maritimes!

Have a day that's just plain fun!