This year, when I took down our decorations, the house groaned.
It told me that it was entirely sick of the decorations that it has graced all these years. The house said "Heidi, I am sad. You have been decorating me with dark, dreary colors..and that is not YOU! You are a quilty, crafty, country girl."
I was upset at first. I walked around in a panic. What was I to do?
When I went outside...the moose were complaining that they were a bit chilly outside this year and the wreathes on the door begged me for new bows.
So I found some cute homespun fabrics and gingham burlap bows. The moose thanked me profusely and the wreathes preened like a peacock.
As I entered the house, the pine cone basket in the foyer that was handed down from my in-laws begged for the dark burgundy bow to be removed and some fresh new berries added.
The red burlap ribbon and bright new berries made him and me smile!
Around the corner, I peeked in the dining room. She was disappointed. She reminded me that Mr. Boss bought me beautiful Spode Christmas plates a few years back.
Why hadn't I decorated the room to compliment?
I so agreed!
Instead of heavy beading on the "kid tree". A new red and white trimmed with silver ribbon was added.
The little guy jumped up and down with glee! He said, thank you Miss Heidi, now all your boys handmade ornaments through the years look so nice!
Even Buddy agreed nestled in one night!
But the dining room table was the most thrilled.
A brand new table runner!
Appliqued, quilted and binding all handmade.
The reindeer nodded sagely in respect to the effort.
Then the main tree called to me.
What about me he said?
He asked me to please get rid of the sad ugly plaid ribbon.
He said that he liked the grapevine garland, so could I please add something to compliment?
I, of course, complied.
New red burlap ribbon intertwined with green tulle.
The ornaments jingled joyously.
Jamie's Angel new ornaments agreed that they could wait for their own tree next year. They heard that the boys couldn't fit all their ornaments on this year, so the main tree will be moved to the dining room. They were happy to eye the kid tree that will be theirs next year!
The staircase decorations were happy with their new ribbons.
The family room weeped. It was jealous of the new mantle garland this year that made the candles, trees, and stocking shine.
It asked for some new cheery throw pillow covers.
Spending yesterday sewing them up was worth it to see them settle in for a cozy fire.
And even the dog pillows "barked" with glee....
The kitchen begged me to go simple this year. No insane amount of tchotchkes all over the place, PLEASE!
I couldn't agree more!
A grapevine wreath with gingerbread men to match the gingerbread plates.
There was one small catch.
The sleigh centerpiece said the brown was too dark.
A little paint, and all was nice and cheery!!!
The ladder in the family room said it was content with the wreath.
Especially since the wreath was the one I made last year and inspired the rest of the house update.
But it still wonders if I might finish the Christmas quilt I had in mind.
We shall see.........