Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Challenge

This Christmas will be our first as a married couple. Since we have our own place together I realize there is no longer all of my favorite decorations that I have gotten used to over the past 24 years. And this made me sad. I absolutely love Christmas decorations. We have had none.

I was in town and I was going to look for some new decorations for the house. As of late, I have been investing quite a bit in my new shop and therefore came to the realization that it might be smarter to save the money. I had some help with this realization...(ahem) thanks hubs. Let me be clear. He never said, 'you can't buy any decorations.' He kindly reminded me that neither of us are working at this point and we won't have any income until this spring. Reality, yes. Guilt trip set in. I wasn't the happiest, but he was right. What is the point of spending lots of dough on decoration for will stay up for about thirty days?

This created a new challenge for me and an opportunity to take lemons and make lemonade as they say. I headed to the house and began right away pulling things to transform into our Christmas decor.  I didn't spend a single cent. I created our Christmas shelf from ONLY stuff I already had. I also created a HUGE mess. But we all know that messy spaces are productive spaces. 

This was my result. I'm pretty much in love and catch myself staring at my sweet little Christmas haven. Ahhh. Christmas.  

Now, I challenge you my crafty, creative friends. I'd love to see what you can come up with! Happy FREE Decorating. 

P.S. Can you believe I didn't use Pinterest ONCE to make this little shelf. I'm so proud of myself for that. I love it as a resource but I'm glad I used my own ideas this time. 


  1. Aw! Great ideas Lauren! Have you seen my painted pinecones @

    I'm in love with them! I think your cottonball idea is so cute!

  2. You did a great job! I remember our first Christmas as a married couple, our house was a tad bare! But each year I've collected a little more, made a little more, gotten a little more creative. Please come and link this up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at I'd really appreciate it! ~Jen

  3. I wish we could Goodwill hunt/craft together!

  4. ok i am totally impressed with this! way to go chica!