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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I went to a garland party...

ETA: I'm reposting this for BooMama's and Julia's parties, since I have nothing new to show you. You know, because our stuff hasn't come yet (not that I'm bitter). So, if you've seen this, sorry. If you haven't, enjoy. Leave me a comment. It makes me ridiculously happy.

Today is the big day! Miss Nester (whom I love, adore, copy and stalk relentlessly) is throwing a garland party!!!! Weeeeeee! You know how I loves to par-tay.


I have been garlanding up my house. As you may know, house stuff is STILL not here (grumble, grumble,stupidarmy,grumble,grumble), so I actually had to buy everything. The horror! That just means I'll have lots of stuff next year. Also, IKEA (Wait...what's that? Do I hear Kimba squealing?) has all their ornaments on sale (at least in Germany) and I got them all for a song. No really, I was actually singing I was so excited. The Germans were afraid. I'm sure they were telling their children (those not lucky enough to get into Smalland, that is) to stay away from the crazy American woman. Who wouldn't sing though when they're getting 48 ornaments for 4 Euro (slightly less than $5)? No one, that's who!

So, since we didn't have our stuff, we (meaning me, M just nodded as I spoke more words than he can keep up with-see, that's how I get stuff done my way, talk fast. It confuses him so he just agrees) decided to go with a color theme. We (again, me) opted for blue, silver and white. M did catch some of this though and asked for deep blue. I can live with that. Here is the garland (and wreath-check back for that post. I'm calling it, Holiday Wreath: McGuyver Style) I made for our front door.


This is blurry, but you can at least see it lit up. With this fancy new camera I have, you'd think I could get a good photo. Well, okay, I could....if I weren't lazy and actually got my tripod intead of just trying to hold really still while the shutter stays open.


Close-up.

Blurry close-up, but you get the idea.


More close-up.


Oh, and here's our tree. It's actually much prettier in real life, but I was too lazy to get the tripod so I couldn't get one showing the lights lit up, so it's lacking some zing.


I also made a garland and wreath for the outside of our building. I went with a red and gold theme. I have to give big thanks to my awesome neighbor. She's taller than I am (by about 5") and she brought the height. After she went upstairs though, while I was "tweaking" of course it came crashing down in the center. See a trend? Seems like everyone's garland is falling. Sounds dirty. Since I couldn't really call her back down (she's across the hall from me, so it's 3 floors), I flipped over an empty flower pot and stood on that to get the center back up. It is also lit and looks lovley at night. Take that, other stairwells! Oh, wait, I mean, um....Happy Holidays.




Is your garland showing? If so, show it off!

Also, Super-Duper Fantabulous BIG thanks to Nester (and her random number generator) for picking me as one of the small words winners. I cannot wait! I've never one an online contest before. This is so exciting!

39 comments:

Stephanie said...

Love your garland... Nice and full and fluffy.

edie said...

I love the entrance decorations! And I love your use of ribbon....I'm a bit of a ribbon fiend.

Meme said...

Love it! I am also a big fan of the blue and silver combo. Your doorway garland is marvelous! Thank you for visiting my blog! I linked back to my ball wrapping post if you want to come back and check it out!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I would have been so excited about finding ornaments for that price too! Your garlands look wonderful! Thanks for your very nice comment you left me!

The Garvie Family said...

Thanks for the nice comment. Your garland is BEAUTIFUL!! I love the blue and the silver tones!

LuLu said...

Your garland in beautiful, love your color choice!!! I love how you placed ornaments in it! ANd Your B is Fantastic.... I have always wanted to make a L (maybe my goal for next year :o) Great Job and I enjoyed looking at your blog!! Merry Christmas

Erika said...

Beautiful garlands! And I love your letter B, can't wait for that post!

Kristi said...

Wow! You did a wonderful job. Christmas blessings to you and your family!

neverapartinheart said...

Ooo that looks so nice. Our house has a tree up, but we are still pretty bland. I need to dig out the rest of our stuff to make the house look more cheer-y.

PS - Ive tagged you!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I love your decorating style. You put it all over, which looks gorgeous!

S said...

Looks so beautiful. You did amzaing for the few euro's. I hope your own STUFF arrives soon. I know how it is not to have your own fluff stuff! xoxo
Lamp Tramp

The Nester said...

Love the B, I want to go to Ikea, and congrats on winning the letter! I KNOW you will love it!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

I love your letter wreath, I have one too and I think they are so cute!
Your garlands look great and you have the best building on the block I'm sure, even if you are a crazy American!
Your blog is so fun, thanks for commenting on mine!

rachel said...

love the letter B, so cute!
rachel

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

Love your stuff, and SO SO jealous that you won one of Kim's paintings!

Michele said...

Hey Mom in High Heels, I am Mama in high heels! I stumbled across your blog and I had just had to leave a comment! I almost screamed out loud when I saw your name. I love your "my high heels are higher than yours" URL. From one high heel mom to another it is glad to pop over to your blog. You have a beautiful family! I am so glad there are others out there like me who know that just b/c you are a mom doesn't mean you can't look good!! I will definitely be visiting back!

Ells said...

Way to liven up H-berg housing! :) Your doors look warm and festive and welcoming!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love the "B" on the door.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Great full and fluffed up garland! Love your door wreath, too! Thanks for sharing!


XO,

Sheila

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great looking garlands! I love the intial!

diane

Half of the Style Sisters said...

So so cute! Love it all.

Meaghan said...

it's all so beautiful!! how did you do that B? i've seen those in ballard designs

Ells said...

nope, not at Fort H, but another desert location - the Graf of America in the West... does that tell you where we are without revealing the words to any theoretical stalkers out there? :) We're enjoying it, although I frequently hear stories of wives who sob and ask, "Where are you taking me?" when they come down the looooong, desolate road to post! There are lots of things to get involved in and places to explore, and we are just having fun being together!

Bettsi said...

Oh, super nice garlands! I love the ribbon you added too. Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

WOW! What a steal on those ornaments! LOVE your garland (both sets) Yours (around your door) looks so patriotic to me! Beautiful! I'm cracking up over your "take that" comment to the other stairwells! ROFL!

One Beloved Sister said...

Beautiful garland and wreaths. Sorry your stuff hasn't arrived yet, but your home looks awesome with the new items. :) Merry Christmas!

Susan said...

Love all your greenery - thanks for having me over! Merry Christmas!

cynthiaa said...

Love love love the garland!

Happy Holidays!

Phillips Family said...

I love all your garland...so festive!

Carey said...

The garlands and tree are beautiful. I'd love to give the initial garland a try for next year (if I can only remember!).
Thanks for letting me stop by.
Happy holidays!

Laura said...

The garland is heaven!

Totallyscrappy said...

I love the B and the star lights.
Come on over when you have a moment!

King family said...

cozy looking, and warm. Great job on the garland.
I didn't know about the tour, however, I happen to have a few pics on my blog when I did find out about it. They are posted, stop and visit.

Ameratis said...

It looks great thanks for sharing again so those of us who had not seen it could! :)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Love your letter wreath! I have one too and I put Christmas ornaments on it last year. Your garland looks amazing!

Manuela

Kimba said...

Love the inside and the outside pictures. And the story about your garland falling down is perfect. It's a theme around blogland this year, I suppose.

Merry Christmas!
Kimba

jenjen said...

Your house looks wonderful. Good job on the IDEA ornaments!!!

Jen

HSingMama said...

Love it! Especially the red one on the outside of your building. I love red. :)

Keetha said...

I especially like the garland with the red twinned into it.

Thanks for inviting us in.

Merry Christmas!

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