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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

So, I Might Have Yelled At Some Christmas Garland…

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I have been pinning pictures of Christmas garland like crazy.

Layered Garland

Garlands that would finally make use of the 1000 vintage holiday ornaments I have been hoarding. 

Christmas Interior traditional living room

Garland for the kitchen.

 christmas holiday garland made of felt, G048

Masculine garlands for Sweet Guy.

Felt daisy garlands for the Fashionista.

Pom-Pom and Flower Garland: Fashion a swag with flower power by stringing button-capped flowers and old-time yarn pom-poms together. Hang the swag from a shelf or window to highlight its puffed-up blooms.

Garlands that make me wish I had a bannister.

Check Out The Placement Of The Garland  it would look great with white lights!

We won’t be able to have a tree this year as I mentioned in an earlier post. So my plan was to take garland I had on hand and drape it around each persons bedroom door, the kitchen, the living room, etc. and customize it. It was going to be GREAT! I was making the best of it. The universe would have to be by my side.

peace on earth watercolor

So why was I yelling at garland? 

I had started in Sweet Guys room. As the youngest he still really delights in Christmas décor.

I followed all the garland hanging (draping?) rules.

To protect the walls I used command strips. I had washed the walls to make sure there was no dust and I even let the hooks hang over night before adding any weight to them.

Just like the package said.

I took the time to unbend and position each branch and wrap the lights around in a perfect garland to light ratio.

garland 008-001

I made an awesome paper garland and attached it. Then, I began to hang all of his favorite ornaments.

garland 013-001

I stopped to go to church and returned to this:

garland 014-001

So I added another hook and added some more ornaments. Then the other side fell down.

Earlier today I came home and the entire garland was on the floor. One precious ornament was smashed to smithereens.

There were WORDS. Words were spoken

A lot of words were inflicted on that poor innocent garland.

I then read the packaging on the command strips. Apply to SMOOTH WALLS.

Look closely at my walls my friends. You will find these rough, bumpy “textured” walls in every single room in my house. As a matter of fact you will find these walls in every single house in Arizona.

garland 008-002


Then came the hammer and some nails.

I am having garland, oh yes I am. Lots of garland.

Stay tuned,



Auntie Em said...

I hear you! Nothing worse than having decs come crashing down. And when ornaments get's OK to use as many words as you have in your vocabulary. Some you can even use with exclamation marks!

I use cuphooks, screwed in discretely, at the top of door and window casings or even from the bottoms of some window sills. Some get left there from year to year. No body has ever entered a room in my house and exclaimed, 'Why do you have cuphooks all over the place?' Either I have very polite guests or they never notice them. I think they don't notice...
Now, I have to leave you to go clean up crack fill dust and try to find my sanity!
Hope your garland behaves for you! :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ugh! How frustrating!!!! We always use the good old hammer and nails ... and then Spackle after the holidays! LOL!!

Christine said...

I can feel your "pain".
I really like the garland idea.
(I'm going to try this cause we won't have a tree either.)
Don't give up!

Patty Antle said...

I remember those walls - we had them in Southern California. I was glad to get back to smooth walls in the midwest. I am sure your garlands will be beautiful when you are done!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Don't you just hate these walls. I love your garland though, it looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I'm sorry your garland fell down and your beautiful ornament broke. A few years ago we had to go without a tree, and it was sad. Though I did set up something small and festive for my child.

Those garlands are all beautiful inspirations.

You know what else doesn't work? Sticky hooks... I think it is too hot for those to work.

I love my walls, but they are old and textured plaster. My mother forgot about the kind of walls they have in the west, and when she visited she commented how pretty mine were compared to her flat plaster.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Garland can be a pain to put over doors. Put some nails up high and twist some green floral wire around them and through the garland. I learned to stabilize trees, too, when one fell on top of me. Fortunately I had the phone in my hand and could call Mr. Magpie to come to the rescue. We only lost a few ornaments, but it was a few too many. And as I recall, there were WORDS then, too. The funny part was he had a partners meeting at his law firm, and he had to tell them why he was leaving. When he answered the phone as I interrupted him he was like, "What is Where???" A wee bit embarrassing, but it was a good catch, at least! ;-)

Vicki said...

Grrr... I don't like these textured walls we have here in AZ - I grew up with smooth walls in KS, why can't we have smooth walls here? My SIL's dad (here in Phx) is re-doing their guest bath and he's going to have smooth walls! I wonder if he'd come re-do my entire house... (Any update on your future plans? I'm praying!)

Mary Steinbrink said...

Garland is beautiful, but can be a nightmare. This year my mom and my 6 year old helped with the garlands. My mom was great, my daughter - well she only broke a few ornaments. It looks beautiful though!

becolorful said...

Wowza! That garland with all the ornaments has me swooning. I am tired of dragging trees around. Would garland be any easier??? :D Great ideas. Thanks for sharing them this week while I'm still tweaking.

Lisa said...

I had a little trouble with command strips recently too. I wiped area with rubbing alcohol and still had a few that just would not stick. Go figure.;)

Karena Albert said...

Ha! Laura those garlands were not going to win!! PS I am not thrilled with command strips myself!

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Vel Criste said...

So many wonderful inspirations Laura!!!!

Vel Criste said...

So many wonderful inspirations Laura!!!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

You go girl! Hang that garland however you have too! Just catching up on your blog - so sorry for the stress you are going through with your hubby's job - but so thankful you have faith in our Savior to carry you through!

Martha said...

To get a good laugh right now, (I think you need one) watch the Eloise at Christmas movie with Julie Andrews. Count how many times her garland falls down! It will make you feel better. I live in CA and have textured walls too but I have had the Command hooks fail on smooth walls so it's not just your walls.:-(

Martha said...

To get a good laugh right now, (I think you need one) watch the Eloise at Christmas movie with Julie Andrews. Count how many times her garland falls down! It will make you feel better. I live in CA and have textured walls too but I have had the Command hooks fail on smooth walls so it's not just your walls.:-(

Maria Elena said...

Laura, those things are useless! LOL And I have to tell you they don't work on smooth surfaces either, believe me, I had a few broken items last year. Your garland is beautiful!
I know your son will enjoy it.

Kelley said...

A woman does what she must. You go, garland girl!

Happy highways,

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

So happy to have found you! I have a dozen garlands around my home and nails are the best bet! so sorry for your disappointment, but hope the rest goes up easily! Happy Holidays! xo Nancy

Maureen Wyatt said...

I've never been able to get those strips to work, smooth walls or no. My sister did get them to stick but they peeled paint off when she took them down. I guess I was the lucky one!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ugh, so frustrating. {and you are forgiven for the words, my friend!!} Loving your garland. I love nails, I do. Those little holes they leave? not so much. But really, a good nail takes the place of ten hooks!

xoxo Lidy@