Christmas Decorating

Since it is my first year as a full fledged adult, you know, making your own dentist appointments, having your own car insurance under your name, owning a home, having insane amounts of bills. You know, adulting.

Anyway…since it is my first year as a full fledged adult I wanted to decorate and organize my Christmas decorations precisely how I want it rather than getting ornaments I kinda like and will donate later.

We went out to buy a tree. But I refused to pay $80 for a 6 foot tree. So Robert found out that Lowes had trees for $43. So much better. And it fit in the car!

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We wanted a tall (6 feet) and fairly thin. We got it in the car no problem.

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I think it fits perfectly in the condo.

My grandmother has a tradition of putting up her Christmas Village every year the day after Thanksgiving. I decided I wanted a Christmas Village of my own but I didn’t have room for such large houses. So I found a fairly mini village.

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We also had cocoa during decorating.

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Robert had to make strings for our bulbs that didn’t already have string (we have regular string now but didn’t at the time). But the cat though differently.

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I love my stocking (Robert’s is on the way.) And the beautiful flowers in the tree.

And everything together!

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We also did gingerbread houses!

And our completed houses! Mine left, Robert’s right

I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for joining me on a Christmas decorations tour!

DIY Christmas Decoration Bows Fail

Not all of my projects turn out…

This was one of them. Normally we all post our success projects but I am not perfect so I wanted to post my projects that don’t work out as well. And what I lwarned from them.

I wanted to make these beautiful bows that Victoria Elizabeth Barnes made in her Christmas Bows decorating post.

Aren’t they pretty?! – Totally check out her blog if you love Craigslist finds like I do.

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So, I tried my own DIY…

First I wanted to use a shiny material that would stand out. But there were 2 problems. Shiny = slippery. Which means my cutting lines weren’t straight. And second, I didn’t have a lot of extra fabric.

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Which means the material is useless. Luckily it was only about $15 for the material.

So I tried to use another material and that turned out a lot better. Except…

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It didn’t turn out well since the material didn’t stand up well. 😦

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It looks nothing like Victoria’s bows. I feel like she used a more stiff material than I did.

Oh well, not everything I make can turn out well.

What I learned: It’s ok not to have ever turn out the way I want. There’s something to be said about pressing seams. You always need more fabric than you think. Planning (as I did) is useful. And even with the most careful planning, things don’t always come out the way you want.

Bonus picture: My cat loves sitting on my clothes or anything on the bed. She doesn’t do it with papers on the floor or boxes. Only fabric on the bed.

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DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

It is now Christmas decoration, song, and present season in stores. Since this is the first year I will be having Christmas in my own home I really wanted to make it beautiful and classy.

I am going to get a real tree as my first Christmas tree as a full-fledged adult. But I needed a tree skirt (and about a million other pretty Christmas decorations). I was looking at all the different tree skirts and I didn’t like too many of them. Lots of them had ruffles or linen fabric which I didn’t like.

But I found this one which I thought was pretty. It was $29.99.

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However it was that weird linen blend. I was also on a sewing kick so I decided I wanted to make my own tree skirt.

I still had just enough fabric from reupholstering my dining chairs:

So I decided to make one. A quick trip to JoAnn’s and I found some pretty fabric for the other side so it could be reversible and some cording for the edge. Everything including the remnant from the dining chairs (besides labor) was about $25. But I got exactly what I wanted.

You would think it would be easy to make a circle. It is and isn’t I did the whole string and pen trick which made it a whole lot easier. Then I cut out the rest of the fabric. I made the skirt as large as my remnant from the dining chairs would let me. I don’t know what the traditional size is but I think it is roughly the same.

Then I ironed the edges under so they would be easier to sew and there wouldn’t be any weird puckers.

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Then I pinned some of the cording on to see how it would look and I also cut the opening using a small salad plate to get an accurate circle.

I sew them together and I just love how pretty this seam looked after I ironed it down.

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After sewing everything up I made little tie closures and sewed them on so they wouldn’t show the edge. I could have sewn them inside the fabric but I had already sewn up the openings.

 

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And here is the finished product!

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And, it is, of course, reversible!

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I am super proud of myself. I feel very accomplished.

I think I am still on the sewing kick and I am going to make pillow bows, a stocking for Maia, and a table runner.

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