I finally managed some nice shots of the tree. It was tricky to photograph! I didn't use any of my silver or crystal ornaments, just colorful glass ones. It makes me smile!I borrowed a pre-lit tree from mom, and I never want to go back to putting lights on again! All I did was plug it in and I was done, that made getting to the fun part a whole lot more fun!
I did end up spending a few dollars this year, $10 to be exact. I made an ornament wreath, like those others have made. I wasn't going to do it. I knew that Mr. PN was going to hate it, but somehow after seeing Thrifty Decor Chick's wreath I couldn't resist.
I got $5 worth of ornaments at Dollar Tree and $5 worth at Target. The hanger and hot glue I already had. Although I'm not sure I'd do it the same way again, I think it looks pretty good for 10 bucks. ( and Mr. PN didn't call it hideous, so that's saying something)
This is hanging on our stairs, where I also added some garland with teal lights and old tinsel starbursts that we had on the tree when I was a kid. I honestly don't know how old they are, but they are starting to show that unknown age so I've made a few copies w/ silver pipe cleaners. I should make a tutorial on how that's done, since they are super easy and cheap, cheap cheap. On the stairs, I also added silver bells that hang from a big snowflake at the end, which is somewhat amusing when one of us comes down the stairs and around the corner quickly, since it jingles!
I haven't decorated much more, but it's a busy time of year at work and the most public rooms are at least be decked and that's pretty darn good. (now if I could just find the time and motivation to clean my disaster of an office!)