Okay I admit it. I have started decorating for Christmas and I honestly don’t think there is anything wrong with
me that 😀 . I think we should all just do what makes us happy because life is short. Decorate when you want, how you want, and with what you want. With that being said…If you look closely at the second photo you will see the Christmas tree in the background. It’s not completely finished yet, but will be soon-EEK. Stay tuned for a Christmas tree tour come December 7th. Until then though, I have lots of smaller projects to share with you that may just give you decorating fever. Welcome to our “Blue & Gold Christmas Staircase”…
As you may know, blue & gold has been one of my favorite combinations this year and when I came across these gold lanterns on clearance I nearly passed out. My youngest and I grabbed 2 and saw people looking at them as we walked out of the store like they were hungry 😯 .
After we brought them home I played with them a little bit and had big plans of putting Christmas ribbon in each one and making the ribbon curl and swirl around inside the lantern. Well, sometimes things work out in your head, but not on the kitchen table. I gave up on that idea quickly because they looked very boring, and rather ridiculous.
It was then that I walked around the house to find where to use the gold lanterns. Then I spotted my Mom’s special piano stool that I have been wanting to share. BOOM. Gold lightening came crashing down and my eyes did a dance down the stairs in the foyer. I had found the spot.
Before we go any further, here’s what my Mom had to say about the piano stool today when I asked her about it again. My Mom is 83 and gave the stool to our youngest a couple years ago. I’m just borrowing it 😆 .
“Julie, the piano stool was from your Grandfather Cy, as I recall we had it when I was a mere 7 or 8 years old, and it was painted a celery green and I believe my Dad re-finished it. Your Great-great Grandfather (German) Grandma’s father was the musical person in the family. He played the organ for 40 years at St. Francis, Robert was baptized there when we lived in Buffalo. Any how, that little stool has to be a 100 years old. Look on the bottom of it. I was fortunate to get that stool and I gave it to Vic when we were in the Michigan house. Love to all, MOM xxxx PS: Julie, another interesting note: Vic would swirl around on the stool when we lived in Fla.”
Little does my Mom know, I spun around on that baby many many times. I even unscrewed the seat a couple times, stood on it and made it go back and forth, and polished those glass balls the feet are holding. Well, she knows now.
So, I knew I could whip up something festive with not only the gold lanterns, and that special stool, but also with the gold garland I had already purchased (garland is back you guys and I have always loved it).
TIP: I decided I have seen enough ornaments in lanterns and I just wanted a simple votive. There’s nothing prettier than a real candle in a lantern. (By the way have you joined my decorating group on Facebook yet? Join over 1300 of us HERE.)
Now if you try this, don’t worry about making everything look perfect. I purposely messed up the garland & ribbon to give it a more relaxed look. Not sure I accomplished that, but it’s pretty for sure.
Leave me a comment and tell me the last time you use garland…
Happy Thanksgiving, from red!
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