Monday, December 5, 2011

I love Christmas - Day 5

I did get all the decorating done!  Woo Hoo!  Here is the proof...

This is one of our trees.  Since we have this ginormous window in our front room that faces the street, we like to put a tree for all to see.  It is a shorty though, so I have to put it on top of a Rubbermaid container.  I slap a tree skirt on over that and you don't even know!

The mantle... not the best ever, but kind of fun.  It is maybe a work in progress.  I love the candles and just bought the stocking holders this year.  The stockings are a place holder until I find something that I like better.  And we are missing one... I cannot find Penny's.  That poor neglected animal.  :)

Yup, I took a picture of an empty frame.  I am terrible.  I plan to put in James' picture with Santa at some point.  Hopefully this Christmas season.  We will see. 

Our main tree.  This is the one that is in our living room and the one we will put the gifts around.  That is, if James is good and Santa brings him anything.  Please notice the red and white snowflake pattern on the next three pictures :

I made the tree skirt and table runners.  Can you guess what it is???  Another Pinterest idea put into action!  It's a vinyl tablecloth!  A cheapy from Walmart that I bought yesterday.  Here's how I did it :

Step 1 : Buy cheap vinyl tablecloth from wherever.  I bought this one at Walmart yesterday.  I don't remember the price, but it was something like $5.  For some reason they didn't have a single round one in the store that I could find.  Annoying.  So I bought the biggest rectangular one figuring that I would cut it down.

Step 2 : I folded it in half and then folded it again. 
Step 3 : I then got some yarn and taped it in the corner where all the sides meet. 

Step 4 : I marked the yarn in the spot where the tablecloth ended.  At the 60mm mark because if I did the long side, it would not be long enough.

Step 6  : I rotated the yarn around and marked periodically on the tablecloth.  These are making the round shape that I will eventually cut out.  I don't want to make too many or make them on the inside of the yarn mark because when I do cut, I don't want them to show.

Step 7 : Cut the tablecloth along your marked points.  This will be make a quarter circle.  Like a pie piece - a large, Meredith-sized, pie piece.

Step 8 : I removed the tape and string.  Then in that same corner, I cut an "X".  This is where the tree trunk will go through.  I could have cut it down to the side and then created something to close it, but I wanted it to be seamless.

Step 9 : I had to bother the husband and get him to hold the tree up so that I could get the "skirt" around the trunk.  Here is what it looks like :

I ended up with the rest of the table cloth just wasted.  I wanted to do something with it.  I thought about place mats.  But, I thought it would be nice to have something on my side tables.  They always get stuff on them when people come over, so this will help me not have to clean them, just wipe them with a wet paper towel.  Yay for easy.

Step 10 : I cut them down so that the narrow part of the runner was the finished edge.  I doubled over the fabric so I was actually cutting 4 sheets.  I don't recommend that.  It was kind of difficult and made for not straight edges.  Oh well.

Step 11 : Put it on the table.  Marvel at how easy this all was.  Some may say it's kid of ghetto, but I say it was ingenious!  :) 

Hope everyone has a happy Monday!  Me and the babe have had a weird day.  Not bad, just weird.  I LOVE my days off with him!  I could sit and snuggle with him for hours.  He had to go for shots again today (long, uninteresting story).  So when we got home he was okay with mommy loving all over his face and cuddling with him.  He was a big boy and didn't cry at all!!!  Woah, tough guy!  He gets it from his mom.  His dad is a major wuss when it comes to shots.
Check in with you all tomorrow!

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