Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A Christmas Tree And DIY Country Charm Ornaments

Hello, dearies!
How are you on this fine Tuesday?
I trust you had a blessed weekend. . .

My hubby, son, and I headed into the woods on Saturday
where we picked out our Christmas tree.
Each one of us has a splendid time together with lots of smiles and giggles :)
The Cedar trees are loaded with blue berries this year.
I was tempted to pick one out for our Christmas tree 
just because the berries look so pretty.

{ Hubby and Me }

We don't have a lot of snow right now due to warm weather.
This week it's supposed to be in the 50's which is very unusual here in the mountains.
We are normally decked out in snow gear,
but this year we barely needed gloves - it felt rather odd :)


We eventually found our "perfect" Christmas tree {a Pinyon Pine}
and it smells divine!
Well, would you look at that,
at the last moment Frosty jumped into the photo - what a photo hog! :)


My son and I decorated the 7-footer {that's what he calls it}
with our special ornaments.
This year he asked all kind of questions about the ornaments
because each one is unique.
You see, our tree is filled with memories
as there are ornaments hanging from the branches
that are my husband's and mine from when we were babies.
I must say that I enjoyed sharing the stories of these precious ornaments
with my little one and I look forward to sharing some with you in a later post.


And that was our weekend.
Our home is brightly lit with Christmas lights
and the sweet scent of Christmas fills the air.

Now I would love to show you some Christmas ornaments that I made. . .
All you need is a little bit of felt and some lace
to create these beautiful heart ornaments.
Use them to adorn your Christmas tree
or tie onto packages for friends and family.


And don't pack them away when Christmas is over,
keep them out for Valentine's Day :)


Cut out two circles from felt (mine were about 3-inches in size)
and cut out a heart from a different color of felt.
Sew a strip of lace onto the heart then stitch the heart onto the top piece of felt.


On the second piece of felt add the hanger {a small loop of lace}
then sew on some pretty lace to the inside edge.


Set the top piece of felt on the bottom piece and stitch along the edge.
Leave a small opening for batting.
Once the ornament is filled, sew the opening closed.


Apply a button or bead to the center and you're done :)


I used country colors so that I can keep mine out all the time.
At the moment they are hanging from a pine cone rack in my living room.



Thank you for visiting, sweet friends,
your comments always brighten my day.

50 comments:

Anna said...

Beautiful Christmas tree !!! Lovely hearts !!!
Have a cosy week !
Anna

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Stephanie, I love that you went into the woods to pick out your Christmas tree! Glad you had warmer weather there. Your tree decorated is just so pretty all lit up! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make this pretty ornament! I mentioned you on my blog for the tutorial on how to make yo-yo's! Thanks for the that! I hope you have a nice day and enjoy the week.
Julie

Kelly_Deal said...

Sounds like a lovely day and your tree is beautiful Stephanie! Lovely hearts too, thanks for the tutorial my sweet friend!

Elizabethd said...

How lovely it all looks.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a sweet family time when getting the Christmas tree! We did that for years with our kids. Always so much fun. Love your family photos. And it's a darling ornament. Thank you!

Marci Smith said...

How fun to cut down your own tree!! What great family time and memories. The 7 footer looks absolutely beautiful and you and your family are just precious! <3

Jan Tanis said...

Now, that's the way to spend a day - cutting down your own tree and telling stories about the ornaments all while decorating it. That must have been fun.

I love the ♥ ornaments you've made, too.

Hugs,
Jan

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, what a delight to go out and cut down your tree for Christmas. It looks gorgeous and what a darling family you are. Love the pic of your three even if the snowman jumped in. LOL
Love your darling ornaments. You are so creative and talented. Hearts are perfect at Christmas and I love them too.
Enjoy the season and Christmas wishes and blessings to you and your darling family.
You remind me of my little family when my only son was little. Precious memories.
Love to you xo

Laura Lane said...

Very cute ornies!

Nikki said...

I LOVED seeing pictures of you and your husband and son! Your ornaments are beautiful. You have inspired me to dig out some craft items and create some pretties.

Monika MW said...

Dear Stephanie, lovely decorations, music and all photos. Thank you for sharing. Hugs and blessings to you.

Billie Jo said...

I love your tree, Stephanie!
And I love the traditions you share with your son.
Enjoy this wonderful season! : )

Francine said...

Looks like great fun! I love tramping out in the woods and cutting down our Christmas tree, too. :) Have a great day, my friend.

Mrs. Smith said...

Frosty and his little buddy are mighty cute!:D Your Christmas tree hunt looks like a lot of fun and the tree turned out beautiful! So did the ornaments that you made. Been thinking about you and hoping you are having a merry Christmas season!

Debby Ray said...

What a fun weekend that must have been and such sweet photos of you and your family! That tree is precious and has such a beautiful shape and the ornaments are adorable!

Terri Steffes said...

Beautiful tree! I haven't seen that kind of pine before. I bet it smells fabulous! Visiting from my blog feed. Love your blog!

Debbie said...

your Christmas tree is just lovely!! I don't put up a big tree anymore and what I miss most is all our special ornaments!!!

your handmade ornaments are so pretty, so special!!!

Debbie Harris said...

OH! This was such a fun post, Stephanie! Excellent picture of the three of you, or should I say the four of you? :) I bet Frosty had a fabulous time hanging out with you all.

How precious that you were able to share the memories behind all your ornaments this year.
I can smell your tree through the computer screen. Oh the smalls of Christmas. That is just one of many.

Have a blessed day!
Love you, Mom

Sola Scriptura said...

You have such a lovely Christmas tree! I hope you enjoy warm December evenings and perhaps some hot chocolate near your beautiful tree this year. Hugs to you.

carolann said...

Enjoy your christmas tree. It is very pretty decorated. Always smells nice cut trees.


Nice pix of hubby and you. And oh snowman, peek a boo I know the one behind though. He is cute,cute.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Stephanie,
I loved this post so. It is filled with beauty and love. What a nice picture of you and husband. And your sweet son peeking out behind the snowman. Your tree is so lovely lit up with all the special ornaments through the years that mean so much to you. How sweet that your son asked about them and what each one means. You have such a wonderful family. I can see that you treasure handmade ornaments as well.

Have a blessed week, dear Stephanie, and I loved the first pictures of the trees when you were picking out the perfect one. Nature does it to me every time.

love,
~Sheri

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You know I love a craft project! I'll have to make some of these for sure. I loved the story of your Christmas tree tradition. My little ones decorated the tree this year and I just sat back and "listened" to them discussing the ornaments etc... LOVE! I hope you're having a good week friend!
Sherry
xoxo

kitty said...

What a fun weekend for the three of you, Stephanie! Oh, and Frosty, too. Your tree looks wonderful and I know you've created such loving memories. Your heart ornaments are so sweet and perfect to keep out all year. Thanks for sharing your fun times with us. Love you!

Vee said...

What a beautiful tree! You guys did a great job. It sounded like a lot of fun. And how dear that your son wants to know the history of the ornaments. Speaking of which, your heart ones are romantic and vintage looking.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

When grandson, Ryan, was a baby, he said UB-JOO for Love You.
Ub-Joo!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Family fun time!! When my kids were little, we would cut down our tree!!
Very pretty Christmas tree!
warmly,
deb

Miss Val's Creations said...

What wonderful family time. I love the photos. :) Ornaments are so fun when they are personal. As always, your tutorial is lovely. So pretty.

Mehrll said...

Such fun picking out your tree and memories that will last a lifetime. How nice to have ornaments with a story so your son will have special memories to pass on. Love the tree.

NanaDiana said...

What a perfect day and how cute you and your hubby look. You don't look old enough to have a son that big (not saying old)lol It's wonderful that he was interested in the history behind the ornaments.

I love all your sweet hearts~ xo Diana

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Your tree looks so beautiful! We always had a real tree growing up, but have had a fake one since getting married 17 years ago. Nothing matches the charm of a real tree, not to mention the process of going out into the woods to find the perfect one! Lovely.

Cattails said...

What a lovely family you are! I love the tree and that your son is interested in the story behind your ornaments.

Mari said...

What a special time! You are a good looking bunch. :)
I love the ornaments too!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Great pictures, what fun to go as a family and get a tree. It's beautifully decorated. You're making wonderful memories for your son. ~ Abby

Vicky Hunt said...

Such a sweet tradition for your family to go out and cut your Christmas tree. It is just beautiful. It sounds like your tree is like mine...full of memories. I too and planning to share a few favorite ornaments sometime soon. Prayers for a blessed evening.

Hugs, Vicky

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What precious photos of your family! And your tree is gorgeous! You're always making such pretty things, too! Holiday hugs, Diane

Deborah Montgomery said...

Lovely pictures of your family, Stephanie, and your tree is so beautiful. I'm sure it smells so good.
The ornaments are adorable, and how nice you'll be able to use them for other occasions, and year-round decorating as well.

Merlesworld said...

I too have collected bits and pieces over the years.
Your hand made hearts are lovely.
Merle............

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Dearest Stephanie,

Your hand stiched heart ornaments are awesome! They look so good.

You are so pretty - and so is that gorgeous tree you all found and decorated. Job well done, ma'am!

It truly IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas isn't it? : - )

God bless!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

What a beautiful post, Stephanie! I loved all your sweet pictures too! And your tree looks stunning - you did a wonderful job of decorating it:). Such adorable ornaments, too - these I just have to make - I love them! Hope you're having a beautiful day! Love, Kelly-Anne

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Stephanie! I am so happy to be here this early Wednesday morning to see YOU and your beautiful family!!!!! We too believe it or not, are having warmer weather than usual (in MINNESOTA!) but we know better....we know that soon we will get blasted by nature's chill, but the joy of this special celebration surpasses the fear of the cold.

YOUR TREE IS LOVELY! Light is energy, an abundant source in the universe, and the metaphor for truth and eternity. LONG LIVE THE LIGHT! Enjoy your week my friend! Anita

Teri said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie ... such a beautiful post. Such a precious family.

We just returned from our Branson MO getaway and my hubby and I went for a walk through a beautiful wooded area and noticed the cedar trees were full of the little blue berries. They were lying all along the trail that we walked on. Sweetest blessings for your day. ♥ Teri

Conniecrafter said...

so neat that you can share the fun of picking out your tree with your son... our tree is all covered with homemade ornaments and ornaments that we pick up on our vacations to remind us of places we have visited, it is so fun to pull them out each year. Your heart ornaments are just Beautiful!!

Robyn said...

Such a lovely post, Stephanie! I remember you going out to get your tree last year too! It's a wonderful tradition and will create great memories for your son :)
It's so nice to come here and here the Christmas music and see your beautiful words and images! Happy Holidays, sweet friend. xoxo

peabea said...

Your tree is so pretty. I debated getting a cut tree this year, but went for bringing the small pre-lit down from the attic. Much easier as I age. hahaha but when the kids were young we would show them the beauty of having a cut tree. I miss the true aroma of fresh pine from a tree. Love the ornaments, and thank you for the directions. I've always loved making some during the season. Lovely post as always. Enjoyed my visit. :)

Organized Island said...

Hi! Stumbled across your blog today. I love that you picked a growing tree! We get ours from a tree lot. Love the pretty ornaments too!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hello, Dear Stephanie - oh, I love seeing photos of your precious family <3! You are all adorable and what a lovely tradition to go out into the forest to cut your own tree. The tree is beautiful, all decorated with your family heirlooms. I love the new ornaments that you have made and like that they can also be used for Valentine's! Have a lovely week in this special season and thank you, my Dear for being such a sweet friend. Hugs xo Karen

Mrs R said...

Stephanie, so nice to see you with your husband and son! Such a happy adventure choosing a tree. You did a lovely job decorating and thank you so much for the ornament tutorial. I just may head to Michael's for the felt and such. :-)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Beautiful Christmas Tree, and heart ornaments! You are so talented :)

Jazzmin said...

How much fun y'all must have had going to pick out your tree together. What precious memories to make with your son :) The photos of you and your family are so sweet.

And my friend, your ornaments are so delicate and gorgeous! They look like Victorian heirloom ornaments that you would be passed down from beautiful days of old. They are perfect.

Love to you, Stephanie! Have a blessed weekend♥

Camille said...

Your little man is adorable....even hiding behind a snowman. :) I *love* the smell of a real tree....it brings back such lovely memories. Isn't it interesting all the memories that are stirred up by the decorations? Hugs, Camille

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