G-Man and our neighbor always make fun of my inability to just hang the stuff and walk away!!! I don't even like to think about doing such a thing - and that, my friends, is the truth. I am not proud of it, and I know that I am not the only anal (sorry) Christmas decorator. . I mean what are we thinking??? Oh, I forgot to add that there were 5 spot lights illuminating our creation.
In our case, anyone driving by and admiring the perfectly hung garland would have to climb a steep 10 ft. hill to get to our yard. Not that I think anyone would be interested enough to actually touch it...duh! So, why do I (you?) obsess so over what should be a simple, happy 'hanging of the greens'? I don't know the answer to this question. What I do know is that I do not enjoy being this way and I really wish I wasn't.
This year we agreed that we were going to skip the decorations in the backyard . We both let out a great big sigh of relief when we made this decision.
I have also decided to let a few of the many red and green plastic containers sleep through the season this year. Obviously, we will have the tree in our great room as usual. Last year it was weighed down with lime green and red decorations - all wonderfully playful and fun!!! I love it that way, but I was ready for a change. So, after wrapping and tucking burlap ribbon deep inside the branches, I used all vintage or vintage type ornaments in silver and other light colored mercury glass along with lots of handmade things.
I assumed I was finished when I ran out of ornaments, but something was just wrong. I spent a couple of days thinking I needed to buy more ornaments when it hit me...BAM!! I wanted icicles...old timey, silver, shimmery icicles. I almost gave up on the idea when I couldn't find them. My sweet G-Man finally found them at Dollar General of all places!! And, I was right - it is perfect now.
I wrote the first part of this post a few days ago and now most of my decorating is done. I will continue to tweek things and add fresh greenery as it gets closer to Christmas.
I did discover one thing about myself, though. I really, really, really tried to walk away from unfluffed garland and crooked ornaments...but I COULD NOT do it! If I did walk away, I always came back later and 'fixed' it!!! And, I have decided that it's okay to be that way.
Detail oriented isn't the worst thing I could be. I am pretty sure that I will always be this way - it's just how I am supposed to be, I guess!
Anyone else want to own up to being an OCD Christmas Decorator?
Great Room Christmas Tree
-Starting at the top-
I made this Santa over ten years ago
I made this Santa over ten years ago
when burlap wasn't even that cool!
What happened HO HO HO, Santa???
I started with rolls of burlap ribbon
and ended with lots of silver icicles
I can't remember the last time I used them
It was difficult photographing the tree
with all of the light coming through the windows
Here are some close ups of ornaments
Vintage Ornament with a tiny
bottle brush tree inside
Great old mercury glass ornament
A sweet little angel on fluffy cotton clouds
The reindeer is a new $1.00 purchase from Dollar Tree
From The Graphics Fairy -
make two copies, reverse one-
cut out - glue together - punch a hole- tie a ribbon-
glitter the wings with silver German glass glitter-
hang it up and enjoy you easy ornament
Another bottle brush tree
This one has a tiny mushroom and snow covered trees
Frosted mercury glass bell and a double indent
I added a few of my handmade cupcakes
Back in the day, I made this angel
using a large cookie mold
I even made the paper !!!
It is getting a little crispy around the edges
I don't know the age on this rhinestone studded ornament
I picked it up at an antique store a couple of years ago
I really don't think it is old but
it catches the light beautifully
I have a vintage lace Battenburg skirt around the base
The bright red and lime green tree was fun
but I am enjoying the 'quiet' look of this year's tree
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