Are your Christmas decorations up? I have been working on mine since the day before Thanksgiving and I finished everything today except the tree. That is a lot longer than I planned on it taking, but we had Thanksgiving on Sunday, so I had to clear a path through the house, cook and get ready for that plus the clean up and putting away the good dishes, glasses and silverware we only use on the holidays the next day. All of that along with my regular chores like the never ending pile of laundry since it got cold out (I call the Breadman the "Walking Laundry Basket" because he wears an entire load of clothes at one time) and working around his naptime PLUS during our Thanksgiving dinner I announced, "My throat hurts" and I wound up sick all week. So, even though it took forever to get done, I am kind of surprised that I actually got it done!
Today, all I had left was the tree and that was going to be today's project and I would be DONE. We got a new tree three years ago - 6.5 ft., pre-lit, easy peasy. Plugged it in this morning and the whole middle section's lights are ka-put. That sweet boy of mine worked for HOURS trying to replace every bulb and every fuse - but it never did kick on. All I can think to do is get some strands of lights and work them in. I know they will never completely match up but I put SO many ornaments on that tree - I think I will be the only person to notice. I really want to get it done this weekend (I have hundreds and hundreds of things to put on it) so I can enjoy it until it is time to take the cursed thing down in a few weeks! Time flies, HUH?
A few peeks at what I have done. Many things are always the same here - village on the TV cabinet, Santa's in the corner bookshelf, etc. I don't have much room for new places and new ideas. But I do try to mix it up and make it a little different every year.
This is my little hutch. I never really intended to keep this when I bought it, but I have had more fun setting it up with my tiny things for every holiday. One of the little village sets is from West Germany and one is from Italy. I never knew what to do with all these little things before - now they have a place!
The Dime Store decor is in it's usual place. I don't think I had anything new to add to this display this year. I only had a small basket of new finds this year. I sold all the rest of what I found! Yea me!
Oh, I did get two of those plastic Santa boot candy containers this year. And a couple new to me Ornament hook boxes.
The Santa's are on the bookshelf. A few new faces in there, but not many. A few didn't make the cut this year. Sometimes I have to make hard choices.
The elves are working away up on top of my craft cabinet. I added an 'Elves at Work' sign up at the top after I took this photo. I know a truck with bottle brush trees is almost passe at this pint, but I adore it. Plus that green picnic tin is just about perfection! (Thanks Chanelle!)
If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen these photos. If you don't follow me - well you should! I post a couple times a day at the most. I don't like clogging up anyone's feed, plus I don't have that much to show! I love Instagram, but I will always, always, always blog. Pink ypromise.
Tomorrow Lara and I are off to the Little Craft Show. I would like to be a vendor there someday, so I need to check it out. Looks like a fun time. Hope you have some fun on your list this weekend too!