Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas - 2014

"As God is my witness, as God is my witness it's not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never make another ruffled Christmas tree skirt again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never make another ruffled Christmas tree skirt again."

From a little-known film called "Gone With The Drop Cloth" (I kid...I kid...sorta)

I made a drop cloth tree skirt from the instructions from The Pinning Mama  The instructions were great and I liked how it turned out, but be warned - it is a LOT more work than you think.  Thank God the instructions used hot glue - if it had to be sewed, I wouldn't have it finished until next Christmas.

The decorations for this year were natural and neutral.  The "naturals" actually came from 5 boxes of scented, decorative potpourri I bought at HomeGoods over the past few years.  The first thing I did was open it all up and set it to air out on the sun porch for about a month.  I hot glued ribbon to the pieces and that was it.  Ditto the pine cones, which I've collected & either painted or glittered over the past years.  There are some silvery ShinyBrites, and mercury glass hearts.  These came strung on red velvet in a group (HomeGoods again), and I separated them and hung them separately.

The tree topper is a twine ball I made and painted grey and silver - thanks to The Thinking Closet

and the pink ball in the middle of the tree is my favorite childhood ornament - a ShinyBrite that says "Silent Night".  Sometimes, your color scheme takes a back seat to nostalgia  :)

My mantel was inspired by this stunning photo from Restoration House.  The blog seems to be defunct, but I hope somehow she learns how much she inspired me.

I ordered the birch branch from Etsy!  The lovely Christine in Maine cut it to my specifications for an astoundingly small amount of money.  It was worth it to see the look on the face of the guy at the Post Office when I explained it was a tree branch  :D  Please stop by and see what she offers on AdHocStock!

The burlap-wrapped Christmas tree was the ugliest thing on the $3.00 shelf at Target.  I spray painted it as I did my tree and tarted it up with some little baubles.  I love how it turned out.

Merry Christmas!

I'm linking up at:

French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays


  1. lovely rooms. looking at them is inspiring.

  2. I love your simple and neutral decor! So glad that you survived the tree skirt, it looks great under your lovely tree. I have a number of simple little Christmas trees and they are my favorite. Working on my mantel post, so you will have to stop back to see them. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Pam,
    Hello!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouraging words on my hair. I plan on going part time in November so I am looking for way to cut expenses and $125 every 3 months is one things to get rid of!!
    So glad that you stopped by!! I wish we would have had more time to talk when we saw each other. Maybe once I go part time, we could plan another visit?????