The Casting Dock

Christmas morning…25 days early

Morning is my absolute favorite time of day, no question.  There is something renewing about a fresh day, as if with the emergence of the sunrise new and bountiful opportunities are ushered in with an eager anticipation, so invigorating and life-giving that they can redeem the worst of yesterdays. 

Most days I wake up with a palpable excitement for my day, just shy of giddiness. The whole day is before me; endless possibilities await.  Today I have been bitten pretty hard by the Christmas bug.  It’s going around, this whole Christmas euphoria thing, and I’ve got it.  I had breakfast this morning at my favorite local breakfast joint with my in-laws who are shipping out today and am now back at my apartment listening to Christmas music and getting swept up in the spirit.  It should be noted that I am doing nothing at all to resist said sweeping. Sweep away, Christmas spirit, sweep away. 

I wasn’t intending on doing anything by way of Christmas decorations in our apartment this year because, quite frankly, our apartment is certifiably TINY and I wasn’t sure much of anything would fit.  Instead I have spent my time daydreaming about how I would like to decorate the charming, character-filled old Cape Cod house that we will surely own in our glorious future. A productive use of time, cleaaaarrrrly.  And I wonder why I’m essentially unemployed. Geeeeez.


I love the classy, traditional Christmas color palette:

I love the clean, romantic look of white and gold Christmas decorations; it’s subtle and not over-bearing:

I don’t think I normally would have thought outside the traditional Christmas-colors box, but this purple and gold combo is regal and the wood accents bring a warmth (not to mention, I just love the general look of this house. Exposed wood beams, I want you; delicious rustic table, be mine. I am in a seriously unhealthy state of envy right now…):

As a result of this recent sweeping Christmas spirit, I have felt a resurgence of craftiness and have decided to undertake some DIY projects and spread a little Christmas joy in this cozy apartment of ours. Since I get impulsive with such ideas, I am prepared to throw my previous agenda for the day out the window to make room for purchasing supplies and beginning the crafting process. Probably not the wisest of decisions, but classic nonetheless. Some people (namely, ME) just don’t learn…

Here are some DIY projects that have my wheels turning:


I’ll be sure to post pictures of my finished product. Wish me luck!

What are your Christmas decorating plans or inspirations?


1 Maggy { 11.30.10 at 5:00 pm }

Lisa- love this. Gold and white for sure, my husband is starting notice my inclination for gold ornaments and recently we decided it might just be easier for us to move into the Pottery Barn as opposed to trying to purchasing their ornaments to take out of the store…In light of crafts (darn you Etsy) I have thought about making an advent calendar of sorts like this:
I figure maybe f I start now, perhaps by the time we have children who are cognizant enough to remember Christmas, I’ll be good??? Happy Christmas-ing :) Maggy

2 Lisa { 11.30.10 at 5:56 pm }

LOVE the etsy advent calendar–there are so many creative ways to do one! I say GO FOR IT. And I’ll come visit you in your new pottery barn home, for sure…

3 Mandy { 11.30.10 at 6:53 pm }

I too have been bitten by the Christmas craft bug!! I’ve bought a “utensil holder” stockings kit. It’s turned out to be a lot more labor intensive then I realized but it’s been so much fun!! 6 little mittens that are going on the table for Christmas dinner.

4 noche { 12.01.10 at 5:18 am }

I have not been bitten by the Christmas craft bug, however I have put up my many(santas? etc.) Christmas decorations earlier than ever. I even decorated my classroom. Fa La La La La…Love the second house…arches rule.

5 Jer { 12.01.10 at 1:39 pm }

Yeah, Christmas is awesome. Too bad we only have room for about 2/3 of a single decoration in our apartment, so you better choose wisely. And if you use popcorn or peppermint sticks, I cannot promise I won’t eat our decorations in the name of cleanliness.

6 Lisa { 12.01.10 at 3:53 pm }

Jer, your last sentence really tickled me. You are really a neurotic clean freak…

And Mandy, I want to see pictures!!

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