Friday! Those words never get old, do they?
I’m sitting here eating peppermints (my favorite flavor of the holiday season) and starting to get beyond excited to see The Hobbit tonight! Jeff and I have always been huge Lord of the Rings fans and have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Hobbit for years. Literally! Although as big as a fan as I am, I must say a might be just a touch more excited for Les Miserables in two weeks. I mean, my favorite musical + Hugh Jackman? I get giddy every time I see a preview TV. In fact, I’ve been known to rewind commercials that we’re fast forwarding on the DVR just to watch the same preview for the 100th time… It’s going to be a good Christmas, that’s for sure.
Speaking of Christmas, over the past two weeks, I’ve been doing my best to liven up our new Virginian apartment for the holidays, despite the fact that we’ll be gone for much of the actual holiday. I really wanted to do a more naturalistic, woodland-ish theme this year, without spending too much money on new decor. I’m pretty happy with most of it, though there are still a few touches I’d like to add over the next few weeks.
Oh, and I should say I’ve tried what feels like a few hundred DIY projects over the past few weeks and pretty much managed to fail at every single one of them. See the star over the bar area? The one that looks like a 5 year old made it? Yep, that was one of them. It was supposed to be wrapped in twine, but it took me hours to get the wood to form that shape, so I decided to quit while I was ahead.
I also wanted to make one of those adorable DIY snow globes that I’ve been seeing everywhere on Pinterest, which should have been the simplest DIY project ever right? Somehow, even that went all wrong too…I read that you could substitute baby oil instead of glycerin (to make the glitter float more slowly), but when I added it, it separated from the water and bonded with the glitter, creating a huge mess. And then my tree was too tall and got squished at the top of the jar, so I had to perform some emergency surgery to trim the trunk without killing the entire tree. Take two was much better: no baby oil, just distilled water and the glitter floats just fine.
My most successful Christmas DIY was one that even I couldn’t fail: basket + tissue paper + round gold ornaments + flickering lights. It also happens to be one of my favorite elements in the room, funny how that happens.
How’s your holiday decorating going?