Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pink Saturday - Planning Ahead

Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound, Pink Saturday is upon us again!

Puleeze tell me I'm not the only one who does this...

I refrain rather religiously from buying Christmas decorations in the months leading up to the holiday...knowing I can get the same things for a song if I hold out until December 26.

Anyone else do that?

I even begin to purchase next year's Christmas presents at the after-Christmas sales. (The problem with this money-saving strategy is that I sometimes forget I've purchased something for someone and end up buying them another gift at some point during the year.)

Tell me I'm not alone! Tell me you too start preparing for Christmas a year in advance!

I've noticed the past few years that our living room Victorian tree has been looking more and more bare. This year it was really quite embarrassing, looking rather pathetic. Too many empty green branches. Over the years most of our ornaments have broken at one point or another. When I was packing away the decorations this year, I noticed we were down to just 8 glass Victorian-style ornaments of the original 40 given to me by my mother-in-law.

Which brings me to the after-Christmas sales this year and my quest to liven up my tree next year.

I admit it. I have purchased more ornaments the past few weeks than I ever have in the past. More than I care to ever let my husband know about.

Glass ones. Plastic ones. Styrofoam ones. Of all different sizes and colors. Most of them I have plans to perk up and transform into perfect pinkiness.

On the upside, I've made all these purchases at deep discounts. Some 60% off, more at 75% off

and my personal fave: All the pink goodies you've seen here were 80% off + my 15% employee discount at Hobby Lobby.

So when hubby finds my new Christmas stash, I'll just bat my eyelashes and give him my usual line:

"But honey! See how much money I saved you?"

Now tell me, what kind of after-Christmas goodies have you found? And what projects do you have dancing around in your head for Christmas 2009?


Sondra Behne' said...

yes..I too am guilty. I buy gifts ahead of time but then can't wait and end up given them to them in a week or two. Not saving much money doing that am I. Oh well

Smilingsal said...

I'm guilty too. In fact, I don't think I've ever paid full price for an ornament. BTW: yours are special. However, I no longer buy gifts ahead. Some people like to exchange things, and this can be embarrassing. Happy Pink Saturday.

Virginia said...

Beautiful assortment of pink!!!!

Have a Blessed and Happy weekend,
Virginia :)

Kathleen said...

Kim, you made some sweet deals here. THe ornaments are just beautiful. I usually stock up on tissue paper, and wrapping paper after Christmas. Now, if I can just remember next year where I put it all hmmm............Happy PS

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Pink Saturday!

Love all your ornaments and angel.

~ Gabriela ~

CC said...

Love your pretty ornaments and that angel is just beautiful. Happy belated Pink Saturday and have a lovely week.

Joy said...

You got some gorgeous pieces for next year! It's one of my favorite things to do every year too. I got a lot of great stuff this year as well!

Beverly said...

This is one of the first years that I didn't go shopping after Christmas, but most of our decorations were purchased that way. You certainly got some beautiful things.

Happy Pink Saturday, Kim.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What wonderful ornaments and goodies!
I too, buy gifts all through the year, the bulk of my buying usually occurs around the summer time though. Don't ask me why, I just seem to do the shopping at that time. lol!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a sweet blog you have! Loving the PINK! Enjoyed my visist!