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2013 Holiday Tag-a-Long Week 2

"O Tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, how lovely are your branches."

I started this week's tags with a simple, traditional green tree.  Easy enough, right?  Yes, I thought so too.

Until I decorated it with little red colonial knots ... looks more like a bad case of chicken pox, doesn't it?  LOL!

Oh well.  I think the pretty floral Victorian scalloped oval setting takes your mind off the poxes.  And I'm so happy to have found an opportunity to stick another bow on something. 

But then I developed a pink itch that I really needed to scratch ... so why not a pink tree?

I dug out my pretty crystal sequins and clear beads to decorate and then just fringed the linen edges a bit for some texture.  I picked the aqua ribbon because of the few tiny aqua flowers in the fabric.

And then I went all aqua with the last tree.

I had a harder time coming up with a good-looking garland.  I tried a few different things before settling on these flower sequins.  Ooooooh, do I ever love how they turned out!

Oh, and I backed all three tags with the Kraft-Tex I mentioned last week.

So that's that.  One tree, three interpretations.

How are your tags coming along?  Are you getting inspired?  Remember to visit Amy over at nanaCompany to see her batch of the week!

Amy and I are going to try to put together one more set of tags for next week.  Keep your fingers crossed ... unless you're busy making tags ... then never mind. ;)

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Reader Comments (21)

Hi! I love your trees and I did not think pox at all! Your tags and all of your creations for that matter are always so inspiring! I wish I could make them all. :)

Have a Merry Christmas!
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Chavez
These cute Christmas trees :)
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElvira
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpam
I am in love with these! SO funny that you said the first tree looks like it has the chicken pox. You know how I am with red...I put a rather substantial amount of red balls on our tree last year. After stepping back to examine the finished tree, I told John, "Our tree looks like it's come down with a case of the measles." :b You could totally wrap up that aqua tree ornament with its Scrumptious Aqua Paisley background and send it to me. I'd keep it up in my sewing room year round and stare at it. Like, alot. :)
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly
Everything you do is so beautiful. Those red French knots do not look like pox. You just think so because they are large but what can you do plus some of the decorations on Christmas trees are a bit larger. Don't worry. As people tell me, I am my own worst critic. So there!
I always enjoy every one of your emails because I know they are not going to be something wild but rather always soothing. Your choices of fabric, colors, everything are always so subtle.
Thank you for sharing so much with us. I just wish I could do my counted cross stitch as fast as you seem to do it.
Merry Christmas.
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosebud
I think all three of your trees are adorable! (no pox). You have such a way of bringing design, color and embellishments together to make little treasures. I have to say my favorite is the aqua tree, so pretty.
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen O'Grady
your trees and all your tags are simply divine........wish I were the recipient of the tag never mind a gift....LOL
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Kane
Thanks for sharing your lovely tags. Where did you find the cute tree pattern???
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
I love them all!! So very pretty! xo Heather
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Pretty, pretty, pretty...the pink tree is my fav!
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer B
Maybe the green tree is just decorated with strawberries. Or cherries. But red and green - are you getting traditional on us?! Would I make you crazy if I suggest a white tree with pastel or bright ornaments?
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergreg
Perfection. Every one of them!
Sigh, I knew I'd be blown away. Love the choice of colours, of course.
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
What beautiful tags you have made!!! They are destined to be heirlooms, a set from every year. Your work is just exquisite! never too much red for me! I am just sitting and staring at your beautiful work!
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
I love them! I am so glad you and Amy are doing these. I love the green tree with the pox!
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenni
So lovely!! Love the pink!!
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClara
I love the aqua tree with garland. I wouldn't mind having that attached to my present. No wait, it would be e present in itself. Do you really hang these on gifts you give. While I'm very inspired, I think some people might not appreciate them enough, because they are' just' tags. On the other hand, I once decorated my gifts with hand-knit Christmas baubles and I see most of them around the houses of the people I gave them to, so I could see them cherishing a tag like this as much or even more than the gifts it was attached to. Imagine receiving a tag from a friend or family member each year, and accumulating a collection big enough to decorate a small Christmas tree. I'm rambling, sorry, I just wanted to say: lovely work, and I'm inspired, but our Christmas tree is sitting on my sewing machine (don't ask!), so it's a bit of hassle to get any sewing project done...
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaartje
Just one critical question: Is one row of your stitches on the aqua tree crossed in another direction than the rest? Because if it is, the pink one is my favorite, cross stitches going in different directions make me itch, sorry... ;-)
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaartje
"Oh dennenboom, oh dennenboom, wat zijn je takken wonderschoon!"
That's the song in Dutch! It has the same meaning as the German version you are quoting.
Have a wonderful Christmans and a happy New Year!
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEsther F.
Gosh, the tags look better than any gift I could receive! Love it! There are some very lucky people out there that will receive these tags!
Happy Holidays
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December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Frisch
They are all so pretty! I like the addition of the red knots on the green one. I LOVE the pink one for obvious reasons, but it also reminds me of the pretty little pink tree I put up in my daughter's room each Christmas. The purple one is equally cute, especially with those flower sequence. Where were you able to find those? Great job on all of them! I can't wait to see what you and Amy come up with next.
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
Love the tags.....Lovely trees love all 3 colors...where ever did the cross stitch patterns come from ...is it your design we can purchase would love to do the tree.... My sewing group is doing ornaments to swap what fun
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFreda George

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