Thrifty Things Friday #88

Hi Dear Friends!


Do you remember me telling you about our “Yule log” tradition? I should you the picture of a part of last years Christmas tree that we will turn into this years Yule Log.


Troy drilled 3 holes in the log to place taper candles in and he used the smaller pieces shown above for the base to hold the log steady.


I like to keep the Yule log very simple. It just feels right to not glitz it up.


I like to surround it with trimmed off branches of this year’s Christmas tree.


It’s very simple. Nothing fancy and so not perfect. But, that is the fun of using nature.


Speaking of nature, when I opened our door I saw these two pretty deer.


We have a nature preserve right across the street from our door. So, this is a common site for us. And I just love that!

Now, let’s see what thrifty fun you have all been up to!


  1. I love your yule log, you did a great job with it and it must smell so good and so does your house, I'm sure. Thank you for hosting this great last party before C'mas. Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year 2013.

  2. Your yule log looks great. I love simple natural christmas decorations. Have a brilliant christmas.

  3. oh waw ! you look outside and see those deers ??? i'm so jealous!!!

  4. Very nice to live across the road from a preserve. Glad you shared the deer. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Way to recycle! Your Yule log looks great as a candle holder. Hope you have a lovely Christmas celebration! :-) Sue

  6. The deer have been over here too! They sure get around! We have about 6 that come spend time in our neighbor's yard every day. With our dog Jesse they don't come too close to the house though they will take a shortcut through the front yard sometimes!

    The yule log is a great idea and I love the more natural look to Christmas this year.

  7. Beautiful! ( Log, Deer etc! :)

    A merry Christmas to you my dear :)

  8. I love idea of the yule log!
    Merry Christmas and Peace to your family, I know how difficult the last few months have been for you.
    Thank you for hosting.

  9. Diann, What an idyllic place to live, across from a preserve! Your yule log is so pretty. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thanks for hosting this week!

  10. What a great idea! Of course I would need to start putting up a fresh tree to do that. What a fun memory maker!
    Wishing you and yours Extraordinary Christmas JOY!

  11. Love your yule log candle holder. It is nice to see wildlife out your front door...until they eat all your flowers or veggies, I guess!
    Wishing you and Troy a very Merry Christmas, Diann.

  12. I love that you make a yule log from last year's tree. And I love the beautiful simplicity of the greenery and the red candles. The deer look like they've got a piece of pumpkin... do they like pumpkin? I've still got an uncarved pumpkin (leftover from halloween) out on the back deck, and I guess I could take it down to the creek where we see deer from time to time, if that would mean good healthy food for the deer.

  13. Very clever Girl!! It is really neat, fun and smart.

  14. Thanks so much for hosting and for dropping by L'Heure Bleue At Home. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  15. So cool to have the deer so close!

    I love your Yule log too; what a great tradition!

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Diann... even in these trying times. Take care and thank you for continuing to host; I love to be able to join in on the fun!

  16. Love the pics of the deer and the yule log. So nice of you for hosting even though you are going through a difficult time right now. Best wishes for the Christmas season!

  17. Diann,
    I didn't realize to now that you were still having this party!!
    I have been so busy...
    Thanks for hosting!
    I hope you will enjoy Christmas with those you love even though I know you will be missing one important member of your family and I am so very sorry for that....
    Many Hugs,


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