Friday, December 11, 2009

A Very "Green" Christmas

Our Christmas is green this year because our theme for decorating is "Beg, Borrow, and (don't) Steal." We begged Hubby's parents for Christmas decorations, we borrowed some from my grandma, I begged Hubby to at least let me buy a little tree. He did, but only so that I would stop whining.

Our Christmas is not literally green though. It's finally winter in Minnesota, as evidenced by the barbaric winds and mounds of snow on every street corner. Every morning of the week, I make myself a big ol' thermos of coffee, and I drive away from my warm little house. It's really heartbreaking. Then I see the high schoolers shivering as they walk/shuffle to their bus stop and I feel a bit more thankful. This, by the way, is the view from our little patio.

This is my first house, and I just can't seem to get enough of Christmas decorating. When I was little, I loved helping my mom set up the nativity, decorate the tree, put out the Christmas tablecloths, and listen to Amy Grant sing Christmas music over our stereo. I have always been enamored with Christmas, but this year is different because I finally have a canvas of my own.

I'm really glad we decided not to purchase any Christmas decorations this year. It's helping me be more frugal, but it's also given me the chance to really use my imagination. I got home early from work today, so I was finally able to take some pictures in the daylight. They turned out so much better than the previous ones!

We had some extra branches left over after we had to trim our tree a little bit. Instead of throwing them away I decided to put them in a milk-glass vase for a centerpiece. I love how it turned out, and it makes the smell of evergreen waft through the whole house!

I thought maybe it needed a bit more color, so I ended up using some leftover (fake) yellow forsythia from our wedding.

I really like having color around me, and yellow is one of my favorites. Who says yellow can't be Christmas-y?

On our coffee table, we have a little birdcage (Goodwill) with some books and a candle that I got as a gift a couple of years ago. I added more tulle to the birdcage and a little handmade cloth flower with a vintage button.

I also purchased some pretty new vases. And, then I borrowed them from myself to use for Christmas decorations (I totally did not cheat, they are for year-round use I swear!). OK, maybe I cheated the system a little. But they were 5.99. For all three.

Aren't they cute? They are totally a knock-off of the IKEA vases, but they are BLUE! I love blue.
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Tomorrow, I am posting about a little project that I did today. It involves sticks and glitter. I really think that glitter makes everything fabulous, even some old sticks. And tomorrow, you will see how they can be transformed into the perfect, simple, GREEN Christmas decor.


  1. Hello,

    I just came across your website and saw these blue vases. They're exactly what I have been searching for our wedding this spring. Could you please tell me where you bought them?

    Thank you!

  2. Hi Jeany!

    I bought the vases at Marshalls. Unfortunately, I do not know where they are from originally! I know you can get white ones at IKEA, but I have not seen blue ones anywhere else. Good luck with your wedding plans!



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