Well things have been crazy around here, I’m sure as many of you have encountered. Christmas is now in full swing and I have to say it looks beautiful.
Full swing in here too, spending the lasts two weekends setting up and decorating all things Christmas. I have thoroughly enjoyed decorating our new basement, my living room and railings. I have decided on a theme, since my wonderful girls had such cute, big cheeks I thought next best thing would be to have snow men all over the house!
Over the years I have been collecting snowmen (and snowwomen). I especially love the ones with big cheeks, but at this point I will take anything. I try to group them if I can, trying for groups of three, because odd groupings are more pleasing to the eye.
The railings… a big job! First make sure the lights you are using, work! I have intertwined the light sets into the pine garlands. I try very hard not to let the electrical cord show by every few inches wrapping a pine branch around it. A convenient reason to use fake garlands. If real is what you are looking for, I put real pine boughs sticking in here and there. Not only to make it look more real but also to give it that wonderful evergreen smell. After making sure the lights are in and hidden I start to measure out how I am going to hang the garland. I do this differently every year mostly depending on the kind of time I have to do it. This year I put the garland in curves along the outside of the railing. I counted the number of spindles and placed the hangers to support the garland there. At each hanger I then put the ribbon. This helps to cover the hanger and add colour and decorations to the greenery.
The bows I have made are made from a tulle that I purchased at Walmart (for under $10!) I chose red to go with the décor in my kitchen and dining area. I took pieces of the tulle and tied them together at the back of the material, then fluffed them up to make a bow. I made sure that there were long tails to put along the greenery to add some more colour.
The final decorations are balls of green and red put together on a hook, then placed in random spots along the garland.
I also added a grape vine wreath to a side railing that is the letter of our last name (or the beginning of Simply Chic!) This wreath also has lights built in that run on batteries. Just a bit of whimsy to the décor.
This is our first instalment of our Simply Chic - Christmas decor blog! Stay tuned every week for a new DIY project for the holiday season!
Thanks for letting me show you the simplicity of my life as I turn it into something chic.