I hope you had an enjoyable Holiday Season!  Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for all your comments during 2013. I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to the gardeners and artists who generously allowed me to interview them and take photos for this blog.

For me, one of the highlights of Christmas in the Hudson Valley was this handmade Christmas tree, which was displayed on the sidewalk outside ‘Kiss My Feet Salon and Spa’ in Saugerties NY.

Handmade Christmas tree and wreaths ouside Kiss My Feet Salon in Saugerties NY

The Kiss My Feet Christmas tree on Partition Street, Saugerties NY

The salon owner, Deb constructed this tree with the help of her friend who supplied the welding equipment and expertise.

Cannonball on handmade Christmas tree Kiss My Feet salon Saugerties NY

Cannonball welded onto rebar

Weighing over 500 lb, the trunk and base of the Christmas tree are constructed from metal pipe.  The branches and decoration on the trunk consist of lengths of rebar (steel rod used to reinforce concrete). The metal balls on the end of the ‘branches’ are actually cannon balls supplied by a friend!

Christmas tree ornament at Kiss My Feet Salon Saugerties NY

Snow on top of Christmas tree ornament

Metal chain ornament on handmade metal Christmas tree outside Kiss My Feet Salon in Saugerties NY

Heavy metal chain with just a touch of rust

Christmas tree ornament on handmade Christmas tree Kiss My Feet salon Saugerties NY

Sparkling in the winter sunshine

Decorated with lights, balls and metal chain.

Handmade grape vine wreath with Christmas bells at Kiss My Feet Salon

The wreath is made from wild grapevine that grew in the back yard

I love the way Deb added sleigh bells to her handmade wreaths.

Handmade grape vine wreath with Christmas ornaments at Kiss My Feet salon

The gardens at Kiss My Feet are really something special, here are some pictures of the entrance and patio from 2013.

I am looking forward to meeting more gardeners and to sharing their knowledge and aesthetics with you in 2014.There are some great items planned that I hope you will enjoy – including private gardens, sculpture and reviews.

Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!

– Andrea