This year was my first "real" Christmas in Casa Joshua Tree, and Christmas is my favorite holiday. I say "real" because last year the house was still in renovation disarray, so it doesn't count! I wanted to do something special to decorate, but without spending much money or having a buncha decorations to store till next year. I'm the gal who travels with clippers and garden gloves in her car (you never know when you're going to need them!) so I hatched a plan to forage for wreath and garland makings around Joshua Tree.
On Saturday, I went out in the morning to do some errands with my clippers and gloves on the front seat, ready to go. I cut plants from all over town every time I stopped to do an errand. Sage, Creosote and some red leaves came from the Home Depot parking lot, Olive branches from next to the grocery store, and gorgeous red berries (not sure what they are?) from a hedgerow next to the self-storage place on Highway 62 (technically I didn't have an errand there but it was on my way back home!) I have a canvas log carrier for firewood, but turns out it works great for carrying pokey leafy things too!
I invited my friend Geneva and her daughter Prairie over to hang out and make some planty decor. Her hubs Andy came along and graciously agreed to be our documentarian/instagram husband/Prairie-sitter while Geneva and I did crafty stuff.
I had some brass beading wire, jute, and sisal rope leftover from some previous projects which came in handy. I used the wire to wrap the branches together and form a circle for my wreath.
Geneva decided to make a swag out of creosote and sage. The berries are so pretty, but we were worried they might fall off at home and Prairie would eat them--yikes! so no berries for their house!
We both just winged it and starting putting stuff together without much of a plan, which was really fun.
This photo is about 3/4 of the way through after I picked it up for the first time and half the stuff fell off! So I added more wire till it seemed stable, and kept sticking stuff in the gaps. I used the Creosote as the base/ring, and Olive branches, Sage, and the berries to fill the gaps.
I used the leftover branches to "make" a garland for the mantle- aka just laying stuff up there! (The lazy woman's garland) I added 2 strings of LED mini lights nestled amongst the leaves.
I bought a mini potted tree from Home Depot. I had only intended to buy some string lights but once I got there, I could resist! It's a live tree, so I can keep it and plant it later. Isn't it cute?? I rearranged the furniture a bit so my favorite chair is next to the tree & fire for prime holiday relaxin'
I made some swags with the last bits of leaves and branches, and rigged up this holiday banner/garland/hangy thing. I keep Command hooks and adhesive on hand always (almost everything in the house is hung with Command, so useful) so I put 2 hooks up and strung sisal twine between them, and attached the swags. I had some strips of linen leftover in my fabric stash so I draped those over the twine. What do you think?? I'm kinda in love with it!
All in all, I spent about $50 bucks...$39 for the Tree (weakness impulse purchase) and the rest for lights. Now the house feels festive! Who is ready for cookies?? ME!