Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Preparations

 Our tree

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....

1 comment:

  1. haha I went around last week taking pics of decorations for my blog - I haven't gotten around to putting them up yet - looks like we had a lot of the same ideas!