Four Lines

the real world waits I hesitate
then fill my palm with the curve where
your shoulder becomes bone and rests there
memorizing that shape

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to dance with time

to squander inept without words
meters worth of rhymes with four feet
counted lines unaligned too neat
meanings too vain to be assured

too vain to be assured meanings
waltz to a double-time foxtrot
unaware their two left feet fought
semantic wars with tired schemings

with tired schemings semantic wars
roared thoughtless groaning through the night
weeping—words, we need words for light
to fill our poems’ verse with more

four lines groping through studied rhyme
a quatrain forced to dance with time

 

 

 

finished wreath

Paper Wreath – Color for the Winter Blahs

finished wreath

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone survived their holidays. I had a lovely month of December, but as some may have noticed, I only made it to December 16th with our advent. I just ran out of energy and time to keep up with the daily projects and make Christmas presents for my family. I still have the projects in my workbook, so you will probably see them at some point in the future.

Winter has finally hit our area and we have real snow. I like the white better than the blah of brown and gray, but I really needed a spot of color in my house to brighten up my day, so my new spring wreath was born.

Materials:

  • 6″ cardboard circle
  • wire for the wreath hanger
  • paper cutter
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

6 inch cardboard circle

First, cut out your 6″ cardboard circle. My circle cutter only goes up to 5 1/2″ so, I added about a half inch to the outside of the mark and cut there with scissors.

attach wire hanger

Next, use some floral wire to make the hanger, poke it through the cardboard and leave the long ends to be inside the wreath where they won’t be seen.

cutting scrapbook paper into squares

Then, cutting the scrapbook paper. The cones of the flower wreath are made up of 4″ pieces of scrapbook paper. For easy accounting:

  • 24 – 4″ pieces dark color
  • 24 – 4″ pieces medium color
  • 24 – 4″ pieces light color
  • 15 – 3″ pieces medium color (optional)
  • 15 – 3″ pieces light color (optional)
  • 6 – 2″ pieces yellow

This came out to 6 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ each of the dark, medium, and light colors and one sheet of yellow.

roll cones around object to get curve started

It makes rolling the cones much easier if you start the curve before you begin gluing. I took my ring mandrel and wrapped my squares of paper around it to get the curve started. You could use anything for this, a bottle of glue would work, just as an example.

how to roll the cones

Then, you add a little hot glue to one corner of the paper.

hold cone after gluing for a few seconds

Finally, you curl the opposite corner over the glue to make a cone and hold for a few seconds for the glue to set.

Pro for Hot Glue – It dries very quickly

Con for Hot Glue – It is VERY hot and you end up with strings to clean up

I made all of my cones at one time then started attaching them to the wreath. They stack neatly together to save space and it was a lot of fun to quickly put the wreath together after all the prep work.

put glue on very tip of the back side of the cone

For attaching the cones to the cardboard, you want a tiny bit of hot glue on the narrow tip of the cone.

start gluing tips of cones to edge of cardboard circle

Start gluing your cones to the cardboard, keeping the wide ends of the cone touching and the cones perpendicular to the edge of the cardboard. The tips with the glue will not touch each other.

first round of cones in place

Above you can see my first round of the dark color and the mess of hot glue. Don’t worry, no one will see this part once it is finished.

for all further rounds of cones, flatten the bottom of the cone to provide a place for the glue

For the second and all consecutive rings, you will need to flatten the tip of the cone a bit and put the glue on the flat edge. This makes attaching the cone to the cardboard ring much easier.

second round done, starting the third

Above, my second ring of medium color is done and I have started on the third ring with my light color.

third round done

Third ring is done.

fourth round done

Fourth ring in the same light color is done and I am ready to start the yellow ring of the flower center.

yellow center of flower done

With the yellow ring, I ended up having to squeeze a finger through the cone to press the glue down. There is very little space in there for a hand.

3 inch cones glued inside the outer ring of 4 inch cones

This part is optional, but if you did cut the 3″ squares, here is where you glue them inside the 4″ cones. For this wreath, I alternated the light and medium colors and put them inside the outer dark ring color. Using more hot glue, put a dab on the 3″ cone and press to the inside of the 4″ cone.

Finally, there is the clean up of the hot glue strings. This doesn’t take long, but it is definitely a necessary step.

finished wreath

And Voila! A lovely spring wreath to add a pop of color to your home and door.

side view of completed flower wreath

Above you see a side view of the wreath.

red paper cone wreath

Here is the first paper flower wreath I made Tuesday. It is in red tones and I used a 2″ x 12″ strip of yellow paper to make the flower center. I cut a 2″ circle of red paper, glued the yellow spiral to this and then glued it into the center of the flower. I much prefer the look of my new teal version with the center being made of small yellow cones.

Also, you can see in the red toned wreath, I put my 3″ cones in the third ring instead of the first. You can make every wreath different by where you add final touches. You could even put them inside every cone on your wreath and make a really intricate flower.

Have fun and play with color. Let me know how yours turns out!

Happy Crafting,

Kristin

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