WAIT! Before you take down your Christmas Tree…and I realize as I write this I may already be too late for those over achievers who’ve already packed up, cleaned up and neatly put everything away.
Just in case there are a few of you who, like me, aren’t about to touch that tree until next week, I’ve got a few tips and tricks for you if you’ve been thinking about changing your Christmas color scheme. Continue reading →
In the past I’ve been known to take up to three weeks to “finish” my Christmas decorating.
Not that I decorate on a scale that should require three weeks but sometimes it takes me that long to quit tweaking and put away the boxes.
This year, I decorated before Thanksgiving and, since Thanksgiving was at my house, all the boxes were back in the attic within a few days. I have to admit, while I miss the results of the extra weeks of tweaking, I’ve enjoyed the freedom to be content with what was accomplished those first few days.
1. VELVET RUFFLED TREE SKIRT
I made this tree skirt last year for my client Tara and it’s one of my all time favorites. Probably because of the apple green velvet. There’s no probably about it. You guys know how much I love velvet. Especially this time of year.
The tree skirt features the same shade of velvet we used on Tara’s kitchen cafe curtains on the 2″ ruffle around the edge & ties. The 3/4″ flange is from a red & gold dot while the body of the skirt is made from a fairly heavy weight linen/canvas like fabric and lined with white cotton.
One tree skirt down, 13 more to go…
Over the years, as our family grew, I’ve made several different sets of Christmas stockings. Currently, there are 8 stockings on our mantle in various shades of white, cream and ivory. The time has come for these little gems to find a new home.
I’m selling all 6 stockings, mixed, matched & coordinated in shades of red, green & purple from 5 different fabrics. Each stocking is lined and comes with a loop for hanging.
Our family celebrated Thanksgiving at our house this year and I didn’t take one picture to share with you. Not a single one.
When it comes to hostessing, I am notorious for assuming I can accomplish way more than I technically have time for. I tend to think of it as being optimistic. For the first time in my life, I decided to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Not just my house but 2 others as well!
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving I was decorating trees, cleaning off the dining room table (which was covered in client projects), cleaning my house and stuffing empty boxes back in the attic.
Thanksgiving morning finds me doing all my baking & cooking, cutting up drop cloths to use as table cloths and scrounging around for centerpieces. (Luckily I wasn’t in charge of the entire meal!)
All this to say that when I go to a dinner where the hostess has planned ahead and created adorable little place cards for each of her guests…I am in awe.