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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shabby Chic Christmas Trees


Easy and Fun
That is the only way to describe these 
Christmas Trees.


I went out in Steve's shop and cut these from left over plywood scraps.


Hot glued a small block of wood to the back,
 so that they would stand alone.

Then I set them on the fabric that I wanted,
and traced around them with a pen.
(Mine is off white painters canvas.
The kind that you buy at Home Depot 
to protect your floors when painting a room)

Next I cut the fabric out leaving an extra 1/2 to an inch around the edge. 


Then turned it over and hot glued it down at the edges.
When your done you have a fabric tree,
ready to embellish.

 That's when the fun come in:)
I used burlap, lace, buttons, sea shells, ric rac, pearl beads,and fabric flowers.



I'm planning on adding them to my Christmas mantel display.
Whoops, I never seem to see the wisps of hot glue,
until I take a photo for my blog, LOL.


Well, that was my afternoon project.

I'll show you what my friend and I are doing with the old windows
 as soon as we get them done:)

Have a great day . . .do something fun:)

Your blogging sister,
Connie

55 comments:

  1. danke für die tollen bilder!!! einen schönen abend wünscht angie aus deutschland

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    1. Hello Angie, I am delighted that you visited and that you like these photos. It was a fun craft to make and it will look great on my mantel with some other decorations. Here's wishing you a lovely evening, as well:)

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  2. Pretty blog Connie thank you for visiting my blog, I am now a new follower of yours
    Brenda

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    1. Hello Brenda, I am delighted to see you here and thank you so much for following me back.
      You have made my day:)

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  3. Very creative and festive. Now following your blog :)

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    1. Hi Danice, I am so happy that you like my little trees, and thank you for following my blog.
      I am doing my happy dance:)

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  4. Hi Connie, so nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by, your sweet comment and new following. I love your wood trees. You had me at, cut from wood because I do so much of this too for painting and creating etc. Love your wonderful trees. Thank you for the inspiration. I have enjoyed my visit and now a new follower too.
    Have fun with your grands making ornaments.
    Wishing you a special day.
    Hugs

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    1. I was so surprise to have you visit so soon, you must have been blogging this morning, too. Well, your blog is incredible and I was so inspired. Thank you for following me back . . . making new friends is always such a great pleasure.

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  5. This would be a great craft to do with children, easy enough yet attractive ! A win/ win for everyone. Also a good way to use up some of the little bits & bobs in my craft room. Love this !

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    1. Hi Kathy, yes it would be great for children, they would love adding all the adornments and being able to decorate a tree anyway they please:)

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  6. "Oh Christmas tree,
    Oh Christmas tree,
    Such pleasure do you bring me"...
    These Christmas trees are singing the most lyrical of Christmas carols, Connie. They will shine sitting every so prettily on your Christmas mantlescape!

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    1. Oh, I am delighted that you like them. I think that when my mantel is all set up, it will be very pretty.
      It's the first time that we have had a big stone mantel, so I'm excited to decorate it for our first Christmas in our little bungalow:)

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  7. Love this idea Connie, they look so cute. I'm going to have my three youngest grandchildren over one Sunday afternoon for some crafting, this would be a fabulous make. Thanks for sharing. P x

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    1. Hi Patricia, I think that kids would have a ball adding all the trims and creating their own little tree:)

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  8. Hi Connie! I am delighted you contacted me and now I have become a follower of yours too! I have to say I am so impressed with your crafts and your trees are so fun and easy!
    Looking forward to following!
    Christine preferablyprim

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    1. Hello Christine and welcome to my little humble blog. I can see this little trees decorated in warm brown plaid and dark red and green buttons and becoming very prim. I am delighted to have you as a follower and I'm adding you to my blog list, so that I will never miss one of your posts:)

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  9. These are awesome. I really like them. I think the one with the burlap is my favorite. I'm going to have to dig around and see if I can find some scrap wood. I'm sure we've got some

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    1. Good Morning Ann, I am so glad that I could inspire you to give these a try. You are going to have a lot of fun embellishing them. I hope you post your finished project. Have a fun weekend:)

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    1. Good Morning Carol, These were fun:) I truly enjoyed your last post. You find pretty little cottages everywhere you go and it is so sweet that you take the time to share them with us. Not only are they adorable but I like them because I get a lot of curb appeal ideas:) Take care:)

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  11. Cute Christmas trees Connie. I don't see the wisps of glue in the pictures....so everything is okay. Have a great evening.
    Louise

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    1. Good Morning Louise, Oh, whose naughty little wisps are there . . . they are like dust bunnies, very sneaky, LOL

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  12. What a cute idea! I love the seashells best! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, those are shells that I picked up a couple of years ago on my trip to see the Atlantic Ocean from the first time. I have them in a jar in my Art Barn and decided it was time to use a few:)

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  13. Hi Connie! Well, I can certainly tell by the first few posts I took a gander at the you are a girl after my own heart! Your little trees are just the cutest things! The I saw the windows...SO many great things to do with those...then the lamp shades...I have a lamp shade fetish and have covered many in my day. I fact, when I was the blue one, it brought back memories of the one did for my kitchen...same shape with the individual panels....not the easiest I have done! I really like the pair of black & white ones too! So glad I came...following you now too!

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    1. Good Morning Debby, it is great to see your smiling face among my comments this morning. Thank you for all of your encouragement and kind words. I'm one of those people that has a need to stay busy. Today I am helping my husband install stove pipes to a wood stove that he bought for his woodworking shop. Slowly but surely we are whipping our little acre into place and making it home :) Thank you so much for following my blog. I am looking forward to a great blogging friendship.

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  14. So cute!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the old windows!
    Did you decide to keep them all?

    Warm wishes....

    Kerin

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    1. Good Morning Kerin, I'm going to keep them all for the time being. That is unless a friends comes along and whats one or two or three. I enjoy sharing and I know that I will never have a use for all of them. I thought about a green house and I have seen adorable ones made from old windows. In fact the cutest ones are made from recycled materials, but I'm nervous about the lead paint falling and mixing in the soil. Better safe than sorry.

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  15. Very clever, Connie, and a great way to use some scrap wood, too! Thanks for your visit yesterday. I'm sure you are getting all set and excited to decorate in your new home this year.

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    1. Hi Kathy, yes it's our first Christmas in our little bungalow and we are excited. My sweet husband is a nut for Christmas. He is always sad the day after New Years when I start packing it all away. When it comes to Christmas his heart still has the wonderment and excitement of a little boy. His my "Sweetie".

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  16. These are wonderful Connie! Love the fabric and laces!

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    1. Hi Anita, thank you so much. I would love to see what you would do with this idea as your starting canvas.
      You always work your magic and have a way of turning ordinary into diamonds.

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  17. How pretty and so much less mess than a real tree! Xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, We'll have a regular tree, too, but not a real one:) Do you put up a real tree in the barge?
      Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm:)

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  18. you are one busy person and those trees are so cute

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  19. Hi Connie, Those little trees are darling and will look so nice on your mantel. Another cute project you have shared! Nancy

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  20. Connie, they are vintage farm house perfect!!! I love them

    ps: I had a white hand muff too ...Oh I loved it!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, I think that they will look great next to my old window project. Come back and take a peek:)
      Thank you for all of the encouragement that you have giving me since we have been blogging sisters.
      I truly appreciate the support and friendship:)

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  21. Hi Connie,

    These trees are perfect! You are so creative and how nice to have a shop to snoop around in! They'll look great on your mantel.

    Thank you for visiting me. I'm on the computer all day at work so I'm finding it a bit hard to get on my computer at home. I need to be better about that! My friend doesn't have a blog - she's a bit computer challenged (more than me!!). Not only that, she wouldn't have time to write posts. But you've just given me an idea. I will ask her if I can write a post about her spirit sticks! Yes!!! Thank you for helping me think of this.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, I certainly hope that she says yes, I will be looking for your post:)

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  22. Very sweet! I have bits and pieces of crocheted lace, buttons, old jewelry etc. that would be great for this project! Mildred

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    1. Hi Mildred, your trims would be fabulous for this craft, especially the old jewelry.

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  23. These are so gosh darn cute!!! You could just about dress these up with anything ~ and how fun would that be!!! Wish I had more time to make some before Christmas, but unfortunately my dance card is to full now.

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  24. Awesome trees! And I love your windows too, great recycling project!!

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  25. What a great idea! These trees are beautiful.

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