Sunday, 12 December 2010

Decorations by stealth!

My husband doesn't agree with Christmas decorations going up too early, so I am breaking him in gently with these two, and will probably do the rest towards the end of the week. I usually have a table lamp where this pot of twigs is standing, and am hoping the light from these little bulbs will provide the same amount of light. The mantlepiece will have a swag of greenery along it eventually. I used to make all the swags myself from fresh material pushed into pieces of soaked Oasis wrapped in polythene forming a long rope - rather like a string of sausages. It is very time consuming, makes an awful mess and is extremely hard on the hands, so I now use realistic artificial greenery, but there is nothing to beat the real thing. There used to be one for the staircase and one each above the windows at either end of the living room. It was quite a palaver getting them into position and so much easier now.
This is another labour saving device - straight out of it's protective carrier bag. What a cheat I have become!
I am in a frenzy of cleaning - I can't think what has come over me - I must be sickening for something, or maybe just sickening! Just done the oven and I want everywhere clean and tidy for Christmas, after which I shall revert to normal but hopefully find myself in a creative frenzy with time to play for ages with no 'big' housework to do.

9 comments:

Carol Q said...

lovely twig lights Heather - very cosy. I agree that there's nothing like the real thing - especially the smell of Christmas trees but artificial is SO much easier.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Like the twig lights idea Heather - I might try that. I too like to clean everywhere before Christmas and make sure all the table cloths, serviettes etc. are in their rightful places. Ah well, we can't change ournatures, can we?

Gina said...

I've been on a cleany frenzy today too... and now I can barely move, I ache so much! Your twigs with lights look lovely.

Penny said...

Love the twig light, as we will be away over Christmas my decorations this year will be minimal.

Robin Mac said...

Beautiful lights and I love the other ready bought ornament - perhaps we get our priorities right as we get older and forgo the unnecessary hard work? My grandkids decorated the Christmas tree yesterday - they went completely overboard I think, but they loved it and Christmas is for children! Cheers, Robin

DIAN said...

The cleaning frenzy seems to have passed me by. Love the twig lights, I have something like it in my dining room.
Merry Christmas.

Sara Lechner said...

I love your Christmas decoration, spacialy the branch with lamps. here in alicante we don't "feel" Christmas mood and we are going to enjoy the blogs we see on the internet with decorations that look "real" to us.

Maureen said...

Very worrying Heather, all this cleaning!!! love your decorations tho'

Bella said...

I used to get my cleaning-thing on when I was pregnant!

Happy Christmas.