I'm behind on Christmas decorating this year, I usually like to have it done by the day after Thanksgiving, but out of town visitors, the flu, another round of the flu, things just didn't get done. So, this year I'm scrambling. After my two week long fight with my pre-lit tree, you can read about that here, I have finally completed the decorating, just in time to enjoy it for five seconds before I have to take it down. UGH. That's why I like to have everything done early, it's such a shame to work so hard to put a tree together, and then turn around and take it down.
For years I have dealt with the anxiety of unpacking and re-packing my collection of Christmas tree ornaments. I don't know if it's simple laziness, or the fear that something might break, but it's been a constant source of stress. Maybe stress isn't the best word, it's more like DREAD! Probably the worst thing about Christmas.....the setting up is a bit exciting, but the post New Year's Day cleanup, well it's downright depressing. I could do an entire post on glitter removal, it's daunting to face a brand new year and then add in the post-celebratory cleanup of decor! HATE.
Sometimes I fail at life. About a year ago I decided that I wanted to paint my dark chocolate dining room/living room walls something more neutral. Don't even get me started on the amount of primer that necessitated, but at the end of that drama, I had walls that were basically the same color as my sofa and love seat, cream. Let it be known that I DETEST this sofa and love seat. One day a few years ago, during a terrible relationship breakup/break, we still haven't sorted out what that was, I purchased two lovely Crate and Barrel Potomac Collection pieces on a whim. They are not my aesthetic, too country/cutesy/shabby for my taste. I have spent the last three years trying to make them fit into the rest of my home. Note to self; retail therapy is not always the answer.
DONNY AND MARIE DOLLS, WHAT BETTER CHRISTMAS GIFT? SANTA YOU ROCKED IT!
Every December, I have fights with Christmas trees. Decorating, lights, nothing seems to work like I want it to, or I can't figure out a way to make my 'vision' come to fruition. I don't know why I obsess about the tree decorating, but I do. I've been known to get up in the middle of the night and re-decorate an entire tree. It's a sickness really.
I'm a giant hypocrite! I know, I know, I recently professed my traditional distaste for wreaths, but now I've made about 7 different varieties in six weeks time. I'm back on board people! It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind right? I am loving wreaths. There, I said it. I saw this ADORABLE ribbon wreath by Ellen over at The Long Thread before Halloween, and it's been nagging at my 'right brain' since! It's was too easy and too chic to pass up!
When I first began spending my late nights in the DIY and craft blogosphere, I became so inspired by Sarah over at Thrifty Decor Chick that I practically stalked her blog. The ideas and inspiration.....limitless. I have already utilized a bunch of styrofoam cones in a project I'll debut a bit later this month, but when I saw this idea for hand crafted Santa hats, I just had to share. FAB FAB FAB. LOVE LOVE LOVE.