Friday was a productive day working at home. I had a lot of little things I needed to catch up on and check off the to-do list and I wanted to get some more Christmas decorating done. So, I bounced between doing things I needed to do and things I wanted to do and was able to make some nice progress in both categories.
One thing I completed was the Christmas decorating in our bedroom. I used to only decorate the living spaces, but I’ve come to love bringing a little bit of the decor into the bedrooms as well. I don’t go overboard, but I like adding some fresh greenery and a few decorations.
I *needed* to get our bedroom decor done, because that is where our advent calendar is!
The advent calendar is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. My blog friend, Ann Drake (On Sutton Place), made those mini stockings for me out of grain sack scraps I sent to her. I think this is my third or forth year using it and it’s definitely a keeper.
I’d love to hang it on a bannister, but the end of our bed is really the only place it’ll work in our current hom.
I bought the clay tags off of Etsy to number each stocking. My boys are Lego fans, so we use the Lego advent calendar each year and I just stuff each day’s present into the coordinating stocking while the boys are at school. I don’t stuff them all in or they would peek!
I tuck fresh greenery in the arms of the chandelier. It’s a mess when I’m “making” it, but I just spread an old blanket over the bed to catch the needles, etc. and then shake it out when I’m done. Surprisingly, it stays pretty neat for a few weeks as long as no one touches it!
This year, I used pine roping (local tree farm), fir branches (free tree trimmings), seeded eucalyptus, juniper (both from Wegmans), and cedar (from my yard). You can see a tutorial on how I create the chandelier swags HERE.
I added a little tree this year, next to the dress form. It was a total impulse buy when I was at Wegman’s. This one is actually a live tree that was sprayed white, but I loved how it looks so much like a feather tree.
I kept the tree in its red plastic stand and fit it into an old galvanized mop bucket. Pinecones hide the plastic holder, but I can easily shift them to add more water to the stand.
As I did last year, I added some fresh greenery to the top of my wardrobe (which was an epic craigslist find!)
And I also added some greens to the little chandelier in the corner.
I made those little drippy candle sleeves with a glue gun and spray paint. You can see the tutorial HERE. (On a side note, I read the post that I just linked to and was cracking myself up. Sometimes I forget the random things I’ve shared here over the years.)
If you’re wondering how I photographed a mirrored wardrobe head-on, it’s because the mirrors are warped just enough that I can stand directly where the doors meet and I become invisible. Warped mirrors aren’t very helpful when trying on clothes, but they are handy for “trick shots” like the one above.
In addition to decorating, I took some time to make some gingerbread dough on Friday, so I can make cookies and houses again this year. Click HERE to see the ones I made last year.
More Christmas decorating to come…