Each year I try to post a preview of my Christmas decorations before the rush of the holiday season begins- and then a full followup and a few tutorials during the relative quiet season of the weeks following the new year.
While I’m still working on a few new decorating projects for Christmas 2014, here’s a sneak peek of what’s up so far:
One “trick” to using old or vintage elements outdoors (and not having to trash them at the end of the season!) is to spend a bit of time investing/restoring your items before you put them away for the season. For example, after 2 or 4 months outdoors, my vintage sleds get the wood oiled and waxed and the runners oiled before being stored high and dry for the summer, the saddle gets a scrub annually and, once dry, sprayed with olive oil to condition the leather and prevent cracking, the leather ice skates get oiled and then polished, etc. A few minutes restoring what the sun and weather does to your decorations can mean they’ll last for years longer. (Personally, I avoid preservatives like lacquer or polyurethane)
I will confess to not changing my tree up much from year to year. I love my handmade decorations and am usually so short of time by the time the tree goes up that remaking decorations seems like a fantasy at best!
Just noticed my tree topper star is completely askew!
And an obligatory horse photo! We had an early snow this year – Nov 16 – and I couldn’t resist a quick shot of this boy in the snow.