Good morning, readers! I hope everyone is having a good week and feeling some holiday spirit. With the 24 hour Christmas music stations, the decorations, and the amount of traffic that is accumulating near the mall, I would say the season is in full swing!
This year, the hubs and I are trying to take it down a notch in certain areas of the holidays, and in life, and trying to keep things simple. But what the heck does that mean? We thought about it and came up with one conclusion: simplicity is all relative. What’s simple for us is not going to be simple for someone else – and vice versa. Our definition of simplicity for our life, loosely defined, goes something like this: Make the best with what you’ve got, do what you can in the time you can get it done in, and remember what takes priority in the grand scheme of things.
So, while in some regards, nothing is too simple around here (um, we scheduled a kitchen renovation that began the first week of December), we are also trying to make easy and uncomplicated decisions for the rest of our lives. Our indoor holiday decorating consisted of some garland, some ornaments and our Nativity set. Oh, and some pillowcases that I made with leftover fabric as seen here.
In the midst of the simplicity, we are trying to refrain from buying things we don’t need, although we may want them. Because more “things” coming into the house can sometimes detract from simplicity. Case in point, these amazingly beautiful White Tortoise Hurricanes from Serena & Lily. (Buy a product of theirs one time, get a catalog sent to you forever.) And while they are stunning, I couldn’t bust out $38 (small) and $58 (large) respectively for cylinder hurricanes, especially when I had two glass cylinder vases hanging around the house as it was.
So in the midst of the little bit of Christmas decorating that we did, I stuck with the idea of working with what we’ve got. I thought the plain vases, combined with some fun vellum paper might give me a similar affect for much less in price. It’s translucent and this particular pattern, found at a Michael’s outing for about $1.99 each. It has a nice birch tree feel, which seemed wintery and seasonal to me.
I did a little trimming with a small pair of scissors while the paper was still on there. That might have been TOO simple however, because it took a lot to make it clean looking. Here’s a shot of it, in progress: And then I popped in a battery-operated candle for some soft, flickering light:
Not a bad DIY holiday project and it definitely was simple to complete.