13 Dec

As the packages of things I’ve ordered online start to stream in, I’m reminded that Christmas is just around the corner.  However, unlike last year, this year we have a tree and other decorations that also keep me in the holiday spirit.  We avoided the stores the weekend after Thanksgiving, but the one store we did go into was Target because we knew that we needed a tree.  Since it’s our first year having a tree, we had to start from scratch except for a few ornaments Sean’s mom gave us over the years, and some ornaments I received from co-workers.  This meant that we could pick any color scheme we wanted.   We decided on red and gold because it’s timeless and I figured I wouldn’t get tired of it in a few years and want to start all over. 

We bought several different varieties of red and gold and hurried home to set up our tree.  We went the cheater way with the lights already on the tree, and it made things so easy.  But, I do really miss the pine smell of real trees.  Anyway, we got to work and ended up with this:

So not the best picture, but I swear it’s cute!  And, we still need a tree skirt, but for our first tree, I think it looks pretty good.  Here’s a close up of some of my favorite ornaments:

Remember those guys from Thanksgiving?

And, an ornament to represent my bee moniker, Mrs. Fro Yo:

And, my all time favorite, one that I MADE!  It was my first experience with sewing and ornament making, and I think it turned out pretty cute.  Now I want to make tons more!

Here’s how he looked after I cut him out and before I started sewing:

And then finished:

Granted he looks a little dog-like, but I still think he’s a really cute elephant. 🙂 

If you want to make your very own ornament from these templates, download them from Fellow Creatives:

Aren’t they so cute?  I never could have made mine without the template!

10 Responses to “Ornaments”

  1. Mary 12/14/2010 at 9:00 am #

    Get a Williams Sonoma Christmas tree candle (I think its “Winter Forest”). It smells just like a tree!

  2. Liz 12/14/2010 at 9:00 am #

    Your handmade ornament is so cute! The pattern looks relatively easy to follow, too. Our tree is a red and gold theme also. I bought most of our ornaments at the after Christmas sales last year (a great time to buy!).

  3. Abby 12/14/2010 at 9:26 am #

    Your ornament turned out super cute! And your tree is beautiful, btw. I just said to J the other day that I’m thinking of switching from colored christmas tree lights to white christmas tree lights…your adorable tree just might have sealed the deal! 🙂

    • kelsey@mintedlife 12/14/2010 at 9:46 am #

      Aww, yay! I love the classic white lights. That’s what we always had growing up, so it’s what makes me think of christmas.

  4. Mina 12/14/2010 at 9:30 am #

    oh it’s beautiful! you two did an awesome job. and i love your cute ornaments!

  5. Nikki 12/14/2010 at 10:47 am #

    Your tree looks great!! And I love the ornament you made. So cute!

  6. Jessica 12/14/2010 at 12:38 pm #

    The bird from Fellow Creatives is adorable. Wonder if I could try my creative skills? 🙂

  7. jenna@fivefourteeneleven 12/14/2010 at 2:49 pm #

    I love the red heart at the top of your tree, and of course, all the ornaments! I especially like the handmade elephant…too cute.

  8. Katie 12/15/2010 at 8:08 am #

    Your tree looks fantastic!!!!! Love it. Also – the owl!!! I die.

  9. Amy 12/15/2010 at 1:40 pm #

    pretty tree! love the owl and elephant ornaments!

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