Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas... Unfortunately

Today it is COLD. Far, far too cold for me to find any joy in how pretty the snow looks outside. (According to, it's currently 14 degrees, but it feels like 1 degree. THAT IS TERRIBLE. Man, one of these days, I'm going to have to move to California or Florida, or, you know, anywhere on the equator.)

In keeping with the season, however, we've been busy decorating our room with all sorts of snowy decor. Pictures are below, please take a look! (Also, the formatting on the captions went completely wonky, I have NO idea what happened, and I do not have even a little bit of motivation to fix it. Haha, I know, I am SUCH A GOOD BLOGGER.)

Miss Beth made a street lamp (reminiscent of Narnia, obviously) in front of our pole opposite the entrance. I love the way the branches turned out - they add just the right fanciful element!
We made several of these big snowflakes to lend the room some added flair. This one is my favorite, although the picture is a little hard to make out. Find a tutorial on how to make these here!
I would just like the record to state that I very kindly did NOT play candid camera, and instead allowed Miss Jan to sneak out of the picture as I snapped it. Pretty garland though!
And a nicely-decorated Christmas tree, of course!
We cut a sponge into a snowflake shape and used it to paint the windows, then added some paper chains for an added touch of winter white.
Miss Jan put together this adorable Pete the Cat bulletin board! Hip, Hip Hooray for the Holidays! (Idea originally from Mudpie Studio.)
Miss Jan ALSO put together this awesomely hilarious bulletin board. Everyone loves Buddy the Elf! (Idea originally from Close's Counselor Corner)
More painted snowflakes, plus some hanging ones and a lovely poinsettia!

I found some really gorgeous wrapping paper at a craft store, so we used it to make some of our snowflakes. After we had punched them out, we thought, why not use the outlines as well!
We wrapped a center pole with some pretty wrapping paper. We had initially envisioned doing the whole room in blue and white, but I really like the pop of color the red offers!
Miss Kim made some awesome stack-end snowflakes!

So pretty! (I think the glittery one is especially nice. See more closeups on Miss Kim's Blog: Destination Storytime!)

Santas, santas everywhere!
And a shot of the room (as best I could manage) to give you more of an idea of how it all fits together! It's quite pretty down here, I'm liking this seasons decorations, even if I AM already pretty sick of snow.
And this is what I've been working on for the past couple days! I really, really love how it turned out, and it wasn't that had to make either. I just punched out the letters, did my best to make everything as bright and contrasting as possible, and then hung the words + circles from the ceiling on fishing line, so everything looks like it's floating! (Seriously, taping paper decorations to fishing line is my new favorite decorating tool. So simple, but it looks really good when you're all finished! If I do say so myself.)

Here's a closeup! Oooooooooh, floating circles!

And a picture from the back, just so you can get more of an idea of how everything is precariously held together. (It hasn't fallen down yet! I'm counting this as a victory.)

   And that's all for now, folks! A quick, picture-heavy blog post to (hopefully) get me back in the swing of posting again. (I can't believe I haven't had a post up since JUNE, ugh, that is terrible.)