I can barely keep my wits about me here, with Christmas and wedding preparations, plus a very clingy toddler this week. He is constantly saying "hold you, hold you, mommy!"--translation: "Hold ME, Mommy." I oblige more often that I shall admit.
So in the midst of the chaos, I decided to take this old book, found in a trash pile at the library, and cut some of its pages out to make a paper garland. I need to think of something to do with the cover, since it has a pretty design.
It's a Reader's Digest condensed book, and the titles crack me up, like The Winthop Woman below, or Murder on My Street.I was inspired by the one Melanie made in her house when I went there the other day to pick up a print.
All I did was tie scraps of pine (from our outdoor garland) along a length of twine, spacing them about 6" apart, then stapled the paper pennants in between. To make the pennants, I tore out an interesting page from the book (this one had 1950s illustrations), folded it in half, and cut out a triangle. Then I folded it over the twine and stapled it along the top. Super easy!I can see these staying up all winter, since I didn't go nuts with Christmas-y colors. I hung one in the windows above our front door and front window too.
I dressed up our bathroom too with some more paper garland and scalloped scrapbook paper on each shelf.
I switched out some of the photos with more seasonal ones from Christmases past or snowy scenes. I love the one of my dad's first Christmas, in the silver frame on the bottom shelf. It shows him with my grandparents in front of their tree.
And a younger Mr. Geek above, doing carpentry work in the cold. The one of me and my mom in the teeny frame is from a photo booth when I was 1. The ones below are SoJo on the left, and Mr. Geek and his parents when he was a wee one on the right.
Little by little, I managed to decorate the house. It's so cozy and I love just sitting amidst the candles and twinkle lights.