In the spirit of all the blogs I've been reading about decorating for the holidays, I thought I'd take a few photos of our holiday preparations to share with whoever's reading this blog.....just me? maybe....
here's me, decorating our tree
I snipped a few small branches, these are on the windowsill above my sink
I made this creation for my dining room table centerpiece. (sorry for the poor photo) It's branches some leftover, some got when we got our tree :) in a huge vase with some plastic ornaments in the bottom (with rocks for weight), lights, bows, and some wooden bead garland
More leftover branches in a simple vase in our room
I love garland. There's some on most windows, and archways
Even a small piece leftover from a gift I got gets used on my kitchen window.
An ornament hanging from the center is nice too.
I never throw out garland, it can always be used for something.
Two matching pieces on our dining room windows,
they're so beautifully tall.
A painted wooden bead garland from my childhood
adorns the painting by my great grandmother
Garland on the studio windows-with mandolin ornaments on the corners!
I did this one a little differently and looped it around and around the curtain rod
Poinsettia garland on a framed poster
Garland on the family room window with some lights on it,
and music note ornaments hanging from the swags.
Ornaments aren't just for trees anymore!
I use them everywhere, so nice to hang from garland,
fill a vase with, or scatter around:
The Santa and the Tricycle are both ornaments...
This long ribbon (with Santa print) was also used to wrap a gift I was given.
It's beautiful over this double doorway, with a bow in the center
The door on the left has small plaques that read:
"Joy" and "Believe"
Don't neglect the bathroom-
Bows on the sconces.
I also have a fun toilet seat cover and holiday towels.
I tried out the cookie press I was given for my birthday.
These are molasses spritz cookies,
in the shape of camels.
In the spirit of Hanukkah, I made Latkes for supper last night.
With either applesauce or sour cream, DELICIOUS!
We intend on honoring Hanukkah each year this way.
I used the recipe in the Joy of Cooking.
How are you preparing for the holidays? We're hosting my department party this week, so I have a few more decorations than in past years, but it wasn't that much extra effort, so I intend on continuing this tradition each year. Next, I'll try to take and post photos of the Christmas lights I'm using....