Wednesday, December 19, 2012

something old, something new, a little French laundry tutorial for you!

 our Christmas tree holds some family history.

a handmade bridal shower gift from Mr. D's Mom.
there are ornaments that have been placed onto
our tree for 39 years.

i made six little elephants for our first tree using scraps
of  felt and yarn . 

handmade by my mother to celebrate our first born.

handmade by our daughter to celebrate their first born.

the kids would add their own touch to the tree each year.
 grade "A" papers tied with ribbons, signed baseballs and
and favorite beanie babies were among the contributions
when they were in grade school.

Go Cougs!

each year, i enhance the history with a fresh touch.

it could be as simple a color statement of bows, or collecting
all of the brown Teddy Bears around the house.  one year,
there was a sport's tribute,  ( i added roses and footballs when the 
Cougars played at the Rose Bowl in 2003.)

 last year... it was burlap!

this year, as i hinted in an earlier post,
 our Christmas tree holds a touch of  French laundry.

 Marseilles ~ Matelasse'

about two years ago, i was perusing an end of the month
clearance table at Fred Meyer and found this lovely piece
of Matelasse'.  (i payed 4.99 for the piece.) it was a bit soiled
and shop worn...nothing a little OxyClean couldn't handle

i didn't feel too bad when taking the shears to it!

the small hoops were a dollar and twenty nine.

the little bit larger hoops were a dollar and forty nine.

it was fun, playing with the various patterns.

i love how they turned out!

the linear designs called for some vintage French laundry labels.

i found Mr D and my initials at French Larkspur.
you can also find vintage labels here.

(the letters could translate to Christmas Love. )

 i attached the single labels with French knots.

the simple and sweet French stitched hoops

were tied onto the branches with natural tiny twine.

a perfect addition of white light!

s i x    m o r e    s l e e p s!



  1. Once I bought a huge tree and covered it with roses, pearls, clear balls,silver roping, it was so had no soul...I missed my children's ornaments that had been on my tree for years. So I gave my daughter the big tree and got myself a small one and put those beloved ornaments on it...this is my tree till the end. I love your tutorial. xoxo,Susie

  2. I adore your very unique and creative tree ornaments. I know they'll be cherished through the years.

  3. Your ornaments are lovely - what wonderful keepsakes! Happy holidays Lynne!

  4. Hi Lynne,

    Loved reading the little tidbits of the past while enjoying images of your ornaments! Wishing you a most sweet and blessed holiday season!


  5. Lynne there are so many wonderful memories on your tree from over the years. Adore the French Matelasse Hoops! Darling patterns!

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  6. Lynne, Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories. They are beautiful treasures! I love what you did with the matelasse. Your inspiring me to try and make one before Christmas! They look so pretty on your tree! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

    Love, Jody

  7. Love your little French hoops! My parents' tree is filled with all of our old ornaments too - it's fun to look through them each year. xo

  8. I loved seeing your keepsake ornaments. You are so clever in keeping the 'old' and adding fresh new touches thus making the PERFECT tree!!