Too much maintenance for this newly-city girl. If it was a matter of carrying it out to the backyard and putting it in the burn pile - yes, I would have a real tree. That's not the case this year, so I'll be sticking with a fake tree that I adore.
star pendant from ikea is perfect for my window. I love that my living room is lit by this star, the tree and garland. It's makes the room feel warm and cozy and perfect. Seriously, I love Christmas.
I don't have any decorations on the outside of my house this year. The main motivation for leaving it blank is a) I didn't want to pay a higher electric bill and b) I didn't want to put them up. Too much work for this single gal. I think when I have a husband I'll make him do it, until then, I'm fine with skipping it.
Ok, back to Christmas decorations.
diamond ornaments) or reused. I had brightly colors ornaments from last year's tree, so I grabbed all the pink and put them on my tree.
bow ornaments on my tree this year. I originally made them to be used on gifts, but I liked them so much that I put them on the tree. I used kraft paper and decorated them with washi tape and dots cut from gold silhouette vinyl.
clay ornaments were really fun to make. I used a recipe that I found via Pinterest and it worked wonderfully.
A little advice if you use that recipe - don't bake them so that they dry faster. It totally did not work for me - they were brittle and cracked. I let mine air dry for about a day (they could have used a tad more time) before painting and they really turned out nicely.
geometric ornaments really stand out on the tree. I was worried they would get lost in the sea of white, but (much to your relief, I know) they didn't!
Flower and Home Marketplace. Esther thought it was real when she first saw it, so I would say it looks pretty good. I also suspect that there's potpourri in the bottom. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Man, I love Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, it's only two weeks away! I have so much to do. I hope you holiday season has been wonderful and not too busy. It's so easy to get caught up in the to-do list. It's hard to stop and remember the reason for the season.
"Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father."Phillipians 2:8-10, (The Message)