I know so many of you have a different philosophy on decorating than I do.
My philosophy = see how little I can spend….( of course, it would be easiest to just spend zero and don’t decorate at all, but there’s no challenge in that!)
Not that there is anything wrong with spending money to make your house beautiful and inviting….me, I just get the heeby jeebies when I think about spending money on things that once I’m gone, have no value….it’s just the way I roll. So my little tour will highlight some of the fun, interesting and creative things I’ve done around our home for the holidays!
First of all, welcome to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
That is directly north of FARGO, North Dakota. yup, THAT Fargo.
That’s lookin outside my dining room window, and no, I’m not going outside to get a shot of the house from there….this obligatory front door shot from inside the house will have to do ’cause I’m not going out in the minus-something-freezing cold tonight!
I highlighted this beady wreath in last year’s tour….I was even more excited to see a similar one at the Craft Store this week for $24.99. I paid a buck for the beady stuff at a yard sale last year and just wrapped it into a wreath-sort-of shape. The bow I added this year….it came on a gift I got last year.
From there, I’m highlighting a new little corner that I’ve set up over my buffet….normally the cat eats on there (because the dog eats all her food if I leave it on the floor, that’s why…) but in recognition that my shots would certainly need to be much more staged, I removed it (the cat food… yes we are a long thought away from that already, I know…).
Where was I? oh right…In a previous post about my new mistreatments, I did say that I would get a shot of the dining room all prettied up, so here it is.. (so, the wall color is going to magically become that soft taupe color like you see in the carpet and the bottom of the drapes…mmm that’sa gonna be nice…!)
The sideboard on the right side is adorned with this little Christmassy display
Moving along, I have had this garland (is that what it is called?) for years…I hosted a party-lite party and I think I used up some ridiculous hostess ‘credit’ for like 50 bucks on the thing…it found a home this year over our kitchen chalkboard…
I gone and done did spoil myself this year…..these towels were $6.99 at Home Sense, so I treated myself!
I updated my hallway display this year….
My previously featured Garland:
has been updated with some gold ribbon, and a couple of feathered birds that I thrifted for $2.99 this week:
I picked up this ceramic carolling family at GoodWill for $2.99
And our tree. …
Every year I pull this tree out of the rubbermaid tub and I HATE it. But every year, I tell myself that there is no good reason on earth to go spend money on another one when we ALREADY own one. We start hanging the decorations and the lights and the shiny garland, and bit by bit, OUR tree emerges.
If you squint and turn your head sideways, it does quite nicely!
So, there you have it from WINTERPEG.
If I owned a nicer camera, I would take alot more overall room shots, but I don’t, so this will have to do….
Just a reminder, it’s SO NOT about the gifts, it’s SO NOT about what you spend, it’s about the memories you create and the remembrance of the one who came over 2000 years ago….I’m SO NOT religious, I’m SO NOT into cramming this down anyone’s throat, but I do challenge you to look at the season a little differently this year….
I spent alot of time thinking God wasn’t relevant because RELIGION kept me blinded.
If you don’t believe the documented history of Jesus Christ, is it because RELIGION is in the way?
Don’t let that stop you from exploring a personal relationship with HE WHO CREATED ALL…and that includes you. He made you, and loves you … in fact he loves you too much to leave you where you are today. Don’t let me or anyone else get in the way of exploring what that means.
All righty then….in the interest of keepin’ it real, because that’s what we do around here, I need to get off my computer and get back to real life which looks more like this on a regular basis: