I've decided it's finally time to decorate for Christmas.
Christmas is only 2 weeks away. Yikes!
Are you ready? I am not.
I did finally get my mantel and china hutch decorated this weekend. But I've only take photos of my mantel. And it was this morning before I left for work. So the light wasn't the greatest. But hey, it's done. Yipee!
I decided to go with a neutral color scheme this year. As much as I love traditional Christmas colors, I think I love neutral colors even more.
My theme this year is snowflakes and silver trees. I only had to purchase a few things this year. And not because I needed them, but because I wanted them. Heaven knows, I don't need another Christmas item. But I'm a Christmas junkie. So I just keep on buying.
The giant snowflakes are a new purchase this year. Found them at Hobby Lobby at 50% off. I have been so happy to finally have a Hobby Lobby in California. And one that is only 20 minutes from my house. Hubby, he is not too happy. But I am. The glittery snowflake on the pickle jar is also new this year. It was an ornament from Target.
I'm still in love with my chenille snowflake. I purchased a couple of them online a few years back. I'm now wishing I had purchased about 10 of them.
The silver mercury glass tree on the right was a new purchase from Kohl's. I stood in line for 2 hours on Black Friday to purchase it. That and quite a few other items. I told you that shopping for Christmas decor is a sickness I have. I'm willing to wait in line for 2 hours and something I don't even need. Tell me that I'm not the only one with this sickness. PLEASE!
I love my snowflake lights. I've had them for almost 20 years. And they are still going strong. Well, they are now after hubby fixed them. I had them all arranged, plugged them in and..... nothing. They wouldn't work! UGH! But lucky for me, I have a handy, dandy hubby who can fix almost anything.
I had planned on making a fabulous banner for my mantel this year. I have the same plan every year. And every year, it never gets done. Being a procrastinator and a lazy one at that sure puts a cramp in my plans. But I did have this JOY banner in my stash. I'm happy with it. At least for now.
The larger mercury glass votive candle holders came from Target a few years ago. The smaller two in front I found at a fabulous store in Temecula called the Western Eagle Bargain Store. I love that store. You never know what treasures you will find there. And for cheap! My kind of store.
I can't remember where I got the tree on the right as I've had it so long. But the tree on the left came from Dollar Tree about 2-4 years ago. It was a disco mirror tree. Much to bright for my taste. So I used some watered down brown craft paint on it & wiped it off. Made it look more like mercury glass. Much better.
I put some Epsom salt in a couple of large pickle jars (the kind you get at Costco or Sam's Club). Placed a battery operated candle inside. Tied some jute twine at the top to hold my new glittery snowflake ornament from Target. I love it!
I love real candles more than battery operated ones. But I've almost burnt my house down a couple of times using real candles. So fake it is!
I'm so glad that mercury glass is still in fashion. Can you ever have too much mercury glass?
Well, I hope that you have enjoyed this years Christmas mantel. Hopefully I'll get photos of my china hutch soon. The lighting in my family room isn't the best. I might have to wait until the weekend when I will be home during daylight hours.
I'm hoping to get my Christmas tree decorated by this weekend as well. I just need someone to help me take down 6 boxes that are in the way up in my attic. Hopefully this year, I'll actually get it done. Last year was the first time in my 50 something years that I didn't have a Christmas tree.
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