It's been a slow start to decorating this year, which certainly wasn't my plan. Fortunately I had some things stashed in the guest room and Rick moved in some I couldn't lift as well then, including my favorite pre-lit tree. It's small and has brightly colored lights that cheered me to no end. It only has a few ornaments because most are downstairs, but it makes me feel very happy. Just turning off the lights and looking at the tree is calming.
I'll show this again when fully decorated but wanted to share the sweet angel at the top of the tree by former blogger and artist Joanne Huffman. It's one of my favorite holiday things. The pom pom garland was sent by the granddaughter of a friend of mine (and my friend, too!) It was a delightful surprise!
I pulled together a couple of holiday vignettes. Right before Thanksgiving I picked up my poinsettia from the symphony's fundraising sale. Add a pretty tray, few fairy lights, some batting for snow and one of the snow people I made a few years ago and it was instant vignette, all with things on hand.
(The snowman DIY is an easy one. Use a bottle or glass bud vase and add some colorful mardi gras beads -- I chose white ones but have done them with pearls and red ones, too. The head is paper clay. Because it is fairly thick, it takes a few days to dry. I left little indentations for peppercorns as eyes and mouth. When dry enough, attach the head with E-6000 or hot glue, paint the nose, glitter the face and set the peppercorns in the indentations for eyes. Then decorate as you like.) There are some other examples on this older post from 2009.
The tray was an old one I had; I added battery lights I already had and fiberfill for snow. I overpaid for the poinsettia because it was a fundraiser but all the other materials were on hand. Later, I went back in and added a red glittery candle (which looks a tad orangey here!) I'll probably swap it out for the silver one when it surfaces!
I put in one of my Vintage by Crystal figures into a lantern with lights and "snow" and it was good to go.
These little figures are so darned cute. I have a few for most holidays and if I had the budget I would buy more!
Last year I made this wee bird-in-a-cage -- another budget project.
The cage was from Michael's dollar department, I had the bottlebrush tree from earlier tree-dying efforts and the bird and moss from my "naturals" bin.
I didn't get our family cards addressed -- that's for this weekend. But I did get a few painted. More to come!
There was so much I was planning to do over the holiday weekend, none of which got done. But it will be fine in the end. I just have to remember not to push too much! I go from alternating hot and cold to walking about to a rest and then starting some of the PT exercises they gave me to do when I was ready (and I am). I have an appointment with the cardiologist and so I think I'm moving forward.
Again, thank you for your patience in my slow visits, lack of comments (my "sit up" in the chair time was quite limited for a bit but getting better) and lack of response. I've been enjoying your holiday posts and so much more.
Watch out, world. I'm on the way back.
(A collection of all Christmas 2020 posts is here, in case you missed something during this busy season!)