We haven’t bought a tree for the last few years, mostly because we will travel for the actual Christmas holiday. But the one part about a proper tree that I missed was the lights. There’s nothing like that soft glow of white lights around a tree.
So I bought a strand on a whim the other day, not really knowing where I’d put them. After a few other failed ideas, I started draping them around the massive snake plant that usually lives in the corner of the living room. And guess what? I love it!
I also put out a few other seasonal pieces on the mantle, a variation on what I did last year. The holly sprig and red berries were from out in the yard, and the only thing I bought new is the little grey sweater-covered tree shape, which was under $5 at Target.
I crafted up those white hanging shapes this afternoon based on this tutorial. Although I bought some metal eyelets to connect each end, it proved nearly impossible without the special tools. So I used double-sided tape to attach the ends of each strip of paper. And they’re just hung on a piece of thread that’s taped to the back of the mirror.
I like that they’re light and airy. They add some extra interest to the mirror without being too in-yo-face. It would also be cool to hang these in a spot where they could spin around. I couldn’t think of a good spot, but maybe next year.
It feels like Christmas is still really far away. For some reason I’m more excited about it this year. I think I’m just really looking forward to some time off of work, and a trip up to see the fam. And oh yeah, I’m turing THIRTY this month. Oye…