I’m supposed to be at crop right now, but I never made it. I have mixed feelings about that. Part of me is so glad I stayed home because I had a very productive day. The other wishes I had gone and met the ladies that scrap together every month. I do want to find some real world friends who share my addiction to scrapbooking, but it just wasn’t fitting in right now. Which is the problem I have with even the concept of real world friends – my real world and theirs don’t always mesh. But, December was probably a dumb month to start anyway…just too much going on.
So, what was I up to? (She laughs!) Well, for one thing, scrapbooking! Part of what what seemed so silly about going today was that I already had a workspace set up with the layout I was working on. Packing it all up and moving to another location seemed like a waste of time and effort. Of course if I HAD gone, I’d have more to show for the day’s scrapbooking than 4 pages.
But then I wouldn’t have gotten all the Christmas boxes down out of the high-up storage in the garage, or gotten the next step in getting the tree decorated completed. The big lights are on, and all the “foundation” ornaments are up – even the big berry balls, and large candy canes. Next come the gazillions of ornaments…
It occurs to me that decorating my Christmas tree is much like doing a mixed media painting. There are layers and layers of background that go on before the focal points. So instead of papers and layers of paints and stamping, I’m adding layers of lights, garlands, additional greens, and background ornaments. Hmmmm. Never thought of it like that before!
I’m tempted to show you my favorite ornaments, but I did it last year, and they haven’t changed, so I’ll just give you the link, and you can go back and check them out if you’re interested.
But here is a crazy view of the yumminess I’m diving into now.
This whole decorating process seems to be taking so long this year. There are moments when I wish I could just wave a magic wand and it would be done. But mostly, I love it. I have mentioned before that my tree (and really, all the displays!) is like a scrapbook – there are stories and memories attached to so much of what I have, and getting everything out is like taking a walk down memory lane.
Once all these are on the tree, then it will be time for the finishing touches – bows and more garland. Yeah, I know – I’m a little crazy!