Thursday, November 7, 2013

Confessions of a Lemonade Makin' Mama

Nothing truly deep or profound... just the stuff that's on my mind today...

I confess.. I think the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons should officially and guiltless-ly be merged into one delightful season of twinkly lights, falling leaves and Christmas carols, pumpkin pie and pilgrims, yada, yada, yada.  That way those of us who still very much enjoy Thanksgiving and the harvest season but also want to hang our vintage ornament wrapped canvases in the guest bedroom and hang vintage ornaments on the spray painted birch twig also residing in there, will just relax and do it without feeling some sort of weird holiday separation anxiety, because four weeks isn't long enough for us to enjoy those pretties.  (My man says I over think things, and just do it because aren't we thankful for Christmas, for goodness sake? Not his exact words.  But close.)

And because we're talking about Christmas anyway....

I confess... that I bought a fake Christmas tree. I did!  I am totally over-thinking this, because I keep telling Adrain that perhaps it will somehow warp our children after a few glorious years of tromping around the day after Thanksgiving, hunting for the perfect tree, making memories, singing Christmas carols all the way home and decking the halls while eating cookie dough and holding hands.  (If you got that last part, I officially love you.)  I mean suddenly we go from that holiday scene to, "Hey kids let's get the narrow cardboard box out of the garage and.... er... kind of fluff the fake pine boughs."  I mean, very exciting stuff, no?  (And yes we did have a fake tree for years and years.  I'm just saying.  Cause it kind of feels like we are robbing them of potential memories.)

I confess... that I also bought a pine-scented candle at Target. I think that might have been over-thinking it a little bit too.

I over-think a lot of things...

I think about that sometimes.

I think in order to complete the Christmas tree confession, I have to tell you the reason I switched from glorious fresh-scented pine to boxy pine.  Spiders.  We've had crazy mild weather over the past year and that meant that last year it didn't get cold enough to kill all the critters.  We chopped down a lovely little tree and it was infested.  There were spiders crawling all over my walls, the ceiling, my ornaments.  It was awful and it put me flat over the edge.  Funny how the charm of a "real tree" just plumb wore off with that experience. Ha!  I found myself the cutest narrow 6 foot pencil tree, perfectly sized for our tiny little house.  It's pre-lit and cost me under $50.  (Which will save money in the long run now that we aren't plunking down $30-40 a year on a real tree.) I did a dance of joy and there will be no spiders.  There you have it.

My deepest, darkest confession yet.

I confess... I cut eight inches off the back of my hair.  And I love it.  I can't seem to take a photo that shows it very well.  It's angled a bit so it's shorter in the back.  I'm still learning how to style my natural curls but it's a fun cut.  We're calling this "Stage two" of Operation grow out my grays and stop the coloring process.  It's gonna get worse before it gets better, but a cute cut along the way can't hurt. 

I confess... The thing I have looked forward to for weeks is almost here.  I am leaving tomorrow.  Leaving the country.  Heading for the Hills.  High-tailing it out of here.  Jumping the border.  I've got to get my suitcase packed as soon as I'm done typing this up.  I'm giddy.  Can you tell from this post just how much I need to get away from it all?  (There should probably be a rule like, "Do not post after working non-stop for two months and hours before leaving the country with a pack of girlfriends.")
There I did it.

I hung the canvas.  I stopped typing, hung it up, took a photo, plunked it into this post and there it is.  I talked myself into it.  Now I shall enjoy it for eight weeks. (The pillow was from Target today... when I should have been getting mayo and gluten free chicken nuggets so my man didn't have to cook while I am away, but got side tracked because I knew this pillow would look adorable with my wrapped canvas that I really wanted to hang up.) (I was right.  It DID look adorable.) (I didn't put any ornaments on the tree.) (I do have a little self-restraint) (But not much.)

(Canvas can be purchased here.. also available as a photo print.)


And now I'm off to pack!!!  I'll see you Canadians tomorrow!


22 comments:

  1. Glad to hear another gal going gray naturally :) I have not colored my hair since I got pregnant with my little girl...she is now 6.5. and i have about 12 or so gray hairs. and one in my eyebrow I refuse to pluck!

    Have fun and be safe while you are gone! EXCITING TIMES!

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  2. After reading your post about letting your hair grow out, I have decided that it's time for me to do that as well. I have been coloring my hair (or my hairdresser has) for longer than I can remember. I'm embarrassed to say what I spend on a color and cut every five weeks. It's not the gray that bothers me, it's the growing out process that I don't look forward to, and having "roots." I love what the pillow and canvas did for you room. It looks so happy! Have a fun trip!

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  3. Me and my girl are swooning over that last picture Sasha! That canvas looks FABULOUS in that spot -- and the color of the pillow? Perfect. I would've forgotten chicken nuggets and mayo too! LOL

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  4. I'm ready to turn on the Christmas music. In fact, I told my kids during lunch that it was a good time to start listening. They just sort of looked at me funny. ha! We have used a fake tree for 7 years. Our first year of marriage we had a real tree and it fell over and soaked the gifts. That wasn't the reason for the switch but to save money. This year we might have to replace it but more than got our money out of it. The lights aren't all working and we had a half lit tree last year after trying and trying to fix the lights. It would cost more the restring it since we got such a good deal on the tree at the time. Where did you get your tree for $50? I like that price!

    The canvas looks amazing! and I love your spray painted branches all lit up. It sounds like we have the same hair cut. It's a good cut for curly hair. I love it. I only have a few greys popping up but after your grey post decided to TRY to embrace it. Probably easier than the growing out process in the future that way.

    Have a fun trip!

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  5. I have asthma and am very allergic to real Christmas trees. Nothing wrong with getting the fake one. So many people don't have a choice due to their health. You may be keeping your children from getting sick! Have fun with the girls.
    Brenda

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  6. I used to feel the same way about real trees. But I have decided that they are overrated! First of all, we are saving trees by not cutting them down to keep in our home for a few weeks. (Am I sounding at all convincing?) Secondly (and more truthfully) no cleaning up needles! Artificial trees are much more realistic now than they used to be. Enjoy your getaway! I have missed your posts this week!

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  7. your hair look so lovely! enjoy your trip. oh what fun! can't wait to hear about it. xoxo!

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  8. you look gorgeous here!!! and I need some of your holiday-ness...not feeling it yet. have a fun weekend!!!

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  9. Spiders, in my opinion, are a fabulous reason to ditch the real tree. Same thing happened to my sister-in-law in SC. I'm not willing to chance it. I'm still freaked out from a video I saw on fb of massive spiders underneath a toilet seat at a public bathroom. I don't know how I am going to live out my remaining days by only going to the bathroom at home but I'm going to try. Shudder!

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  10. Your photo canvas is stunning and the snowflake pillow is adorable! Just the right pop of color. (Although, then I guess aqua isn't *totally* dead to you, right?) :)

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  11. You make me wanna get ready for Christmas!!! And that's saying something, because I'm not even quite ready for Thanksgiving!!! The vintage ornament print looks PERFECT there and that pillow is equally as PERFECT!! You've got such a knack for making things beautiful sister!!! Have a safe and wonderfully awesome trip!!! I will miss you when you're gone (great! now I'm singing the "cup song"!!) Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!!!!!

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  12. have fun friend!!!!! love your hair as always. with that cute face you just can't go wrong;) and once you go fake you can't go back. especially if it's prelit. hello easy button! love you. oh and the spiders may have done me in. I might have had to burn the whole place down. just sayin'.

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  13. When I read this post about Christmas and Thanksgiving I laughed because I'm in the same dilema. I want to put all my decorations up and enjoy them longer and still enjoy Thanksgiving but feel guilty if I do! LOL So I think I'm just going to do it and be happy with it! I keep telling myself there are no specific rules and I just need to go with what makes me happy! Have a great time this weekend!!

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  14. Ha! I can relate to the spiders because I cut alot of fresh greenery every year. One year I left it up in my breakfast room for a week past Christmas and went in there one day and there were cob webs everywhere!! :O I couldn't see the actual spiders but just their homes. ;) Have fun on your trip!! :)

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  15. I've never, in my 29 years, had a real Christmas tree! I keep telling my husband that this may have to be the year we try a real one, but now you've got me thinking spiders...we have enough of those around here as it is! As a Canadian just across the border I wish you a happy weekend away (I hope you don't have too much rain while you're here! OH and I just ordered your Christmas Cheer print, Yipeeeee!!!!!! I've wanted it for so long and decided to finally treat myself! :)

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  17. We always start listening to Christmas music Nov 1st. and I decorate in Nov. too! I want the Christmas season to last as long as possible.

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  18. Your guest room looks so fun and happy. And I think the spiders would have sent me over the edge, too. Have a blast on your trip!!

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  19. ok...I am now addicted to your Christmas ornament canvas....it's going on my list....I just love it over the bed..such a pretty focal point. And I too stopped coloring my hair last year..and it has been VERY painful...and I am finding out just how gray I am! Hubby went gray when he was 25 so he thinks's it nothing..I get no sympathy from him!

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  20. You are precious. That's all.

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  21. Hang the ornaments, they are going to look great on the tree. We have had to replace the yearly fresh tree with an artificial tree. We are all allergic to the fresh ones. We would struggle through it, but a few years ago it was so bad and we were so miserable that I put my foot down and bought an artificial one. What we do instead is go to the Christmas Tree Farm close to our house and take the ride and sit by the bonfire and drink hot chocolate and buy a wreath for our front door. Some years we don't buy a wreath (if there isn't one pretty enough), The farmer is okay with that too.
    I did find some ornaments this year that you hang on your artificial tree that smell just like douglas fir. I found them at Michael's. So maybe that will give us the effect without the allergies or spiders. Yay for fir tree smell!!

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  22. Fun stuff! I wish you wouldn't have said the spider thing. We chunked our fake tree last year because the branches were starting to fall off and the lights were going out on the pre-lit tree. It gave me tree stress. When I chunked the tree, I asked my husband if we could plan on going to the tree farm this year. We both thought it sounded like a good idea. My oldest, however, is not as fond of the idea because of bugs. I'm taking my chances. :) I hope you had fun on your trip. I'm trying not to be jealous. I need a trip in a BAD way. My husband was gone for ten days on a hunting trip. I don't know how single parents do it. They will have big time jewels in their crowns...I mean HUGE!

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