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I'm a bit behind, but I thought it was still worth it to post about our little Christmas, and show you how things looked around here for the past month. Besides, I worked so hard to put it all up, that I think it deserves just a little air time. :)

Another reason for a belated Christmas post is- people, THIS is the week to score some seriously discounted decor for next year! work it!  I always buy my new decorations after Christmas (though I did break my own rule and get a few things early this year). Anything that's left over on the shelves at this point is usually 70% off, and that means a lot more change left in my pocket and a lot more stuff up on my walls. I get a nice surprise every November when I take down the boxes from the attic, and discover what I'd bought for this year, last year :)

And now, a few pics around the house-

Our tree :) My family's tradition was to give each of us kids an ornament for something important that happened that year. When I got married, I carried on the tradition. It's neat to unwrap the ornaments one at a time, and remember what that particular one commemorates. This was our ornament for this year, celebrating our Andrew boy! I made extra as gifts for the fam. Glass ball ornaments + baby hand print = priceless! :)

Our mantle got some Christmas cheer as well,

One of the ornaments I've bought when me and my sweetie were dating. He wrote me a song about making castles in the sand :) I love my musician husband <3 good times.

 Our stockings were hung by the fire stairs with care. Since we really can't get to the fireplace (the room stores all our music gear) the stockings go in the living room. I tied each one to the rail with some red ribbon. One for me, Jason, Andrew, and Cooper respectively.

My last bit of decoration to share:

He's gonna kill me when he's 20, but I don't care! :) My poser boy loves to be nakie lol.

Merry Christmas! Hope it was wonderful, and here's to the New Year!

Vinyl Wall Decals for cheap!

Wall art seems to be all the rage these days. I love the crisp look and that it's non-permanent.

Most nice ones are in the $40 range. I love the look, but not the price! So this is my version, which, may I say I think looks just as good, for FREE. :) 
From left to right: Heading South from urbanwalls, Falling Flowers by urbanwalls, and Floral Damask Motif Trio by Savvygalwalldecals.

I love my family. I have a group of frames in our Fire Place Room with each family unit, and I like to update it once a year as our nephews and nieces grow. I liked the idea of doing a modern family "tree", something simple and graphic, but still cute.

  • Painter's Tape
  • Black spray paint
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
Step 1. Lay and Spray. I cut lengths of painter's tape and laid them down onto a sheet of wax paper. This way I could cut out the shapes without messing with the sticky backing. I guessed I'd need about 6 feet of tape, cut in 1 1/2 ft. lengths. It turned out to be plenty.

I sprayed the tape with two coats of black spray paint, the cheap kind. I was worried how the paint would adhere to the tape, or if it would bleed underneath it. But it works just fine, no smudging, bleeding, or peeling off. Yesss.

Step 2. Leaf Me Alone. Next I made a leaf template, totally freehand. If you don't trust your drawing skills or want something more difficult, there are a plethora of things online to print out and use as a template. This works for any image as long as it's no wider than the painter's tape. 

I made some "twigs" by cutting off narrow strips of tape. The trunk was also a freehand endeavor, along the lines of, "I have no idea what I'm doing.... this is going to look like crap...  why did I think I could do this?...wait... wait!... omg, it actually looks ok!" 

I had picked up this "Family" sign from Michael's a while ago for $1. Coat of black spray paint on that, and done :)


Step 3. Peel and Stick. And Peel. And Stick.What followed was lots of peeling and sticking. It was rather tricky to get the wax paper to separate from the tape. It reminded me of trying to find the end of a clear roll of masking tape, and feeling the blood pressure rise accordingly. Grrr. One way I can think to make this step easier is to leave a wax paper "tab" attached to every cut out. But that might be more trouble than it's worth.

I nailed up my "Family" sign, added a green mat to each frame for an extra dose of color, and stood back to survey my work. 

Just in time to add a picture of the latest addition to the tree, our Andrew :)

You can get a better idea of the size of my "tree" in this shot. I'm pretty happy with it, well worth my one dollar spent! 

I've dusted the frames a few times and taken a closer look at how the tape is holding up. So far, so good! I have a feeling it's gonna last and not peel back from the wall. You see, I have unwillingly conducted a sort of personal case study in painter's tape around our house. We have had a strip of it stuck on our vaulted bathroom ceiling for the past two years. No one wants to go get a ladder to remove it, and it drives me crazy every time I visit the commode and see it still up there, taunting me. To date it's still holding strong. Pretty sturdy stuff that, for good or bad I guess.

What's it Gonna Cost Me?
I had all the supplies on hand, hence the freeness. If you had to go out and buy all the supplies, you're looking at around $15 for this project. 

What do you think? Do you predict my pretty tree losing its leaves like the trees are doing right now outside? Anyone willing to try this on their own walls? 

<3 Alyssa

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