I am so excited, and there is so much stuff I want to show you guys. As luck would have it, I've been slammed at work and haven't had time to do anything bloggy. Here is one thing I have done -- the banister.
It's super easy to decorate a banister if you haven't done it before. I use the cheapy 9-foot faux garlands (you can get these for a few dollars at the craft store). Wind two of them together to give them more body. Then you wind in strands of mini lights, which you can hold in place with the garland's bendable branches.
You can attach the lighted garland to the banister with small gauge floral wire. Then add whatever embellishments you want. I used an extremely long strand of "pearl" beads that I got at Hobby Lobby, some awesome ribbon I love from Martha Stewart's K-mart collection and the blooms off of silk lily "bushes" I got at Michael's. One other thing -- if you have any framed art or pictures you can take down, you can stick a wreath on the nail or hanger for the holiday season.
I sure hope I'll have time to get back on here any show you some more cool stuff I've seen and read recently. Until then, I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!