It's a gray, cold day outdoors. . .but indoors, the tree is trimmed. . .and the lights are on. . .giving the entire keeping room a soft glow. . .
This year's tree is a vintage one. . .It's been in our family for years. . .It's needles shed a little. . .and some places are a little bare. . .although you really can't see it once all the decorations are on. . .
I decided to trim it in plain and simple style green glass-like balls, "snowballs" and white glittery snowflakes. . .inspired by the green sled I fell in love with and purchased in Missouri. . .Did you notice I've stayed true to using black and white for drama with plaids, gingham checks, and flower-y wrapping paper?. .Underneath I have a few wrapped packages, but decided to make it more farmhouse with a basket and crocks. . .Most people would never think about putting crocks at the tree, but why not? . .Have a little fun.
I did challenge myself this year to decorate with items from the dollar stores. . .and allowed only fifty dollars to make my purchases. . .The rest had to be make-do with decorations I had. . .and some live greenery. . .You'll see most of the purchases later in the living room. . .but I did incorporate a few in the keeping room. . .just to bring a flow within the house from one room to the other. . .
Believe it or not, the sled was already decorated. . .except for the plaid mittens. . .It is small enough to tuck under the stockings and not overwhelm the tree. . .
One corner down. . .more to go. . .But, honestly. . .don't you love the challenge of it?
Christmas decor doesn't have to be expensive. . .Just use the imagination. . .
From the Dollar Stores: Victorian Stocking, Plaid Mittens, Check Snowflakes, Additional Green Balls, Wrapping Paper, "Falalala", Ceramic Red Truck