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Suffice it to say that, all ornamentation this year was done with a very simplistic (but elegant) touch.
Of course~beginning with images of my hydrangea-splashed tree!
There just doesn’t seem to be a good way to get a good shot of this window header, and how I wish you could actually see it ~it is so simplistically pretty!
Again, “simple” was the theme….
(Okay–maybe it’s a little heavy-handed over the curio)
Just little touches in the kitchen cabinets, over the fridge, beside the stove…
…even from the driveway door heading down to the lower level…
I had the fun of playing with some of my silver collection! ; D
I taunt family each year with a NAUGHTY & NICE list.
I write out the initial list and then have mAny debaters coming at me. The list gets re-written mANy times throughout Christmas day, but this year I decided to write only the headers of NAUGHTY & NICE–period.
As family arrived~ first looking for their stockings and then checking “the list,” I heard a lot of “HuH?”
Then they joyfully filled out the lists for themselves–of course you know where their very own names landed!
I heard one child get scolded for putting Grandma on the Naughty list~ “You NeVeR put Grandma on the NauGHTY list, are you crazy?!”
My 2nd brother didn’t like where he kept landing so added the “Everything is the opposite” disclaimer. I also see that a lot of names are just missing–perhaps the verdict is still out–?
Gail shared with us (more than a year ago) how to dye them a more brilliant color and I did just that last Christmas. I dipped them multiple times in red Rit dye and put them in the Christmas tree–it was beaUtiful!
This year I had a different idea. I thought it might be interesting to Kilz them white! Ehh-yea ~it was okay. They looked rather “flat.”
So with nothing to lose, I pulled out some lilac and chartreuse spray paint and sprayed them back to the color of SuMMeR! And for good measure–a little aubergine!
The daylight pic shows the color more accurately, but I kind of like the more “reddish” coloring too!
By Thursday night~
And you can see I took a little playtime!
I’ve said numerous times on this blog how LARGE our family is, and it’s definitely a crowd in mom’s little’ish house at Christmas. So I decided to remedy at least a part of the storage-seating-spacial issues in her LL and dining area.
I pushed the table over to “see” and rearrange the chairs and—I think it will work. In fact, I think it kinda’ looks like it was ALWAYS MEANT TO BE!
This hair-brained idea hit me a couple of nights ago, but at 11pm last night, I grabbed the only paper on hand to make a sketch, then make a commitment, and today–make the jump. (God help me)
It’s 11 days before Christmas, and you can’t even tell that lookin’ around this house. : ( So it’s time to put away one thing for another—and take a much-needed break!
I saw this great idea on Jen’s blog—but I kind of expanded on it!
Let’s call it “Semi-homemade!” I used two pre-made candle wreaths, and just layered one inside the other~inside the sweater form. Then I embellished it with a Roe antler and large drop, drawer pull. Unfortunately, it falls into the iron address hanger and isn’t very “seen” ~I’ll probably change it to a pair of bells.
That means summer is OVer. And that makes me incredibly sad. Summer is my FAVorite time of year! Oh how I will miss all the beautiful flowers, and watching the dragon flies, and the birds in the fountain.
. . .And waking to the song birds fighting over the 4 perches at the feeder. :’ (
It was just SO incredibly hectic this year, I found I only did the “minimum” of decorating. Since my mom typically lets me go wild each year at her house – I think she was a bit disappointed, but she understood.
This is one of the vintage angels I found in the antique mall. I still can hardly believe–$18 for the pair (left and right)!
~I guess I DO have a bit of passion for RED—at Christmas! And glitter!~
I flocked the main tree with magnolia-scented baby powder again this year! If you remember, I did it last year because there was the faintest musty’ish scent I didn’t like- it was a quick remedy that made the tree look flocked! And–it smells SO good!
I used my [favorite] hydrangeas from mom’s garden again. But– I didn’t get to them in a timely manner, and they all turned that ugly brown. BUT, I remembered Gail’s post on dyeing hydrangea heads with Rit Dye and created my own “red heads!” It took me 3 and 4 dunks to get the color I wanted, but it was incredibly E A S Y to do!
(The baby powder seems to have kind of blanketed the red.)
I just add and subtract according to season or holiday!
The chandelier over the breakfast table, and in the lower level dining–
Since there’s not the usual, over abundance of decoration ~everywhere~ I guess it won’t be so daunting a job taking everything down.
While the box was setting up (paint), I went back to getting the names on the stockings — finished at 10:30.
I was going to steal some matchbox cars from a couple of the boys, and spray paint them all one color – but that didn’t happen, so I focused on more CANDY! Wish I had found more of those big lolly pops!
Any way, I built the “box” from a crAzy variety of scrap wood laying around Page 10, and used a pair of super old door hinges at the lid.
The box didn’t need to be “fabulous,” just something for the moment. I can take the whole thing apart, or rebuild it better for some other use later ~ no worries! My kinda hurried-harried project! ; D