|My very own "source book"|
Each person's mind works differently. Mine happens to like mulling over how to arrange furniture in a room or how to decorate that room for Christmas. I don't know why it does, I just appreciate it and work with it.
I thought you might like seeing how I come up with many of my ideas for Christmas decorations-- and since I'm a reader, it should come as no surprise that it involves a book.
Above right you see my very own source book of Christmas ideas, created from a large 11x8 hardbound blank journal. Several years ago, I used to buy/ subscribe to many interior design magazines, and I'd tear out and keep articles and photographs that appealed to me. I've since stopped gorging on magazines-- except for Christmas-themed ones-- but keeping all those pages loose in a few hanging files just wasn't working for me. Pasting them in a book does work.
[As usual for my posts, you can click on any of the photos to view them in a larger size in new windows.]
|Idea that needs tweaking|
Sometimes-- like on the page to the left-- I see something I like, but I know it won't quite work in my own space. I still keep the photo because sooner or later (after looking at it several times and allowing my mind to percolate) I'll come up with a solution that works.
I've found that that "percolation" is important; it can lead to some of my best ideas-- like turning a "Fibber McGee closet" into an entertainment center. (You can see it in Photo #25 in my previous post.)
|Don't know what I'm going to do with these... yet!|
Just as important in the whole process are the pages that contain things that I like... I just don't know what I'm going to do with them yet. I don't even know what room they should be in. My decorating isn't static; it changes from year to year as a few decorations fall from favor and I decide to try out new ideas.
|Planning and preparation!|
In August or September, I turned the pages of my source book and looked at all the illustrations. Then I sat out by the pool with a clipboard on my knee, watching the birds chase each other around. From memory, I thought of the decorations I had and began to put them in place, room by room. I wrote this all down, a room per page, and as I wrote, I thought of changes that I wanted to incorporate, items that I wanted to make using supplies I had on hand. I wrote all this down, too. Writing it makes it real. At least in my mind!
|Already making plans for next year!|
One of the best compliments I have ever received was given to me by my mother the first year she put me in charge of Christmas decorations. Mom loved her Aunt Mary Ann dearly, and Mary Ann was a woman who loved Christmas. Her entire house was Christmas in both looks, smells, sounds, and the spirit of the family who crowded in on Christmas Day. As Mom walked through our house looking at everything I'd done, tears glistened in her eyes. All she said was, "Mary Ann lives." There was no need for her to say more. I cherish those words to this day.
I hope my Christmas decorating idea book has been helpful to some of you. (Let's face it-- it's something that would work for any holiday.) If any of you ever feel like sharing ideas or asking questions, I'm more than happy to chatter away!
Ho, ho, ho! Oooooooooooh, look at that! I could make that a bit smaller and put it on the buffet table to the left of ................................