It’s Christmastime here in our tiny apartment. I’m used to having a whole big farmhouse all decorated in greenery and snowmen. But here, we have neither greenery nor snowmen.
What we do have is Christmas spirit! Or rather, I have that and Hubs just plays along to make me happy. Don’t get me wrong, he had fun decorating our tree, but he certainly wouldn’t have fretted too much if we had decided we didn’t have room for a tree.
But…never fear, because Christmas is here!
Yup, that’s our first Christmas tree, folks. I’m proud we decorated frugally, so I’ll share what we learned in this adventure.
First of all, make stuff yourself! Like these trees! (That I’ll post about later!)
It’s part of the little scene on top of bookshelf #1
And the nativity set? Another tip, “re-use.”
I also have a tree like that on the shelf in our living room.
I got the idea from here.
The print is from here.
And I HAVE to show you the adorable place mats my mother-in-law made for me. How adorable are they?
And our second kind of paper trees, the folded ones I made, and I’ll post about, with our growing collection of Christmas cards.
I got the ideas for the trees from the mothership, Martha, of course.
And we also have stockings! But as the title of this post suggests, we had a bit of a dilemma when deciding where to hang them, as we have no fireplace.
But we got a shelf from my parents’ basement. (It’s a wonderland of usable stuff down there, though my mother’s probably horrified I’m admitting how much is down there. Sorry, Mom!)
Hubs painted it white, and I sanded it down to give it that vintage look I like. It’s old enough to really be vintage, it just needed a little love.
See, we can even make our own stockings! His is made from an old pair of jeans. And since we don’t have a sewing machine and Hubs would have FREAKED if I’d tried to smuggle it home, I had to sew it by hand, which took…awhile.
Here’s the whole look that greets you when you come in our front door by the kitchen now:
Print from tatertots and jello.
Closer look at the frame. Love it!
There, our stockings are all ready to be filled up with fun little gifts.
And in the spirit of giving, I’m going to GIVE you all a little tour of our tree.
Here we go, a cute little “S” I got from the church I volunteer at.
Here’s one I made last year at school.
And the ornaments from my childhood that I collected as a kid but that haven’t been hanging on our family tree in a long time:
Oh, and you want to see the ornaments I made?
Here’s some more…
Oh and just to make sure I represent,
It makes my heart happy to have our tree up and looking so festive. Who cares if our ornaments and decorations are a bit skimpy and we only spent 5 bucks on our tree. I say it’s beautiful!