I am sure you have heard about the painter that never has time to paint his own house or the mechanic whose car doesn’t run? Well, I am the Christmas display”ette” that is trying very hard to get my 36th tree decorated this year – MY OWN! I have decorated many at work as well as for other people, but my own is in a state of not “Before” or “After” it is just “In Between” right now.
Back in the summer I had finished and planned on putting up my friends and family garland that I made, but I found a stash at work of very old ( before my time working as the visual display manager of the store) Christmas decorations. I was cleaning out the display shop and climbed way up high to see what was on the top shelf and there were a few boxes. When I opened one up, staring back at me were pink and purple ornaments and ribbon already made into bows – I couldn’t believe it – my favorite colors – Jackpot! This old stuff is all thrown away or we sell it for a few dollars to employees. I had to have it and my entire plan for my tree this year changed just like that.
I also came across lots of white mailing tubes that vendor signs come in. As you know I always like to use things for purposes other than what they were intended for. I hated throwing them away. I had to come up with something – they were too nice and they were WHITE.
I brought them home and cut them into 1/2-inch sections with a fine toothed blade on my table saw to make a garland. I love it – and it is environmentally friendly – I saved them from the landfill.
I don’t put a lot of Christmas decorations up, but I do like to accent a few places in my house. On the piano I placed some greenery in a white urn and added a star and ball ornament.
My foyer staircase is still under construction – remember my December marathon when my hubby helped me remove the rug? Well, the stain is on the steps – they are just waiting for some polyurethane and white paint on the risers. This photo is from last year, but if my stairs were finished, this garland would be draped around the banister again. I made the bows out of velvet fabric over 10 years ago. There were not many purple bow options back then – so I made my own. I followed a Martha Stewart tutorial that was a bit labor intensive, but they are still in great condition. (Check out the finished stairs here.)
My dining room table. I found the tiered wire basket at HomeGoods a few years ago. It is made of galvanized metal. I spray painted it rust and filled it with shredded book pages and ornaments. Don’t you like the way my outside lights twinkle through the windows?
On the top of my hutch I added lit greenery to the long basket.
I also have a string of Christmas lights up on the top of the hutch to cast a glow. I keep them up all year long with two can lights as it creates the perfect mood lighting. I do this on the two corner cabinets in my family room also – it adds dramatically subtle light, is so easy to do, and best of all – inexpensive. No need to hire an electrician.
My kitchen windowsill with four of my Kosta Boda Snowballs.
My dining room mantel and mirrors.
That is about it. I should have the tree done soon. Yep, I will. I have a bit of motivation – my youngest is coming home from college this weekend and I want the tree decorated to warmly greet and welcome her home.