Soooo…in blog land, it’s time to decorate for Christmas and, I must admit, I’m just not there, yet.
I am usually anxiously awaiting the time when I can turn on the Christmas music, bring out the bins of decor, and start baking gingerbread.
But, we just moved here late this summer and haven’t hit our rhythm and I honestly don’t feel ready for Christmas! Decorating for Christmas feels like a finishing touch on a readied foundation and, while we’ve gotten a lot done, it’s not where I want it to be.
On top of that, I shared on my Instagram Stories that I injured my shoulder last week. It has been improving, but I learned that I have a partial labral tear, calcific tendonitis, an inflamed bursa, and advanced arthritis! I don’t have to have surgery, thankfully, but I do have to take it easy, which I’m not good at doing. I’ll have a procedure done in about a month, followed by some physical therapy.
Sooo, that puts me where I’m sure most of you are…thinking about decorating for Christmas.
I’ll share my plans and let’s dream a bit together. Here’s my not-quite-finished kitchen, not yet decked out for the holidays…
The first thing that I’m going to do is make some gingerbread! I have made it for the past couple of years and it’s become my favorite Christmas decoration, especially for the kitchen.
I’m planning to make a heart garland to swag across the window over the sink.
And, of course, I’ll make some little 3D houses…
…as well as some flat cookies.
If you’d like to make gingerbread yourself, HERE’S a post I wrote with a bunch of tips last year.
And I ordered a couple of bay wreaths. I might hang one over the range, if it’s not too big for the space, but one will definitely be going on the studio door and then I’ll figure out the second one.
I ordered them from Mc Fadden Farm’s Etsy shop last year and they were so beautiful. At under $30, it’s also less expensive than a lot of other live bay wreaths. They do dry after a few weeks, but they looked pretty even when dried.
And I’m also going to make another advent wreath out of my antique ironstone ring mold.
Aside from that, I just don’t know, yet, but that will be a part of the fun…figuring out how this house looks best during the Christmas season. My decorating will start this week, so I’ll have more to share, soon!
If you need some holiday decorating ideas (as I do), here are a bunch of beautiful Christmas kitchens to inspire…