Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Trimmings

Well, thank goodness I got a head start on my Christmas decorating, because I still "ain't" finished! Of course it may have something to do with the fact that after I got all the ornaments on my tree I had stroke and decided to completely un-decorate it and start over.

Here we are decorating the tree the first time. Yes, those are reindeer antlers on my head. Gimme a break, it's Christmas!

So why did I un-decorate my tree? Maybe I shouldn't say this without showing you a picture, but I decided to forgo the traditional Christmas colors in lieu of neutrals.
"Neutrals?!" you ask.

Yes, neutrals. I can't help it. I'm in love with white and all of his cousins. : )

So now instead of the usual suspects, red and green, my tree is covered in silver snowflakes, various white ornaments, a few magnolias, some brown and silver balls (Did she say brown??) , and my personal favorite, sewing pattern flowers. Yeah, I made the flowers. Wanna see?

I'm pleased with my new tree, but I couldn't bear to pack up all my other treasured ornaments. So, I had to come up with a new way to display them.

It's kinda hard to see them in this picture, but my increasing collection of "fancy" glass ornaments went here.

And all the ornaments I've collected from family vacations found a home together on a wreath. (Sorry, but my picture of this wasn't blog worthy.)

I've also been working on a few Christmas crafts. Neutral, of course.

First is my paper wreath made from pages cut from an old Reader's Digest condensed book. The cute Christmas Fairy is an image from the Graphics Fairy.
And here's a cute way to improve a dollar store find. I bought these ornament frames at Dollar General for, you guessed it, $1.

Brassy bad.

But white? White good!

A little painting. A little antiquing. A Christmas phrase (printed on Christmas music)...

And Voila! The perfect addition to my tree!

Merry Christmas!