Our nautical Christmas 2012

My tugboat man brought back some treasures and cool marlinspike seamanship projects he worked on while he abandoned me was away for two months.

What do you think of the captain’s welcome home signs?


This picture frame is huge–2 ft. x 3ft.

Marlinspike seamanship picture frame

This is a close-up view of his masterful work.

close up frame

My mariner found a float in the harbor and crafted a delicate netting in black.


And then we worked together to make it into a lamp! The base is a piece of driftwood. The captain’s making some fancy knotwork to embellish the shade.


Princess Rosebud was spoiled with a necklace from a craft fair somewhere near where Santa lives.


Sparkly! Shiny!

 He fashioned a pretty little handmade tray with copper tubing sides and handles and filled it with shells and driftwood!


We had welcome home festive cocktails of cranberry juice and vodka with a fresh cranberry in our antique champagne glasses.


And yummy ginger cookies…


Our Downton Abbey-inspired dinner table.

xmasdinnerHis mess, which has since been cleaned up!


Now he has a new project–when he’s not surfing– refinishing a rowboat and making it seaworthy.


Such is the life of a tugboat captain’s wife! I’m a happy girl, that’s for sure!