It's been fun looking at the holiday home tours going on all over blogland these past few weeks. Lots of inspiring ideas! As much as I love seeing the bedrooms, bathrooms and every other room in the house decorated, I've just decorated my living and dining room. I bought a bundle of fresh mixed greenery on the weekend and have tucked it all over - it smells like Christmas in here!
I've been seeing chalkboard signs everywhere and really like them. My handwriting isn't that great so I decided to make one using photoshop. I'll share how I did it in my next post. I'm happy with how it turned out and it actually looks like it was written on a chalkboard!
To keep the greenery fresh, I tucked a plastic dish filled with water inside this bowl and then added the boughs. You could also use floral foam but I didn't have any and didn't want to venture out to buy some. This seems to be working and if it starts to die off, I've got some extra branches I can use to replace it.
My mantel needed something to fill in the vast expanse of mirror so I decided to make this"joy" banner. It's hung with mini clothespins on jute twine and I used tiny suction cup hooks that I placed right on the mirror.
I made the snow "globes" with Epsom salts, bottle brush trees and mini Snowbabies ornaments.
Taking photos indoors on these gray days definitely presents a challenge. All of these photos were taken with no sun, no artificial light, no flash and minimal editing in Lightroom. I've been playing around with my camera to figure out how to take better photos on dark dreary days and found that by increasing the ISO to 400 or higher and increasing the exposure compensation, I can manage to get a decent photo. The higher the ISO the grainier the photo is so I've found that for me, 400 ISO is the highest that I like to use. And a tripod is a must.
We bought our tree today! Once it's decorated, I'll share a few more photos with you. I think I'm finished my shopping but I haven't baked a single cookie yet. Bobby had his 6 month CT scan and check up and he remains cancer free! (My scan is on Monday but I won't get the results until January.)
With all the shopping, decorating and medical appointments, I'm really behind with your blogs! I'm hoping for a few quiet days to catch up ... see you soon!