Friday, December 4, 2009

Project Day: The Beach Vintage Thrifty Christmas Tree






Are you like me? Every year a fake tree? This year I decided to go live! I purchased a small live tree from my local nursery. I plan to keep it growing throughout the years to come and bring it inside every December. And my decorations this year are all hand made by me (and my daughter) using old scraps of vintage linen, buttons and the like. There are no rules here and perfection is not our aim. Spending time together and creating things is our goal.
  • Grab some buttons, old napkins, doilies or whatever you can find.
  • Cut up an old doiley into strips and tie the ends together to form one long strand to wrap around the tree (pic #2).
  • We attached buttons to bits and bobs of doilies we cut up randomly to create decorations.
  • Attach a cotton loop to the top of each decoration ( to hang on tree).
  • A little white dove I had left over from a party was used to adorn the top.
  • Sea shells were placed around the base. I then added a vintage embroidery card I had from a few years ago ( I knew it would be used one day).
As I said before there are no rules as to what you can create. Just use whatever you have and get the family involved. I had so much fun doing this with my daughter. These are good times.
Have a great weekend. Thanks for your well wishes. Simone xx

30 comments:

  1. That's ever so creative and enterprising, and so much better than buying gaudy things that are cheaply made in China. The lace looks great.

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  2. So special a mother/daughter project! Beautiful time spent together decorating - I love it!!

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  3. Hi Simone, loving this idea it looks sooo sweet, you are such a clever lady!Have a lovely weekend. Sharonxox

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  4. Gorgeous idea....love your photos! xxoo

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  5. Your decorations look gorgeous and how nice is a fresh tree!

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  6. I love this idea! I have a million buttons and do you know how much vintage linen and doilies I see at the Thrift Store!? Tons and I think what am I going to do with it. Now I will copy you and your daughter, I'm a copy cat and proud of it. Good job girls!

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  7. this is beautiful! you inspired me to aim for a tree decorated with lace & doilies next year. i blogged about my tree today too :)

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  8. What a great idea....I was wondering what I would use for garland around my tree this year...and I think you gave me the answer. Off to the local thrift store again for dollies. I thought if you cut them up they would fall apart but I guess I was wrong. Thanks for the amazing idea xoxoxxo

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  9. Clever girls! She will remember and treasure these fun creative times with you. I hope you are feeling better. xx

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  10. Lovely! I have so much random crochet and old doilies that need a new life - this is a great idea. Thanks Simone. Hope you're doing well. -amy

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  11. Ahhh, childhood memories. We always had a live tree when I was growing up. A lot more sparse than your's though! We used to make popcorn garland together, such fun!

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  12. This looks beautiful Simone. I purchased my first real tree this year and it looks and smells so good xxx

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  13. Very pretty ideas. Love them.
    Also wanted you to know that I have given you an award! Please see my blog. You'll need to copy the picture award and put on your blog as I'm sure you know.
    Happy Friday to you!

    Melinda

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  14. Another of your brilliant uses for crochet and doilies - gorgeous alternative to the usual bright shiny things! Leigh

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  15. You're so creative, Simone! Have a great weekend. xo

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  16. So sweet.

    I love a tree filled entirely with Baby's breath.
    It creates a misty glow.

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  17. Good morning Simone!
    This is really a beautiful and elegant idea! Love it!

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  18. Perfection!

    We don't have real trees anymore, but I so love the idea of one! I miss that wonderful scent in the house.
    Your decorations are precious! Beautiful project to share with your daughter.
    It really is the perfect Beach Vintage Christmas tree!
    Enjoy, Simone!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  19. Simply beautiful! I guess you don't get evergreen trees over your way? Is that way you tend to go fake? I really like that you've got one now for years to come! xxx

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  20. I grew up with life trees, and my first one here in 1997 was a real tree with candles (trying to carry on the Swiss tadition). Now I'm Americanized! And I've got a fake tree that I can use every year and light up with a switch.

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  21. Absolute perfection!... and precious memories to boot! A-M xx

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  22. OMG Simone! Your handmade Christmas ornaments are just adorable...you are sooo talented and creative. And how fun you get to make them with your daughter. Luv the touch of seashells on the base.

    I've decorated my tree with new ornaments as well, but not handmade.

    -marie

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  23. Simone, how truly lovely what you and your daughter put together with your imaginations! I am doing the same thing this year. When my girls were still at home, the day after Thanksgiving, we would get out our "stuff" and start creating. I looked forward to that day with them far more than the anticipation of any holiday. Cherish this time with her. The memories shall be priceless.
    Brenda

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  24. We now have a whole forest from planting our live Christmas trees. It is amazing to look out and see them all so perfect. Now I know I'm getting older!

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  25. Oh you have inspired me ... must get cracking!

    Have a fab weekend,
    xxx

    re comment Santa said he's on the case...and I asked for one too :)

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  26. Hi Simone
    I love your clever handmade decorations... they certainly feel like home..

    Well I have never had a fake tree,... although that means I sometimes have not bothered at all... All these trees in blogland are making me think this will be the year to change my wayward ways and get a tree..

    Have fun xxx Julie

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  27. So divinely different! LOVE it! I ditched the artificial tree this year as well, might have to try out your cute look next year!

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  28. Oh it is absolutely adorable!

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  29. So cute Simone! What a lovely and personally unique touch for a tree!

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