Lyrical Island Treasures

A Nantucket scrimshaw artist hand-crafts collectible Christmas ornaments.

For those unfamiliar with the craft, the art of etching or carving designs into whale’s teeth (ivory) or bone is known as scrimshaw, and those who practice this art are called scrimshaw artists or scrimshanders. Read more…

Nature Bright

Gracefully Arching Pine and Evergreen Boughs...

Gracefully arching pine and evergreen boughs. The sharp scent of sky blue Juniper berries and the glimmer of red holly. Sweetly scented lavender woven into last summer’s hydrangeas bringing back memories of summer days. For holidays with a Cape Cod sparkle, head out to your backyard and snip an aromatic armful of nature’s winter wonders. Our editor, Susan Dewey, provides step-by-step instructions on how to make all of these decorations; Happy Holidays from all of us at Cape Cod LIFE!

The coastal hues of dried hydrangea, fastened to a straw wreath and festooned with Juniper berries and foliage, sprigs of dried Cape lavender, and starfish accents will stay vibrant on your door long after the holidays are over.

Nature Bright

For a glimmering tablescape during the holidays or a winter party, combine the shine of silver or pewter with some unique natural textures. These include dried Allium heads, sprigs of Hinoki cypress (native Cape Cod cedar is also a good choice!), and pine cones of all sizes brightened with two starfish above a vintage lace tablecloth.

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Small whimsical touches can bring the spirit of the holidays to every corner of your house. An antique brass teapot full of American Arborvitae sprigs (add some Cape Cod holly or Juniper berries for more color) comes alive with a tiny feathered bird; old-fashioned blue glass cups add a scented touch to kitchenwindowsills, and bookends can become decorative elements with the simple addition of a few evergreen textures and a bright red bow.

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For a true touch of Cape Cod, decorate a lobster buoy with a fish net, a bright glass netted ball, scallop shells, sprigs of evergreens, and bright holly from Cape Cod bushes. The Cape bursts with holly during the holidays; it is one of many natural gifts we all can treasure during the holiday season.

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Holiday Sparkle

Make your holiday decor in your home an unexpected delight all season long.

An upside down Christmas tree festooned with glimmering white ornaments like a chandelier. A branch sweeping diagonally across a window, wrapped in ribbon, decorated with flowers and shimmering glass. A collection of deep-red goblets, each filled with a golden apple or pear. At Casabella Home Furnishings in Sandwich, you will always find unexpected creativity, especially during the holiday season. Read more…

Nantucket for the Holidays

From the first of November until New Year's Day, Nantucket lights up with fun, revelry, and good cheer.

As temperatures plummet and the countdown until the holiday season begins, Nantucket prepares for a festive season. Islanders blend the old with the new this year, mixing tradition with creativity. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Christmas Stroll and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festivals of Wreaths and Trees, the island has a special surprise in store this year: the first community-wide Nantucket New Year’s celebration. Islanders invite you to be a part of their holiday season, from the first of November, until the last horn blows on New Year’s Day. Read more…

By Plane, By Ferry, By Sleigh

More than 10,000 people flock to Nantucket for the three-day-long 39th Annual Christmas Stroll, the highlight of Nantucket Noel, a month-long celebration of the holiday season hosted by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. The festivities begin the day after Thanksgiving with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, but the stroll, which begins on Friday, November 30, is the main event.

By Plane, By Ferry, By Sleigh

Elaborately decorated Christmas trees and storefronts illuminate the cobblestone street, while carolers enchant all within earshot. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on Saturday to everyone’s delight via a coast guard vessel.  “It’s all very Charles Dickens-y,” said Jean Cawley of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. New this year is the Nantucket Sleighride, a bus service that brings pedestrians to must-see destinations outside the town center, including Bartlett Farms and Arrowhead Nursery. Call the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce at (508) 228-3643 or visit for more information.

A Cold Sweat

In the winter, believe it or not, some folks stay outdoors while the rest crawl back inside. There’s the surfer who paddles through ice cream headaches to ride empty waves. The runner who primes her lungs for the Boston Marathon while ice thaws under her feet. The fisherman who finds massive fish in frozen ponds. Sure, they wear thicker layers and more of them, but to these three Cape Codders, cold is just a four-letter word.

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Home Sweet Holiday Home

Home Sweet Holiday Home “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” Those words ring especially true for Denise Barker of East Sandwich. Her charming Cape is a constantly evolving expression of her love for Cape Cod, photography, nature, and her family, especially during the holiday season, with two crackling fireplaces spreading warmth and freshly baked Christmas treats piled high on pretty pedestal plates displayed on the kitchen counter. Denise makes the holiday season special with all her festive, uniquely creative touches.

In 2002 when Denise and her husband, Scott, were house-hunting they had a punch list of wants and needs for their family of five. The couple loved the historic character of East Sandwich, and coming upon an unfinished Cape with a yard full of pear and apple trees they knew they had found the right place.

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Good Things in Life – Nov ’11

Must-Have Articles, Accessories & Products



Good Things in Life Two Cape Codders have collaborated to transform their love of the Cape’s natural world into Dune Jewelry and Beachsand Snowflakes—handcrafted gifts that are making a splash online and in several regional shops. Sterling silver necklaces from the Dune Jewelry line ( feature a simple yet sophisticated pendant ($130) inlaid with sand gathered from your favorite Cape beach (sand has been collected from 300 beaches worldwide). Beachsand Snowflakes ($24, are the perfect gift for beach lovers from Bourne to Provincetown. These items are available in more than 20 Cape stores, including Trees Place in Orleans, Fein Things in Centerville, and Village Trading Co. in Mashpee.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2010!

Winter has finally arrived here at Cape Cod Life Publications. We wish you all a wonderful, safe and warm holiday weekend!