December 23, 2010

Where’s My Easy Button?

Posted in Decorating, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 8:54 am by dotcomdecorator

As Christmas draws nearer, I once again wonder why time suddenly seems to speed up, our to-do lists are so much larger than any other time of the year, and there is a palatable feeling of anxiety in the air.

Personally, I have known, for the past twenty-three years, that this is my busiest time of the year and while I mentally “gear up” for that, I also mentally hit the panic button before I need to! When I take a deeper look at the projects on my plate, I haven’t tripled, or even doubled my workload, the projects are not substantially bigger or more complex, but their deadlines, combined with all the “have to do’s” of the holiday season send me into a tizzy!

The other day I had a friend point this out to me. I don’t need reminding–I live it every moment of my day during this season. However, it was good to hear. Good to gain some perspective. Good to know that someone notices and doesn’t like the way it makes me crazy.  And most of all, good to have a friend who offers to step in and help, despite her own crazy life! Thank you…but, if you could just find my “Easy Button” I think I’ll be ok!

At two days from Christmas, my house is quiet, and I suddenly realized part of the hectic pace of this season is self-protection. If I keep busy, keep moving, and keep feeling engaged, it allows me to enjoy the hustle-bustle of the season.  Once I have finished my projects, done my shopping, and attended the parties, it gets quiet…too quiet. I miss friends and family members that have passed, I miss those who live away, and this year I will face my first Christmas without my children here on Christmas! We will celebrate, but it won’t be the same. That’s how life is.

Like all of you, I know I will face many challenges, opportunities, and changes in the upcoming year. One of my big adjustments will be seeing my daughter graduate college, which means my freedom from college expenses! While I don’t have a crystal ball, I am pretty certain this will also mean I will cut back and adopt a less frantic work pace. My goal for next year’s holiday season is to be in a different place–calm, cool, and collected. I will have one well-used “Easy Button” ready to pass on!

Peaceful Snow

No matter where you are, no matter how busy or stressed you are, let in the quiet–even for a few moments–and remember what the season is all about. Hold gratitude in your heart for all you do have–and we all have blessings to count, even when they look like burdens! My wish for you now and in 2011 is that love, peace, and joy are abundant in your life! Merry Christmas!

VivaConGio

The DotComDecorator

December 8, 2010

The Christmas Decorating is Done!

Posted in Decorating tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:40 pm by dotcomdecorator

I am happy to report that I finally got my Christmas decorating done! I admit I was doubtful it would actually be accomplished; I spent days “assessing the situation” with little progress made. However, once I got started, things fell into place.

And, fulfilling my previously stated intention, I have embraced the season! I even changed up my usual decor and tried a few new things, including using a pink feather boa on a small tree in my powder room!

My kids are grown and while I seriously miss the excitement of children at Christmas time (even as twenty-somethings they seemed to bring the magic of Christmas to life around here!), I no longer feel obliged to decorate in the traditional way I did when they lived at home.

In addition to the pink boa, my Diva Tree is adorned with crystal-look ornaments (leftovers from the chandelier project!) and large pink glass ornaments. While I wanted to top it with a tiara, I opted for a little pink star burst, only because I couldn’t find a tiara ornament on short notice!

Further switching things up, I chose a black, white, and silver theme for my tree, and must say I LOVE it! It has sparkle, is elegant, and quite unexpected!

I paired the black ,white, and silver with red for the decorations in other areas. For the first time, I feel like the majority of the Christmas ornamentation compliments my decor rather than disrupting it!  Of course, I can’t use the dining room table without disassembling the tablescape, but until then, I’ll enjoy it!

Here are pictures of some of my efforts:

 

With the decorating behind me, I can now start thinking about all the other aspects of the Christmas season! Who knows, one of these years I might actually get ahead of the curve and not be blindsided by the holiday season…it’s not like it comes at a different time each year, right?

 

Hope you’re celebrating this season in your own special way!

Until next time,

Viva Con Gioia!
The DotComDecorator

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