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Crunchy Christmas House Tour 2016 – 2017

Oh the inferences I had trying to film this video! I had every intention of filming it way before the holiday was over. But then the kids were home. And then it was overcast. And then winter hit and it was overcast all the time. I picked the whole house up one day and was just about to film and then everybody came home.

Here’s the thing, I’ve got a family and a life. I like to separate them and sometimes they can’t be. So here’s the crunchy Christmas House Tour 2017 with me studdering and stumbling and it’s OK. Find it on You Tube here.

Today I actually removed said crunchy Christmas tree. It put up a fight all the way out the door leaving needles and tree bits all through the house and on to the porch. But I’m OK with the mess and the fight as I know it’s the price I pay for the tree that I want.

I do suggest that you replace the tree lights with another light display for the winter. Drape the lights around a mirror or in some twigs in a pot. Our brains need the light source during these long dark winter days.

I hope you have transitioned your holiday hours into happy enough days until the spring comes. And that the sunlight comes, you bask in it.

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Christmas 2016 is Decorated

When asked why I hadn’t gone to any effort to wear an ugly sweater to our neighbor’s party, I answered, this is not my realm of effort. I use every drop of my holiday creativity to decorate my tree. My tree is for me and it kicks everyone else’s tree’s butt. Plus at my age, you don’t want to waste an opportunity to look good at a party. Please.xmas tree 2016 on shalavee.com

I usually don’t like to start decorating too early, as in right after Thanksgiving. Because, if I only have a month’s worth of joy for holiday decorations, I want to make sure it extends into the New Year a little. So we collected our tree on December 10th. Got to see our friend Sue too.

The tree took three days to decorate. One session to light with nearly a 1000 lights. One to swag and swath in mesh and ribbons. And one day to put the ornaments on. Because that’s how I Christmas tree decorate. Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Although the tree got done, the other places in need of styling remained unsatisfactory. And then my inspiration dried up. I lost my mojo, my creative momentum. Until finally, yesterday, I finished up the job. Sheww. Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

I want to have fun every year decorating. And the fine line is between having it be fun and having it be a chore. Between doing it for me or for a greater audience. I watch myself very carefully and I can say that I did well this year. When I was done, I was done.

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Redecorating Junkie

I feel “off” if I don’t try to redecorate my mantel spaces, bar top, and/or shelves every so often. I’m especially compelled to make a total difference redecorating for Summer and for Winter. It’s a “Thing”. Redecoraing Junkie on Shalavee.comt

This year, I happily entertained the achievement of some of this activity both for Halloween here and now for Fall. So before it gets too late and you need Christmas decorations, I thought I’d show you what my redecorating efforts got me.Redecoraing Junkie on Shalavee.comt

Redecoraing Junkie on Shalavee.com

I was feeling the copper, white, and wood combination. And yes, I have a lot of props to play with. I made the effort over several different days. Because, like writing, sometimes you have to fill the space up with something, even if it’s the wrong something, until you can come back and edit.

Redecoraing Junkie on Shalavee.comt

Redecoraing Junkie on Shalavee.comt

And since it’s all for me, I can allow it to come and play and touch and tweak until I’m happy. Hope everyone has a chance to play this holiday season with something. Whether it’s a tree of wrapping presents or their mantelpiece or cookies, I feel adamant that the spirit of the holiday is about creativity. May you be grabbed by your muse and twirled around the block a couple of times.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

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Halloween Decorations 2016

I almost didn’t do it. I thought about the effort it smacked of and the time it would take to go into the attic and drag everything out and down. And then I thought about how happy their little faces would be seeing Halloween explode in the house miraculously. And so I decorated! No plan, never enough time to make it “perfect” but still I did it. It’s the right thing to do.Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Halloween decorations 2016 on Shalavee.com

Fiona was thrilled. She ran around saying the word “cute” a lot in that affected girl way we apparently do when we’re shopping. They fought over the squeaky rat, they bickered about which plastic pumpkin they would trick or treat with, and Fiona helped me install the bat sheet which I find sorta zen.

Here’s the video walk through I made so you can see the house as it is all together.

 

And check Fiona in costume for my Halloween post on October 31. She was very cute, of course.

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Christmas Floral Designs in 2015

The beginning of the Holiday season was rather busy. I was offered an opportunity to flex my floral design wings this year and I took it. A chance to make multiple Christmas floral design pieces and decorate a Christmas tree for a house on a charity house tour. I was asked to do it so I couldn’t say no. Starting in November. I designed and shopped for every room specifically according to the dimensions of the space. I designed with silk florals, feathers, twigs, and ribbons, as well as respruced a few things my client had. front hall piece on Shalavee.com

I took two tours of the house to see what my friend needed. And there was something to be designed for almost every room. 15 pieces plus a tree. I was extraordinarily nervous. Could I design the right stuff to fit each space and would it be funky/uptown enough for my client?

front doorh wreath on Shalavee.com

mantel on Shalavee.com

Her house is very beautiful and neutral and although technically I was doing Christmas floral design, she really wanted more of a winter inspired theme than Christmas.

bedroom wreath on Shalavee.com

bathroom tall cotton piece on Shalavee.com

bedroom piece on Shalavee.com

bathroon cotton piece on Shalavee.com

The tree was a collaborative effort when the client sent me a picture of what she’d seen and wanted. A very Southern sumptuous tree inspired by birds, feathers, sparkling balls, magnolia blooms, and cotton ball sprigs. The ribbon technique was also new for me and I loved it so much I used it on my tree.Southern style tree on Shalavee.com

Southern style tree closeup on Shalavee.com

Southern style tree topper on Shalavee.com

Other than the tree, my favorites pieces were the front door wreath and these little trees.

bedroom Christmas tree on Shalavee.com

bathroom Christmas tree on Shalavee.com

These were the little angels she’d already placed in the bathroom when I showed up with this little tree which worked really well with them.

bookshelf pieces on Shalavee.comAlthough the homeowner ended up not using these pieces on either side of the mantle, I was mostly pleased with their scale and design. She felt the red in them felt too Christmassy. And maybe red flocked manzilla branches are too funky for anyone but me.

bookshelf pieces on Shalavee.com

reindeer on a tray on Shalavee.com

The tour was a smashing success. The tree was a collaborative effort and was the fave of the tour. People begged to have their picture taken next to the tree. I was finally able to grab some pictures of my work today and wanted to finally show everything off “in situ”. All the designs are silks except the fresh garland door wreath and the magnolia leaves used here and there.bannister swag on Shalavee.com

Gladly, now that this is complete, I can move on to finishing my house which has been decorated in fits and spurts due to child-free time and the flu. It will all happen eventually I’m sure. Five days and counting.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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