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