Deck The Basement

The basement is where the magic happens during this time of year. This year, we painted the dark and textured wood panels white. This was not the original paint color, we had baby bluish tone and hated it. The first couple of years of living in this first purchased house, the basement was nothing but a place to do your laundry. As we made little improvements here and there, the basement is now a family room where we watch movies and play games.

The bar on the corner is our next project. We plan to turn it into a tiki hut. Once that's completed (I'm hopeful it'll be next Summer) you damn right we're going to throw a Hawaiian party there.

Every year Jeff is in charge to decorate the basement and put the tree up. Treyton and I are in charge of putting the ornaments up. As for many kids, Treyton absolutely LOVES putting up ornaments.

Here are some snap shots I took of our decked out basement. Enjoy and hope your Christmas is Merry!

Here's the newly purchased star. Yes, we're a star folks, not an angel folk

Jeff's first Christmas ornament

Jeff's Grandmother, Grandma Ginny had some mad ceramic painting skills and these are some of her works throughout Jeff's childhood.

One of Grandma Ginny's hand painted ceramic that I put in front of the light to create a glowing effect.

Threw in my Indonesian flair to the tree. This is a miniature kuda lumping.
Kuda Lumping also called "Jaran Kepang" is a traditional Javanese dance depicting a group of horsemen. The dance employs a horse made from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth. Common Kuda Lumping dance only performed the dance of the troops riding horses, however another type of Kuda Lumping performance also incorporated trance and magic trick. When the "possessed" dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, they can display unusual abilities, such as eating glass and resistance of whipping. Jaran kepang is also a part of Reog dance performance. Although this dance is native to Java, Indonesia, it also performed by Javanese immigrants in Suriname, Malaysia and Singapore. (Source, Wikipedia)

Here are Jeff's collection of clothes pin soldiers that his mom collected and given to him throughout his childhood. They are the cutest things 20 some years olds.

We (Jeff's mom and I) started an ornament collections for Treyton as well.

This one is ESPECIALLY adorable! Jeff's mom got this for Treyton

The ornament that I won from girls' annual bed and breakfast. It's yearly hosted and planned by Nicole, Jeff's cousin. Watch for my next blog on girls annual bed and breakfast.

You can see the original color of the wood panels on the bar here

I love the silhouette behind the the red bow

Treyton under the moving reindeer


The mantel over the fireplace