Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Put Some Ooh La La! in your Christmas! Christmas In July { Big Impact With One Idea}


I’m joining the Christmas in July party over at Cowgirl Up! today (hosted by Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict) and I’d like to share what I did last Christmas for my French Country theme.

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I certainly got the mileage out of this one great idea to adding a French touch to my Christmas décor.


Here was my inspiration: A store-bought embroidered mini pillow ornament from European Antique Market.

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   And, here’s my homemade version:


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Well, my version of homemade.  I have a good friend who does embroidery and sewing work so I asked her to make lots of these fabric ornaments using the French phrases “Joyeux Noel”, “Bonheur”, and “Meilleurs Vceux”.  Basically meaning, Merry Christmas, Happiness to you, and Season’s Greetings loosely translated.


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I used them on everything to tie in the Country French décor. 
Their size was about 3 1/2 X 4.


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I hung them from lots of different Christmas decorations around my home.


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I also had enough made to give to each guest that attended the Christmas Open House.


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I displayed them in a large antique French basket on the stairwell in the foyer.


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They were a really big hit with everyone.


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I even hung them from lamps.


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They became familiar in the decorations and rooms, and lots of people commented on them.


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They were tucked in bows, greenery, and trees. 


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These simple homespun ornaments made my French  Country Christmas very memorable.  They were fun and relaxed…not stuffy.  They make great hostess gifts, too.

A little fabric from Jo-Ann’s, some batting and jute cord, and a friend who has an embroidery machine. Easy peasy!

You know you could do these using fabric paint or a transfer!

And, below is what I used for the dining table to keep the French theme.

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Glittered Eiffel Tower ornaments I found at Z Gallerie with little tags made by me using rubber stamps.


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Joyeux Noel bags found on Etsy with Godiva chocolate ballotins inside.  I already had the numbered white porcelain napkin rings.


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O.K., now I’m getting in the Christmas spirit and it’s still 90 degrees outside.
Isn’t Christmas in July fun?

Merry early Christmas,
Kim

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8 comments:

Cindy said...

Kim, those are soooo cute! I would LOVE to have one of those fancy machines! Maybe I can ask Santa for one for Christmas. XO Cindy

Tanya@takesix said...

So very cute, Kim! I love your dining room table as well!

Olive Cooper said...

The ornaments are sweet and their copious amount made for a jolly French theme. Nice to think of Christmas when it is 103 on my deck.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great ideas, Kim! I love those hearts! I really need to learn the embroidery portion of my new sewing machine.

Leslie Harris said...

Kim, thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm so glad you did, because I found my way back here. Your blog is beautiful. The minute I saw the toile start to appear on my computer screen I got excited. (yes, I'm a bit of a nerd) The best part of these precious ornaments is that I think I could make one. maybe. At least I want to try. I'll be back for more of your frenchie style.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

Sherry said...

Very pretty for Christmas!
Sherry

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Well, you know I love this post, Kim! Your frenchy touches around the house are fabulous...such cute ornaments! Thanks for sharing at Christmas in July!...hugs...Debbie

Beth said...

What a great friend to have & to know that can create the embroidered designs for you & quite a busy you for sewing all those up! They look fabulous!

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