Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Tree Love........

 

Little Bea and I finished putting the decorations on the tree before school this morning! Again, reassurances given, we are still having a real one too, yes I promise!

 
The usual stories were told......each decoration means so much, either from my childhood, or from Little Bea's. The gold Santa took pride of place on my tree when I was a child, he's not quite so shiny now! My bambie, who keeps falling off!

 
Two little fairies, brought by Mum for my girls, before she became ill. The three little white mice, Mum got them when we were young, one for each of her daughters. Not as white anymore, but still precious...
 
 
Some of the decorations have been made by new friends I have met.....

 
The Owls from Jane, crocheted doilies from Lisa, folded stars from Sharon, patchwork heart from Mia...
 
 
I am in love with this little tree.....every little bit of it is special....

 
I will continue to add a few more bits, I've seen some lovely baubles made out of vintage wallpaper, got to try those! And I really, really want to do something with buttons, I'd love to make a button garland, but not sure how to do that one! And of course, I want to make some more Liberty Baubles inspired by Rachelle from Granny Chic!

 
The jury is still out on the cotton reel baubles...Mr Bea and the girls think they look silly! And of course....I've still to pop something on the top! I'm not sure wwhat that will be yet, but I'm sure an idea will come to me!
 
 
Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post....seems we are all loving the china!
 
Enjoy your Festive Preparations!
 
Ada :) x
 

73 comments:

  1. this tree rocks!!!! love it!!!! Brava Ada!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  2. love this little tree so much! love all the little bits of history, old and new that are woven into it too. happy holidays Ada!
    Bernie x

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    1. Thanks Bernie, I think that's why it feels so special, it's another reminder of how much Mum loved Christmas, she still does I'm sure, just can't remember! :) x

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  3. It's absolutely GREAT! so pretty and bright :-) xx

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous, I love it!! The blue you've binded it with is just right, I'd be tempted to leave it out all year round and I think the cotton reels just add to the vintage feel. I'd "land" a big, fat, red robin on top!! Lucey xx

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    1. I'm tempted too, but I think that might be classed as a bit crackers! :) x

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  5. Ada Thats a beauty and all my favourite colours too... well done, you should be proud of yourself and your little ones?
    daisy x

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  6. I love this tree, Ada! You are so clever!

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  7. The tree looks lovely and all the more special to you because of all the memories it evokes,I am sure. I am still sick with jealousy over your utility china treasures! Love, Mrs RV x

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    1. Memories feel even more precious at Christmas, don't you think! :) x

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  8. This is by far the best 'tree' I've seen anywhere in Webland - brilliant - it might not be green with pine needles, but it is the absolute epitome of the Christmas Spirit.

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    1. Thank you so much, thank you for popping in for a visit! :) x

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  9. What a beautiful tree! I love the bobbles. Very special decorations. My daughter has an angel from my mum too.Have a lovely day, Flissx

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  10. Got to be honest, I wasn't sure about the whole lampshade tree idea to start with, but you've made it look wonderful Ada (and I'm not just saying that in a nice polite way, I really mean it looks the business). Cotton reels should stay in my opinion as they're part of the whole crafty dafty thing of it.

    X

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    1. They will be! It might be 3 against 1 (although Little Bea can always be persuaded by me!) but I am Crafty Queen around here! :) x

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  11. Your little tree looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the colour and the bobble trim. Cotton reels should stay I say - they suit it! Well done you and your girls! M x

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  12. It's utterly fabulous. The pompom trim is inspired. You've all done very well. Can't wait to see what you pop on top. xx

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  13. Well done Ada, your tree is wonderful, the pompoms and the doilies look fab and all your treasures. maybe just whisper in the girls ears that the 5 foot tree from Sarah London costs nearly £500!! So you all are really clever to make your own! Heather x

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  14. Oh Ada it's so fantastic! I love the Pompom trim and the specialness of all the decorations. Well done for all your hard work! x

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  15. ...The tree is just so 'COOOOL', i love love love it,, oh you must be so happy with it....it really looks great, i just love this new way of using old lamp shades.
    Brilliant
    Pixie x

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  16. Wow ada, I LOVE Your tree, and now want one too!
    I love getting all of the ornaments out and reminising over them,mine are all donkeys years old from when the children were little :o) I'm going back for a second look at your piccies xxxxx

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  17. Wow is all I can say Ada! Gorgeous!
    Victoria xx

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    1. I was pretty much going to post the same thing as Victoria! WOW! It's amazing Ada! Well done. Hazel x

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  18. Oh my goodness!! I was so thrilled to see your tree this morning!! Beautiful stuff :) It's just so YOU!! colours, everything! So nice to have the extra special ornaments collected together on this special tree (the lampshades are such perfect shapes). I think the thread spools are the perfect thing. I did see in a magazine someone made a tiny pin cushion from a spool, made as you would a yo-yo (suffolk puff to you), but keep the cardboard template in the yo-yo and push some batting above the cardboard, and then pull the basting thread snug. Then glue the little puff on top of the spool. Do you see this in your mind? I might make one myself and post about it...it was REALLY cute. And it would add to your little spool if you used Christmas fabric. Thanks for sharing this Ada, it's marvelous! :) Wendy

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  19. Very cute, I like how each decoration has a bit of history. It makes a tree more special and interesting. By the way I've linked to your previous china post in my new post. Hope that's ok.

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  20. Fabulous Ada! That made me laugh (in a very good way I assure you!) Those pompoms are just, well, too fab! :-)

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  21. As my son would say, "It's AWESOME"! I like the cotton reel baubles very much.
    Hen x

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  22. What a beautiful tree ~ it really does work and you have decorated it perfectly too. There may be a couple of things in your advent swap that you can add to it too! I am loving my pressies so far ~ it really is lovely to have a little gift to open up each day :O)xx

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    1. Oooooh exciting, can't wait to open them! :) x

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  23. My goodness it looks gorgeous, well done! Love the crochet snowflakes, they're still on my Christmas to do list :-)

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  24. Oh wow, that is gorgeous!
    How original, I have never seen any other tree like it!

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  25. Your tree really looks lovely! I love the blue colour:)

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  26. I love it - so quirky. Love how your decorations have their own story. x

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  27. Oh Ada, your tree is a beauty ... I am so impressed ... the blue bobble trim is the business ... Bee xx

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  28. Wow Ada
    your lamp tree has turned out beautifully..you must be very proud
    lovely memories, and feelings make the decorations so spacial...I wonder if you will keep changing them with the seasons
    Thea x

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  29. Your lamp tree is fantastic and so much nicer than the one that gave you the original idea. It must be so special decorated with the decorations that mean something to you.
    Sarah x

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  30. A really beautiful tree, so pretty and unusual.
    It's patchwork baubles all the way in my house this year...

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  31. Beautiful, beautiful little blue tree! And how lovely to wander through it meeting up with all those family memories, a true family tradition. Lx

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  32. It's fantastic!! I love the way you did it all in blue, and your decorations are so lovely. x

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  33. Loving the colour! It looks fantastic and must have taken you ages. Well done.
    Ellie
    x

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  34. Now that is one fab Christmas tree..I just love it! It looks so pretty all finished and decorated :)
    Magie x

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  35. This is a really fantasic tree. And love it that it's full of memories. Groetjes, Gerda

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  36. Hey Ada, your lampshade tree has turned out really well......love the pompom edging.
    The cotton reels are perfect too and a button garland would be a perfect addition.

    CLaire x

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  37. Lovely tree Ada! I might have to try my hand at making one maybe next year! Great job! :)

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  38. Oh Ada it is so beautiful!! I love it!! Such special treasures sprinkled throughout!! xo Heather

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  39. It turned out even better than I had imagined! It's sooo cute!
    You did great,
    Erica :)

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  40. Ada it turned out fabulous....what a little happy tree filled with treasures!

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  41. i think it's just lovely & all works beautifully together, thanks for your comment on my knitted owl wrist warmers, i'd be happy to set up a little swap with you if you wanted a pair?
    kellyx

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  42. I tried to visualise what this tree would look like, my imagination did not rise to these heights though, wonderful, can`t wait to to see what goes on the top and the tree finished in all it`s glory

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  43. WOW Ada its brilliant, no its stunning and pretty and beautiful all at the same time. I love it and with all your beautiful memories hanging from its branches its perfect a little love and memory tree. Im going to have to try this next year its adorable. Enjoy its beauty, dee x

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  44. I adore the cotton reel baubles...was thinking how fab they are before o got to the bit about your doubts. They must stay! Xx

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  45. That looks fabulous - you've done a sterling job for sure...and very christmassy.

    Nina x

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  46. that looks amazing! I would love to try and make a tree like that...although I suspect it will be next year...i'm running pretty behind!! xx (I like the cotton reels!!)

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  47. Oh my goodness...this is way too sweet for words...you are so very clever...I am so loving the pom pom trim...xoxox

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  48. what a brilliant tree and I love that all the decorations have a story.
    x

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  49. I love, love, love your tree! A work of art and a personal journey. Yes to cotton reels and a fat little robin. Yours is the first one that I have seen someone else make. Brilliant. Best regards
    Sarah Moore

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  50. I think your tree is wonderful, well done xx

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  51. You did good. :)

    Just brilliant. Love your tree and wow what a lot of work.

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  52. Love your tree Ada it's gorgeous. I like that idea of the big red robin on the top. Maybe when you learn to crochet you can add one. And all your childhood decorations is so sweet too. mel x

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  53. Your tree is very beautiful! And the blue color is brighter
    in its place, I loved it!
    kiss!!!
    Márcia

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  54. Thank thank you all so, so much for your encouragement, you are a lovely lot! :) x

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  55. I am bowled over, Ada! Your tree is beautiful, from the materials used, to the colour, to the lovely ornaments. You're so clever! x

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  56. Yay- good for you Ada - super - and the decorations are wonderful too. A family heirloom!
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  57. this is the most beautifull tree i've ever seen, it is
    b e a u t i f u l l !!!

    love, Ellen

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  58. It's fabulous! I've seen a couple of these but I think yours is absolutely the smartest. Love it :D

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  59. WE ALL LOVE YOUR TREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

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  60. Oh this is toooo cute, I need a tree like that too!! xx

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  61. It looks lovely and I love the stories behind the ornaments.

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  62. I don't think it could be more perfect. Beautiful!
    Xxx

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