Now that we’re officially into December, I’m allowing myself to get into a festive mood. I’m normally a Grinch by this time of year — one of the drawbacks to working in advertising, as I’ve been reading about reindeer since JULY.
But then, I felt a spark in my seasonal spirit as I scanned the aisles of local stores. The apartment was looking a little sad, so I put together a little winter wonderland to ward off Grinch-y tendencies.
Any Target or Walmart in your area should carry similar items. I was able to get everything for less than $150 — a steal, considering I was starting from scratch.
Best of all, it only took about two hours to get everything set up. That, of course, includes dropping six of the shatterproof ornaments and a bleeding “oopsie” moment.
Garland hung vertically, with sparkly ribbon curls to hide the hanging wire.
My mini [artificial] tree has turquoise and silver, and brown and gold ornaments.
Store-bought toppers are too heavy, so a large silver bow caps it off.
Under the tree are wrapped shoeboxes — the real presents are at my parents’ house.
This inexpensive vase is filled with red and gold ornaments, plus matching bells.
Silver and gold ornaments and bells replace my usual magazines in this IKEA bowl.
Metallic-dusted “wood” candles fill the space with warmth.
Maybe I’m a mini-Martha after all … minus the Band-Aids.
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