Sunday, November 28, 2010

The closing of a weekend...

 I'm doing my best to get into the holiday spirit this year.  I'd love to say that I'm succeeding gloriously... but some years just feel off, and I'm afraid this is going to be one of them.  Do you guys every feel like that?  What do you do to shake it?  Even if I'm not really feeling spirity (made that up) this year, I'm at least finished with my Christmas hall-decking, and that feels great.  I was going for low or no cost decorating this year, so come along with me and I'll show you a little bit of what I came up with.  I took this tray from my dresser, and placed some filled votive candles on it.  Then I cut a couple of wooden, red beaded garlands up, and used them like "faux cranberries." I sprinkled them all around the candles.  (About ten years ago, I purchased these red beaded garlands from Lowe's so I don't know how much they would cost, but I can't imagine a string or two would be that much.)
 We actually got a ton of snow on Thanksgiving day, and my children couldn't have been more thrilled.  Sadly, it was gone by the next morning.  I'm so hoping we get a ton more this winter!  I would turn inside out, if we had a white Christmas!
 The day after Thanksgiving, we tromped around the woods, in search of a great tree.  Though we didn't find one out in nature, we did come home with plenty of greenery for wreath-making!
This year, I am involving the hoodlums in as much as I can.  Making memories is my goal.  So on Saturday, JJ actually helped me make a tremendous mess out of all that greenery, and we created wreaths together.  (Truthfully, I think he just wanted the chance to use wire snippers, but it was so much fun, and I really enjoyed his help!)  We tucked some seeded eucalyptus amongst the greens, and they turned out beautifully.  I hung them in each window.  Also, you may notice that my big blue frame is now sporting chicken wire?  I decided the wire that was strung across wasn't what I wanted, so I bought a roll of chicken wire, and spray painted it with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  Now it's all ready for Christmas card hanging.  (Oh!  And the best news... my broken fourth chair was just completed.  I still  have to sand it and seal it, and I'll have a complete set again!) 
Once we purchased our first ever, fresh tree, (which smells heavenly!) we put it into this galvanized bucket.  I scoured the planet looking for one I could afford, and landed on one for under $14.00 at Lowe's!!  My handsome husband put up all the lights.... 
...and then the hoodlums took over, placing ornaments all around. They actually did a fantastic job, and the tree only got the tiniest bit of tweaking by me, once they were all tucked into their beds. 
 Christmas is peeking out all over the house now.
 I'm keeping things a little more uncluttered than I have, in years past.  Not every surface has been Christmas-ified.  It doesn't come naturally for me to simplify.  I'd put something out, then I'd put it back away.  I want our home festive, but not crazy.  I'm not sure I can do that... but I'm trying.
 Ava and I made the gingerbread cookies that are hanging on our tree.  It was a precious time of rolling, cutting, and eating icing.  I have never hung cookies on a tree, but I love them!  I also found some darling, old-fashioned candy canes.  It looks so pretty!
 Lastly, I must leave you with this photo.  You know those books with photos of men doing chores?  I believe they are called "Corn for women" (Only, the word corn begins with a "p." Ahem.)

Yes, well, here is mine...



Between You and Me said...

love your the galvanized bucket that it is standing in....

love the cookies that you made for the tree...LOVE that idea!

and LOVE the picture of your husband doing chores. :)

Julianne Hendrickson said...

too cute! i like that last picture--they are the handsomest when they help out! This will be our first year without a tree--it is just too hard with a puppy running around!

MrsJenB said...

I agree with Julianne's comment - I'm never more attracted to my husband than when he's folding a load of laundry (even if I have to refold because he doesn't do it like I do! haha)

I know what you mean about not being as in the spirit as you might want to be, or as you may usually be. I just wrote briefly about that yesterday, and am trying to get out of the funk now. We decorated 2 trees today and I think that helped me a little bit. The most important part, I think, is accepting feelings and not trying to force anything or overthink it.

Your home is lovely as always! :-)

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Buddy the Elf says, "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!"

For someone who is having a off year, I think you have us all beat in Christmas cheer~Girl your house looks GREAT!

Looooove it!

Alicia said...

how sweet! good to see you're getting decked out :)
i'm feeling a little off too.
I guess I just need to simplify everything, then I can just focus on the Season :)

Stephanie said...

LOVE the bucket under the tree! I might steel that from you for next year!

Cheryl said...

I am a "little off" this year as well. I think as the kids get a little older and the responsibilities of making the "perfect" Christmas lie solely on the mother .. . things become a little less "magical" for me. I am trying to enjoy listening to Christmas carols and really worshipping as I listen . . . trying to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Going to Christmas programs really help me feel more in the Christmas sprit. We went downtown (Chicago) and looked at all the lights . . . that sure helped. I am trying to involve the kids more, too.
Your tree is lovely. I just finished putting the lights on ours. (I decided to give in to the kids and I put a couple strands of colored lights on the tree . . . doesn't look too Pottery Barnish, but the kids will like it. :)
Wow . . . long comment. I guess i really can relate to how you are feeling!
Love your blog so much!

The Fairy's Apprentice said...

It seemed that you had a very busy weekend with the tree and everything! the gingerbread man is gorgeous, I'll try to do it myself! thank you for sharing, your journey is beautiful! Xoxo said...

Looks like you're well under way to a very merry Christmas! Love your gingerbread men...waaay cute!

DanielleisNesting said...

My honey does dishes too! Love that! I'm new to your blog but I love it already!

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Your house and family is absolutely beautiful. I love your kitchen. And making memories will be the best part of the holidays - it will fill your children with warm holiday memories that they will appreciate as they grow older ;) Merry Christmas!

Jensamom23 said...

Everything is simply beautiful and meaningful. THAT is what Christmas decorating should be. Ya' done good, Sasha!

Christy said...

love the gingerbread cookie idea!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Corn for women! Hahaha! You're so silly! Your home looks beautiful. I love the simplicity. Almost makes me want to change out my whole scheme this year of glittery and red. :) But I already have it all planned out. The galvanized bucket looks great too. I have one I could use but of course that doesn't go with my glitzy theme. ;)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Looks like you are doing just fine getting in the mood. Holy cow! Love the galvanized bucket, and gingerbread. Did you have a hard time getting the chicken wire not to buckle? Mine was a nightmare. It's still all rippled. Give me your secret. It all looks soooo beautiful Sash.

Carmen said...

Love the tree and the cookies! I know what you mean about feeling a bit off. Almost everything is decorated here and it feels a little odd. I think if it snows I'll feel it bit more.

Love it when our men do chores for us! Definitely brownie points there!

Jamie said...

Your decorations are lovely! My theory with any decorating is do what you feel. I think all home decor should be things we just love! If you dont love it, do you want to look at it everyday?

Helpful husbands are a wonderful blessing. I know I am Thankful for mine.

kristine said...

how did you secure the tree in the bucket? i LOVE it!!!

Kare said...

Love that galvanized bucket idea! You did a beautiful job decorating. Oh, and the gingerbread cookies are darling, but that last picture is the best. :o)

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Love your little touches of Christmas everywhere. I am craving simple, but I am so not a minimalist although I'd like to be one! Your pics are fabulous (as usual)!

Lissa said...

Your house looks great! I am hoping to make tons of gingerbread men this year too! But mine are for eating.
I hate that feeling when you're not enjoying something as much as you'd like to! I hope it breaks off and you end up having a fantastic holiday season.

Jenny said...

Hi LMM! Long time no visit! But everything is lovely and creative and clever and wonderful here just like always!

It sounds like your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

And how could it be otherwise with you at the helm of the holiday.

Cheyenne said...

Love your whole home! Looks so great!

Marla said...

Everything looks beautiful. The best part is that your entire family was a part of making it come together. Love that!

Alison said...

Okay hon...after reading your post I had to run out to my Lowe's and grab my very own tin tub for my tree. Except that we'd already put the tree up and hubs says it's too difficult to pull it out (while decked) to put in a new stand b/c our base is too large. So. What tree stand do you have that fits the diameter of the tub?

Alison said...

Thanks for the comments Sasha. I guess I need to run right out to Target to look for that tree stand. Actually, there's one for sale on ebay that might the vain hope that hubs might actually consent to get a little messy for the sake of pretty....;)

Rachel said...

~*~*Just found your blog through Lissa's blog!! :) Im your newest follower~*~Hugs, Rachel ~*~*~*~*

*French Farmhouse 425*

Sarah said...

I am having a link party today about photo walls and would love to see more of the one that you have. If you have the time I would love for you to do a post on it (unless you have already) and link up. Your home is beautiful.

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