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Old 01-02-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Can we do it? YES, we can!! Ok, maybe a little too much Bob the Builder in my life these days!

But anyway.......I came across a couple of websites today for Maine Made items, and thought maybe those of you "in the know" could direct us better for home decorating ideas. I know there are lots of places in Maine to order the kinds of things I'd love to get my hands on. Please share what you know!

I was looking for some birch accents today and found these sites:

https://www.mainewreathco.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi?product=Firewood_Logs (broken link)

White Birch Gifts - Handcrafted Natural Maine Product - Michael Thom Designer

Now, this may not be YOUR thing - I love things as natural looking as possible - but maybe we could all share some ideas!
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I think they're pretty and, I think you could make any of that yourself with a saw and a drill. If you had time between everything in a busy family life I think you could do it easily and, birch branches won't cost you here, there's plenty braches lying around in the spring.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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Eeeeeeeek....please do not cut our beautiful birch trees down. I don't know anyone who has those type of things in their homes here. Those are geared more towards tourists.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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Well, I'm actually working on decorating my home here. We don't have birch here in many places. When I'm there, I will most definitely be making my own things - I am actually very crafty - but while I'm here, I just need to have some things shipped to me. I was thinking of buying a firewood cradle (though I don't have a fireplace) and put some birch logs in it. I think it would be a very pretty accent in my living room.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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El, I agree with msina....I understand what you're wanting to do, but if you focus on the types of things that you wouldn't be able to make once you're here, or that you can't get more cheaply once you're here, it might be a better way to use your money

Do you sew?
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Eeeeeeeek....please do not cut our beautiful birch trees down. I don't know anyone who has those type of things in their homes here. Those are geared more towards tourists.
I actually said that very thing to DH today! I'm just attempting to bring some of Maine into my home here until I can enjoy it all in nature when we get there.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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Maybe someone could send you a few pieces of birch by mail? I honestly will in the spring, there's jsut no way I can go wood gathering with this much snow! Someone may have some in their woodpile though.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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Eeeeeeeek....please do not cut our beautiful birch trees down. I don't know anyone who has those type of things in their homes here. Those are geared more towards tourists.
You use the branches that have fallen after winter. Dead fall.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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El, I probably have birch stacked in the firewood. brb I'll go out to look.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Maine
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"Bringing the outdoors in" is a common way to decorate here. Though, we pay boutique prices for such treasures as you have laying out in your front yards! I guess it's not so important there, where you have so much gorgeous nature all around you at every glance. I can't wait! But until then, I just want to start redecorating for the new year with things that bring Maine to me until I can get to her!

I decorate with a lot of greenery and pine cones, rocks and twigs - things I pick up along the way everywhere I go. I'm just very much a nature girl! I love the country cottage/cabin look. Dh's aunt gave us a beautiful bronze statue of a grown bear and two baby bears fishing in stream. I now have that right next to my piece of driftwood from Lincolnville beach and my hurricane lamp full of pinecones, rocks and clam shells. It just fit right in!

I ordered a windchime that has a moose on top and a pine tree on bottom. Maybe a little touristy, but I collect windchimes, so it was a natural compulsion when I saw it! I also ordered the Downeast Maine 2008 wall calendar.

Anyway, that's where I am!
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