I Love the Lord
LOL well good luck Cindy
This is her 1st Thanksgiving w/o her dh. Very sad time for her, I'm sure.I think I'm going to take my BFF to cracker barrel, buy a pie and ask for 2 plates to share it in the dining room sometime before Thanksgiving. We've been friends for 50 years and she's a recent widow.
Sounds so LOVELY!!I've been meaning to get in on this thread and thank Janice for starting it. This thread is VERY inspirational. I love reading all your posts, because it's like a nice holiday visit and cup of coffee with each of you. Even the ones who haven't started yet. It's nice to hear how you are all celebrating the Lord's birth.
I started with some winter sort of decor just before we left in early October. So the basics are already there.
My apartment is dark brown wood floors and cabinets, brown granite countertops, white tile backsplash in the kitchen, off white walls, carpet, couches and chairs and dark wood furniture. So it's all chocolate brown, off white or white and brushed steel-- the style is IKEA modern minimalist. I have white cotton slipcovers that I launder once a season with G's help.
I put red pears around the white LED candle in the glass bowl on the coffee table, and 2 red toss cushion covers on the toss cushions and a red throw on the footstool. There is a beaded red cushion on the white chair in the corner, and a red tablecloth. 2 red silk floral arrangements on either side of the couch, with a bowl of red roses between the 2 white tub chairs at the end.
In the kitchen I wear a red apron, and I have a gigantic shiny red platter behind the stove leaning up on the wall. There is a red silk orchid arrangement that makes the dark cabinetry just glow. The rest of the year it's a creamy white one.
In the guest bath I have a red spice scented candle, red towels and a couple of black and white pictures up with some red accents in them.
I have a set of 3 Red LED flicker candles in glass stands that sits on one end of the white hallway bookshelves.
The red warms it all up, because my minimalist modern can be a little stark and chilly in the winter.
That is all season from Nov 11 thru to the middle of February (day after Valentines it ALL comes down, I'm sick of red by then, and I want lemon yellow and white silk florals to welcome the early February light coming back)
This next is more or less me writing out my to do list here for all to see. It's my extra Christmas prep.
These are only up from late November to early January. This is what I NEED to get to before Dec 1 hits. Actually maybe before this Sunday because Sunday dinner is at our place this weekend, and son and dil had their outside coloured lights up when we were there for dinner last night. HMMMM
I add a thin white pencil tree with white lights and put silver and red ornaments on it. George puts that on a timer, because it adds a lot of extra light which is very welcome at this time of year. I like it from early to late morning, and early afternoon till after bedtime.
A pedestal filled with a big silk Poinsettia goes by the dining room door to the deck. It's sort of like a big fake planter. I'm thinking of winding some little white fairy lights into it.
On the dining table is a red shiny glass bowl for fruit, with a big cream LED wax flicker candle in the middle. Anyone wondering where the Japanese oranges are for Christmas this year? I haven't seen any boxes yet and I usually have that bowl filled with them.
A single stalk red silk Amaryllis goes into one of the vases that sits by the TV permanently, and a white Amaryllis in a red shiny Christmasy glass ball base by George's dark brown leather comfy chair (one of those Poang things) and another red Amaryllis that looks like it's actually planted from a bulb in a black ceramic planter that sits on the white bookshelves in the hallway along with those red LED flicker candles.
A Fisher Price Nativity set that the granddaughters love to play with, along with a beautiful one that comes in a little paper book that opens up to a 3 D diorama and a lovely Russian Nativity scene that is painted on wood in enamel work. Hard to describe but those 3 Nativity scenes are essential.
When I get this done, I'll report back in.
We need pictures. Anyone know how to post pics?That's so sweet Cindy
Well I've started...I have BEGUN work on my front door wreath which is actually 3 small vertical wreaths that connect with ribbon. I got my forms Sat and have them connected with fishing line & spaced proportionately but that is all. I'm a little conflicted if I want to do the usual live greenery or artificial. The live stuff always starts turning brown for Christmas and it is completely dead by Jan 1st which is when I take decorations down