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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #45 on: June 10, 2020, 09:02:40 pm »
More than 2 months later, I finally put up the serger and serged the first two pair of pants. I'm so happy! 2 ready for the sewing machine parts: hems and waistbands.
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #46 on: June 12, 2020, 11:24:36 pm »
I did up 4 more pair of pants today. I'm happy.  Yesterday I made 2 pillowcases and have already gifted them to my physical therapist for his son and daughter.
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2020, 08:00:16 am »
You are very industrious! I wish I wasn't so lazy myself. I'm happy if I remember to buy replacement lightbulbs for my decorations each year.
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #48 on: June 13, 2020, 10:32:38 am »
A couple of days ago, Apartment Therapy sent out a survey asking about Christmas 2020 and our plans for it. I filled it out, and I expressed my desire to do my usual wonderful and passionate celebrations (decorations, dinners, get-togethers, gifts, etc.). I adore the last three months of the year. I love putting up Autumn and Thanksgiving and Christmas decor (not all at once, of course). i love browsing all kinds of websites looking at their decorations. I love participating in my town's decorating and fun events. It gives me over-the-top feelings that I love, even though I rein it in around others who are not that interested, and it really sets the tone for the entire year for me.

Obviously, AT editors are seeking opinions about how people feel and will adjust their articles to that end. I really hope they go forward with it even if we are still on lockdown or some form of it. I wouldn't like the celebrations and all they include to be cut back though I certainly would understand if it were necessary for public health and safety. It's hard enough to modify lifestyles for months on end; I sincerely hope that virtual participation is not affected.
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #49 on: June 16, 2020, 04:59:38 am »
You are very industrious! I wish I wasn't so lazy myself. I'm happy if I remember to buy replacement lightbulbs for my decorations each year.

*Ahem*, some of us may have bought the replament bulbs, and are too lazy to have got around to fitting them. :-[ :-[  [My excuse is that things get put away, and we've moved onto Summer Chores.]

Amara, your decorating sounds lovely, and I would imagine if the world is still in even a very mild form of lockdown, the decorations will bring more joy than usual.  You do realise that now we know you go to efforts, some of us will be hinting about photos, don't you? ;) ;D
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2020, 10:08:28 am »
I do, Mariam, and if all is well or at least pretty well, you can count on photos if you want them. (I also post to the usual Show Us Your Christmas Tree discussion over at Houzz that will be in its third year this year. People post photos of all their decorations and it can run extremely long.)

Whatever happens with the virus and the precautions I do plan to decorate and enjoy. I even bought a couple of items after the holidays to add to this year's decor.
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« Reply #51 on: June 16, 2020, 11:41:08 am »
I do, Mariam, and if all is well or at least pretty well, you can count on photos if you want them. (I also post to the usual Show Us Your Christmas Tree discussion over at Houzz that will be in its third year this year. People post photos of all their decorations and it can run extremely long.)

Whatever happens with the virus and the precautions I do plan to decorate and enjoy. I even bought a couple of items after the holidays to add to this year's decor.

After-holiday-sales are my main source of new decorations these days [or ones I pick up at the equivalent of yard sales].

I look forward to a lovely summer, and then seeing pics of your autumnal decorations, Thanksgiving [intrigued by those; we don't have it, and I've never thought to look], and of course "the most wonderful time of the year". ;D
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #52 on: June 25, 2020, 11:13:32 pm »
I love Thanksgiving and I give it my full attention. (You could always bring it to the UK, you know, but not with pilgrims unless you want.)

: )

Here is my schedule: Around the end of September or beginning of October I lay out my Autumn decorations. For some reason, I gravitate toward pumpkins, both real and faux (metal, glass, burlap, etc.). I have them in colors I love but not usually orange. I also buy from Trader Joe's those pumpkins on a stick, which are not pumpkins but decorative eggplants, and dried seeds and grasses and wheat, and putka pods.

I loathe Halloween but I do have a mini set up of two small houses alongside a graveyard, a scene on a kind of pedestal that I painted and decorated along with black cheesecloth, and a brass candlestick I spray painted black, plus several wine bottles (labels soaked off) that I spray painted either matte or shiny black that I stuck half-burned black candles in (and dripped a little red candle wax on the candles and bottles to make them appear blood-spotted).

Come November 1, I remove the Halloween stuff, and add to the pumpkins and dried decor. This year, because my mother died on Memorial Day weekend, I got from her house a small, perhaps 6 inches high, lightweight cardboard stove (from around 1910) with a door that opens to show a turkey in the oven. It's a silly thing, probably from a Hallmark store, but I have liked it for years. This year it will grace my home.

Finally, the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, and having taken down and put away all autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, I will get out all the Christmas stuff and for two days put it up.

It sounds like I have a lot and overdo the house, but I really don't. I am very fussy about having only quality items and just enough so it is, as Goldilocks put it, "not too [much], not too [little], but just right."While I love looking at decorations and blogs and websites and even occasionally on Pinterest and in stores and at thrift stores and so on, I really buy very little because I don't just have to love it, I have to be willing to store it for 10.5 months of the year. The last point keeps me focused and I pass up far, far more than I consider buying.

Pumpkins on a stick: https://www.gardenhoard.com/ornamental-eggplant-pumpkin-on-a-stick-seeds.html
Dried Decor: https://www.drieddecor.com/
Putka pods: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=putka%20pods

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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2020, 09:16:44 am »
I had never heard of putka pods - I learn something new every day.  They do look like teeny-tiny pumpkins!

I love Thanksgiving and I give it my full attention. (You could always bring it to the UK, you know, but not with pilgrims unless you want.)

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It sounds like I have a lot and overdo the house, but I really don't. I am very fussy about having only quality items and just enough so it is, as Goldilocks put it, "not too [much], not too [little], but just right."While I love looking at decorations and blogs and websites and even occasionally on Pinterest and in stores and at thrift stores and so on, I really buy very little because I don't just have to love it, I have to be willing to store it for 10.5 months of the year. The last point keeps me focused and I pass up far, far more than I consider buying.


This is what keeps my Christmas decorations in check!  I nearly got rid of all the cheap/unloved baubles when I packed away this year, but I'd seen "Christmas wreath made of baubles" on Pinterest, and I now have a "project" box.  I also inherited a load of white wire coathangers, so I may well be spending my free moments next Christmas making wreaths.  Once I have one on every door, I suspect it may be time to stop adding to that collection!

For Hallowe'en, I just have whatever pumpkin has been carved [and, more importantly, turned into food], but I did add a black (feels heavy enough for) concrete ghost tealight holder last year.  That, however, stays on the bookshelf because a) I would never be able to find it again, and b) it pleased me to make a little bunch of dead flower stalks (from black bag ties), and that makes me smile.  Oh, and I also have the colour-changing spider [that lives on the bookcase], and my 'everyday' glow-in-the-dark spiders that live by my bed [nightlights are now so bright with LED bulbs, and I like having the completeness taken away from the dark when I sleep].  Not a lot of effort.

I'm looking forward to the pics of your this year's decorations.
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #54 on: July 08, 2020, 02:45:55 pm »
I love Thanksgiving and I give it my full attention. (You could always bring it to the UK, you know, but not with pilgrims unless you want.)

: )

Here is my schedule: Around the end of September or beginning of October I lay out my Autumn decorations. For some reason, I gravitate toward pumpkins, both real and faux (metal, glass, burlap, etc.). I have them in colors I love but not usually orange. I also buy from Trader Joe's those pumpkins on a stick, which are not pumpkins but decorative eggplants, and dried seeds and grasses and wheat, and putka pods.

I loathe Halloween but I do have a mini set up of two small houses alongside a graveyard, a scene on a kind of pedestal that I painted and decorated along with black cheesecloth, and a brass candlestick I spray painted black, plus several wine bottles (labels soaked off) that I spray painted either matte or shiny black that I stuck half-burned black candles in (and dripped a little red candle wax on the candles and bottles to make them appear blood-spotted).

Come November 1, I remove the Halloween stuff, and add to the pumpkins and dried decor. This year, because my mother died on Memorial Day weekend, I got from her house a small, perhaps 6 inches high, lightweight cardboard stove (from around 1910) with a door that opens to show a turkey in the oven. It's a silly thing, probably from a Hallmark store, but I have liked it for years. This year it will grace my home.

Finally, the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, and having taken down and put away all autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, I will get out all the Christmas stuff and for two days put it up.

It sounds like I have a lot and overdo the house, but I really don't. I am very fussy about having only quality items and just enough so it is, as Goldilocks put it, "not too [much], not too [little], but just right."While I love looking at decorations and blogs and websites and even occasionally on Pinterest and in stores and at thrift stores and so on, I really buy very little because I don't just have to love it, I have to be willing to store it for 10.5 months of the year. The last point keeps me focused and I pass up far, far more than I consider buying.

Pumpkins on a stick: https://www.gardenhoard.com/ornamental-eggplant-pumpkin-on-a-stick-seeds.html
Dried Decor: https://www.drieddecor.com/
Putka pods: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=putka%20pods

Amara  - I think you and I follow the same decorating calendar!
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Re: Getting ready for Christmas 2020
« Reply #55 on: July 08, 2020, 05:34:08 pm »
Ooh, lovely, Jawhawk. I'd love to see yours when the time comes up! It will surely be sweeter this year with the virus mess.
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