My plan to get the halls decked before Thanksgiving worked out, but barely. And there is still more to do, even though I am cutting back and keeping it simple this year, I'm sort of going all out in the living room and kitchen. The rest of the house stays as is. Normally I decorate every room.
And I adore my new white tree! Honestly, it was NOT the one I wanted. But it was the one I was comfortable affording. I'd love to have a really tall, heavily flocked tree, but there is no way I want it bad enough to pay what those things cost! I did a lot of looking online and had no luck. This tree was only $160 or so at Lowes, and came with white twinkle lights. Its 7 -1/2', and with it up on a table top, I can pretend its a giant tree without spending 300 to 400 bucks.
When I decorate, I usually take down most of the pictures on the wall and put up something more holiday-ish. And I like to hang a large mirror behind the tree for added sparkle in the room.
A baby shoe from my husband's mom.
Stained glass stars a friend made.
Sugarwing's outgrown Dorothy shoe that I foofed up with Lisa's tutorial.
A few other things I've made over the years, including some projects from Romantic White Christmas that Beth and I co-created last year. (this is made with lace I got from my Great Aunt Caroline's estate)
There are also things from my childhood, family photos made into ornies, gifts from friends, and lots of other things I love. I always say that if you collect things you really love, they all seem to go together in a pretty way.
I will be away from home for a few days, but will be checking my email while gone, so please leave a comment if you'd like to win a Cuff Tutorial. I'll be giving a couple more away when I get back.
And these tiny Nativity scenes in Etsy.
As well as some jewels
for you to wear or give as gifts.