Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday decorating

Okay, okay, I know it is not yet Thanksgiving and holiday decorating should not be started before that day but I will be out of town (actually out of the country) during the Thanksgiving week. Add that in with the fact that this holiday decorating is for the competitive library department holiday decorating has a compressed my timeline. Which means that I had to get on it right now.

Yes, I know that I have staff that can do the decorating and they will do most of the manual work (the whip will be cracked, meh probably not) but my staff is not very creative. They have other gifts and skills that I will never have so I will be in charge of aesthetics.

A trip to the thrift stores in our little town netted me 4 little fake Christmas trees and some mardi gras beads ($10, you can't beat that considering the long term use I'll get out of them). 

I also got online to one of my favorite digital library websites, American Memory, to find some WPA posters. Which I asked one of my staff members to print up on our large plotter printer. They look very cool.

We are going with a winter wonderland theme. Trying to keep in secular, you know since I firmly believe in the whole separation of church and state thing.

This week I'll head to my local store for some fake snow and some fishing line to hang the snow flakes we will cut out of maps that we had scheduled for destruction.

I'm going for thrifty charming. I'm hoping it doesn't look trailer trash charming. Trust me that's a thing. And, it's not good.

Stay groovy,


  1. Will it be done before you leave? I'd like to see the end result.

    1. It will be done by Wednesday. I'll posted the end product.

  2. It looks like it could be quite charming. Will look forward to seeing the end result!

  3. Thrifting for Decorations, what a brilliant idea. I tend to try homemade rather than store bought, but I would imagine thrifting would give me that same feel (in half the time). Im usually such a Christmas procrastinator, but this year decorating has been calling me early, maybe I'll have to give in. Can't wait to see your finished product!

  4. Ooooh! I can't wait to see how it turns out! I love the idea of the recycling you're doing in the decorating process - snowflakes out of old maps? Genius! And you scored at the thrift store with the trees and beads. We're hoping we'll be able to be in our new house before Christmas - I'm chomping at the bit to do some festive decorating! :)

  5. ooh, I like the posters. Very nifty!

  6. That's a great idea for things that were due to be thrown away. Snowflakes out of maps!
    I have decided not to start decorating yet. Although I did take the boxes of decorations out already (needed my Christmas hat and had no clue as to what box it could be found in). Then again, my sister will be coming to stay next weekend, so maybe...