The Saturday Before Christmas — Cutting Corners

I’ve been trying to finish the living room curtains for months but its just not happening so I decided to iron what I have and just hang it until after the new year. (Naturally one of the curtain rods has to be reattached to the wall because the screw pulled out.)

Who but me will know the curtains are unfinished?
Who but me will know the curtains are unfinished?

The main reason I want to hang the curtains is so I can hang all the framed artwork that is still on the living room floor leaning up against the furniture before our New year’s Eve party.

The portrait of me when I was a little girl is supposed to be hanging on a wall in the living room.
The portrait of me when I was a little girl is supposed to be hanging on a wall in the living room.

.We have finished — or almost finished — decorating the tree.

Charlie put tons of lights on the tree.
Charlie put tons of lights on the tree.

And as I was hoping the tree looks a lot more symmetrical decorated.

I used wired gossamer ribbon loosely wound round the tree.
I used wired gossamer ribbon loosely wound round the tree.

For the first time this year I tried a garland of ribbon.  It’s green on green — very subtle.

I'm thinking of a Barbie-theme tree next year.
I’m thinking of a Barbie-theme tree next year.

Next year (hahaha) I’m thinking 3 small trees, each with its own theme.

I like my icicles -- Charlie is not a fan.
I like my icicles — Charlie is not a fan.

I hope I can remember that.

Are you making plans for next year?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “The Saturday Before Christmas — Cutting Corners”

  1. I love your lampshades and the lamps they are sitting on LOL. nice portrait as well. You only have a couple more steps to do and it will look nice. I myself have been pushing to get things done in my house as well. At the end of my remodel. It takes two years to clean up all the tools and stuff LOL

    1. The lamps were my mother’s from the 1960s; I always liked them, too. (The balls look like cracked marbles.) They have had many different shade shapes over the years — these were a bargain at $19 each from Decorator’s Outlet near Richmond, Virginia. Jo

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