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!

Β 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!

39 thoughts on “Our nautical Christmas 2012

    • That’s just the kind of work he loves to do; he’s restored huge ships and tugboats too! Thank you, I’ll update the pix as the job progresses.

      On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  1. All lovely lovely treasures. Love the lamp and the frame, and the boat and the necklace! So cool that he can make those things. Lucky lucky lady. πŸ™‚ And I really love your table. The colours are great! Very inviting.


    • Oh yeah, there’s an end all right. Just haven’t found it yet! In fact, he just made me a bloody mary with jalapeno infused vodka so I’m super happy right now.

      On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


    • thank you! Yes, I have no problem agreeing with everyone that I live an enchanted life and I’m very grateful. Come on over for a cocktail anytime, you are right up the road from us, plus my DIL lives in SF and my son who is a Yale prof, is interviewing for jobs at Berkeley and Stanford!


    • My tuggy man says thank you and the cookies were very good! After all this time and all the welcome homes, whatever seemed appropriate!Thank you for stopping by1

      On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  2. That lamp is so cool! I wish my husband would’ve saved some of the stuff he accumulated when he was in the Navy (he should have know he was gonna marry me 20 years later, right? πŸ™‚ )


  3. All of the photographs are great, and I am glad the Captain is back home. One of the things I used to do to kill time while on patrol at sea was skrimshaw. But since we did not have any sperm whale teeth to use I settle for plexiglass. Surprisingly enough it comes out pretty good. I hope ya’ll have a great new year. Take care and God bless you and yours.


  4. Oh so many trinket s & treasures he brings from the sea.. The necklace is beautiful and I love that lamb base too.. very clever..
    Now I wonder will you be piloting the new rowboat or merely standing on shore waving the flag?

    PS-I’ll trade you something for those two, gorgeous glasses πŸ˜‰


  5. He is crafty! Love the knot work, or whatever you call it. Impressive! Glad you had a great Christmas. And I laughed at the mess he left…that IS my kids’ bedrooms on a daily basis!! (kind of embarrassed, but not really) xoxo


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