Monthly Archives: October 2008

Curled Paper Christmas Tree – Tutorial

Next week I’m selling some things at a craft/bake sale on base.  I’ve been creating a few things for my table including these cute and simple Curled Paper Christmas Trees.

You will need:

1) Fiberboard or cardboard cone  (You could also use a foam florist cone but then you would need to use pins to secure the curls instead of hot glue).  My cones are 8″ tall.
2) Approximately 2 – 3 sheets of double sided pattered paper. One 8″ cone takes about two 12″x12″ sheets.
3) A pencil or pen to roll the paper strips.
4) Hot glue gun and glue sticks, or pins (if you are using floral foam)


1) Cut your double sided paper into strips approximately 3/4″ wide and 3″ long. 

2) Using your pencil curl the paper strips about 3/4 of the way to the end.  You can make your curls loose or tight, whichever you prefer.  You can also loosen up the curls once your tree is completed.

3) Gather your paper curls together with your cone and your glue gun and glue sticks.

4) Start gluing your paper curls to the bottom of the cone in a ring.

5) Continue to glue on paper curls in layers or rings moving up the cone.  My rings are about 1/2″ to 3/4″ apart, meaning when I finish one ring I leave a gap of about 3/4″ inch of cone in between so my curls are not tightly glued together.  You can leave more or less room, as you like.  Try to alternate your rings so that your curls overlap like scales.

6) Once you get to the top of the cone, you can add an embellishment to the top.  I used snowflake shaped brads  punched through a small circled of paper but you could use buttons, chipboard shapes, rhinestones, etc.

You could make these for any occasion or season.  All sorts of papers or themes can be used and different papers will create different looks. 

From left to right: the first 2 trees are made with 1 sheet of red patterned paper and 1 sheet of green each, the 3rd (purple) tree is made with 2 sheets of purple pattered paper, the 4th tree is made with 2 sheets of patterned paper with stripes on one side and polka dots on the other and the red tree is made with 2 sheets of red natural textured paper with tiny gold dots (the curls on this tree didn’t stay as stiff and look really feathery).  The last two trees do not have embellishments on the top yet, I am still deciding what would look the best on these trees.

If you make a Curled Paper Christmas Tree please send me a link, I would love to see some other variations.

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Thankful Thursday

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Tastespotting, a new website that I think I want to marry!

2 friends who just had baby boys and one who just found out she is pregnant with a little boy!

Getting ready for an upcoming craft fair.  I’m just making a few things for my table, hoping to sell some holiday items and take some Stampin’ Up! orders.

Curled Paper Christmas Trees

Decoupaged gift boxes – empty and ready to be sold and filled with Christmas trinkets.

A new study we started in women’s group.  If you’ve never done any of Gary Smalley’s marriage studies, I highly recommend them. 

A great deal on Ebay for an artificial Christmas tree.  My little guy is due on Dec. 1st so my plan is to have the house decorated in all it’s holiday goodness well before Thanksgiving this year.  I kind of wish this nesting thing would last well past my baby’s birth, it’s come in quite handy in satiating my inner Martha Stewart.

November is right around the corner, the firewood is stockpiled in the backyard, the rocking chair is set up next to the fireplace and there are brand new canisters of Chai tea and hot chocolate next the the stove.  I’m ready!

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Children’s Fall Party

Last night was the Air Force Ball.  Since Joe was in Germany this week and I have nothing to wear to a ball that won’t make me look like a big, round, taffeta beach ball I decided to volunteer my time to watch the 21 children who needed supervision.  Oh I wasn’t watching 21 children alone, all while 8 months pregnant – NO!  I had 4 other ladies and 5 teenagers lined up to help with this fun evening.  We had the elementary school media room all set up and a well thought out schedule of fun activities and games.  But by the end of the night I think it’s safe to say Joe and I won’t be having 21 children.

For the toddlers we read the book Where’s My Mummy? We played musical chairs, pin the face on the jack ‘o’ lantern, we blew millions of bubbles, and made egg carton arachnids and lacing spider webs.

The school age kids had a scarecrow relay race, made Martha’s Witch’s broom favors filled with candy, origami bats, and did a Halloween themed reader’s theater.

By the end of the night everyone was in thorough melt-down mode so we had the kids gather on the floor, handed out bowls of popcorn and put in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

End of the night tally –

Use of the 1st aid kit – none!

Crying children – 1 (a toddler who was sad to see his parents leave but started having fun about 20 min. later)

Time outs – 4 (1 little girl kicked a little boy, 3 little kids wouldn’t stop running in circles around the library and needed some quiet sitting time)

Overall it was a fun night for all!

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Holiday Creating

Joe’s been gone this week so I have taken over the dining room table.  Here’s what came about:

Two fall themed collages – 1 is up in my shop.

A chipboard wreath inspired by this beautiful wreath.  I love these colors together, the light greens and blues.  I think I may make one or two more for a craft fair I am participating in on base in a few weeks.  This is a great project to make if you want to recycle old cardboard from cereal boxes, etc.  Just cover with paper, cut some circles, and embellish accordingly.

The last thing I finished this week were some decorated wooden blocks.  I picked these up at Michael’s when I was home in the States in August and had an idea about how to use them.





Some 2″ x 2″ pieces of patterned paper, some chipboard letters and some inexpensive wooden blocks really brightens up a shelf on my antique china cabinet.

Thankful Thursdays

Joe has been gone this week, he had a weather conference in Germany.  It seems like when he is gone I am twice as busy so I have been running all over the place all week.  I am thankful he is coming back on Saturday, I hate when he goes away, even if it’s only 1 week.

It’s rare that my two cats get along so this week I am very thankful they were cuddling so well on the bed.

I am thankful for my fall themed mantel every time I walk by.  I’m not sure if it’s the apple cider candle, the warm terra cotta painted walls or the new thankful bunting and fall-themed collage I just made.

I am very grateful for these girls.  Lori and Allison are two Air Force reservists who are stationed at our tiny base for a mere 2 months.  Typically when reservists come to Moron Air Base they keep to themselves, eat at the dining hall, and generally don’t get too involved in the tight-knit community here.  Lori and Allison, on the other hand, jumped right into life here.  They immediately came to chapel, met as many people as possible, frequently venture off base with many of us and this week they hosted a dorm dinner.  Dorm dinners are something our chapel tries to do every few months when new transient personnel come to the base.  Basically a big, themed potluck held at the community center on base for the people who are living in the dorms and typically only enjoy the mediocre chow hall food.  Lori and Allison jumped at the chance to plan this month’s Hawaiian themed dinner for people who they may not even know.  These girls are A+!

Hula Boy, my friend’s one year old, never ceases to put a smile on my face.  And until Dec. 1st (give or take a week) he is my favorite male baby.  Scootin’ around the community center chasing balloons in his metallic blue hula skirt I couldn’t stop giggling.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes – I’ve made these about 3 times already and will be bringing a batch to chapel on Sunday.  Yummy!

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Hearty Corn Chowder

Monday nights are Crock Pot nights since Joe and I have FPU.  This week I made Hearty Corn Chowder which was sooo good and sooo easy.

Hearty Corn Chowder

1 box or half a family-size bag of frozen corn (use the whole bag if you are making this for more than 4 people)
1/2 box or 1/4 family-size bag frozen peas
1 tub or block of low-fat cream cheese (the original recipe called for chive cream cheese but I couldn’t find low fat chive cream cheese so I went with regular)
2 cups milk (I used soy milk)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 log crumbled sausage, cooked and drained (I used spicy sausage but turkey sausage would be a healthier choice)

1. Dump (technical term) the corn, peas and milk in crock pot and set crock pot on low.
2. Scoop the cream cheese into crock pot, melt in the microwave a little if you need to.
3. Brown and drain the sausage and add to the mix.
4. When the soup is warmed up a bit, add shredded cheddar and mix to combine.
Serve with warm crusty bread!

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Cookie Carnival

So I found out about the Cookie Carnival from My Yummy Life’s yummy blog and decided to join up.  I love baking this time of year and I am always interested in new delicious recipes.  If you care to join me, hop on over to Kate’s blog.

Cookie Carnival

Cookie Carnival