Welcome to The Farmhouse Friday Link Party!
Hey guys! How was your week?
As you probably guessed by the title, my week was less than stellar. Once again I am running WAY behind on getting anything of a Christmas home tour posted on the blog. It’s (literally) a running theme with me. Every year, I think I have plenty of time to get all the projects done around the house AND host Thanksgiving AND get a Christmas home tour together and posted by the first week of December; and every year, maybe 1/3 of the house projects get finished and I’m lucky if I get anything of a home tour posted before Christmas Eve.
I’ve done this for so many years now, it’s sort of become a tradition. I call it the Let’s Shoot Myself In The Foot Every Holiday Season Because It’s Always
Anyway, I helped a friend move on Monday, then Tuesday I worked all day and most of the evening getting my front room Christmas blog ready with the intent of taking pictures Wednesday morning. I went to bed wiped out but happy that I’d finally have my Christmas post finished and posted in the next day or two.
Wednesday morning I get up early, do some last-minute cleanup in the front room (the cats decided to rearrange some of the Christmas decorations overnight), and turn on all the Christmas lights to start taking pictures –
and one section of lights on the Christmas tree was out.
I can’t describe the amount of frustration I felt at that point. It was definitely one of those “I’m going to quit blogging!” moments.
You can see the non-working lights in this quick video I made of our front room. You can also see why I don’t make a habit of singing Christmas songs.
I didn’t notice the lights weren’t working until after I made the video. It’s funny how when I’ve worked on a project for so long I may not catch stuff as obvious as a section of Christmas tree lights being out.
After a couple of hours of messing around with the lights and a Google search, I figured out the problem was a fuse inside the plug on the light string.
By this time it was already past noon, so I snapped the photos I wanted to take – and took the rest of the day off.
Why did I take the rest of the day off instead of pushing to get the Christmas post finished? By that time, I was so emotionally exhausted and drained I just couldn’t push myself anymore. Even if I had finished the Christmas post yesterday, it’s already way too late for it to really do anyone any good inspiration-wise this year. The best I can hope for is that it will inspire people next Christmas. I also know that when I’m that tired and frustrated, any blog post I do is going to be thrown together and nowhere near the quality of posts I want to do here. And since it’s already so late in the holiday season, when I post it isn’t going to matter much at this point.
Obviously, I need to work on a LOT better blog planning next year, with the main focus on starting holiday decorating WAY earlier than I have in the past. There’s a lot more I need to work on, and I do plan on talking about it, but I’ll save it for another time since I feel like I’ve already gotten too long-winded here.
But I am curious – when do you start your holiday decorating for the blog? And how do you work in everything else that needs to be done around the holidays?
On a brighter note, I was blown away at all the fabulous Christmas link ups you guys shared last week! (Obviously, you guys are a lot better at holiday planning than I am!) You guys are simply amazing! The only problem is that it makes it so hard for me to choose features out of all that greatness! Everything you guys shared last week is feature worthy, and I honestly had to flip a coin to choose features this week. So if you aren’t featured this week, please don’t be insulted – it wasn’t that your linkup wasn’t feature-worthy; it was because you didn’t win the coin toss! 😉
This Week’s Features:
I just adore this unique wood slice Christmas “cake” Penny created! I love that it’s very Christmasy, but has touches of flowers and greenery to remind us that spring is just around the corner!
This windmill tree topper Tiffany created uses a bed spring to hold it on top of the tree! How cool is that?
Lora came up with this super-cute idea to make Christmas ornaments and display vintage first issue stamps!
Marie’s Christmas diorama in a jar is as simple to put together as it is adorable! The lighted camper trailer is just too cute!
The party rules are super simple! Link up your favorite DIY projects, decor projects, and crafts that are farmhouse style. If it doesn’t fit into that description, please don’t link it up. Please, no food/recipe posts. You can link up your new and old posts alike as long as you only link them up here once.
I don’t require you to link back to this party, but if you do, I would sure appreciate it! I also don’t require you visit or comment on other blogger’s linkups, but it’s always a nice way to share the bloggy love! Comments are like Skittles to bloggers – we love them and we can’t get enough of them! By linking up, you will get a chance to be featured here at next week’s party and across my social media. If you pin anything from the party, please pin it from the original source.
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I’m taking a much-needed break next week so there won’t be another link party until after the first of the year. Until then, have a blessed holiday season and I’ll see you next year!