Dec 11, 2013

Simpler...

but still too much.  And I left two trees in the attic!   My trees are small, the biggest is the six foot with the Santas, but it's still becoming a real chore to decorate them.  Do you follow the same scheme every year?  I think if I did, it would be a lot easier than changing things every year.  Next year may be fresh greens on cupboard doors and shelves, pomanders, no trees.  Who am I kidding.
 
This little tree was a tall alpine last year and I pulled the trunk off the stand, cut a foot off, trimmed the branches by several inches, and I like it now.  With all the PS Santas on one tree, I simplified the mantel this year.  Instead of spreading the other smalls around, I hung them from the large basket.

How?  These are all .... what the heck do you call little puffy things that can't hang ..... tucks?  Pillows?  Little puffy things? 
This is how I hang my stitchery because I'm always changing my mind and don't want to have sewn in hangers showing.  But for the basket, this was easier.  The safety pin is vertical and I can use the wire hooks which are easily bent to the height I need.  The further down on the back, the flatter it hangs.  Such an easy no sew way to allow changes.  And I'm all about changes.
 
 
 
 
I started stitching Niky's little free design that you can find here. So small and quick and cute.  I need something like that before I start a sampler.   I want to order her Primitive Christmas pattern too, but as usual, I procrastinate.
 I have all the gifts bought and finally found a cup holder for my cousin's wheelchair that is stable and sturdy, plus other accessories to make it easier for her.  I had everything shipped direct to CA so that's taken care of.
I can't wait until Frazier is back on at night and Lucy in the morning.  The new comedies are not funny to me.  I guess I'm just old, but their situations and constant mention of smoking weed are so gratuitous and really not funny.  Give me Frazier and Raymond and Seinfeld and MASH and Cheers, back when writers had talent and networks didn't have agendas.  I wish Hallmark would run Gleason's Honeymooners once in a while.  Yes, I'm old!
 
Thank you all for taking time to visit and welcome to new followers!
Hope your week is going well.
 
 
 

33 comments:

Kathy L. said...

I like the "puffy things" in the basket. Looks very nice above the mantel. Your decorating looks great. I am still not done (said I'd be simpler this year). Maybe I will quit now while I am at that simpler point but I keep thinking of things that I have that are too cute to keep in the basement.

Kathy

Shirlee said...

Beautiful decor, & I agree with you about the old comedies : )

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Safety pins...brilliant!!! Honestly - you are a genius!!

eszter said...

beautiful christmas decoration♥

Elizabeth Ann said...

I love your basket idea. I wrote you last year and told you how beautiful your postman Santa is, he still is.... Try watching Netflix or You tube, a lot of good old shows on there now. No TV for me anymore. Your home is lovely, hopefully you can get that kitchen done soon!

Melissa said...

Everything looks gorgeous, Marly! You have a wonderful sense of decorating. It's amazing to me the number of Santas you have stitched over the years!

Thanks for the tips about using the pins for hanging. I'll have to keep that in mind.

backporchcarver said...

I like your idea about hanging the Pillow/tuck/ stuffy things, great tip. I had to laugh, my husband watches Mash every day. I think part of why he watches is cause he is visually impaired and he can remember from days gone by what is happening on the screen. I totally agree with your choices for TV, not a lot on these days that is worth watching.Love your style of decorating.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

You decorating is gorgeous! As is your house, your ideas, about everything about you is top shelf! :)
I'm sort of jealous, I think :) But in a really good way!

Simona Crocette sogni e co said...

Great idea for hanging pillows. I've also stitched some PS Santas, you can see them on my blog. MASH was very popular in Italy too, when I was a child together Love Boat and some other soaps like Dallas o Dinasty. Love

Karen said...

This post is sounds so like me. I say it will be simple, just greens and a simple 2-3 trees. Than all bets are off as Mrs. Claus goes to the attic and starts going through ornaments to donate to the only child's house separate from the only son-in-law's (currently)house and somehow finds that yes I do need almost all of the red ornaments because red is so cheerful-beautiful-redie-bright-scandanavian at Christmas and they should have their own box and then oh yeah, I'll put all of the iciciles and red on one tree and the cross stitch on another, and the characters on another next year, and NO I CAN NOT give away my "white" Christmas decorations, oh crap hubby says "HIS ROOM" has to be cleaned up by the weekend because he might want to go in the only room that is neat and tidy in the whole house. Sigh..... I bought the Christmas Book Leisure Arts book when it came out back when some of us were born before others with the Postman to remember my father. It is so lovely to see it up again in your beautiful home and that you so much for the safety pin idea because if there is anything I hate worse than plastic wrappings, it is tape that won't come off and putting things in permanent places. And that is why I can't find anything and can not accomplish very much. But I know I can come to Samplers and Santas and see lots of things done and dream! Merry Merry Christmas!

Vickie said...

I kept it simpler this year. So much easier!!
Looking great over there!

Sandra said...

Love Everything Marly!
Sandra

Colleen said...

What a great idea to hang those "puffy things"!!! I wouldn't have thought of that :) I. too, change my mind (about everything!!) constantly. Are you a Libra also?? Haha. I REALLY simplified things this year...I didn't do a thing except put a Christmas table runner I made on the kitchen table. Last year we went all out because our kids came from CA.

I agree on the TV programs!!

Kathy Gill-Hopple said...

Really like the largest Santa in the basket. Can you show a close up of that and where it is from? I have live affair with Santa's as well:)

gracie said...

Love the decorations....

Barb said...

I'm so happy that I am not the only "OLD" person when it comes to tv. I do love the way your mantel looks and thanks for the great idea for hanging things.

Margaret said...

Love your decorating! Love your trees! Love the ornies in the basket! Love it all!

Simply Victoria said...

Another beautiful display, Marly!

Carol said...

I find myself putting less and less out at Christmas time each year, Marly... It all seems like too much effort for the five of us. The boys don't seem to care much (of course if I didn't do anything, there would be complaints!).

Love how you've displayed the little pillows in your basket, Marly... I'm so with you on the modern comedies--ugh! Have you seen "The Middle?" So cute and enjoyable without being crude...

Diane H said...

I'm one of your new followers. Want to say thank you for your beautiful pear patterns. I have made two so far this week - not getting anything else done! Your trees are all lovely.

Maggee said...

Thankfully we have DVR so I can record all the great movies I want to see that are on at the wrong time, and watch them when I am ready! I remember my Dad loved the Jackie Gleason show. Milton Berle. Jack Benny. Recently someone mentioned good Christmas movies, and I mentioned Penny Serenade as a good one to watch at Christmas... it is just a good movie, like Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. Another GREAT old movie!! Love how you hung up the pillows. You are an inspiration to us all. Hugs!

Pam in IL said...

Love how you hung those puffy things == Brilliant!

I agree with you on the comedies. I absolutely hate how crude the new ones are.

Jean said...

Ah! Safety pins! What an excellent idea. And, yes, I'm with you on old comedies.

Chris said...

I think your home is looking lovely. Thanks for the tips on hanging the pillows.
Hugs

C. M. Designs said...

My 37 year old daughter loves the older funny shows.The Middle is one of her favorites.. I guess you're not "old" after all.

Your basket full of your beautiful stitching is such a nice idea.. thank you for the idea of the safety pins and wire.

I was in a mood this year and wasn't going to even put up a tree. WELL, I got out of that mood and went all out.. I'm glad I did. Just hate to think about putting it all away.
Charlotte in Virginia

C. M. Designs said...

My 37 year old daughter loves the older funny shows.The Middle is one of her favorites.. I guess you're not "old" after all.

Your basket full of your beautiful stitching is such a nice idea.. thank you for the idea of the safety pins and wire.

I was in a mood this year and wasn't going to even put up a tree. WELL, I got out of that mood and went all out.. I'm glad I did. Just hate to think about putting it all away.
Charlotte in Virginia

Catherine said...

Love your tree and mantle! And what a great idea for displaying smalls ~ love it!

Debbie Kos said...

your Santas are beautiful! My son and new daughter-in-law have asked me to stitch each of them a stocking for their new house/life next year, so this next year I'm calling it the year of Christmas stitching…So, I would LOVE to know where I can find the pattern of the postal Santa to add to my list lol..Thanks, and Merry Christmas :) Debbie

Evelyne said...

Great idea the basket!
Lovely decoration!!

Have great day, Evelyne

pearlyeverlastings said...

I so enjoy your blog, Marly...thank you for taking the time to share your great and helpful ideas with us and pictures of your wonderful home decor!

Anonymous said...

What great ideas! I always hated trying to sew the hanging thing into the little pillows and now never again! Enjoy your blog so much. Annie L

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly, Your idea of using a safety pin is just genius!
Melinda

Nancy Vickers said...

Thanks so much for the safety pin idea. I will so be using it for next Christmas. I upgraded to a 4 ft tree on an antique table when two branches of my very old full size tree broke last year. This year it is all Santas, including many PS Santa's I cross stitched. Hopefully next year I will have enough "nature" themed ornaments for a "new" theme tree.

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