Minimal decorating for Christmas was on tap for 2017. I planned to do a tree and nothing more. Let's face it, getting the tree from the basement is a pretty big deal. Getting ornaments from the third floor is another big deal and requires more than one trip as did the tree itself. So that's what I did.
Since I put the tree up before Thanksgiving, I had ample time to get re-energized. Before I realized it I was thinking about what I could do to the mantel in the dining room. I started pulling out more things tucked in that over sized closet on the third floor.
I ripped these beautiful poinsettias from a $5 wreath I bought at St. Vincent de Paul. Can't beat the price. You can't really tell here, but the ribbon is gold with the perfect shade of pink....a Hobby Lobby find this year at 50% off.
OK, good enough. I'm finished.
Then I knew I needed to add a couple touches around the kitchen to balance things out.
I got the bright idea to do something I have been wanting to do for a few years.
here is the process in a separate post.
Getting this done created some momentum and rather than slam on the brakes abruptly, I thought it best to do a little something to the mantel in the foyer as a way of slowing down gradually.
I usually do a little something outside but I was beginning to run out of steam.
But then I needed to pull some color around the corner so I added a wreath to the side door. Remember that wreath I abused by pulling off the pink poinsettias? It didn't sell at my last garage sale even though it was priced at $1. So, I pulled it back into use and doctored it up for the door.
There are so many opportunities to decorate the exterior of the house and I do have some ideas. There are still 15 days until Christmas but I better devote some time to shopping and wrapping real gifts.
Maybe next year I'll start a little earlier.