Elizabeth and I shopped for ornaments and extra lights this weekend. We noticed that none of them were on sale.
Isn’t it funny how this is pretty much the ONLY time of year we buy stuff at full price, all the while fully aware that in a week or two it’ll all be 30 – 50% off?
Every year I tell myself I’ll stock up after Christmas but then the holiday feeling disappears as soon as it’s over and I am uninspired.
Although last year I did get some at 90% off because I decided I was going to put up an ornament garland this year.
First the tree. Because we live out in the country, we drive down the street for 5 minutes to a Christmas Tree farm to cut one down ourselves.
Well, not really me. Doug has a bunch of hand saws ready and asked if we wanted one. I just looked at him, “NO, your chain saw will be perfect thanks”, haha.
It was another rainy first weekend of December, just like last year.
William and Markus were not impressed with the rain either. Only William would crack a smile!
Here’s Elizabeth and I (above) in our new Hunter boots.
We always have to go for a ride around the farm with the angels.
But mostly what they care about is the hot chocolate and cookie that comes with the tree.
Bill & Elizabeth
Later, Elizabeth picked up some more (full price I might add) pink and orange ornaments for me when she had to run out to pick up more lights.
Markus immediately wanted to help hang ornaments!
This one is perfect!
Okay, so back to the garland. I was going to do one that looks like this:
But then I knew to get it to look exactly right as this was my first time, I’d have to re-string, takes more time. . . you have to screw hooks into the mantle. . . plus I already have green garland. . . so I did mine like this.
See the empty spot on the first image? First I started with the biggest ball, I just tied it to the green garland. Then take 2 or 3 balls and thread them on an ornament hook, here I just used two because they were the same size, then attach them again on the garland, making sure they are close to the first ball. Then I just added the final green one and two smaller ornaments to create a little cluster.
And I did the same thing going all the way around. So easy, it’s ridiculous. That’s why I felt like I was cheating!
Here it is, in progress. The wine boxes are great for storing ornaments because they have individual sections.
And here’s the final result.
Here’s my mantle from last year.
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