Slowly but surely our house is getting decorated for Christmas. I used to do it in one (long) Saturday, but in the past few years I have been doing bits and pieces from day to day. My favorite thing this year are these battery-operated candles. (Finally, battery-operated candles that “flicker” realistically and don’t look fake.) I bought mine in Fulton, IL at Sweet Woodruff. Cutest little gift shop with no website! I did tell her that if she ever decided to sell things online, I’d be a good customer. I bought both red and white candles there. She has been using hers in the shop since May, using the same (2) C batteries. And the thing I like most? They have a timer. You can have them run 4 hours on and 20 hours off (or 8 /16 ). That means that I don’t have to go around each night to turn them on and off. They come on at 6:00 and they go off at 10:00, like clockwork. I’ll have to keep them around after the holidays. They look great flickering away on the mantel and in the dining room.
This window is another one of my favorite things this season, because it was fun to decorate. Is this an odd thing to have in the dining room? It fits right in with the old teak/oak/pine furniture in our house. I found it at an antique store for $15. I keep thinking I will re-finish it, but we hung it up as-is for awhile. I’ve seen old windows for sale before, but I liked this one because it had a ledge for stuff.
The corner cabinet is one that has been in our family for a long time. My grandparents bought a couple of these as kits from Sears back in the 1930′s and put them together. It provides another shelf for me to decorate! I found another battery-operated candle at Target for that corner. Not as nice as the Sweet Woodruff ones, which are made from wax and look like a real candle, but still a fun one for the holidays.
Did you find anything new (or old and repurposed, like my window) to use in your holiday decorating this year?