I had to post a quick new picture of the outside lights that we had insalled on New Years Day. Good thing we have our own electricians ( my brother Ben and his friend Nathan ). They have installed can lights throughout the house and will be replacing the electrical panel in the garage in a few weeks . We couldn’t be happier with the new house lights……it looks amazingly different.
I was pretty excited that this year I would have room for a new, bigger tree. As much as I love the smell and look of a real tree, I don’t feel safe putting my huge collection of ornaments on dying branches. And it takes forever to wrap the 3 sizes of lights on every branch……not to mention how quickly all that heat dries out a real tree. We found just the right size silk tree for our house at Target. After a few hours of adding red cranberry and bubble lights, I layered in garlands and spinners. The best thing about a fake tree is that I can manipulate the branches to hold every ornament right where I want it. I have been collection blown glass ornaments for almost 20 years now……I always pick one up on a vacations, and my friends and family give them to me every Christmas. As with every Christmas tree, mine is a huge scrapbook of my life.
- As I am packing away all the holiday decor , I thought I’d post a few time-lapse pictures of what it takes to install the big wreath. I comb antique stores and eBay all year-long collecting the vintage Polish ornament). I have a strict rule that I will only pay a few dollars each one ( sadly, I accidentally break a few every year ) . I hook each one individually onto a chicken wire frame . The whole install process takes a few hours….and almost the same amount of time to take it all down .