Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year’s Tree

I was going through albums looking for pictures for my Family Flashback post on our family’s blog and found this…

new year tree

When we celebrated Y2K New Year for the year 2000 (after all it could have been the very last time we ever had a normal holiday again… LOL) my mom and younger sister decorated their Christmas tree with New Year’s decorations: colored balls, clocks, party hats, noisemakers… They even made a matching tree skirt out of felt!

I’ve always wanted to do this but I take down our Christmas decorations before New Year’s so that they are put away for my middle son’s birthday on the 3rd.

Maybe I’ll do it after he moves out??? ;o)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa Skirt

I actually planned to make this skirt way back in August. Plenty of time to have it ready for our big Christmas Kick-Off open house! In reality I got it done at 11:25pm the night before the shindig…

skirt 01

But I got it done all by myself, thanks to some great FB chat instructions from my sister, and it looks great as long as you don’t look too closely! ;o)

skirt 02

Don’t look too close, remember? LOL

Luckily the print is just so darn cute that no one would notice all the flaws anyhow…

skirt 03

Aren’t those Santa’s adorable???

Although the skirt was done, there was still one hitch. Nothing to wear with it! I had searched all summer and fall for the perfect red sweater to no avail. I had become so desperate I had even decided I would settle on a red turtleneck if it was the right shade of red… Nothing! In a last ditch attempt, I made a stop at the Goodwill the day before the party. They there were, TWO sweaters in just the right shade of red and in my size! And all for under $10!!!

I already have my Santa skirt schedule all figured out: next appearance, Family Christmas on Saturday!

skirt 04

In the meantime, maybe I should just leave it hanging by the wet bar in the family room??? It matches the rest of the d├ęcor perfectly! ;o)