So, I’ve really really been wanting to start decorating our home for Christmas, but have had a few obstacles….
1) My SUV is in the shop
2) Because my SUV is in the shop, we are left with Aaron’s sexy yet very un-SUVish sports car, which pretty much makes hauling a Christmas tree home anytime soon out of the question.
3) On days Aaron works and I am home, I have NO car. It has been this way for almost a month now, and my saving graces have been that A) we were traveling half of November anyway, and B) Amazon Fresh delivers all my groceries (I could write many a blog entry on my love affair with this genius shopping system – I am an addict).
So this morning, after reading Accuweather.com’s 25-day forecast (yes, the “accuracy” of any 25-day forecast is highly debatable, but we’ll leave that for another day…) – I was delighted to see 4 (FOUR!) days of SNOW on the horizon. Once it was clear that snow AND Christmas were officially on their way, I felt I could hold off on this home decorating no longer.
Normally, I would beeline it to Target for my decorating needs, and maybe Pier 1 Imports or a bit of Pottery Barn for good measure. But today, carless and on a mission, I limited myself to a 4-block, within-walking-distance shopping radius, which included this fine retailer:
and this one:
Sure, there are some upscale boutiques in my neighborhood with fabulous candles, ornaments, table runners and more – but I thought limiting myself to Safeway and Bartell’s and seeing what I could come up with would make for a much more interesting story.
Between these 2 stores, I ended up purchasing just 5 items that I can use to decorate most of the main rooms in my house: dry, whole cranberries, in-the-shell mixed nuts, cinnamon candles, one fresh poinsettia, and a stunner of a Nutcracker that I scored on sale at Bartell’s for $9.99. Sure, I still have more decorating I will want to do once I have a car and a tree, but considering my limited resources today, I don’t think this was a half-bad way to kick things off.
I gathered some glass vases and jars, candle holders and basic white tea lights and candles that I already had at home, and used the nuts and berries to add some festive texture and color, creating several attractive centerpieces and accents.
Exhibit A (dining room hutch):
Exhibit B (coffee table):
Exhibit C (bathroom):
Exhibit D (bathroom):
Exhibit E (dining room table):
Here’s my new nutcracker hanging out with one of my creations. Isn’t he cute?
And a poinsettia for the porch:
Nutcracker – $9.99 at Bartell’s
Cinnamon candles – between $4 and $5 each at Bartell’s
Cranberries – $3.49 a bag at Safeway
Mixed nuts – $7.99 a bag at Safeway
Large wrapped poinsettia – $13.99 at Safeway
I must say, I like my decorations even more than my neighbor’s:
And it looks like he dropped some dough on his.