Hello, hello, friends! I am so excited to be joining some oh-so-talented bloggers today for the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Home Tours, hosted by Krista from The Happy Housie and April from House by Hoff!
If you’re just popping over from Sara’s place at Sincerely, Sara D., welcome!! Isn’t she so talented? I love her gorgeous home!
Now, you may notice that my post went up a bit late today. I’m so sorry about that, but I promise that I have a good excuse. In fact, instead of talking about the decor in the photos I’m about to show you (because it’s fairly self-explanatory), I thought I’d tell you the story of why this post went up late… I think it will be much more entertaining. 😉
My Christmas decorating actually got off to a late start overall this year. I decided to order a new tree since our last one was made for the shorter ceilings in our old house and was looking pretty dinky in our current house. My new taller tree arrived, and I excitedly put it together. Much to my dismay, there was an entire ring around the middle where the lights would not work, no matter what I did.
So I called the company, and they told me that I could keep the tree with the broken lights, and they would send me a replacement tree. Great! The second tree arrived, and I again set it up excitedly…and again, there was a section of lights that would not light up. I tried everything I could think of. I even tried combining pieces of the two trees to make one tree with all working lights, but to no avail.
I called again, and the company agreed to give me a full refund but still said I could keep both of the trees. So I gave one away and since I’m cheap, I just put a spare strand of lights on the other one, blending it in with the lights that were already on the tree, and I had myself a free Christmas tree. Woohoo!
Messing with all of these trees had put me a few weeks behind on my decorating, but I still had plenty of time before today’s tour, so I took my time decorating the rest of the house. Then things got busy. I had deadlines to meet and trips to go on, and before I knew it, I had made it to yesterday morning.
I don’t normally wait until the day before a post goes live to take photos, but time had gotten away from me. I wasn’t worried, though! I still had the whole day, and the only thing I had to do before I snapped my photos was help Donnie hang some curtains in our sunroom that I had been dying to hang for a few weeks.
I got out all of the supplies for him, and he started working away. But as he took a closer look at the curtain rods I had purchased, he realized that they were going to be too short for where we wanted to hang them. You see, I had measured the windows and even made sure to add some extra inches for a buffer, but what I had forgotten to take into account is that there will eventually be big, chunky, beautiful trim around these windows, and we wanted the curtains to be able to hang wide so that they didn’t cover the future trim work.
Because Donnie is a gem, he offered to run to the store and buy the correctly sized curtain rods. I checked and double checked online to make sure our store had them in stock, and was relieved to see that they did. Yay!
A little while later, though, Donnie called me from the store to let me know that even though the website said that they had plenty of our curtain rods in stock, they were actually one short. He was going to have to go to a second store location to pick up the other rod. (Such a good husband!)
At this point I was getting a little nervous because this was taking way more time than I had thought it would, but I still thought I would have enough time to take my photos, edit them, and write the post after we had installed the curtains. It might be a late night, but I could totally pull it off!
Donnie finally returned home with all of the curtain rods we needed and began installing them. The method he had to use to install this particular type of rod was a little clunkier than we were used to, but I was just relieved to have rods that were the correct length, so I didn’t worry about it too much.
Once the first rod was up, I inserted the first curtain panel onto the end, twisted on the finial, and stepped back to admire it… and promptly realized that I had purchased the wrong length of curtains… and not just by a little bit. They were 12-18″ too long.
Now I had to make a choice. I could hem the curtains. This would take me a long while because there were 8 curtain panels, and I’m not the best at that sort of thing. Also with the luck I was having that day, I figured I would probably end up screwing them up. The other choice was to go back to the store where I purchased the curtains (which is 35-40 minutes away) and exchange them for the correct length.
(At this point we already had a bunch of holes in the wall from putting up the curtain rods, so just nixing the curtains altogether wasn’t really an option. Of course.) This was also the point in the day where I had resigned myself to the fact that this tour was going to be published late. I was running out of light, so my hopes of taking any daylight pictures were dashed. #boggerfail
Donnie (who, if you haven’t realized it yet, is the hero in this story) graciously volunteered to be the one to run to the store to exchange the curtains. This act was extra gracious because I had thrown away the receipt (If you are keeping track of my mistakes at this point, we are approximately at number eleventy billion.), and he was going to have to convince them to take the long curtains back without it. Eek.
Since he is pretty convincing, he managed to make the exchange without a problem, and headed back home. He arrived, and we finally got the curtains up… they were even the correct length! Yes!
We had had to move the Christmas tree out of the way to get the corner curtains hung, so Donnie helped me move it back into position, and then, in his 827th heroic act of the day, he took the boys to go pick up some dinner while I attempted to put the rest of the sunroom back together.
Right after he left with the boys, I noticed that the tree was sitting a little crooked, so I reached underneath it to try to adjust the base. As I was making my adjustments, the base folded up so that it was no longer an X shape, but a straight line, and my entire [decorated] tree fell over on its side, several glass bulbs smashing into pieces as it hit the floor.
***We now pause the pretty home tour pictures for a moment to bring you… real life.***
***And now, back to the tour! 🙂 ***
If I hadn’t been so frustrated about the long string of unfortunate events that had led to this point, I would have burst out laughing. I officially felt like Alexander with my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But I persevered! I managed to get the tree back upright, clean up the mess from the broken ornaments, and with some fluffing and straightening, the tree returned to its original glory (for the most part).
My curtains were up. My house was decorated. And I was even able to grab some pretty night shots of our Christmas lights before heading to bed. Yippee!
I woke up the next morning, took my daylight photos, and now here we are… albeit a bit late, but after everything I had to go through to get to this point, the fact that this post is even up at all is a win in my book!
And let’s be honest… if curtain problems and my tree falling over is the worst thing that happens to me this week, I’m doing pretty well. Plus now I have quite the story to tell, which I’ll be able to laugh at… eventually. 😉
Merry Christmas, sweet friends! I hope that you and your loved ones have a happy and blessed holiday season!
Before you go, don’t forget to pop around and visit my awesome bloggy buddies and their beautiful abodes!
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Cushions re-covered by amazing friend Kristi and her talented mama!
“In Christ Alone” Canvases- Made in the same way as described in this tutorial.
Pencil Tree- Hobby Lobby
If you’ve made it this far, I’m seriously impressed. That was LONG! Thanks so much for sticking with me! Have a wonderful day!
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