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I have a major love/hate relationship with Christmas trees. I love looking at them and no home at Christmas feels complete without one but they are such a pain to decorate and take for-ev-er. The final result is always worth it though, especially at night when the only light in the room comes from the tree in the corner.

2012 Christmas Tree3Once again, I chose to do two trees – a live and traditionally decorated one in the main living room and a fake, OSU decorated one in our other living room. I used burlap ribbon (found online, thanks to Pinterest), clear lights and silver ornaments that have been collected over the past six years and are from every store that’s ever sold a Christmas ornament.

2012 Christmas Tree4I like to make sure the mantel blends into the tree and doesn’t get too crazy so I kept it pretty simple and clean. Christmas gets to be so stressful and crazy so I need the decorations at home to be relaxing and calm. Some bling, red plaid and natural texture make me feel very festive!

2012 Christmas Tree2This year’s wrapping paper came from The Container Store and Hobby Lobby. It was my first time buying paper from both stores and I will definitely do it again! The paper is super thick and easy to cut. I can’t stand flimsy, cheap paper that rolls up on you while you’re trying to wrap the paper and tears while folding. The awesome gift tags were a free printable and I love them!

2012 Christmas TreeThe icicle ornaments are from Target from several years ago and have popped up around the house each year in different spots but finally were used on the tree this year and I love the way they reflect the lights. Even though glitter is usually terrible, I still love it at Christmas and try to use it at least a little bit. I wish I could take the claim for the monogram ornaments but I cheated and bought them (plus the mercury glass ornaments) at Pottery Barn.

2012 Christmas Tree5This guy… Max and Carl have no clue what to do when I take pictures of the house and start moving around all crazy like. He finally just stopped and ended up right in the middle of everything – typical! I have to say though, he looks pretty darn cute in front of the tree.

2012 OSU Christmas Tree3Carl prefers this spot in front of the OSU tree – he loves to watch everyone and everything out of the front window. Some of these ornaments hang a little low and I always worry I will find one (or three) broken and on the floor but I think he’s scared of them and leaves this area alone. He does love to smell the burlap from the DIY tree skirt though!

2012 OSU Christmas Tree2Our ‘tree topper’ is actually a stuffed Pistol Pete. The limbs at the top of the tree help keep him in place since there isn’t a bottom holder to him.

2012 OSU Christmas TreeMy newest ornament is the top left and I love it! A friend of mine makes these for schools, states, NBA teams – whatever you want. She is so talented so I had to buy one from her. The candy canes are the cheapest ornament I have. I took three packages of fake candy canes from the Dollar Tree and spray painted them orange. I’ve used them now for three years and they haven’t had one problem!

2012 Christmas TreesThe trees at night, with no other lights on, are my favorite views and make the decorating hours all worth it. So pretty and so serene!

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I finally finished my OSU tree skirt! Better late than never, right? It was several hours of folding, gluing and repeating so it took me some time to actually finish my DIY tree skirt. I found inspiration on Pinterest (where else?!) and followed Ashley’s directions to make my own version.

Here’s a little looksy at what I did! I had a serious case of not being able to focus on anything because I have been too busy enjoying just living this month and I have loved every second of it! Sunday night I finally sat down (well, I didn’t have a choice, I injured my ankle and couldn’t walk) and finished the easiest tree skirt, ever.

First, you cut a ton of strips of fabric. I used burlap in orange and black (the Oklahoma State colors). It was only $3.99/yard at Hobby Lobby and I got 2 yards of each. I ended up having too much for the tree skirt I used, so you might be able to use 1-1.5 yards. I don’t like following the rules of most tutorials, the rules this time being cut 2-3″ strips, so I just cut at random. I know, getting crazy over here!

The tree skirt I used as the base is from a local thrift store and was $3 – not too shabby! You use a ton of glue guns (in my case, I had to buy another glue gun because mine died) and just start gluing. I would put a little glue down, fold the fabric and press. You will get some burned fingers but you learn to tough it out – well, I did at least. I didn’t want to bother with pins so I sucked it up and continued on!

Here’s what it looked like for almost 2 weeks. That’s right, I did exactly two folds and called it quits for a while. I told you – serious distractions this month and no desire to sit still! So, we stepped around it until I realized I had the girls from book club coming over so I had to step up my game and get it finished!

Once I got on a roll, it wasn’t that bad. I would glue, fold, press and then repeated this process about a million and twelve times. (Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…maybe) Not being able to walk around and do anything this weekend was a definite help and reason to sit still for so long! As I got closer to the center, it got easier and faster since there wasn’t as much gluing and folding.

Total, this project probably took about 2.5 hours. It cost $20 but since I didn’t use all of the fabric (kept the leftover strips for other projects!) we’ll call it $12. Not too bad for a new tree skirt that is 100% customized and personal to our second living room! I love the way it turned out – so fun and festive for this area. Next year, I want to wrap up some empty boxes and put them under the tree so you can’t see the stand. In orange and black, of course 🙂

Merry Christmas – Go Pokes!

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Ballard loves burlap

How cute are these pillows?! Ballard Designs loves burlap right now and so do I! One of their favorites includes these two pillows. I would love to have them at my house but for $59 EACH I will go ahead and pass. I mean, you have to be kidding me. I know it includes the insert but seriously people. Let’s go ahead and buy some burlap, stencil paint on the Mr. and Mrs. and call it good!

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