Life is hectic. My little shop is keeping me super busy. And when I do take a moment to just sort of breathe, I prefer to do it next to my Mr.Wonderful. Between the cold ( they started to salt the roads today!) and baking ( had to do a test run, a new cookie going with us to San Diego) I managed to make our little den festive, and a nice place to hang out.
I purchased the wreath on Etsy, from this seller here, and I am super-duper in love with it!
I have been on the hunt for vintage ornaments for a while now, and have somehow managed to get a pretty big bag full of them, so I will be all set for next year!
I want traditional/kitschy decor in the den ( pictured above) and brighter colors in the main livingroom or what will be the collection room ( work in progress ).
And now, our 2011 tree.
( lost source.. sorry!)
This tree was my inspiration. But since it was not in my budget to go all out, I used what I already had, and just purchased a few more things. Maybe someday, my tree will look just as nice! I took pictures from begining to end, but will only post a few, just so you get the idea of where I strted, and where I ended up.
New additions where those big candy canes, and swirly ornaments ( Target ), glitter snowflakes ( WalMart ) glittery picks, like for wreaths and such ( JoAnn's ) and finally some lime green and turquoise glass ornaments, that I kept on the upper part of the tree, away from the 6 kids ( Michaels ). The only thing I purchased at full price ( which was less the 3.00) where the WalMart snowflakes, everything else was at 60% - 75% off , which was the best part of all.
I have been looking into foam props to add to the tree for next year, but they are crazy expensive, so I will have to make my own. I want some gift boxes, and maybe some gingerbread men. well, I have another 10 months to work on that. For now, this is our very first official Christmas tree, in our very own house ( with a red glittery tree skirt, and a huge train underneath it --- have not taken another picture), and I think I did not do such a bad job of it.
Now, I have to go back to work, so ttyl ( with a picture of my sewing room tree.. eek!)