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Warning:  if you don’t share a love affair of silver you’ll just think I’m nuts here!  Run away~run away!

Laying around sick has made me about nuts.

I’d try to work on -SOMEthing- to find it just exhausted me more.  Nothing has been getting done in any kind of fast –motion, but I DID manage to accomplish a FEW things.  YaY!

One thing loooooong over due for attention was cleaning up and REorganizing my (cough-cough hoarder) collection of silver service ware.  Instead of cramming it all in varying cabinets that would leave me fearful to ever open again—I organized everything and put things away PROPERLY.  About time!

*Oh please tell me I’m not the lone hoarder!

Below:  Beginning with the forks—I decided to (temporarily) use folded heavy card-stock paper as dividers.  Basically, supporting and separating the varying patterns.  *I love the “hotel silver” idea of mixed pattern place settings!  But instead of buying the expensive store collections, I’ve collected patterns over the years found in flea markets that I love!

REorganizing the silverware drawer

REorganizing the silverware drawersREorganizing the silverware drawers

It was wonderful to have things out and enjoy their use for Christmas—I have some truly great service pieces!

The next 2 pictures are of things cleaned up but yet to be put away.

some of my nice service pieces!

some of my nice service pieces!

Yes, some may think it’s a bit much, even over the top, but I love it all and how special it makes a meal feel.  PLUS all my beautiful china, silverware, and crystal.  I used it daily in my former home in Chandler, AZ –I miss that.  After all, shouldn’t EVERY day the Lord grants be treated as a celebration?  Just saying. . .

Catherine

*I removed the cabinet backs before installing them back to back creating an island.  I added the “floating shelves” before it was all closed in~now they’re kinda’ stuck in there permanently so I HAVE TO make them work.

REorganizing my nice service pieces!

REorganizing my nice service pieces!

REorganizing my nice service pieces!

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-decorating the lamps at Christmas!…as a Christmas

 hangover? 

My body, my energy, my motivation has called a big ole time out on me.  I spent the 2 days after Christmas doing…absolutely…NOTHING.  Nada.  Zilch.

It was  W O N D E R f u l !

W e l l~ I did finally do the Christmas day dishes early Wednesday morning.

I sorted and organized everything Christmas night and then decided—

I just didn’t FEEL like doing the rest.

After 2 glorious days of slackin’ off, I’m getting back in gear (uhgh!).

This year’s decorating seemed to stick close to just Reds and Whites…including decorating all the lighting!

decorating the lighting too!

decorating the lighting too!

decorating the lighting too!

...and little wreathes on the cabinet doors...

the simple extra touches~

Decorating stayed very simple–and mostly just little touches of Reds & Whites.

the simple extra touches~ the simple extra touches~

 

 

And then there were

the TREES!

the beaded tree~

the UPSTAIRS tree~

But~

If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you know I do something FuN & crazy every year for the kiddo’s Christmas tree!

I revisited the long-time-idea of going UPside down!

When I stumbled onto a stuffed lower half of Santa…well, it was meant to be!

hanging a tree UPside down!Starting with a TREE…

Couldn’t be fake—the “hinged” arms would just fall down.

Okay, REAL.  Would have to be smaller to emphasize being off the floor.  Would have to have firm branches to stay straight out.  Would need to cut the trunk LOW to the bottom branches to lay flat on the ceiling.

I screwed an eye bolt into the bottom of the trunk, and a molly bolt & strong cup hook into the ceiling~& hung it up!

The Santa came with a hook to catch the trunk, and I happened to already have a stuffed Santa Hat to poke through the other side of the tree—HoHoHo!

Santa’s legs were wired so I manipulated them to look like he was climbing in the tree.  Wait a minute~is that really Mr GRINCH stealing our tree?

I strung the lights, I added “snow,” and decorated with lots of CANDY!  (Including licorice tinsel)  The kiddos like to “EAT” the tree here!

The UPside down tree candy decor!

This is After Christmas with much of its candy eaten!  But it still looks fun!  The kids LUV’d it—and so did the adults!  I noticed several walking over to take another look at it all!

I found some amAzing lights to put on the kiddo’s tree this year—below are the color options it gives!  You can pick a color or some combo of—that’s not a filter!  There’s also a CANDY-color option of white-pink-purple-orange-red.  Then you can select solid-flashing-chasing-twinkling-fade!

~some really cool tree lights!

With just the white lights to see (what’s left) the “decorations!”the kiddo's tree!

This year we TRULY took pics UNDER the tree!

(winkwink)

Merry Christmas!

I used a softer light-scheme!

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trying to find some MOJOI’m still

DEChristmasing

the house.

With 3 floors—there’s a lot to do and I’m still tryin’ to find my MOJO!

All those Christmas cards need to come down off the framed vintage crib springs too.

Now -to me- except for the photo cards, the rest would be tossed.  But my mother keeps them all.  ALL.   -???-

Christmas card "holder" 2016

So~shortly after Christmas, while I was out running errands, I happened on these holiday boxes being clearanced for $4.  I thought the IDEA was interesting and her cards could be stored in it.  The EXECUTION however—Uuuuhg!

But it could be improved on!

a linen box for the holiday cards

I taped off the book page edges and “erased” their decorative finish with Kilz.

I gave it a couple of days to dry thoroughly, and this morning, brought it down to the LL dining table to cut and apply some linen.

I collect old linen from any source I can find it.  I even collect the hideous-ugly embroidered dresser scarves-table runners-table cloths -BECAUSE- there’s usually still a good amount of plain material left to be used in lots of projects!  And OLD linen is often such a better quality!

I wash it in hot water and over dry it in the dryer so it’s shrunken, has a tighter weave, and the fibers end up “fluffier!”  Same with matte lasse!  I LUV using these fabrics for projects!

"upholstering" a box in old linen

I used wall paper paste to apply the fabric.  I love spray adhesives and Mod Podge, but they don’t let you manipulate & adjust things while you’re working.  A really good wall paper paste will.  And even if it “bleeds through” your fabric, it will [usually] dry without leaving any marks.

applying the linen~

Once the linen was applied and dry, I switched to Mod Podge to get a really good bond turning and gluing those edges.  I also used the antiquing matte finish so the edges would have a little darker edging.

~Have you tried this one yet?  It gives your work an aged look!

I pulled some slight blue ribbon to trim out the edges of the lid—just for a cleaner finish. (mom favors blues and I had no green left)

~the edges of the linen covered box

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!
The cards can be put away discretely with her other books AND be available when she needs them next Nov.

I’m toying with some gold or silver leafed lettering down the spline just like any book would have. . . ehhhhh.

tbc. . .

Catherine

—now put those cards away.

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!

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taking down the Christmas treeI’ve always wondered about this, so I went online to see if there are any actual “guidelines” on this subject.

“Every family moves at their own pace when it comes to taking down Christmas trees and decorations, but there are certain popular dates to remember that are approaching when people will start taking them down. Those specific dates follow either religious or even just superstitious guidelines.”     SOURCE

when do you take down the tree?New Year’s Eve.

Superstitions would have you take the tree down and UNdecorate before midnight on the last day of the year so not to drag old baggage and bad luck into the New Year.

January 5th.

Tradition considers THIS to be the 12th day of Christmas—the last day of all the Christmas celebrations and merriment.

January 6th.

Taking down the tree on this day is usually in observance of the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day (a Christian holiday).

Now, at the other end of this query lie the folks that take it down and to the curb –Christmas nightyikes!

 

when do you take down the tree?

I admit that -for me- it can be the end of January

before I start UNdecorating!

Catherine

 

 

 

 

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. . . 2 of my nieces came to string marshmallow garlands to go around the candy-decorated “kiddo” tree!  A VERY sticky proposition I was glad to hand over!

*They eat the tree decorations—I have less to take down later~win win!  

The girls and I sat across the LL dining table from each other working on 2 different projects—singing joyously (me probably off key) to Christmas carols!

Hmmmm~ 2 days before Christmas, 2 nieces, 2 projects!  ; D

2 days before Christmas, 2 nieces, 2 different projects!

 

making a GRINCH handMY project was a little more

Grinchy!

1st~ The night before I grabbed a latex glove and some Great Stuff, which I sprayed into the glove to fill out and create some shape!

2nd~ I poked wire down the fingers to be able to bend and shape the hand.  I tried it out in a few poses -which showed I needed to poke in some more wire.

Next~ I straightened the hand and traced around it on the long haired fur I bought.

I cut out the fur while the hot glue gun was heating up…

and at last began gluing fur to the glove.

*my own hands became a little furry in this too!

making a GRINCH hand

making a GRINCH hand

Champ-ers!And that’s the palm side glued on.

Next challenge was to connect the top side fur to the glove and close in the sides of those fingers—a most clumsy proposition.  We all laughed at how much it looked like the girls’ huge Labra-Doodle, Champ!

Once it was all connected, I realized the palm side would need a good hair cut -and the overall fingers- for additional shaping.  And THEN we could finally move on to the dye bath!  The GRINCH is green after all!

That’s me—harassing poor Champ with a Mohawk-do!

my furry GRINCH hand

We were in a major snow storm while all this was going on and I didn’t feel like running outside to the garage for more gloves, so I ended up dyeing my hands too.  L o v e l y.  In desperation, I sprayed Clorox Clean up over my hands and scrubbed.  Except for under my nails, the Rit Dye came off fairly easily!

my furry GRINCH hand

my GRINCH hand in the tree!

Unfortunately, the only way I could stabilize it in the tree was to screw it to the tree trunk.  But it’s in there!

That Grinchy Santa hat is the instigator of this whole project!

I just can’t seem to get a good photo of it in the tree, although,

in person it really looked fanTAStic and the kiddos loved it!

This was after the best candy was plucked & eaten!

It’s NOT the Grinch tree I’ve always wanted to do, so I see another to come!

Catherine

my GRINCH hand in the tree!

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Remember my calendar?  Y‘know~the one that was going to organize all the things I wanted to get done before Christmas.  HaHa

Christmas TO DO list 2016

You know how it goes

PLAN your WORK  &  WORK your PLAN!

And then life says “Oh yeah?  We’ll see…”

Well, that’s pretty much the summary of how things have gone—including the flu and loss of a favorite great auntie.  Once I surrendered those lists/plans and just focused on the necessities, things calmed down and I strolled pretty smoothly across the Christmas-day finish line.   Life—geesh.

details: an AMAZING alternative Christmas wreath!

On one of my early excursions-

(in search of a fresh boxwood wreath) I stumbled onto this incredible, A-MAZ-ing, alternative wreath project!

I LUV alternative wreaths and think I’ll have to try something like this out for myself!

Catherine 

details: an AMAZING alternative Christmas wreath!

 

 

Evergreens, pine cones, magnolia leaves and burlap!

an AMAZING alternative Christmas wreath!

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With that breakneck pace behind me & SOME much needed rest,

~though only a short time out from all things Christmas~

I am now busy-busy with my annual

DEEP CLEANING

before the holiday decorating begins (yay).

This DEEP CLEANING happens twice a year~ before decorating for Christmas and in later spring for the burgeoning GLORY of SUMMER!
The rest of the year is just a –perfunctory cleaning job.

a DEEP CLEANING for the Holidays

a DEEP CLEANING for the HolidaysWindows to silver are once again sparkling—

wood is gleaming, rugs are switched out,
(although the summer rugs are only rolled up, waiting for shrink wrap and storage)
the vacuum hose finds every nook & cranny and lamp shade, and there’s the purging of lots of “how did this get here?” -STUFF.

Before I start decorating this room though, I  MAY take on 1 or 2 ambitious projects…???

Maybe.  I don’t know yet. Hmmmstay tuned!

Catherine

I need a REWARD!

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