We've been putting up Christmas decorations a little bit all week long — a little here, a little there. I feel a deep need for simplicity right now, since there has been so much commotion around the house these past few months. I decided to forego my Christmas village, and pretty much keep the mantle the way it's been for the past few weeks. Amanda mentioned putting flameless tea lights in mason jars on the windowsills; I love the way candles look in jars, too, so I thought just a few for the mantle (though mine have the real tea lights in them), along with the snowflakes we usually hang, and the cranberry stand, and a little pennant garland I made yesterday using Stephanie's tutorial.
It's all made me quite happy to look at. Funny how Christmas does that to ya.
It's been so nice to be home in the quiet this week, puttering and dinking around. Going slow (it's already 5:43 p.m. and I am just getting to post). Cleaning. Knitting. Sitting around with animals on my lap. I am planning some holiday baking. There will definitely be cinnamon rolls. There will definitely be gingerbread. I am not great at baking cookies, but I might try. I am definitely planning on taking more photos around the house, but it's been so dark lately. I keep waiting for more light, but that seems downright silly.
(A couple of people asked where I got the ticking stripe fabric for the dog beds [there is a cat sitting on one of them right now, actually, so I guess it's a "pet" bed] yesterday — that ticking was in my stash from forever ago, but it probably came from Fabric Depot or Mill End Store. [And for those who asked about the braided rug, I didn't make that; it's from L.L. Bean about five years ago or so.] )