Oct 21, 2014

LSU Christmas Tree


There is so much more going on behind the scenes of what I am going to show you today.  I have finished decorating every tree in the house (seven + a modern one), hung up almost all of the art work (thanks to hubby's help), and laid out the villages (thanks to Brooke for doing the one on the bar!).  However, there are things I need to finish like snow for the villages, rework the garland so it stays together when I pack it up after Christmas, make a decision on what I want to put on the coffee table,  switch out the wreath for the picture of Santa, etc.  Follow me?  :)

Here are the steps I go through to decorate the LSU Christmas tree.  This tree has lots of ornaments of all different sizes and almost all of them are breakable.  The first thing I do is lay them out on the pool table in like groups.  This makes it so much easier to "grab n' hang".



The first thing that goes on the tree is the topper, which in this case, is the helment.  The helment is very heavy so I use the branches to balance it so it stays put.
Next I hang the ornaments that go on the inside of the tree so it has some color and depth when you look into the tree.  The Jester goes up next.  Followed by the special ornaments, etc.  The last thing I add is the filler that goes on the top of the tree and throughout the tree.
Here's a photo of the finished tree.  It took me about three hours to fluff and decorate it.  I did it while I was watching the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers game.  Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled with the outcome of the game.  The Texans lost 30-23.
I know some people say I am crazy.  I like to say that I am crazy for Christmas!

Hope you have a great day!!!

Take care,

Debbie

Oct 20, 2014

Thank Goodness for Monday!!!


Yes, you read that right.  I am so glad it is Monday.  We were so busy over the weekend that I am happy to be at work so I can sit down and rest.  :)   Seriously!!!

I have been wanting to change our TV programming provider for some time now and the hubs finally agreed so they were in our home all day on Saturday changing out the equipment until around 8 p.m. that evening.

Something you may not know about the hubs is that he is not very comfortable with change when it comes to our electronics (Bose system, programming said remote control, etc.) because he does not know how to program it.  I completely forgot about this until we were in the final stretch.  The minute I saw the "glazed look" in his eyes I thought to myself "I didn't think this one through".  Especially when there is an LSU game on, right?  :)  The programming was on in time for the game, no problem there.  However, the picture was not clear.  At all.  He questioned why and was told we did not request HD channels.  Slight misunderstanding but all was corrected so he could watch the game in HD.  The only problem we ended up with was the Bose remote control was not operating the TV like it was before.  This meant the remote that goes with the new system was not infrared and did not work through the closed door.  :)  I mean we can't have an open door, right?  Lucky for us we are blessed to have our son-in-law Justin do these things for us.  Yesterday we celebrated his birthday at Benihana's and had cake at Brooke and Brad's.  He was kind enough to come over afterwards and reprogrammed the Bose remote control and set things back the way they were.....so all is good now!  

In spite of our busy schedules this weekend I was able to get most all of my decorating done.  All I have left is the LSU tree and to "redo" the garland on the mantel.  Last year when I remade the garland I did not secure the ribbon on well enough so when we packed it, it did not stay in place.  My bad.  :(

We did manage to switch out the art work so that is all done.  Thanks to the hubs for that one.  Funny story.  We were changing out the art work over the master bed and heard a crashing sound.  We weren't sure what it was....it didn't sound like something had broke.  We walked through the house several times trying to see what it was....couldn't find anything.  (I am thinking gremlins, right?  I am also thinking that I'm glad I am not alone.)  Right before I went to bed I figured out what it was....the metal topper that goes on top of my candle.  It doesn't fit well so it just rests on top of the candle.  I was relieved to finally know what had made the noise.  :)

I hope you had a good weekend....

Take care,

Debbie







Oct 18, 2014

While I'm Waiting


I was listening to Pandora and I heard the song "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller.  It is from the movie "Fireproof" (great movie if you haven't seen it yet).  Wow,  the words are so powerful.  I absolutely love it.  


I'm waiting, I'm waiting on You Lord
And I am hopeful, I'm waiting on You Lord
Though it is painful, but patiently I will wait


And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience


While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race even while I wait


I'm waiting, I'm waiting on You Lord
And I am peaceful, I'm waiting on You Lord
Though it's not easy no, but faithfully I will wait
Yes, I will wait


And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience


While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race even while I wait


I will move ahead bold and confident
I'll be taking every step in obedience, yeah


While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint


And I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting

I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You Lord

I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting


Here's John singing the song for you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


I hope you have a wonderful day today and every day!

Take care,

Debbie

Oct 17, 2014

Decorating my Disney Tree

 I made new ornaments this year for the Disney tree.  They were so fast and easy.  What took the longest was waiting for the glue gun to get hot.  :)  All you need is a glue gun (preferably a low temp so you don't burn your fingers), red ornaments and a feather boa.  It only takes about 1 1/2 inches of the fur to gather around the top.  Warning!  You will have feathers/fur flying around for a while!  Sometimes they even get up your nose!!!
 The first thing I do when decorating a tree is fluff out all of the branches even when I really don't want to.  Yes, even Ms. Christmas gets tired of "fluffing"!  :)  Then I lay out all of the ornaments so I can see what I have to work with like I don't already know, right.  This way I am sure to place my favorites "front and center".

Here's my "fluffed up" tree with the red sequined ribbon running through it.  The silver Mickey Mouse was a magnet for my car.  The sticky strips that hold him to the car came off so I cleaned it up and hung it on my tree.  Can't waste a perfectly good Mickey Mouse!!!

I finished decorating this tree last Monday evening but I forgot to get an after photo.  I will have them for you next week.  Last night I put up the new tree in our master bedroom.  I am so pleased with it.  I can't wait to show it to you.

Hope you have a great weekend doing the things you love with the people you love!!!

Take care,

Debbie

Oct 16, 2014

Christmas Tree Design Ideas



I recently stopped in at Arcadia Floral and Home Decor to see their beautifully decorated Christmas trees.  They carry everything in the store that you see on their trees.

Get ready to be inspired!!!



I fell in love with this display.  It is huge!!

Beautiful wall tree
The "sweets treat" tree is very popular this year.  Last year I bought Ms. P several "sweet treat" items for her bedroom at Hobby Lobby.


College themed tree

Mardi Gras themed tree
The masks on these trees are beautiful.


Upside down fruit tree
I hope to one day find an upside down Christmas tree that does not "break the bank"!
I think they are so cool looking.

Have you decided what themes you are going to use as your inspiration for your home this year?

If all goes well I hope to get the rest of our Christmas decorating done this weekend.  Now this does not mean I will not be "tweaking" or making some changes later on.  After all, a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!  Right?  :)

Take care,

Debbie