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Rather than re-decorating. . .

and given the need for less change once you have a man in your life,  I had to find smaller creative outlets.  So here are some of the projects The Girl and I embark on when the seasons change (or when I get a bug about something).


Bud Vases

While we are on our clean living program, Champagne Flutes make excellent bud vases.


And yes, I picked out all of the red from the Christmas potpourri.  (I have nothing else to do.).  It's nice to having something to light when it's too cold to open the fireplace flu.

I put all of the red in a zip lock bag until next year.  When these are done for the season, I mix all of the potpourri back together for Christmas and zip it until Christmas.


Indoor Easter Egg Trees

You know those houses you drive by at this time of year with the Easter Egg decorations hanging from the bare branches of a tree in the front yard?

Admit it, you love them.

Grace and I decided we wanted Easter Egg Trees, too.  Problem is, there are so many trees in front of our house you can't see us from the road.

We cut these little bushes before their leaves came out, and stuck them in pretty buckets filled with sand.

Then we got ambitious and attempted to blow out and color our own eggs.  After an entire afternoon, we had two eggs done.  They were not pretty.

Luckily, we found these lovely egg decorations at a craft store.


De Decorating


Depressing.  That's how the house feels when all of the Christmas Decorations get taken down and packed away.  That and the dieting we're going to have to do this Winter to get us back to fighting weight.

I have a plan.  And once I finish the leftover Ragu, I'm going to begin execution

First, the Tree.  It's amazing the care and delicate handling the Tree gets on the way in, versus the heave-ho it gets on the way out. 

But not this year. We left our tree, with the lights on it, outside.  Somehow, having that tree lit up in the back yard is somewhat comforting for the long snowy months ahead.

And the decorations.  I put away all of the red decorations, and left anything wintery, snowy, white and green.  Like eating a chocolate mint outside on a cold day.