It's that time of year again -- time to dig out the mostly gaudy Christmas decorations that I keep buying at 90% off after the holidays. I do have a few tasteful items. Every year I have visions of a peaceful, tasteful winter display, but I always end up overwhelmed and overstimulated.
I blogged about the Christmas explosion three years ago here: http://sherriequilt.blogspot.com/2010/12/tis-season-to-be-gaudy.html
And yet, I keep buying more stuff every time I give stuff away! I just bought these birds and berries on Saturday -- because they were 70% off. I went to Michael's JUST to buy holiday paper and ended up spending $138 on a bunch of stuff. The kid with his mom in line behind me yelled, "Wow, she's spending a hundred thirty eight dollars!" In my defense, I returned half of it the next day when I came to my senses.
So, most of the old stuff stays in bins, but I do use my homemade pillow covers and table toppers.
This 15-foot-long snake of a garland must be 15 years old. We hung it every year in Illinois around a huge mirror over the fireplace. We don't have a fireplace here, so I think I'll hang it on the front porch.
Above is an example of how I try to keep it simple and natural (even though that's a fake tree). Below is how it gets out of control.
Then my Quilting Arts came in the mail and I took a little break before tackling the forest of trees that I cluster around the house with little white lights. I do like that part.
It took fortitude to fluff out all those trees and replace burned out light strings (how does that happen when they're in storage?), so I powered on through the afternoon with Jimi Hendrix and coffee.
This is the sleigh that I put on the front porch as a decoration. My husband came home and yelled, "You have a package." He presented it to me because he truly thought it had been delivered to us, bless his non-decorating soul. I have to clean up the contents because when you're standing at the door looking down it's a mess:
Speaking of taking down decorations, my STITCH art quilt group started the day taking down our library display. Two of the husbands helped and all 50-some pieces came down in 15 minutes! Thanks, guys.
Have a colorful day!