It always makes me laugh when I see Christmas decorations appearing in the shops in August. And, leading up to this Christmas, our first Christmas as a married couple, Richie and I are needing to make some big decisions…
Do we buy a freshie or a fakey?
I’m desperate for a real, fresh, smelly Christmas tree. Growing up we always had a fakey and since I’m in charge of my own house-hold now (yup, that’s right!), I really want to get a real one from the side of the road. You know the ones? You see the Boy Scouts selling them at the Servo in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Richie on the other hand, grew up with freshies and thinks they are a pain. This is still being negotiated.
Do we spend a fortune on ornaments and decorations or do we make em?
After a bit of an “inspiration browse” in David Jones and searching for quality stuff on Etsy, I have decided to make my own Christmas ornaments and decorations. I told my sister/brother-in-law/husband about my new adventure and in sweet unison, they whined “Finish your chairs first before starting another project!”. Too late!
Last year before getting hitched, we placed some beautiful crystal Christmas ornaments on our Bridal gift registry and hip hip hooray, some of our good friends bought them for us! These will always be treasured and I know that there will be little hands placing them on the tree one day. But as you will see below, this is the extent of our collection of Christmas Stuff for the tree.
Remember Mildred? She was the sweet old lady who use to work for President Clinton. She gave me a little christmas tree trinket when we were in D.C. back in June, after our huge chat about how desperate she was to get another job at the White House.
Then we’ve got this little treasure that we paid a pathetic amount for at Top Of the Rock. But when are you in New York to grab Christmas ornaments, I mean really? It’s all part n parcel of the New York experience to pay ridiculous prices for touristy things.
Then below we have the Queens Coat of Arms we got on our honeymoon at Heathrow airport when we almost didn’t make it home in time for Christmas. Also, the little candy cane from our Cambodian Project 318 mission trip which was made by local women at risk Mekong Quilts.
So with my foundational Christmas decorations, I naturally googled “Make your own Christmas Decorations” to start the ball rolling. I got onto some different websites, but of course, too much information throws me into total confusion. But then the brain wave hit. Martha!!! She is full of all good types of advice… “A live Christmas tree is a wonderful way to enhance your holiday decor.” Of course it is! But I’m not allowed one! Was I going to go to the full extent of printing out Martha Stewart’s Entire Six-Week Holiday Planning Checklist??? BA-BOOWWWW That’s a NEG Martha. I didn’t find a whole lot of inspiration there. It was too Marth-like and not vintage enough for me. Instead I choofed over to Spotlight to see what inspired me… and below is the booty I came home with.
So what’s the plan Stan?
Keep an eye out for my DIY efforts. There is a likelihood that I’m going to coax my friends into forming a production line like Santa’s Workshop.
But maybe after the chairs are done…