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The Trials and Tribulations of a Seasonal Decorator

February 16th, 2016

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So how many of you consider yourself “Seasonal Decorators”? Hopefully the large majority raised their hands, if not I’ll be out of business soon. But wait, let me back up and explain what I mean by “Seasonal Decorator”. Does your house basically look the same all year round except for at Christmas? Or do you plaster your abode in Valentine’s hearts only to pull out the green shamrock garland a few weeks later and apply liberally? I’d say I fall somewhere between those two categories… leaning more toward the crazy hearts and shamrocks kind of lady.

I only bring this up because I’m currently suffering through the barren wasteland of Winter. The absolute worst of the seasons for a “Seasonal Decorator”. Once the Christmas decorations come down I just get depressed. I can never seem to fill in all of the empty holes. They weren’t empty before Christmas… why are they empty now? It’s hard out there for a “Seasonal Decorator”.

I’m beginning to think I should change my title from “Seasonal Decorator” to “Lazy Decorator”. I’ve been falling into that category a lot more lately. For example, I have a collection of old metal noisemakers..,

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that I usually throw in an old wood bowl on my coffee table when New Year’s Eve rolls around. That sad little attemp at New Year’s Eve decor didn’t even happen this year because I just couldn’t bring myself to mess up the display they’re currently living  in.

I gave in to the winter doldrums a few years ago and made some Valentine’s decorations to tide me through until Spring (even though V-Day is really not in my wheelhouse) but I just wasn’t feeling it this year. My pathetic attempt at Valentine cheer looked something like this…

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which is all well and good but my front closet, the epicenter of all holiday cheer in my little abode still looks like this…

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minus the jar of Christmas ornaments. I toyed with changing the chalkboard to “Love makes the wold go round” thereby transitioning into Valentine’s Day but I couldn’t come up with anything else Valentine-ish and here again, the laziness kicked in. I also feared it may just end up looking like a “sale shelf” and I didn’t want that to happen. What’s a “Sale Shelf” you may ask? Well it’s a term my Mom came up with a few years back and my sisters, both “Seasonal Decorators” as well, and I try to avoid at all costs. Mom had a small table in her living room decorated with Christmas items but she was frustrated and didn’t really like it. She said it felt like she had just gathered all of her leftover decorations together, plopped them on a table and now it looked like one of those sad “sale shelves” you find at the end of the aisles in every Target store.

I’ve decided the front closet will just have wait for Spring to arrive. As for the rest of the house… I’ve been trying to come up with some “year-round” decor to fill in some of those holes. The good news is, one of those spots was filled by possibly the greatest Christmas gift I ever received.

My sister Kelli went to GI with me one Saturday last fall. We both had a bunch of errands to run and I planned on checking out a couple of my favorite antique shops in hopes of finding some display pieces for my next Willow Station show. As luck would have it, I found these two beauties…

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as well as this little number…

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and along the way stopped to visit the one piece that I have looked at and drooled over for probably three years. You see, I’m a collector of old toys, here’s the proof…

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and as you can see, rust doesn’t matter. They just make me happy. Well, down in the basement of my favoite antique shop lived this amazing metal ferris wheel. It had tempted me on many occasions but was just out of my price range. On this particular visit, I showed “my precious” to Kelli, who agreed that it was indeed awesome, and we continued on with our scouting trip. I left empty handed that day but a week later sent Kelli on a buying trip to bring me back the white drop-leaf table (she’s become my “Chief Purchasing Agent”). And then only a few days later decided I wanted the white trunk as well. Since I was knee-deep in Willow Station prep Kelli offered to make the return trip and pick up the trunk, and little did I know “my precious” came home with her, after a good amount of bartering, that day as well.

To say I was surprised when I opened my Christmas present from the Peters would be an understatement. A rusty piece of metal just about brought me to tears. After seeing my gift my nephew Brandon declared that even he could shop for me, he could just grab a piece of junk out of his garage or shed and wrap it. He was joking of course, but little does he know I would be thrilled to scour the buildings of his farm in Kansas. Anyway, here she is, in all her glory…

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isn’t she a beaut…

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I made the “Hip Hip Hooray” print in her honor…

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So that spot was filled, on to the next. My next piece of “filler” came about thanks to my best friend Angie. I was at work on New Year’s Eve day when I got a text from her with this photo…

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and the message “Merry Christmas to me!” I of course replied with lots of eye-heart emoji’s and asked where in the world she had found that little number. She had ordered it from “My Cinema Lightbox” and said I should check it out since they were running a sale until midnight that night. So of course, since I want to be just like Ang, I ordered myself one…

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isn’t it the coolest? I need to order a second set of letters so I don’t have to continue pretending my “I’s” are “L’s”. Oh, and later that night, during my drive home, it dawned on me that I still didn’t really have a decent present for my sister Kris so I quickly ordered her one as well and had it shipped directly to her in Texas. I then proceeded to forget about it. I meant to text her so she would be on the lookout for a package, but of course forgot. And then about a week later my cell phone dinged it’s little typewriter ringtone telling me I had a text and all I saw was this…

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and of course I immediatly took credit and gave Ang some too since she discovered it. The next day this appeared on Facebook…

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at least I helped Kris fill up some of her empty spaces.

Meanwhile I’ve got two down and a whole lot more to go. I think I’ll just sit here like a “Lazy Decorator” and wait until I can dust off my Easter eggs when Spring arrives. Didn’t Punxsutawny Phil say it was supposed to come early this year? Punxsutawny Phil! Groundhog Day! There’s a holiday I’ve never decorated for. The wheels are spinning.

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