Monday, 15 December 2014

Little Trees

 The countdown to christmas is really speeding along here and i have a lot to do still........but a little sewing of decorations was needed for a crafty interlude, something just for fun.............
 ..........these little trees were originally featured in my book pretty patchwork gifts, and the pattern itself can now be downloaded from the stitch craft create site here...........
 .............i loved making the original green trees and this year i decided to make some different ones....
 .............some with a bit of a scandinavian look to chime in with my favourite red and white décor...
 ................a bit of fabric choosing, a bit of drawing round a template and a bit of sewing....
 ............and after stuffing the little trees there was the fun bit of adding ribbons and buttons, like adding the baubles to a real tree............each one is different and the trees can be hung along a mantelpiece, or on a door or cupboard, or added to a gift, perhaps to hang on the side of a parcel or gift bag..........i also like to add some drops of winter scented oil so they smell gorgeous.............
 ..............we went christmas shopping in the historic city of chester at the weekend and i found this box filled with lovely little baubles..........they look so pretty in the box we are thinking it would be a shame to take them out of their little compartments...................
 .............chester city holds lots of memories for us both...........we often go there just to walk by the river, to sit in a cafe and drink tea and people watch, and to wander along the historic rows.......this time we enjoyed seeing these lovely decorations in the grosvenor shopping centre.......
 ............there was a lovely big bauble covered silver tree too but the pictures of it were not good due to too many shoppers obscuring much of it :(................i loved the colours of these decorations..........
 ..............we bought some gifts and sipped tea in a café, just as we always do...........
 ..............above is one of my favourite festive shop windows.........inspired by red and white.....
 .............more red and white inspiration here too............below is a new decoration i am trying this year.......i found this sturdy branch on one of our walks and brought it home with some kind of hanging decoration plan in mind.......i added some spray snow and some little fabric trees, ball of wool and buttons baubles (how i love these of course ) and tags and berries......this is a work in progress and you might be seeing it again...............
...............thank you for all the lovely comments on my sleigh ride rabbits, dear readers, and for visiting me here in my festive bit of blogland..........i wish you a wonderful week as we count down to christmas......to my lovely readers on the other side of the world, enjoy your warm and sunny days, i will think of you all as i put on my down-filled coat and wind my scarf snugly round :)........and to every one else keep cosy ;)...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooxxxxxxxxx

46 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! What lovely decorations.... love those fun little trees and I really like your new red and white themed decorations. The little baubles look lovely too! As you have a photo of them you could use them and put them back in the box exactly the same way so they look just as pretty when you open them next year! Merry Christmas! :) x

sew said...

I do love that box of baubles!
I was in Chester on Wednesday of last week meeting girlfriends for lunch and again on Friday doing the things I had intended to do on Wednesday but was too busy talking to my pals. We are all Chester girls having first met when we started secondary school at the age of eleven!! I was born within the city walls which makes me a 'proper' Cestrian!
Your red & white trees make me want to go and make one for myself - your colours always look so tempting whether they've been sewn or crocheted.

Kate said...

Such a beautiful post, Helen, - I so enjoyed everything. ^^

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These look like such fun to make! I've been visiting with the rabbits and enjoying a sleigh ride this morning! Holiday hugs, Diane

Beca said...

Adorable little trees. The embellishments are my favorite. :)
xx Beca

Little Crochet said...

They are too cute! I love all the variety of colours. Thanks for sharing :)

By Neymes said...

Beautiful Helen beautiful.Beijo.Valéria.

Hillside Garden said...

How lovely, all your little trees!
Chester is such a beautiful town, we love it since years.

Sigrun

Ingrid Orens said...

Your trees are so pretty - I especially like the "scandinavian coloured ones" ! And they look perfect, hanging on that branch !!

Teresa Kasner said...

Are those glass ornaments new or vintage? Wonderful! I adore all your trees in red and green. I need to make one someday!

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((hugs)), Teresa :-)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Lovely festive post Helen with a little bit of Scandi influence, which I love!!!!
Your little trees are wonderful! :)
Have a great week,
V x

Things and Thoughts said...

You are inexhaustible Helen!These lovely trees can beautifully decorate any place in the house!And the colorful baubles, what a sight!
Wish you the best,enjoy the season with your beloved ones.
Olympia

Viola said...

Oh Helen, what a beautiful Christmas post! I am not at all in a Christmas mood because of sorrows and troubles with the family but when I look at your pictures I forget about the problems and hope for a festive Christmas, as well. Your trees are gorgeous, they are quite simple to make, aren't they? Keep warm, Viola

susan said...

I love your sweet red and white Christmas trees. You always make everything look and sound so easy to make. Your posts are always a joy to read.

...Nina Nixon... said...

Helen these are adorable and look very easy to make. I think Christmas is creeping up on us really quickly this year, I hope it doesn't rush past us too soon. X

Anne Toprak said...

Hi Helen, Loved the bunnies and these trees. Time is flying by.....Thanks for sharing your out and about photos. I know what you mean about crowds----crazy weekend shoppers here.
With hugs and Christmas wishes,
Anne D.T. xx
PlumCreek22

Jane said...

What pretty new variations of your trees Helen. Chester is such a pretty spot and it must look wonderful at Christmas. I agree that the baubles look great in the box and the branch is inspired for a hanger for your decs. Enjoy the last week, time is really ticking on now xx

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

Lovely little trees, and those red&white&pink are the sweetest! And those pretty baubles...Oh my - decoration itself just like, in their box!

Happy last week before the Holidays!

Yours,
Mia

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh, Helen. You take the simplest of shapes (a Christmas tree) and turn it into the most adorable pieces. I am in love with those cute trees and all the different colors you have used to make them.

Merry Christmas to you, my dear blog friend! xo

Jilly said...

Lovely festive post! I love the way you have used the branch to display your decorations - such a good idea!. The baubles are so pretty too. Jilly x

Sam I Am...... said...

okay...you've outdone yourself with the red and white ornaments and the branch! Too cool! I've been meaning to do something with a branch that I found and now I know what...so sweet! Merry Christmas, my friend! Stay warm!

vintage grey said...

Your trees are just the sweetest!! Always love seeing what you are crafting! Sending you Christmas hugs and love!! xo Heather

Lorrie said...

Lovely bits of crafting. The trees are adorable and would work up quickly. Enjoyed seeing the sights of Christmas on your shopping outing.
Merry days to you and yours.

Rhona said...

Your little trees are gorgeous! And as for those baubles....they are wonderful - and I agree with you about keeping them in the box, they look fabulous.

Carla said...

How adorable! Cutest trees ever. The bunnies in your previous post are very sweet too

Ana Lopes said...

Hello dear Helen! All your trees are adorable! Your crafting details are always so cute! Thanks for sharing those sights of Christmas. I love the branch ornaments idea.
I wish you a Merry Christmas!!!!
Hugs from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

cristina said...

Her small Christmas trees are adorable! I have not done this year Christmas decorations, I have many other handmade of others years. But when I watch your trees you inspired me and I think that I will today Christmas trees! Thank you again for such beauty that you show us on your blog, Helen! I wish you a Merry Christmas!
A big hug from Catalonia to you and your family!
Merry Christmas, Helen!

Amy at love made my home said...

Such lovely trees and decorations! xx

Ladybird Diaries said...

Helen those little trees are just beautiful! So festive. I have never been to Chester but it looks like. Wonderful place to visit especially at this time of year.
I have enjoyed reading your lovely blog and seeing all your beautiful makes so much this year and thank you for the lovely comments you leave at mine.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and festive season with your family!
Marianne x

scrappyjacky said...

Your trees are so pretty.
A very happy Christmas to you.

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Your trees are sooooo lovely, dear Helen!
I wish you a Merry Christmas!
A big hug from Italy....
Deborah

Frances said...

Helen, I am taking a little break from my own Christmas preparations to treat myself to views of beautiful places like your site.

Those sleigh-riding bunnies are adorable and I very much like the look of your Scandanavian-inspried red and white trees.

There is alway so much inspiration to find here!

Hoping to visit here again before Christmas.

Meanwhile, xo

Gillian said...

All your decorations are so beautiful. I've never been to Chester but it looks really nice. My cousin went to live there many years ago. He had been working here as a bus driver and decided to leave the day the Oxford Street bus station was bombed - a horrific day that I still remember after all these years. The bus station is gone now and replaced by offices and a concert hall. I work in an office just a stone's throw away. Hope you have a great Christmas!

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

Beautiful decorations and love the trees!!

handmade by amalia said...

The little trees are so nice!
And the fabrics are beautiful, happy holidays!
Amalia xo

Simone said...

'A crafty interlude' I like the sound of that! Your fabric trees are so pretty and I love the box of baubles. I think I would keep them displayed in the box too! x

Gracie Saylor said...

Alas, my blogroll does not always roll, so I missed this post until I noticed it on one or our friend's blogroll. At any rate I am glad to read your latest beautiful report filled with many good ideas [scented oil on a tree ornament]. The box of ornaments echoes the delightful decorations you saw in Chester and the whole post is creatively inspiring. Thanks for posting, Helen! xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sweet little trees. I've seen lots of pictures on Instagram of branches hung on walls with lots of pretty things hanging from them. I'm out of wall space but am trying to figure out how I can hang something. :) Happy holidays, Tammy

Zwergenwelt said...

Dear Helen,
I want to say thank you so much for your nice comments! It makes me happy!
I know your curte and lovely blog since longer time and have a book from you with your cute ideas, but while producing little dolls for others I find too seldom time for making something for myself.
Ave a wonderful christmas time, Helen, your little trees are so wonderful and the cute rabbits on the post before are so lovely!
Best wishes, cornelia

Zwergenwelt said...

oh sorry, there are two mistakes, because my PC does what HE wants.. it means "your cute blog" and "have a wonderful time".. sorry.

Alison Machin said...

Dear Helen Your festive trees are just so cute! I have your book Pretty Patchwork gifts-so inspirational. I love the variations you have done and use of so many pretty buttons. Just looked at your sleigh ride rabbits, they are just too adorable! Hope you have a happy and crafty week leading up to the big day,
Best wishes
Alison xx

Cream Linen said...

Lovely ideas for little but very cute festive makes. I will try to make a couple of similar trees, they look so pretty.
My warmest wishes Helen to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year .
Love from Greece,
Tina

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Looooove your trees! Blessed Christmas to you and your family, Pam x

susan said...

Helen - I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and let you know how happy I am to have found your blog this year.
Susan

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