Christmas trees and red dresses

12 Dec

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!)

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8 Responses to “Christmas trees and red dresses”

  1. laurwyn December 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I am so sure that it’ll look great!

  2. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) December 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I have been eyeing that pattern, so can’t wait to see it sewn up. very nice holiday color.

  3. 1mindgames December 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    That is a beautiful red. The pattern is a very flattering one too. I really like Vogue patterns. They’re classy. And the hot pink tree is so cute. I am really glad that you are your own person and can emanate that in your home and how you dress. Your hubby must be very proud of you for all your talent and accomplishments.

  4. Brumby December 13, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I laughed at the line “and I like to preserve the illusion that I’m very good at dusting!” because I can totally relate! Also abhor the concept of Christmas, I think if we reclaimed Christmas from the retail giants, started to focus less on gifts, and gave more focus to spending time with friends and family then we would all be happier.

  5. Shannon December 13, 2010 at 1:40 am #

    I’ve always liked the silver and colorful artificial trees. Looks nice and festive to me! I’ll bet your red dress will be great. I am still contemplating a dress for this upcoming weekend. I need to make a decision soon.

  6. lazystitcher December 13, 2010 at 2:20 am #

    Oooo… I have this pattern but I haven’t seen anyone make it yet – Can’t wait :)

  7. angie.a December 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    That pattern will be gorgeous in the red knit! I love your kitschy trees too (and am immensely jealous of the Victorian house). :)

  8. Anne December 16, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Looking forward to seeing that dress- my opinion is that you can never have too much red in your wardrobe :)

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