CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're sick of hearing about storm damage, you're not alone. I've written about the summer storms, the winter storms, storms here and storms there. The yard is devastated.
But there's a silver lining to all of those dark clouds.
The river birch was twisted by the summer winds and that crazy October snow took it down. As it was cut down, I had a Martha Stewart moment.
Those beautiful, smooth, white logs were just too pretty to throw away.
What to make?
With the help of craftsman extraordinaire Reed Robinson, they became beautiful candleholders.
I've heard from Reed's better half, Julie, that the "new" wood was difficult to work with, but the final products are just beautiful. Thanks, Reed -- hope you're reading this!
Julie brought the final pieces back to me recently, and, of course, added her artistic touch to put three of them into a natural arrangement with sprigs of holly and other greenery. I added a natural metal ornament and now it's on my front hall table below a beautiful evergreen wreath.
By the way, I Googled "birch candleholders" and guess what -- there was Martha Stewart, in all of her crafty glory, making candleholders out of -- yes -- birch logs.
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