So, this is the first year that we were really gung-ho about getting Christmas decor up in the house. Maybe we were both trying to distract ourselves from our recent super-big purchase of a Tempur-pedic mattress (to the tune of 3 THOUSAND bucks - hello, ulcer!). In about one hour flat we had our pre-lit tree up and decorated with aqua, red, and brown ornaments I scored at Hobby Lobby for a few bucks a package. Seriously, is there anything better than Hobby Lobby's 50% off sales? No, there isn't. Throw in the fact that my mom scored us our $300 tree for around $40 from JCPenney's clearance sale last January, and this is going to be a pretty frugal xmas decorating extravaganza. Here are the highlights:
Behold the beauty of our tree. Please. I must toot my own horn on this one, I did good. It also looks amazing from the outside, I'm so happy with how it turned out. I was lucky enough to find that ivory polka-dotted tree skirt at TJ Maxx for $25. I really hate cheesy tree skirts, this one is cheese-free, froufrou-free, and perfect.
I feel guilty that the only action this piano gets is being used as a surface for decor...I really need to get it tuned. Is that pic too dark to see? Here, let me turn the light on to better appreciate the 'hurricane of doodads':
I know I said I don't like this kind of stuff, but I guess I make an exception for Christmas time. Sue me. With that in mind, please say hello to the prettiest little sparkly trees I've ever seen:
It's like they were made for my front hall, at least that is what I tell myself. I also have more sparkly ridiculousness on our mantle, but Shaun wants me to wait on taking a picture until we get stockings (yeah, I'm shocked he even cares)...so it must be a serious relationship if we are getting stockings together, right? Not serious because we're engaged, but because he wants stockings. Yeeeeaaaaaah.