Christmas Spirit Logo Santas Go Green
Issue 38 Celebrating our 20th Year
Newsletter
Your Shipping is on Us!

When you make a purchase on our Website, www.ChristmasSpiritShop.com, by August 31, 2009, Bar Harbor, Maine’s Christmas Spirit® Shop will pay for standard shipping to one address. To receive this special offer, you must enter the promotion code SANTA at the bottom of the address collections page during your checkout process.


We Upcycle to go Green

Recycling takes items no longer in use and processes them into new products to prevent waste of useful materials and reduce the consumption of raw materials. Our artists take this one step better and “upcycle” items no longer in use into beautiful works of art. In this newsletter we feature the many Santas our artists make from “upcycled” materials.
Carved Lobster Buoy Santa
Carved Lobster Buoy Santa
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Upcycling with Wood

Carved Lobster Buoy Santa
Carved Lobster Buoy Santa
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Carved Beardie Santa
Carved Beardie Santa
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Carved Driftwood Santa
Carved Driftwood Santa
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Brian, a Maine Artist, carves his Santas out of old wooden lobster buoys and net floats. These items, which were made and used by generations of fisherman, have been replaced with Styrofoam and plastic buoys and floats that are lighter and safer.


Carved Barn Board Santa
Carved Barn Board Santa
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Brian also turns pine branches into cheerful Beardie Santas, earrings and pins. Weathered barn boards make unique, decorative plaques for his wonderful Santa faces. He also makes candlesticks from wooden bobbins made obsolete with advancing technology and man-made fibers.

Carved Santa Jewelry
Carved Santa Jewelry
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Brian and his wife enjoy beachcombing and have found some intriguing pieces that he has turned into driftwood Santas. To create these Driftwood Santas, which are new this year, and all of his other Santas, Brian uses only a mallet and chisels.


Carved Driftwood Santa
Carved Driftwood Santa
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Carved Net Float Santa
Carved Net Float Santa
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Carved Bobbin Santa
Carved Bobbin Santa
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Carved Driftwood Santa
Carved Driftwood Santa
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Upcycling with Seashells

 
Santa Painted on a Scallop Shell
Santa Painted on a Scallop Shell
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Santa Painted on an Oyster Shell
Santa Painted on an Oyster Shell
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Our artists are very creative with seashells. They paint marvelous Santas on a variety of shells including lobster claws, scallop shells, oyster shells, and sand dollars. Since seashells are a work of nature, no two are exactly alike. Our artists incorporate the different textures and contours of the shells into their designs.
Santa Created From a Lobster Claw
Santa Created From a Lobster Claw
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Santa Painted on a Sand Dollar
Santa Painted on a Sand Dollar
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Upcycling with Slates

 
Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
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Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
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Old New England roofing slates are put to good use as well. The slate makes a perfect backdrop for Santa. Whether you’re looking for a Christmasy wall hanging or a welcome sign for your home, we have several styles to choose from.
Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
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Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
Santa Painted on Roofing Slate
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Santa Painted on Piece of Slate
Santa Painted on Piece of Slate
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Even the broken pieces of slate are put to good use. To the artists, these broken shapes suggest a whimsical Santa face or figure.
Santa Painted on Piece of Slate
Santa Painted on Piece of Slate
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Santa Painted on Piece of Slate
Santa Painted on Piece of Slate
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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT®'S SAMANTHA

Samantha Upcycling
Samantha Upcycling
In keeping with the theme of “Upcycling”, Samantha is doing her part. During her walks, she makes a point of doing all the “typical” things dogs do, but in the “Upcycling” department, she excels! Her favorite “toy” next to her Frisbee, is a nice, rotten stick. Once she finds one, no matter how large, she wants to carry it home. Then she sits and begs for a toss of the stick….then 2 tosses…and 3 tosses. She knows what we mean when we finally have to say, “ENOUGH SAMANTHA!”
Samantha Upcycling
Samantha Upcycling


WEBSITE NEWS YOU CAN USE

More Gifts Section of the Navigation Bar
More Gifts Section of the Navigation Bar

Also under More Gifts" on our Navigation Bar, you'll find the category titled "Nativities." Here you'll find free standing Nativities, Nativity ornaments, and a Nativity plate, all handcrafted by American Artists. Our Nativities come in a variety of media including ceramic clay, porcelain, and wood. Some of the wooden Nativities are perfect for children, as they are whimsical designs that a child can play with and not break. So, explore our "More Gifts" section for unique gifts that make you a great gift-giver.
Many of our "Upcycled" products - such as our Santas, jewelry, and slates - can be found in the "More Gifts" section on the Navigation Bar of our Website. Here, under the More Gifts category titled "Handcarved Santas." you'll find a large selection of carved Santas including Santa Jewelry, Santa Ornaments and Santa Plates. Also, under the More Gifts category titled "Christmas Decor," you'll find hand painted ceramic Santas and snowmen, nautical driftwood and barrel stave paintings, handcarved Nativity and Noah's Ark plates, hand painted slates of snowmen, flowers, and moose, and handcrafted serving trays of snowmen, flowers, and other subjects.








Wooden Nativity
Wooden Nativity
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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

"We have a family tradition of giving ornaments, starting with the birth of a child. Every year, everyone gets a new ornament that symbolizes an event, hobby, sport, joke, etc. When my oldest daughter married, she had enough ornaments to fill her entire tree! Last year they got their first dog, a Keeshond...do you know how hard it is to find a good Keeshond ornament? Well, I found it on your website! This year we came all the way to Bar Harbor for our vacation...and I could not wait to come to your store! It was an event in itself...I, of course, did plenty of monetary damage while I was there...and got more ideas to order later! Thanks for a great store and fun memory of our vacation!" Donna from OR. "We received our order yesterday. I just wanted to say thank you! I love the ornaments. The wooden one is absolutely incredible! We get our kids a new ornament each year and I will definitely keep this site in my favorites! Thanks again for all your help!" Melisa from IL.
"I received my order yesterday and am so happy with my "duckerations".... thank you! During my visit to Maine last year I collected duck decorations and have a Christmas tree of just duck decorations which everyone calls my "duckeration tree". Duck decorations are just not available in Australia so I will keep in touch with your website and anxiously await new decorations for my collection." Margaret from Australia.


ISLAND UPDATE

Summer finally arrived in August, after a very rainy June and July. About the only beneficiary of the record breaking rain was the vegetation. The grass is green, green, green and there are beautiful flowers everywhere! Everyone is out enjoying the warm summer days. Of course, eating outside is a “favorite” this time of year, especially wrestling with a lobster at any of the local lobster pounds.

Lunch at a Waterfront Lobster Pound
Lunch at a Waterfront Lobster Pound
Photo by Beverly Bono

Flowers on Frenchman Bay
Flowers on Frenchman Bay
Photo by Beverly Bono

As the lazy, hazy days of summer end and the cooler autumn days begin, Bar Harbor changes, too. With school starting, family vacationers head home and are replaced by honeymooners, empty-nesters, bus tour groups and cruise ship passengers. Approximately 60 ships will visit Bar Harbor between September 1 and November 1, making the coastal run from New York and Boston to Canada. Many visitors, who discover Bar Harbor on their cruise vacation, return to spend more time in our lovely town.


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Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
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