December 12, 2011

Hanging Christmas Centerpiece

PhotobucketRecently, Southern California had one of its yearly windstorms.
We're really not used to any kind of severe weather, so everything shuts down.
Some Pasadena residents were without power for two weeks.
My son's mini van lost its windshield due to a rather large tree limb blown its way.
The offending branch is shown at the left.

Forty minutes south of him, we were battered and blown,
a few potted trees were toppled over, but little else was damaged.
Among the many bits of nature deposited on our lawn during the storm, was a much smaller tree branch.
It became the focal point for this post..

I'm a Point-and-Shoot kinda gal, so this photo doesn't do the piece justice,
but it's rather attractive in real life.


Using twine, the limb was strung up over our patio table.
Since it was so fresh, I was able to gather some of the branches and tie them together,
forming little intersections where I thought I might want to place the votives.
The entire limb was strayed with liquid snow.

(Yes, I KNOW my patio overhang needs a coat of paint. That's a project for next summer.)


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Red discs were painted and cut from cardboard, then hot glued to the branches
to create little shelves for the votives.


Sadly, my night shots are even worse than those taken in daylight.

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It's important to note that the votives cups are plastic with battery operated candles.
Glass would have been too heavy, not to mention too dangerous.

Our weather changed back to Southern California Warm again.
It was unseasonable warm last Saturday.

Merry Christmas.



  1. Now that's taking lemons and making lemonade! I love your hanging centerpiece! It's actually looks like a work of art. I am glad everyone is okay and you are back to balmy :)

  2. Now that's a very creative use of the windblown debris for sure! I agree with Kathe, looks like a work of art. So sorry about your son's car however.

    Kay aka Luvs

  3. I totally agree with the "lemons to lemonade" comment! That looks so artsy! Wow, glad you didn't have any more damage.


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