In the daytime.
And at night.
As soon as I saw the cheap-looking white spray-painted wire trees at my local second-hand store, I knew they had to be mine. They were $2.50 each, and they had so much potential. They came in three different sizes, which meant no matter how I clustered them they would look good. Plus they were pre-strung with little white lights. Any decoration lit from within makes a striking focal point at night, and any decoration that I don’t have to string myself is a good thing.
Adding the first layer of twigs.
I had a spiral of twigs in my stash, so I got to work wrapping the trees in the woody loveliness. The whole scene fills up the window seat in my living room. I like it because it will stay up as long as the snow stays on the ground, unlike the holiday decorations, which always come down too fast for me.
The whole vignette.
All lit up. I used the extra cedar trimmings to decorate the mantle.
I went to buy a wreath for my mantle and discovered that, at $65, wreaths were not in my holiday budget. My neighbors have a row of cedars along our shared fence and their branches hang into my yard. See where I’m going with this? I spent 20 nippy minutes clipping the branches, then ran down to Creative Habitat for a metal wreath frame. Five dollars and a few hours playing with florist wire later, and I had a beautiful holiday mantle.
The wreath before I dolled it up with lights.
Clipped berries and wreath frame, waiting to pair up with the cedar to become my holiday centerpiece.
My mom and I are hard at work redoing my daughter’s room. We’ve used mostly recycled or thrift store items for the makeover. Recovering this Papasan chair I found at Restore in Burlington for just $20 is the project I’m most proud of. I splurged on the fabric, so the total project cost was $60. Sure beats the $150 dish chair we were considering purchasing from Pottery Barn. Look for other projects then the final “reveal” of my daughter’s room in upcoming posts.