Friday, December 31, 2010

Yule gift...

Hi...I hope you are all enjoying the last day of this year! We are all here enjoying time with family.

This fall I posted a table with a candle holder Luis and I had made out of a piece of old wood. Well, my sister in law loved it and wanted one for Christmas. Now we all know that finding the perfect piece of wood is never that easy! I did find one, and finally got hers made. It's different from mine, of course, so I wanted to show you a sneak peak before she sees it.

Here is the one Luis and I made first...

Here it is "undressed"

I really wanted to use larger candles, but we are too far away from any craft stores to just run and get the iron candle holders to stick in.

...So I had Luis cut the tops off one my mother had so we could use this part... stick in the wood like this

...and hold the large candles. I could not light the candles because they are new and still wrapped for the trip to Georgia tomorrow, but you get the idea.

It is very rustic. Do you think she will like it? I'm afraid my brother will *relegate* it to outside, lol! I did scrub and wash this piece of wood with a heavy brush outside, then let it dry out. But, it is a natural element just like anything we bring inside, I am always very careful to make sure there is nothing *living* inside.

I am thinking about using different heights and widths of candles in a new one, but I'll need to stumble across the perfect piece of wood. I'm sure I will!

I wish you all the happiest of New Years!!



  1. Linda @ A La CarteDecember 31, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    It is wonderful! I'm sure she will love it! Happy New Year!

  2. Love them both!! Will be showing these to my husband to make for me and other family I know will love them also...

  3. Oh my gosh, you are so amazingly creative!!
    Love your rustic centerpiece.
    You inspire me girlfriend!

  4. If he relegates it anywhere, you get it and send it to me!!! That is gorgeous and people would pay big bucks for that! Anita, I wish you a very Happy New Year! May your year be blessed!

  5. So pretty and rustic Anita the perfect combination for decor. I love the bigger pillars in the centerpiece too. Have a safe trip and Blessed New Year.You are both so creative!

  6. It's quite creative and the finish product is lovely. Hope it goes down well :o)

    Have a blessed new year.

  7. This is just gorgeous, Anita.
    Beautiful natural design. Love it!
    My children used to be part of 4-H and they always did natural crafts like this... nothing this elegant, of course, but I miss those days of finding God's gifts of Earth's treasures.
    She will just love this!
    Your tables always look so warm and welcoming ~ this "candle-scape" really adds to the natural warmth.
    I hope you had a wonderful New year's day ~ peace and joy to you always ~

  8. Beautiful,she is sure to love it.

  9. Great gift, made by yall's hands with alot of love,can't be any better than that.

    Happy New Year..2011

  10. PAINTORDIG.blogspot.comJanuary 3, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    I love it-I have got to make one.Ihave those same glasses,I love them.

  11. I have no idea how I missed this, but I am glad that I came looking for missed blogs. This looks great, Anita, and you have my brain churning with ideas for using tops of candle holders.