Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Calm and bright...

The hush is upon us, and blog-land is pretty silent. Christmas is nearly here and I'm guessing this will be my final check in until after the flurry is over, the discarded wrappings are stuffed into an overflowing trash bin, and children are passed out from candy canes and over excitement. 

I had to laugh the other day when I looked around and couldn't stand it any more!  Every surface felt undusted (which is true of course) since the decorations went up, the house felt small, closed in, cluttered, and chaotic.  (Both kids and Adrain are home with me this week so admittedly this could have had something to do with that feeling.  And I mean that in the best way possible.  My pre-teens have become loungers. And trail makers.  They leave a trail of stuff on every surface!) Suddenly I had the intense desire to rip half our decorations down, and do a house make-under, wiping surfaces, decluttering, and re-arranging everything.

So I did.

No sooner had I acted upon this impulse, than I Instagrammed it, wondering if I was alone in this feeling.  We'll call it week-before-Christmas-itis.  I was tickled to death to discover that I was among some pretty good company also suffering from this strange holiday phenomenon. 

I have to admit, I did throw out a lot of crusty, dried up greens that were covered in dust, but other than that, things mostly got shuffled around and I was left feeling a lot more calm about my surroundings. See these little "ornaments?"  I had this bouquet of white spray painted twigs in my bedroom, so I brought them out into my dining area and added some white lights.  I took small styro balls and stapled lengths of sparkly garland (Target) all around them.  Then I took some more styro balls and poked tooth picks all over them, hit them with spray glue and glitter, and tucked them into this arrangement as well.  Easy, free (since I had it all on hand) and sparkly. 

It's a little bit crazy how much I love this thing.  
 My hot cocoa bar is tucked in the corner beside my refrigerator.  I didn't have any natural light for these next few shots which I know isn't the prettiest to shoot house photos in, but the kids were just waking up and it was still a little dark and dusky outside.  I wanted to get these shots done before the trail of piles and lounging began, regardless of natural light!  Ha!  Somebody out there knows exactly what I'm talking about. (I did make my man and JJ who got up while I was taking these, stand outside the shot.  Just keeping in real.)
  This feels very peaceful to me... I light these candles a lot.

I don't have a ton of earth shattering holiday thoughts to share... well, other than the fact that I took a mustard-colored throw blanket that I got in September at Target, and turned it into two big soft knitted pillows.  Pottery Barn junkie at heart.  I have one on the tan armchair and Iloveitsomuch!!  (They will both look fantastic when I finally convince my man to start saving up for the gray sectional sofa I have my eye on.  Ha!) Who knew knitted throw blankets on the cheap from Target could become some of the cutest knitted Pottery Barn-esque pillow covers? 
 We don't have a lot of family plans this next week with either side of our extended family, though we'll most likely have quick visits from the grandparents on Christmas day.  We'll be attending our candle-light service as a family on Christmas Eve, and then home to watch the Nativity. (Our favorite!)  Christmas day will be relaxed until the afternoon when we go see Les Miserables.  I can't tell you how much we are anticipating this! 

A few December Instagrams in case you missed them. 
(You can find me on Instagram, under "Lemonademakinmama.")

Lastly... I didn't get Christmas cards accomplished this year... if I would have spent the money, this would have been what I'd have sent out. We hope your next week up until Christmas day is relaxed and blessed and truly restful.  You bless us in so many ways and we feel more thankful than can be expressed in mere words, to have your love, encouragement and support in our life.  So from my little family to yours, Merry Christmas.


27 comments:

  1. Haha! I soooo understand this. I'm going a little nuts over here, and I keep cleaning off countertops to try and ease my clutter bug suffering. It only comes once a year so I'll just have to grin and bear it ;-)

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  2. Love the changes! It looked great before, but I totally understand the need for more and ne and different! I was all about that over the last few days myself. It feels SOOO much better! :)

    Love your faux Christmas card! A lot of people are late/not doing them this year! My fridge is COVERED with last years...This year, there's only a handful. Many are doing e-mail newsletters and or pictures that way too.

    So, there ya go.

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  3. My home was on a holiday homes tour Dec 2 so I had decorations up super early - I too was itching to take some down the last few days, especially the dried out greenery. But couldn't quite bring myself to do it.

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  4. i know that cluttered feeling which is why i went soooo simple this year. i love all the fun and goodies and sparklings in other's homes, i just can't live with it!!
    love your antler party!! aren't those the coolest?
    pretty pretty family shot too
    merry christmas friend
    xoxo

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  5. You know I hadn't put a name on it but now that you mention it, I definitely have been feeling the week-before-Christmas-itis too. The need to clean and organize and rearrange...sigh. I love Christmas but feel a little trappped by the "clutter".
    I think your Christmas plans sound divine! Ours is cram-packed with going here going there going everywhere! Both our families are steeped in holiday traditions which I love, but it is exhausting!
    Merry Christmas to oyu and your sweet family!
    XOXO

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  6. Either way it looks great and the family card just lovely. Hope you get peace and joy this season. I want to see that movie too I was just say last night.
    Merry Christmas Sasha and family!

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  7. Glad to hear I am not the only one who feels this way right before Christmas! Enjoy the holiday and stay safe!

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  8. The fresh holly and greens I used this year look so gross now. I need to go clip some new holly asap! The greenery is going in the trash! You want to hear something funny...the number one comment I got from readers this year on my Christmas decor is "they liked how simple it is". Well let me tell you, sometimes simple is ALOT of work! lol!

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  9. i love your table the bestest. so calm and bright for sure. love the white. i just love white anything i think.

    merry christmas to you all at the brodeur house!

    xo

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  10. it's all so pretty i can't stand it. love the christmas card. you look like snow bunnies;)

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  11. I hope that you and your family have a very blessed Christmas and New Year celebration as well. I feel so like you do about the house feeling cluttered and that it is encroaching upon me. One year I purged all of my decor except for just the bare essentials. It was so nice to not have all of that extra stuff to pack up and put away. This year will be more time consuming when it comes to packing it all away. I love the festiveness of Christmas decor but having it taken down always makes me happy too. Your home looks beautiful and indeed calm and bright. Merry Christmas!

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  12. Merry Christmas! I feel blessed to have found your blog in 2012. Best wishes for 2013!

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  13. Merriest Christmas, Sash. I love your digs!

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  14. Merry Christmas my friend! I love the cleanliness of it all! my husband is a "more is more" kind of guy and I am a "less is more" like you when it comes to decorating. enjoy your time with your kids home for vacation. I know this teacher is looking forward to being home with her girls! XO

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  15. I'm glad I'm not alone. I had the desire to clean it all up this last week but only threw away some greens that were dying. I love the New Year and the cleaning and organizing that goes with it. Beautiful family pic! Merry Christmas!

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  16. Continued blessings throughout the holiday season and into the new year.
    You've made 2012 so much better for me. Cheers!

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  17. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year. We're gonna see Les MIs on Christmas Day also. I'm so looking forward to it. Love your card you "woulda" sent out if you could of. Merry Christmas.

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  18. love the little ornaments - they look like firecrackers! so festive. and your internet card totally works. you cutie peeps you. love ya sweet lady! have a wonderfully sweet Christmas. xoxo.

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  19. Your house is so beautiful! So peaceful... :)
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Les Mis!! That is a dream of mine. :)

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    1. By the way, I'm a goober. I realized at some point that you probably meant the new movie! I got excited for a minute thinking they brought back the stage production (which we should have seen when we lived in Princeton years and years ago!!). I hope you enjoy all of your vacation!! :)

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  20. It's funny how many of us feel the need to change and rearrange <3 There's just something revitalizing about it!!! I love your little twig tree arrangement and was looking at the toothpick ball thinking, man I bet I could make that with a styrofoam ball and toothpicks, thinking that you totally bought it!!!!! Then I read on :) lol

    Your house looks so peaceful, calm and non-chaotic!!!! I soak in the simplicity and elegance of your spaces in every shot that you take!!

    I saw Les Mis in New York when I was in high school - the movie looks to be incredible!!! Praying that you have a very blessed and very merry Christmas!!

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  21. Everything looks so pretty! Love your new little diy decoration. It would be perfect for New Years Eve, too! I can't relate to wanting to take stuff down right now but we don't decorate the day after Thanksgiving like most do. We keep Nov. for fall and slowly put stuff out in December since Advent is the "waiting" for Christmas, like the 4000 years they had to wait for Jesus. Our house is looking nice and festive now with Christmas only a few days away but our tree isn't decorated yet! That comes tomorrow morning with donuts to go along with it.

    I can relate to the clutter part though. I hate clutter and piles and am always trying to get rid of them. And I can relate to having children leaving trails of stuff behind. I have 5 little ones so toys get strung out to say the least.

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  22. I am so glad that I am in such good company and that the affliction I have developed has a name! I sat on the couch last night, alone, looking at the tree and wondering how soon after Christmas I could put it all away without the family revolting. Everything feels closed in for some odd reason this year. Your cards would have been lovely and your home is beautiful and warm. Have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings to your family.

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  23. Wow- i need to do that too! it has been a drop and run back out kinda month! i do not comment ever, but love your talent and energy! thanks for secretly making my days better!

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  24. Your home looks beautiful! I love your Christmas tree garland..did you make it?

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    1. Thanks girl.. yes I did and I sold them in my shop until they sold out. I'll be back next Autumn with more though! :)

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  25. Sasha, love the way you create peace and rest in your spaces ~ simply divine and beautiful, soulful if that makes any sense. Wishing you and your family a joyful, peaceful and loving Christmas holiday ~ May you feel God's presence in the stillness of each day...Looking forward to all the wonderful creating you are going to do in 2013! <3

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