I know I’ve been slacking a bit on the crafting posts, but don’t worry, I have a bunch saved up for you. On a more recent note,

Christmas 2009 Mosaic

I’ve set up Christmas decorations (how did it get to be December already?)! This was especially fun because I bought some items on clearance after Christmas last year, so these items have never been used! It’s like shopping out of your own attic. For free. Some of my favorite ornaments are above; my Baby’s First Christmas ornament from when I was born, some handmade ornaments (yes, the bottom-right one is me at age 7), a fun train that connects together, and of course, a Texas Aggie football player. I can't remember if my mom or I did the cross-stitched ornaments, but my mom did make the plastic canvas snowman and Santa. She also made the blue and green ornaments when I was young (there are around 10 total of the same style, and they are pretty cool). Apparently my brother and I helped, but neither of us remember it. We got our pre-lit tree free on Craigslist last year. (It sure is nice not having to string lights on the tree!) I also found a plain wreath in the attic when we moved in, so I saved it and decorated it this year with old ornaments. I bought the wreath hook last year on clearance also, which makes the total cost of the wreath $2! I’ll shop for more clearance ornaments and ribbon this year to spruce it up a bit more. What Christmas decorations do you have around your house?

  • Hmm.. Just the small tree, stockings and two mini trees… I want to make new stockings and a tree skirt this year, but who knows if that will happen… Hopefully we will hang some lights outside this weekend… After Christmas this year I want to go find a tall skinny prelit tree and some cheap ball ornaments! We should make a day of it!

  • the wreath looks great, and I can’t believe you got a free tree on craigslist!

  • @elizabethcarroll: Definitely! I found so much last year for dirt cheap. Clearance shopping is so much fun!

    @Sarah: I know! We actually looked at a few. Keep checking; I’ll bet people start posting them now, and will keep posting them for a few weeks after Christmas. It’s a great way to pass on an old tree when you upgrade. You can’t beat free!