Well, I misted it and misted it, and it looked (and smelled) great for about three days, but unfortunately the fresh-cut garland I created doesn’t look like much like this anymore:
It was fun for a minute though, and since I had never experimented with live greenery like that before, I really enjoyed getting a feel for it. (Mom- I thought about you the whole time I was wiring it all together! XO) I think it would be great for a special occasion or family dinner, but I’ll probably just stick with “fauxliage” from now on. 😀
I created the white garland out of crochet thread, a piece of faux wool (Jo-Anns) and some small paper doilies from Michaels.
I used a tiny glass to trace circles on the back side of the wool fabric, and then glued them (wrong sides together) around the crochet thread. Same thing with the doilies- I glued two of them together around the thread as well. I used a piece of super-thin floral wire to tie it onto the greenery:
I decorated the mantel with some things I had around the house: books (one wrapped, one not wrapped because I love the title!), a black & white photo of a farm, and numbers that symbolize our Sweet P’s birthday. November 23rd! 🙂
The boxwood wreath is still hanging in there. I’ve been misting it with water every day. I used a Command hook (thanks, Neighbor Suzanne!) to hang it from the window my great-grandpa salvaged many, many years ago.
I had the spool of the red ribbon, but the sides of it were wired, and I wanted my wreath bow to lay more loosely. What to do? Just cut the wire off each side of it and let the edges fray naturally, of course!
I was craving a simple tree this year. Little white lights, $20 worth of cotton stems from the curbside market, and a paper ‘Merry Christmas’ banner from Southern Homes & Gardens– that was all this tree told me it “needed”. 🙂
I used a couple of larger doilies and some natural elements on the wrapped packages, and I pulled in my picnic basket, one of my locker baskets, and my winter scarf to snazz up the poinsettias on the fireplace hearth.
(PS- not to fear, fellow cat lovers- after several days of close monitoring (and putting them out of reach at night), we’ve noticed that Kit-Cat isn’t interested in checking out the poinsettias at all.)
It’s been fun decking the “halls” this year, but all I really want for Christmas is an invitation to meet our sonny boy.
Our adoption agency (Lifeline) has scheduled a phone call with us (and several other couples adopting from the same orphanage) tomorrow (Monday) afternoon to talk about how to prepare for our socialization trip. I’m pretty excited to even be *talking* about traveling at this point, so needless to say, I’ll be on the edge of my seat, watching for my phone to light up “Lifeline” this week! 🙂