Christmas decorating!!

I love getting ready for the holidays! I've been itching to decorate and felt like it was a little too soon to do that here at Casa Farmer. Luckily, Southern Accents needed their windows re-decorated for Christmas in Cullman this past weekend! Yay! I was so glad to have somewhere to put up a tree! I dreamed about how I would do the windows. Actually, I only dreamed up what I would do on the left side.....the right would have to work itself out. I told the guys to have it all cleaned out and have the tree up when I got there on Friday.

Ok, so it was cleaned out, but no tree. I get the tree out of the box and stand it up.....yes, I said stand it up. It was only 4.5 feet tall....with the urn it was in!!!!! What? How can you have this huge window with a 4.5 foot tall tree???? You can't! Kolby gets on the phone to see if he can borrow one from his mom. He brings back a 4.5 foot tree. What is it with the short trees in Cullman?? There is an adorable florist right next door to the store and Steve, the owner, has a couple upstairs that he is willing to sell. GREAT! We will take them both! They are 6 foot.....that's more like it! Whew! I get Shane to start cutting off the lights. Yeah, you know those pre-lit trees....the lights don't work forever! He cut and cut and cut, finally 2 hours later they were off! In the meantime, we dug out a mantle, some shutters, an industrial cart, old piano keyboard and more stuff than I can name! The end result looked gorgeous!! ps. I ended up adding more burlap ribbon with these little rusted bells onto the tree to finish it. I was so pleased and HOT! Standing in the windows with the sun blaring in, I'm pretty sure it was over 100 degrees.....just ask Shane! He left for lunch and never came back! I'm sure he was sitting in a pool somewhere drinking something nice and cold!

The right window did indeed work itself out.....have I mentioned that I brought a helper? Daphney, you all know her, my crazy friend! She has this way of getting things done. I knew we could finish and get back to Birmingham in time to get the kids off the bus! I was delegating and she was working....HARD! I left her with the right window for the most part. It was getting all the leftovers. I was searching all over the store for red items....very hard to find! On the back side of the block, they will put out merchandise in a tag sale kind of way. I'm not sure they put tags on it, but there are items just sitting in the back. That's when I found it.......a Sunbeam sign, you know, the bread! It is 5 ft tall and each panel is about 3 ft wide! Shut UP! It is fantastic and makes a statement for sure! I'm very disappointed that the sun was glaring on my windows at the end of the day. They didn't turn out spectacular like I wanted. You can barely see Sunbeam and you can't see the mantle in this window, at all!! Trust me, its fabulous!!