Our Christmas tree, at my restored and repainted Harare house and Art Studio, (214 Brooke Drive in Borrowdale Brooke Estate), is a painted re-cycled pallet wood tree -
……made by The Framing Centre, experienced Zimbabwean timber picture frame manufactures and suppliers of art material- check out their site for the great re cycled pallet wood furniture that they make!
I used various decorations including these cut out metal stars…..
and these cut out plastic bottle bases which make lovely translucent floral and star shapes….
These are made by the Sunshine Zimbabwe Project…a heartwarming vocational training centre offering skills and sheltered employment to adults and adolescents with special needs, whose motto is:
“PUTTING A LITTLE SUNSHINE INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE”
These pretty cut-out angels have travelled from Harare to Binga, Australia, Mutare and the Save Valley Conservancy! Given to family near and far so that even if we can not be together at Christmas, we can all hang our angels on our trees and remember each other year after year at Christmas time…..here is little Ethan, receiving his angel in Australia….
Here is little Ethan hanging his Christmas Angel…….
The wooden tree fits right in with the re-cycled plastic cup lampshades which hang in the living area of my Harare house, and which I obtained from Shingiririai Trust just after my house fire….I decided to add the translucent floral and star shapes made by the Sunshine Zimbabwe Project, as dangling chandeliers beneath the plastic cup lamps…creating a glowing jelly fish shape- I am sooooo pleased with these!
Founded in 2003 when sixteen concerned women met under a tree in a church yard to talk about ‘doing something for orphans’, they are producing innovative household and fashion wear from everyday debris!
Clive and I are at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge for Christmas, hosting lovely guests in a lovely place…….wherever you all are we wish you a peaceful and special festive season……..