Tuesday, December 4, 2012

L-A-Z-Y. I ain't got no alibi...

I'm lazy.
This school year seems to be particularly difficult, not because the kids aren't great (they are) or because the new curriculum is more difficult (it's similar to the curriculum we had 15 years ago) or because we don't have the support we need (we never really did have a lot of support), but probably because I am old  I am getting close to retirement  I have been teaching a long time, and it has lost some of its lustre.

So, in light of the fact that I am just trying to get through this school year, I am keeping Christmas low-key.  I have carried half of my boxes back to the attic unopened, and the decorating I have done has been very simple, like my mantle.

My friend, Madame Thistle, also took a page out of the el cheapo book and decorated with magnolia leaves, which are plentiful here in the south, even if you don't have a tree. Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers are thrilled when you offer to trim their trees in return for schnabbing a few branches.

Magnolias, for those of you in the north who are unfamiliar, are messy.

But they are easy to cut and you just throw 'em somewhere and they look fine.  They don't need any water.

So instead of doing some fancy-schmancy decoration that was going to take me more than ten minutes to put together, I decided to do something easy-peasy (fun and sleazy).

I took a silver planter that I put little pots in (in the summer) and filled it with magnolia branches and a few cheap ornaments, and voila!

If you live in the south and have free magnolia leaves and any kind of container, you can do this too. Get creative with those pots!
(In fact, I'm thinking of holding a challenge this spring.  A pot challenge. Stay tuned.)


Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Okay...first..that looks just lovely and I wish I lived in the south so I could get some of those leaves. Second....you have totally inspired me in an odd way...instead of leaving these unopened decoration boxes sitting here in the floor...leering at me, I'm carrying them back up to the attic where they can leer in private! They've been sitting here for a week and obviously, I'm not getting to them. Never occurred to me to just take them back from whence they came. Best holiday tip ever!! Thank you! I may be linking back to you on that one here in a couple of days if you don't mind.

The Witch's Kitchen said...

My house stays decorated the same all year round. The boys are grown, I don't get into holidays and this way I have more time for BAKING!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ya know, i love magnolia leaves and had plenty when we lived in louisiana, but back then i wasn't as into decor and design and did a lot of my decorating from a store (oh the shame!). i missed out.

collarcitybrownstone said...

I had plans to decorate big time this year, but it isn't going to happen. I did get a real tree a week ago and I put lights on it but no other decorations and that is how it is going to stay. I put back the boxes with the Christmas balls for the tree because I could not stand the thought of having to taking them all off after Christmas. This way all I have to do is take off the lights and throw the tree out.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

We don't have the evergreen magnolias, but I'm looking to snag some free evergreen trimmings (may have to sneak into neighbor's yard at night! just kidding, kind of).

Andrea said...

Oooh, I don't have a magnolia tree up here! I did finally put my lights up today and now it is pouring...ho ho ho!

Bliss said...

A pot challenge.... I'm pot challenged so that will be a challenge. I trust you didn't return the important decorations to the attic?


Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Sometimes you just gotta know when to say when. I didn't put all my decorations out either -- I don't know how i ended up with soooo many??? Putting a holiday decor PURGE on my to do list for 2013. :-)
Chip up, Kirbs -- a break is coming your way!
xo Heidi

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Easy, fun -- and sleazy? That's my kind of project!

:) Linda

Kim said...

Geezz. I thought I was the only one who has been looking at boxes of decorations that I didn't feel like using this year.
...and Kriby, I've noticed a pretty disturbing trend to your posts over the past few months. Excessive use of liquor, unsolved murders, decorating with strange shiny leaves (I live in Upstate NY so I'm not very familiar with the Magnolia), and now the possiblity of a challenge involving pot.
Sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to spring already.

Lori@thestonybrookhouse said...

I didn't know you could do that with magnolia leaves.... Nice to know... :) And you are not OLD! Age is between the ears... :)

Marianne said...

Very pretty. I love sparkly. Because I am secretly Brittney Spears.

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