Monday, December 21, 2015

My Traveling Christmas Tree

Hello again, Dear Ones. Some of you commented on my white tree in the dining room so I wanted to show it to you a little closer.
 I'm calling this my Traveling Christmas tree because it holds my painted on the inside Christmas balls that we pick up on our travels. The balls are all special to me. I bought this tree last year and put these balls on it and when I looked back at my snaps - the tree looked plumb nekked (Texan talk from someone who's recently moved to upstate New York). So this year I was going to do something about the nekkedness. :)
I did add a few more strands of lights and a pretty garland of silver beads. Then I saw this marvelous little decoration on Pinterest and I knew it would be just perfect for my Traveling Christmas Tree.
What do you think? My paper pine cones! Don't you just love them? And I used an old atlas and tore out the pages. These were so easy and fun to make. I bought some egg shaped Styrofoam balls and lots and lots of straight pins with flat heads. Then I went to town cutting out strips about 1" wide., using my paper cutter of course. Next I started cutting out little squares from the strips, approximately 1 inch squares. I wasn't too careful and just winged it. Next, take your 1 inch squares and fold in the two edges of one side to create a triangle. There should be about a half inch on the opposite side not folded. I should have taken a snap for you but I forgot. I folded and folded until my most dainty talented fingers almost fell off. You start at the bottom end of the Styrofoam egg and pin two of the folded strips so the pointed ends touch. I just kept layering and pinning my little folded pieces until I got to the top! I made about eight large ones and six of so smaller ones. I had to go back and buy more pins. I could have used my low temp glue gun, but I never like to make it easy on myself! :) I did glue on some ribbon as hangers and made pretty bows for the top of each pine cone. I think this was the perfect touch for my Traveling Christmas Tree.
 And of course at night my Traveling Christmas Tree is most beautiful I think! ;)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

We Three Kings of Orient Are

 We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav'n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

~ sung by Perry Como


21 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tree! Those pine cones look like a lot of fun to make! I've never seen those before. Have a merry week :-) Silvana

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  2. Love this tree. I also try to get an ornament from my travels but your painted balls are so pretty. Love love the map pine cones. I hope you are healing well and your therapy is going OK!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  3. Love the paper-map cones! What a great idea and a fun way to use the "travel" idea! I have collected ornaments from our trips and I think it's a wonderful idea to group them all together on the same tree. Alas . . . put it on the list for next year!

    Merry Christmas week to you!

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  4. You made those Paper Pinecones ~! wowzers. Miss Smarty:) you did GOOD..

    LOVE LOVE your white tree. its beautiful.

    Hope you are feeling better... Heal quick- Santa's on his way:)


    xoxo and a very merry Christmas
    Sonny

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  5. Love the beautiful white tree!

    Have to ask. We have a red star like your purple one. How do you get it to stay up straight like that? Ours likes to lean toward Bethlehem. That's what I tell myself it's doing anyway.

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  6. Perfect song and pinecones for your traveling tree! Very pretty!
    Kathleen in Az

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  7. I love the pinecone map ornies. Perfect with your pretty travel ornaments!

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  8. Perfect!!! I never thought of using paper to make the cones or the round balls......very clever you are......

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  9. Your white Christmas tree is lovely Shelia and I like your travelling pine cones, something quite different.
    Merry Christmas.

    Diana

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  10. Hi Shelia, love the addition of the map pine cones to your pretty white tree. So pretty and add so much to your lovely traveling tree. It does look extra gorgeous at night with the lights on.

    Sure hope you are feeling better and the pain is subsiding in your knee. My goodness you have been through so much. How is the rehab going? Thinking of you everyday and keeping you in prayers my friend. Hope you are home for Christmas.
    Blessings and love to you. xo

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  11. I used to have a travel tree but now most of those are on my regular tree. These are gorgeous and I adore the pine cones. I think your instructions are pretty good and when I get a break I am going to try these. I'll ask if I have questions!

    Isn't it fun to collect an ornament from travels? It's like revisiting the trip when you decorate the tree!

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  12. Love those pinecones Sheila! Such a great idea to use maps for them!

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  13. Hi sweet friend. I adore this tree - perfect for your traveling tree! Blessings to you and your family this Christmas. xoxo

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  14. Love your traveling ornaments and your pinecones out of maps! Darling!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Judy

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  15. Love this tree, and your creativity! Merry Christmas blessings to you and your family. Enjoy your special time together. xo

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  16. Your tree is beautiful. Merry Christmas! Sheila

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  17. That is such a pretty tree. I love the pinecone ornaments you made and the ornaments from your travels. What a great reminder of your trips.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

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  18. Beautiful tree, Shelia. The pinecone ornaments are clever and perfect for a traveling tree.
    Merry Christmas! Get better soon!

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  19. What a lovely tree, Shelia! And your little atlas paper pine cones are just too clever! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas - xo

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  20. Muy hermoso árbol Sheila.Espero que hayan tenido una muy feliz navidad.

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  21. Muy hermoso árbol Sheila.Espero que hayan tenido una muy feliz navidad.

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