A New Year
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year! As usual, the end of the year was busy for us. I procrastinated on putting up our Christmas decorations, but scheduling a long overdue surgery got me moving. I wanted to get it done for The Kid since I wasn’t sure how soon I’d be up to it after the surgery. (Turns out, it went really well and I probably could have done most of it a week later).
Anyway, I had came across this Christmas tree and really wanted to replicate it.
I went back and forth on whether I could pull it off and finally decided to go for it. I also wanted to replace our fiber optic tree with a white or flocked one. I found one I loved at Home Depot, but the 9′ one was more than I wanted to spend. I got the idea from my parents to build a stand for a 7.5′ tree. This had the added bonus of keeping it high enough that the dogs can’t walk under it and rub the flocking and glitter off. I bought a 24″ butcher block round when I went to buy the tree. I used some waste 2x4s to build a cube, then screwed the table top onto it. The tree stand fit perfectly. It was discussed whether to anchor the tree stand to the base I made, but I decided just to try just sitting it on top. So far, we haven’t had a problem with it moving.
I found the polar bears from the original inspiration tree on Amazon, but, unfortunately, they weren’t cheap. So, I only ordered a set of the 12″ ones. If I ever find the larger ones marked down, I’d love to get them.
I ran several places, but ended up buying all the decorations at Hobby Lobby and our local Design World. It turned out better than I imagined!
I later picked up some sparkly “snow” to fill in under the tree skirt.
The red and white ribbon came from Sam’s Club last year. The black chalkboard ribbon I picked up there this year.
The white snowball deco mesh, large white “bottle brush” ornaments and the red glitter/white fuzzy striped ornaments came from Design World. Everything else, including the picks, came from Hobby Lobby.
One of the reminders of The Reason for the season.
I also decorated the staircase to match. The small ornaments were extra from my backyard decorations. I dug out my collection of stuffed polar bears and placed them around.
For the past 9 years, I’ve taken pictures of The Kid and custom designed our Christmas Card. It didn’t get done this year, but I made a handful of paper cards using my Silhouette Cameo machine. They took almost 4 days to make, but they turned out pretty cute! They can stand up and rock side to side.
And one more picture of a warm rainy night around Christmas. . .
I’m not sure what 2016 has in store, but I guess we’ll see! In the meantime, I want to get some painting done around the house – the bonus (theater) bathroom, the second floor doors and some other random areas. I’m also looking into building a headboard like The Kid’s to sell. If it goes quickly, I may make others to sell as well. I also plan to finally post the final pictures of the theater.