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This past weekend we went hunting for our Christmas tree. We were out for a Noble Fir, which I thought would make my Rockefeller Center-like tree easier to make. But, we also wanted a tall tree for our 9ft ceilings, and unfortunately we couldn’t find a Noble Fir that was tall enough! Instead we went with a beautiful Blue Spruce that was just at 9ft tall.

You aren’t a true Northwesterner if you don’t own a Subaru Forester

Once home, we cut off about 6 inches, and now that it’s in the tree stand, it barely fits under the ceiling. 🙂 perfect, although now we can’t fit the tree topper on. 🙂

Then, I began my mission. First I wrapped the trunk top to bottom and then bottom to top. After that I started wrapping the tree as densely as I could, for a total of 16 strands on the tree. It didn’t look like the Rockefeller Center tree, unfortunately, but at that point I realized I would need significantly more lights to make an impact, and it wasn’t something I was really prepared to spend more money on. Maybe next year I can add to my lights collection!

Kitty helped put up the lights.

the final product, 16 strands later!

also note my little turquoise tree on the left 🙂

Here are some other decorations around the house:

I love my stairway banister

oh, there’s more. another mini tree, a wreath, and a pink poinsettia 🙂

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It’s been a while since I wrote about my upholstery project. To refresh everyone, I’m taking a class called “Recover your chair” at Pacific Fabrics. It’s a 4 class series, and each class is 3 hours long. During the first class we ripped out all the staples holding the old fabric down, and took measurements for the new fabric. The next week we didn’t have class due to a scheduling overlap with another class, and then the next week class was canceled due to the snowstorm! I decided on a fabric – the blue/green low-pile velvet, and I’m excited to start cutting the fabric and really tackling the project!

Last weekend I learned from Johnny’s dad that the chair was last recovered by his mom (Johnny’s grandma). How cool! She did a great job, too, I thought it was done by a pro! Hopefully mine will look just as good. The chair is quite old – from what I’ve heard, the chair, ottoman and couch were given to Johnny’s paternal grandparents when they were young as hand-me-downs. I’ll try to find out more.

Here are some pictures from this week’s class:

getting ready to make the first cut!

Here is the progress I made last night:

yay for getting the hard stuff done first!

and here’s a close-up:

oooohhh, ahhhhh!

Nothing is secured down yet, which is why it all looks a little wonky. And I have some trimming to do where the fabric gets in the way of the arms of the chair. Next week! The instructor predicted that next week I would get the arms and the back done. WOO! Photos to come.
Stay tuned – tomorrow we are going to pick up our Christmas tree, and I have a vision of ours looking like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree:

preview of what our tree will look like 😉

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oooo, boy, I am neglecting the blog again! oops!

I’ve been soooo looking forward to the holidays this year! Last year we moved into the house a few days into December, and put up some lights on the porch, found a Christmas tree, and called it good. So this year is kind of like our first real Christmas in the house.

We Seattle-ites had a crazy snowstorm last week, and I managed to get two days off work because of it, giving me a very extended Thanksgiving holiday!

I decided that because of the snow, and the fact that I was stuck at home since Johnny took my AWD Subaru to work, I’d get out the Christmas decorations! This year, I decorated my white tree in gold and pink (last year was gold and green).

I also spray-painted a cute little tree I picked up at Target a fun turquoise, and decorated another mini tree in all green.

Now we just have one more tree to get…a real one for the living room! I think it will look fantastic in the bay window!

And you know what else I want? an old tinsel tree. I’d loooooove one of those!

I also made a wreath, but am afraid to put a hole in our pristine new drywall, so it’s leaning against the wall on a table for now. 🙂

Once the single-digit weather subsided, it was easy enough to go out in the rain to hang lights on the exterior of the house. This year we splurged on brand new all-white LED lights so the look will be uniform and energy efficient. We also got little clips so that they will hopefully hang in a straight line on the edge of the porch roof. Next year we’d like to purchase a harness so we can hang lights on the very peak of the roof, so this year we’re limited to decorating just the porch and lower level. Which really suits us, anyways, since we’ve dedicated most of our time, money and energy to remodeling the downstairs. With a nonfunctioning bathroom and drafty rooms, we’ve treated the upstairs like it doesn’t exist (except for working on projects and as storage and my craft room!)

Anyways, in the spirit of decorating the front porch, we even bought outdoor light fixtures (ours are all capped off with metal plates) and red light blubs! Can’t wait to install them all!

Once we finish getting the lights up, I’ll take some photos.

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