Between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there are only 27 days(!!!). Not even a full month! Not even 4 weeks! So, this year, I decided to put up the tree "early" - three and half weeks is NOT enough time to enjoy a tree (in my opinion hehe). Usually I wait for Black Friday to roll around, but this year is a bit different; I won't be home on Black Friday, so I decided to put it up before I left for Thanksgiving vacation - there is nothing better than coming home to a warm and cozy apartment full of holiday cheer.
PLUS, decorating early gives me a chance to really make it perfect, and pass along some good ideas to you!
First, I started with my 6-foot tall faux tree crammed into the only corner of our apartment that it'll fit in to. I think next year I'll have to upgrade to one of Wight's gorgeous artificial trees; they have a whole forest of them for you to pick from (and right now they are 20% off!)! Next, I added lights. Then I took all of the incredible ornaments and stuff I got at Wight's and put them out so I could get a game plan going.
I got classic white ball ornaments (some in the box of 12 were matte finish and some were glossy), silver sparkly large ornaments, a few birds (mostly adorable owls), some 'sweater' type ornaments, some fake snowball ornaments, an awesome clock ornament, some amazing slowflake ornaments, a snowshoe ornament, a glittery piece of garland, and some pine cones. I started decorating with what I had the most of - the white ball ornaments - and then moved on to the large silver ornaments and garland.
When I got the pine cones at Wight's, I wasn't 100% sure how I was going to use them, I just knew I wanted to add the 'natural' aspect to my sparkly tree. Just setting them on the branches of my fake tree didn't work; I wanted to make them look like they had grown on my tree. So, I got a little crafy with it. I took the pine cones and heated up my hot glue gun. On the bottom of each one, I added a tiny piece of green floral wire. After they cooled, it was amazingly easy to add them to my tree!
I also decorated an awesome garland over our entertainment system to really complete the look in our living room. I used gorgeous snow-covered magnolias from Wight's to give it a soft, wintry feel. The white looks great against the deep green of the garland.
Aaaaaaand voila! Everything has come together! I think I might add some hand-cut paper snowflakes to my tree in order to really fill it out, BUT, the stuff I got at Wight's really added class to my tree and took it up a notch from what I had been doing in years past. All of the stuff I got at Wight's is perfect, I'll definitely be heading back there next year! Make sure to check out Wight's for everything YOU need to decorate your home for the holidays - and let Ashley and I know what you get! We'll share photos that you send to us right here :)
Every year, Wight's Home & Garden transforms into Wight's Wonderland of Christmas - 23,000 square feet of glorious holiday decor; they have an artificial tree 'forest,' tons of lights, all sorts of garland, all the ornaments you could ever imagine, trinkets, gifts, stocking stuffers, and MORE. TONS MORE!!
Earlier this month, Ashley Ryan and I stopped by Wight's for their Winter Gala; it was an awesome event where we drank chanpagne and shopped for Christmas decor ideas. Does it get any better than that!? It was perfect.
I went back last week to gather all the things I need to get my tiny apartment in full-on holiday mode. Here are some pictures from the store!
This place has it all. These pictures don't even show you half of all the stuff Wight's has! Wight's is divided into 'rooms' that are themed, and in each room you can find everything used to decorate the trees in the room. They had a peacock themed area, a retro theme, music theme, ocean/beach theme, kitchen/wine theme, nativity theme, classic red and green Christmas theme, bright colors theme, log cabin theme, fairytale theme, nature theme, glitzy theme, princess theme, Versailles theme, white and gold theme... it just goes on and on! All of the trees are gorgeously decorated and are incredible inspiration for decorating your home. I got so many great ideas just looking around!
My favorite area was the white wonderland area (specifically the Snowdrift tree, but also the Snow Storm and Snow Blizzard trees - you can find photos here!); it was full of sparkly things, foxes, bears, deer, owls, branches, icicles, pinecones, snowflakes, snow, and a hint of burlap. It was gorgeous! And perfect for my home. It definitely was the inspiration for the decorations I got for my apartment.
I came home with TONS of ornaments that were white, silver, and sparkly. I got a bunch of candle holders, some garland, some wrapping paper, some gift tags, and more. It was the best shopping trip ever. When I got home, I started with the little things; I put up a piece of garland, and put some incredible smelling potpourri in a bowl; now my apartment smells like the holidays! (That's SOME of my stuff at checkout on the upper left, and my potpourri bowl in the photo on the right!). My little apartment already feels super cozy and ready for the holidays! Can't wait to put up my tree this week!
In the next few days, I'll show you a few photos of my decor and what I do with all the things I got at Wight's! (There's a sneak peak photo below!). Make sure you get to Wight's to decorate YOUR home, and share photos with me and Ashley Ryan! Maybe we'll even share them right here on the Diva's Page. :)
Hello Friends! It's that time of year- SNOW time!! That's right, forecasters are expecting some pretty heavy snow in our mountain passes this weekend, so make sure you're prepared!!
Here is the Weather Advisory from the NWS:
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM PST SATURDAY FOR THE WEST SLOPES OF THE NORTH AND CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM PST SATURDAY. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...LOCATIONS ABOVE 2000 FEET IN THE NORTH CASCADES AND ABOVE 2500 FEET IN THE CENTRAL CASCADES. THIS INCLUDES ALL OF THE HIGHWAY PASSES...SUCH AS STEVENS PASS... SNOQUALMIE PASS AND WHITE PASS. MOUNT BAKER AND MOUNT RAINIER ARE ALSO INCLUDED. * TIMING...HEAVY SNOW BEGINNING BEFORE DAWN ON FRIDAY AND ENDING EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL RATES ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 18 INCHES IN THE PASSES AND NEAR MOUNT BAKER. AROUND TWO FEET AT MOUNT RAINIER. SNOWFALL RATES EXCEEDING 1 INCH PER HOUR ARE LIKELY ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. * MAIN IMPACT...TRAVEL THROUGH THE CASCADES WILL BE CHALLENGING. * SNOW LEVEL...2000 TO 3000 FEET ON FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THE MOUNTAINS WHEN A FOOT OF SNOW OR MORE IS LIKELY IN 12 HOURS.