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Christmas trees and red dresses

I am not really one to decorate for the holidays.  We don’t generally host any holiday gatherings, and to be honest I’m pretty scroogey about the whole season (too many years of working for churches… this year I am only doing one Christmas service, for a friend who lives in Cincinnati.)  This year we are holding a small party, so I’ve actually had to dig out my christmas things.  Fortunately, my Mom loves Christmas, but gets tired of things, so we have tons of decorations from her.  We don’t have a large Christmas tree (and nowhere to put one,) so I put up two small ones instead:

The first tree is in the dining room.  Note the Lego Death Start ornament in the front!  And why yes, that is a hot pink christmas tree with hot pink lights.  It’s actually sitting on the piano (the piano is closed, and I almost never open it all the way.  It’s covered with a blanket to stop any scratches.)

Yes, it’s kind of tacky, but if you can’t be tacky at Christmas, when can you? That’s my piano studio, and I know my students will appreciate the kitschy tree!  And those are indeed little disco balls gathered around the base.    Since we live in a Victorian house, people often gift me those “Victorian Christmas” style things.  It’s not my style at all, too stuffy and the colors are too somber.  It’s definitely an ongoing challenge to decorate this house – the woodwork tends to dominate everything, and I have to be careful not to go too modern (I love modern furniture, but it looks wrong here… the scale is too small.)  I just aim to let my personality show through, even if that is sometimes pretty loud.  It works for me!

To go along with the holiday theme, I’m making a red dress using Vogue 8685.

I’m using a red ponte knit that I bought at Mood.  To be honest, it’s a bit more of a cherry red than I prefer – I look best in very blue toned reds, which don’t clash with my hair.  This one isn’t too bad though, and it will be nice for Christmas!  The pattern has a lot of pieces due to the yoke, but it doesn’t look very hard to make.  I’ve got it cut and ready to sew this week (in between the frantic house cleaning – I will have lots of people who have never seen my house, and I like to preserve the illusion that I’m very good at dusting!)