Hello World! It’s Christmastime and I’m really in the holiday spirit! Today I wanted to share with you pictures of our Christmas Tree, a few decorations, and a fun day of crafting I enjoyed with my BFF, Blythe.
I take decorating my tree VERY seriously. It has to be really gorgeous and over the top. Last year, I decided to add in a new color to the usual red, lime green, silver, and gold scheme I had going on, which was turquoise. But this year I was kind of over it and wanted something more cozy and traditional. I knew I wanted to incorporate burlap into the tree since it’s all the rage right now, but I still wanted to be able to use all my sparkly ornaments and such. I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, but I’m thrilled with the result. I call it – “country glam”, haha.
So here’s what I did this year. First step, have your husband fix the 500 burned out lights in the tree, haha. Then, put in your mesh. I used 3 different ones intermingled throughout.
Next, add assorted ribbon. I used several including a chevron, along with glittered netting.
Here is the tree with just the mesh and ribbons. Riker is adding the first ornament. I’m sure I said this last year, but I consider it a success when the tree is already filled up before you put on any ornaments!
Now let’s talk about that bow. I first made this one (also pictured above) but it just seemed off somehow. I’m sure I’ll use these somewhere else, so no worries!
Instead, I just used the thick burlap ribbon to make a big bow that went more with the look I was trying to achieve.
Time for ornaments. I still love my official White House ornaments and am sad this will be the first year without a new one as these were gifts from my former boss. I suppose I could fork out the cash and start funding the collection myself (Christmas present hint to any family reading this!).
A couple afterthought additions were sparkly mirrored garland I used to put on the mantle when I had a mantle, and some holly berries. I also added little branches and random things I used to stick out of the top of the tree before I became a minimalist. The least minimal minimalist of all time, that is.
And then I thought to myself, “Wow, my son sure does have a lot of train tracks. Wouldn’t it be fun for us to put them around the tree? So we did. And here is the finished product!
Here are a few decorations around the house.
Craft Day! Blythe had a great idea of getting our boys together to play while we did some Christmas crafting. It was such a success we are going to do it every year! She helped Riker and I make this cute and sentimental painting of his hand prints, now hanging in the living room!
The boys wore themselves out and then got really serious about The Polar Express.
We’ve got swag. Christmas swags for our front doors. Blythe found the idea online and I had to get in on the action with my own.
Hers is giant. As long as the door and gorgeous. This is just the top!
I also made her some new bows for her Christmas tree while providing a Kristen tutorial for her future bows.
When I got home, I amazingly decided to do one more craft. I’d been wanting to put something together for Advent, but I don’t have any kind of little cabinet or anything to open with 24 doors. So I wrapped small toys (books, stretchy frogs, bouncy balls, stickers, etc) with a bible verse in each. I used toilet paper rolls wrapped in tissue paper and quilting squares for most of them, and tied them up with pretty ribbon. Riker has been loving it! He is at a great age for it so we’re really trying to give him a magical Christmas. We’ve also been doing The Elf on the Shelf, which has been a trip. I’ll be sure to share some of those pics later!
And this was my little…helper?
Are you having a magical Christmas so far this year? Do tell!
Do you do an Advent calendar? What do you use?