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J2222
Southern California, CA

October 26, 2010
1:29 PM

Post #8177471

Here is a little pot trellis I made with a glue gun and a few weeping birch twigs. It's wonky-but I like it. I'm growing a sweet potato in the pot. Rooted the SP in water and then planted it. Growing nicely as a little vine. My friend has the weeping birch tree and I took some of her prunings. Carefully placed them in the car and drove home so pleased-and put them in my side yard. My DH cut them all into 6 inch lengths b/c he thought they were meant for the garbage collection. Ugh. I glued the twigs together as best I could. Funny thing was some of them began to root. lol. But I never got a birch tree-I forgot to water and the new tree growth died. Anyway-do you have a picture of anything you've made from twigs? I'd love to see it or just describe your project if you can't get a photo.

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silverlinings
Richardson, TX

October 31, 2010
5:07 PM

Post #8187404

I made candle stick holders from branches cut from my live oak and another lighter wood tree.

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silverlinings
Richardson, TX

October 31, 2010
5:14 PM

Post #8187412

and another group...

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J2222
Southern California, CA

October 31, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #8187420

Silver: So nice. My DD has some large prunings, I have to show her what can be done. Thanks.
blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 31, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #8187457

over the years Ive made floor and table lamps lamps from white birch limbs along with trellises for my yard and ,a bent twig chair out of willow and ceder.. Ive used all kinds for basket making, weaving and handles on the baskets, low fencing to keep the loose dogs out of my flowers, curtian rods,and door handles .. if it has a cool shape or good color I like to use them. I made a 8ft high by 20 ft long trellis here in my front yard to divide it from the side yard for some privacy.. Ive used some limbs from a ceder tree for the limbs of my bottle tree ...if its about 2 t 3 inchs wide I usually keep it for projects.. Ill use them sooner or later!
J2222
Southern California, CA

October 31, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #8187594

blk: any photos? Your things sound nice.

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blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2010
3:54 PM

Post #8189007

no pics right now..a lot of them are on my old puter which has a nasty virus and Im not sure how to get them here with out bringing it too,, sorry..
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 1, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #8189014

Blk: Maybe some other time.
blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2010
4:00 PM

Post #8189017

if I do anything in the future Ill make sure to post them for ya!
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 14, 2010
3:55 AM

Post #8210508

A girlfriend of mine does a rustic, handmade Christmas. She used small sticks, laid them in an old fashioned star shape, put a small dab of hot glue at each intersection just to hold them. Came back when dry & tied jute twine around each intersection & finished with a small homespun bow & loop for hanging. They are VERY popular up here in the north woods & cute too.

This image is from the web & is not mine, but it may clarify my explanation.

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planolinda
Plano, TX

November 14, 2010
7:03 AM

Post #8210793

i like all the ideas--and now i wish i had saved some of the branches from all the trees we had cut down this summer--and i know those projects are harder than they look--the candle holders would be hard for me to get level-could they be plant holders too? or would that be too top heavy?
the trellis would make a plant gift so much more unique!
and the twig star would look so neat on a gift basket-
makes me want to go twig hunting!
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 14, 2010
7:44 AM

Post #8210856

Love this star. I'll have to go twig hunting, too!
planolinda
Plano, TX

November 14, 2010
10:22 AM

Post #8211135

ok--now that i have picked up some twigs and see that i have plenty more i am looking forward to more twig ideas
by the way-i googled twig heart and found a pretty one but couldn't copy it for some reason--it uses fresh bendable twigs
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 14, 2010
11:09 AM

Post #8211208

The hearts & other shapes work well with grapevines.
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 14, 2010
11:29 AM

Post #8211237

One of my friends has bamboo growing sort of out of control in her yard. Maybe I can get it under control for her...
planolinda
Plano, TX

November 14, 2010
11:35 AM

Post #8211244

what a neighbor you are!
it will be interesting to see how bamboo would work!
i have made about 6 twig stars already!!
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 14, 2010
1:27 PM

Post #8211387

just dropped my 15 yr. old and friends off at downtown park for BD party...noticed a 10ft. limb broken off...big around as their legs. asked them to run over and bring me some twigs. looked over and they were carrying whole thing to car...P.T. cruiser. almost peed my pants laughing...
then i explained twigs and got my own! now can't wait to make stars...nother thot...grapevine is 15.00 for small thing at hobby lobby. bought large wreath at goodwill for 2.00. soaked it in bathtub for awhile and was just like fresh.
planolinda
Plano, TX

November 14, 2010
2:05 PM

Post #8211433

my stars turned out great and so easy-rustic is a very forgiving look! no desire for perfection in rustic
very funny about the 10 ft "twig"
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 14, 2010
2:13 PM

Post #8211446

pictures...pleeez!! then i'll know where i go wrong!!!
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 14, 2010
4:40 PM

Post #8211684

The birch twigs look really nice but I cannot think of where I would get some twigs like that. I have seen on TV that you can make many things with twigs - furniture, arbors, fences - and for inside too. As the candle holders etc. If I ever dig up a resource for them I will post what ever I do with them! Meanwhile everyone’s twig art is beautiful.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 15, 2010
10:41 AM

Post #8212968

Kanu, what are you having trouble with? The star? Cut the twig pieces in equal lengths. HOT glue the intersections in place. When it's dry/ cool, go back and tie each intersection with twine. It's nearly impossible without first hot gluing.
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 15, 2010
12:31 PM

Post #8213136

thank you!!! got 3 made...good thing my fingers are tough...hot glued to twigs more then once!
had some leather string so did that. then wrapped the points coupla times with jute. gotta go get more twigs...my house is cowboy...horns and hides and Texas...so think bigger ones will make good wall deco. again...thank you!
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 15, 2010
1:45 PM

Post #8213289

Kanu: the large ones will be fabulous. Some have ice water near them when they glue gun things. I want to make a stars big and small, too.
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 15, 2010
3:45 PM

Post #8213481

the ice water works great...unless you're stuck to what you're gluing!!! LOL...gotta figure out a way to hold stuff without using fingers. and i didn't use birch cuz none around here...the twigs are pecan but worked fine so i guess most any wood would work. love bamboo but don't know of any round here...bet yours turn out awesome...pics, pleeez???

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 15, 2010
3:51 PM

Post #8213500

I used to store my glue gun with a metal cheap pie plate, so it could drip and not worry about clean up. ALSO... I generally try to "push" or hold with a popicle stick. I'm not so fond of getting burned!!! Are you using red bandana fabric for your bow? I made a cool applique Santa wall hanging once for a "Western" friend. I gave him a cowboy hat, red bandana fabric,cowboy boots and lariat. I really liked the end result, sorry no pic!
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 15, 2010
4:04 PM

Post #8213544

would love to have seen that...we should all take pics, me included! but don't think bout it til too late. haven't put on bows yet...wonder if they make bandana ribbon?? nother run to hobby lobby!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 15, 2010
4:09 PM

Post #8213565

Just TEAR the bandana fabric, it is more keeping to Western/ Texas theme generally. IF you need the bow big enough just use an actual bandana.
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 16, 2010
4:20 PM

Post #8215518

I found this & thought they were really neat. Very rustic! See what you think.

http://www.eco-artware.com/crafts/crafts_10_00.php
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 16, 2010
4:31 PM

Post #8215541

Mattsmom: Thanks for pointing this out. Good instructions. I have always liked twig words but have never done any-now I have no excuse.
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 16, 2010
5:13 PM

Post #8215692

well...back to the trees!! thank you mattsmom...ordered the book. can't wait to lay in a supply of twigs...good projects for winter.
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 16, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #8215715

Hier is a pix of a cute twig ornament (not my pix)

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 16, 2010
5:26 PM

Post #8215727

Twig frame (again, not my pix)

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 16, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #8215739

Twig doll chair (wouldn't these be darling plant stands!)

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J2222
Southern California, CA

November 16, 2010
8:00 PM

Post #8216074

mattsmom: Thanks for the photos! I love this twiggy rustic look.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2010
10:13 PM

Post #8216183

Me too! I bookmarked this so that I will have ideas when the time comes that I have my tools and twigs available.
planolinda
Plano, TX

November 17, 2010
7:28 AM

Post #8216634

this has been such a fun thread! i am so excited about each thing i see--my twig stars are turning out great and i just might try a twig ornament house sometime soon--that rustic look and strategically placed decorations seem to make anything possible!
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:01 AM

Post #8222833

I know this isn't made from twigs, but I thought it would look great with the rustic twig ornaments. Or, you could probably redesign it using twigs.

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:05 AM

Post #8222835

Again, not exactly twigs, but a great idea. Notice the grapevine wrap on some. They would be neat with old rusty barbed wire as a substitution.

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:07 AM

Post #8222836

Speaking of barbed wire, how cute is this guy!

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #8222839

Back to twigs, check out this awesome church! Wouldn't it be wonderful with little lights inside for Christmas?

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:12 AM

Post #8222842

Here are some ornaments, & link to directions.

http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/2009/12/rustic-north-woods-ornaments-moose-bear.html

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:21 AM

Post #8222850

How about a twig cabin.

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:22 AM

Post #8222851

Don't forget the fence around the cabin.

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
4:24 AM

Post #8222853

Twig basket & link to directions.

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/easter-crafts9.htm

Edited to add the correct link. Sorry!

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J2222
Southern California, CA

November 21, 2010
12:22 PM

Post #8223505

Mattsmom: Wonderful photos. I love pinecones, too and they go so well with twigs in rustic. Barbed wire is a perfect accent, too, maybe better than the grape vines-more of a contrast. The barbed wire sno man is creative! Loved the "crafts by amanda" she is talented. I'll make these some day. The twig basket link took me back to "crafts by amanda" do you think there is another link for this-or did I miss seeing it on amanda's link? Thanks for all the ideas. Also thanks to you and PlanoLinda, for coming up with new ideas for this thread. The thread was pretty dead and you guys revived it. I've learned more and gotten more twig ideas than I ever hoped for! Thanks again.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 21, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #8223665

Yes, that Amanda site was AWESOME. I really want to make the cute little light bulb snowmen!!!
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

November 21, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #8223672

I edited the post above with the correct link for the basket instructions. Sorry!!!!

NF2932

NF2932
Winnetka, CA

December 19, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #8268426

J2222... I love your little pot trellis... I never would have thought to glue the twigs and make such an adorable trellis... how clever of you!! I always save my birch tree cuttings and never know what to do with them... thanks for the ideas!! Looks like we're neighbors too! Been hoping to find someone on DG in my neck of the woods!! Glad to know you're out there... Nancy
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

December 19, 2010
7:12 PM

Post #8268435

i made the stars for my tree this year...fits right in my country stuff. also got the book...lots of neat stuff...
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 19, 2010
8:04 PM

Post #8268489

NF: hi, neighbor!
Kanu: I want to try those stars, too!
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

December 20, 2010
7:35 AM

Post #8268934

taking DD and 80lb "puppy" to park after lunch...picking up fallen twigs considered community service...right???? LOL...but ocifer...
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 21, 2010
3:17 AM

Post #8270192

LOL! Just doing your part to keep the park clean, right?
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

December 21, 2010
4:32 AM

Post #8270244

and sure enuff...an officer came by !! of course, including park, Lorena is 2 blocks long so he didn't have much choice !!! got some wonderful twigs...most with lichen...and up to 1 inch so i can have the big star i want...
GinPetty
Berea, KY

December 21, 2010
5:40 AM

Post #8270331

Reminds me of the time I visited the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg. There were some gorgeous philodendron sheaths on the ground under the huge plants outside the museum, and I lusted. When I went in and asked if I could have them, the desk person didn't seem a bit surprised and even gave me a bag to use. Oh, joy! The less weathered sheaths were way back under the plants next to the building, so I crawled in underneath and gathered away. When I ducked down to crawl back out...there in my way were two shiny men's shoes. Ack! A police officer. I assured him I was a basketmaker and had asked for permission, even showed him the bag the clerk had give me. After a few anxious moments on my part, he was okay with it. What we won't do in the name of art. :)

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

December 21, 2010
7:30 AM

Post #8270535

Even WITH permission I'll bet you were nervous to see those shiny shoes!! LOL
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 21, 2010
3:22 PM

Post #8271251

Kan: Ummmm twigs with lichen, my favorite!
GinPetty
Berea, KY

December 21, 2010
5:00 PM

Post #8271447

Yes, I was more than nervous. I don't do well face to face with authority and tend to get very tongue tied. Not good when you need to explain yourself.
flowblue
Southern California, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 7, 2011
1:24 AM

Post #8358354

hello J2222

yes i love twigs and used them in a room i spent a lot of time with my grandaughter from the time she was born. she is turning 3 this year.

i wanted to create a little day care wannabe room for g/daughter i was babysitting. i made her a learning tree out of twigs from my garden. i duct taped the twigs to a mirrored closet door creating a tree form. once firmly taped, i crunched brown paper grocery bags and made the tree trunk.

i had leftover round felts (5-6") diameter from a filter company. i made tiny holes and hung them using fishing line on as many branches i had on the twigs. i used this felt to clip on pictures of whatever i wanted to teach her. i would clip pictures from catalogs to teach her home furnitures, kitchen gadgets, anything that i could cut out from catalogs we receive.

i used the rubber alphabet mats that her older sister had and i also hung 5 letters a week, and that's how she learned her alphabet. i did the same with numbers.

i changed what was on her learning tree weekly and only hung 10 items to learn a week. she was very ready for pre-K.

that tree looked real and i hated to take it down after two years...from the time i made that tree i also had my favourite waldo ralph emerson quote on one of the branches...my daughter will not forget that quote -

"to laugh often and much, to win respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure betrayal of false friends; to appreciate; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condtion; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. this is to have succeeded"



mattsmom
Tomah, WI

February 7, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8358562

That sounds amazing! What a wonderful grandma you are!!!!
J2222
Southern California, CA

February 7, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8359029

FlowB: Your tree idea paid off: your GDD learned many new things, had fun and became ready for preK. And I'll bet you had fun, too. I wish I had thought of the tree idea when my kids were small (they're all in 40s), I got too busy doing "stuff" and the days, weeks, months, and years flew by. The RWE poem is beautiful. I copied it and put it near my desk. I do not remember reading it before. It says almost everything there is to say about life!
Linny1
(Linny) Salem, SC
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8362341

I love it when someone resurrects an old thread, 'cause I missed a lot of good stuff before I joined.

Linny

ifantail

ifantail
Englewood, FL

September 6, 2011
10:31 AM

Post #8795992

This was on today's iVillage site. The twigs are framing a mirror.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

September 6, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8796332

Thanks, John. Very neat ideas at that ivillage site, I'm happy you pointed it out and happy I subscribed. This is a cute twig frame and looks relatively easy to duplicate.
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

September 6, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8796520

Here's a twig planter I bought several years ago from a man who was pretty creative. This year I added a bit of stain to give it an updated look.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

September 6, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8796681

Decolores ( the name of one of my favorite tunes)...that is lovely...he is very creative...I like the stain you added, too.
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

September 7, 2011
9:25 AM

Post #8797609

J2222 - thanks! I'd like to be able to pick up twigs/sticks and come up with something beautiful...unforutnately, I'm not creative enough. But I do enjoy what others do. BTW - I like that tune also...main reason I chose it as my username :-)
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8799656

Couldn't live without my twigs and sticks (what else do you do with sixteen acres of trees always falling?). Make an arbored entrance gate and fence with a stick and twig roof.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8799661

Roof close up with cardinal vine and the hummers love it.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8799688

Make a biodegradable garden tuteur (trellis) from sticks to grow your flowers or beans on. Tie it off with sisal to be green. Okay...not as fancy as wrought iron, I admit.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
5:10 PM

Post #8799691

No dogs allowed garden fence at the right price. Works great until they learn to eat the sticks.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8799696

Arched garden gate with sticks and pine knots on top.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8799702

Maypops (of course) growing on a stick arch.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8799706

Last one. Close up of the Maypops on the stick arches.

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Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

September 8, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8799813

May ~ WOW!!!!! You really know what to do with twigs and sticks -- very creative...
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
6:25 PM

Post #8799858

Don't get me started.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2011
7:52 PM

Post #8799995

I REALLY liked your twig roof!!!! Wish I had access to the wood necessary to do that... I do have three trees will we taking down this fall so maybe I will see if there are enough "straight" pieces of the necessary length to do SOMETHING with...
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
9:24 AM

Post #8800586

My wisteria has to be cut all the time, small bendable twigs. Think I better save them now!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8800633

Thank you all so much. The stick architecture came about from not wanting to burn or pile up lots of debris on the property. We have to clear our 1/3 mile road edges and pond banks every year of fast growing saplings. Larger wood is used in our fireplace and wood stove.

Psych, I bet twiggy, crooked ends would make a very nice roof if you don't have straight pieces.

Curves, we originally used wisteria and trumpet vines for lashing the garden stockades and roof. It only lasted a year. We switched to jute which lasted a bit longer but not much. Now we use sisal and that lasts three or four years. Wisteria should be fine for indoor projects though. I use it to repair my picking baskets.

I have a "bouquet" made by SO of carved pine knots. He gave them to me one Mother's Day. We found a small hollow log with an interesting shape to serve as a vase. I'll try to remember to take a photo. This is all at our cottage in N. GA. Here is Bubbles. I made her this spring from sticks and a fabric covered beach ball for a head. She has a hummingbird feeder purse.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

September 9, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8800696

Maypop: Your use of "twigs & sticks" is amazing. I love all of the items you have made. I had to look up Maypops...that grows in So CA, too, but I never heard it called Maypops. Yes, show us a photo of the bouquet! What are "pine knots"...the roundish things that are in pine wood?
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8801159

Thank you J. We call our cottage and garden "Maypop" and I am Laurel, thus the name. The maypops came up in the gravel road that is my garden today. Our maypops are the species Passiflora incarnata and not as wonderful to eat as the warmer climate ones. They are however very pretty, hardy, and the flowers are fragrant.

Pine knots are the result of galls caused, most commonly here, by fusiform rust. The spores attack the branch and swelling occurs. When it happens on small branches SO cuts the branch leaving one end of the branch intact to create a "stem" for the rose. He then carves away the bark. I don't know how he discovered this but many years ago he found that the wood underneath is not just raised, but deeply grooved and swirled, like a twisted flower bud. Beautiful! I might have one around at this house to take a photo of. It will be a day or so though. So is a hobbyist woodworker (mostly beautiful trinket boxes) and always has an eye out for likely candidates.
J2222
Southern California, CA

September 9, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8801200

Those pine knots are new to me. Thanks for the information...you & your SO are talented!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8811150

We are back at Maypop. Here are a few photos of of the pine galls. The first is in the hollow log I mentioned.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8811153

A "flower" closeup.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8811154

A "bud" close up.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8811156

I forgot about the ones in the old wooden wagon axle. They are combined with dried Queen Anne's Lace.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8811157

These had short stems. Here they are a little closer.

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frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8811172

Not exactly twigs, but I wove this grapevine basket last night.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8811372

I love your basket. I have an old one I wove around here somewhere. Not nearly as functional as yours; mine is more jug shaped. Now off to go further twig hunting.
J2222
Southern California, CA

September 16, 2011
6:00 PM

Post #8811554

Maypop: those pine galls are beautiful in the arrangements. Thanks for all the photos.

Frogy: Beautiful basket!!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8813890

Thanks J2... .I have been busy in the garden and not gone hunting that vine basket yet. SO has temporarily graduated from vine, twig and stick projects to slicing rounds from the parent trees for other creative purposes. He is cutting and sanding tree rounds into two inch slabs. We will then soak them in oil and I will have beautiful cheese boards with tree bark edges. That will be cool.
J2222
Southern California, CA

September 18, 2011
9:26 PM

Post #8814265

That sounds like a beautiful cheese board!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2011
9:57 PM

Post #8814277

Year ago when I was in Canada, there was commune there that had floor made of tree rounds. They had other innovative things like "people shelves". The cot/bed was hung on the wall with the dresser under it etc. Dorm living to the extreme.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
9:10 AM

Post #8814811

I took bark and glued it on some dollar picture frames for a friend with some rustic garden photos inside. Can't find the pics now and I gave them to her already. But I will try to get more pics later.
J2222
Southern California, CA

September 19, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8814961

Tree rounds and bark are beautiful.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8815297

Ah ha! Found it. Here is the wisteria basket (more like a jug I'd say) mentioned earlier. Pretty non-functional 'cept that it used some wisteria. :)

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8815299

View down the inside...

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8815300

It can't even stand on its own but now that I've remembered it I will use it as a cornucopia for the Fall table.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

September 19, 2011
6:53 PM

Post #8815608

Perfect for a cornucopia! How did you learn to make baskets? They're wonderful! Do you soak the vines before weaving? I've never made a basket. Is it a hard craft to learn? Maybe a book would help me? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8815721

I found directions for weaving on the Internet; looked at several and decided which one seemed simplest.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 20, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8816072

Could you make birdhouses from the wisteria?
J2222
Southern California, CA

September 20, 2011
12:29 PM

Post #8816396

Frogy: Thanks...I love using the internet as a resource...will save some vines and start looking!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 20, 2011
3:32 PM

Post #8816624

I am just getting back to Atlanta and will try to find time to explain the basket and the method. It's not hard to make a basket that won't stand up. :>) I had not made anything since childhood when I made that. I learned in summer camp. I grew up on Miami Beach but spent summers in the N. GA mountains, at camp, as a child. Career parents and all that.

Birdhouses would not work because birds are very private and directional. They don't like open weave stuff. I have a birdhouse with closed sides and a hole in front, but an open back, that SO built. He hung it in the windows in front of my studio/office so I could watch while at the desk. Birds fly in and check it out. One finally decided to build but then changed its mind. I think it was because it could see that lights and movement were going on behind the scenes.

I forgot to add the kids' twig and stick efforts. Number one son made this little sampan for me when he was a teen. He had a tiny gift sitting in it. I think it was earrings. Funny, I can't remember the gift but still have the sampan on a shelf near my bed.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 20, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8816631

Here is another view. It was the sweetest "package". I remember he put a wild baby rose bud tied with a tiny piece of green chiffon ribbon. Actually I wouldn't remember except that I dried the rose bud and still have the ribbon. Moms can be so sentimental.

I am now again in Atlanta and remembered that our daughter is the real twigiphite in the family. She has an IB diploma with a major in 3D art. I will post some of her twigs shortly.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

September 20, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8816750

Artistic Mom and Kids! Sampan cute. I wouldn't throw it out either.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8844828

Here's a spur-of-the-moment twig project. I was taking a class in paper-making, and one of the required projects was a "vessel". Having no real ideas whatsoever, I grabbed a few feathers and some twigs from the driveway on my way to class. What I made is 2 layers of paper made from the pulp of a gourd, and sandwiched in between them are the twigs and feathers.

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Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

October 11, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8844837

darius ~ looks great - very creative!!
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

October 11, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8844846

darius...LOVE that "vessel" !! would look great with all my Indian and wood "junque" that is my "decorating" style...lol
wondering if I can replicate the look with leather...hmmm
J2222
Southern California, CA

October 11, 2011
9:14 AM

Post #8844967

That vessel is absolutely beautiful, you have a real artistic flair...amazing! The gourd paper you made is lovely, too. Nice, nice, nice!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 11, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8845357

Yeah!: "Nice, nice, nice!"
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 11, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8845364

Darius, that's beautiful! It looks like a metaphor for a living creature.

I'm delayed on posting the few remaining twig creations in our household.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 12, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8845962

Thanks for all the nice comments!

I long to get back into some creative work, but there is simply NO space to work here. Combining all the stuff we wanted to keep from 3 decent sized households (mine, my half-sister's, and our mother's) into a 1600 square foot home with an ancient, falling-down, leaky barn makes creative workspace non-existent.
J2222
Southern California, CA

October 12, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8846532

Darius: Creative work does often make a mess, or it's really hard to keep a neat area when being creative, but it probably can be done (I sew and I cannot seem to do it, though). You have written many creative wonderful articles for DG, thanks!!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 12, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8846686

J, I haven't given up... just postponed the ideas.
TXbabybloomer
Dayton, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 3, 2011
10:24 AM

Post #8874794

Such creative ideas here!! I've thought of using my bamboo and wild grapevines to make things with. But I'm going to have to start thinking about all the twigs and branches (constantly falling around here), for something more than fireplace kindling. I would love to make some wattle fencing for around my garden area, if I can ever find the time.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 3, 2011
3:43 PM

Post #8875140

I dropped the ball with posting some of the nicest twig objects made by family members and friends. I've been doing work related traveling.

TXbb, your mention of bamboo reminds me of the lovely hanging basket a DGer sent me for one of my orchids. It is made of bamboo, yarn and beads. So cool. I need to take some photos for sure.
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 3, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8875159

I guess we've all dropped the ball...I'd love to see some photos...
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 4, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8876879

I have to be in Aiken, SC tomorrow at eleven. That's three hours away from Atlanta and I'm just getting in from out of town. I'm going to try and remember to grab some pics on Sunday or Monday. I'll be in Miami by Wednesday. A rolling stone...
TXbabybloomer
Dayton, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 4, 2011
9:13 PM

Post #8877124

Laural that basket sounds awesome. I love projects with mixed media. (Like the bowl Darius made.)
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8879139

I think this may be my swan song on this thread unless the creative muses move me and the family. That said, my memory is not what it used to be so I might stumble across something else at any time. Here's what I came up with today...

This is a bamboo orchid basket sent by a FL DGer as a thank you. Sadly, she is no longer a subscriber. Most orchids grown by hobbyists are epiphytes (grow on trees) and roots require free drainage. This orchid is a rare Corianthes macranthum http://www.orchidspecies.com/orphotdir/corymacrantha.jpg

She drilled fine holes through the bamboo and strung it together with wire. She left the wire long on the bottom and then beaded the lower wire. Pretty cool, huh?

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8879141

The basket bottom is a small piece of chicken wire affixed with the wire that runs through the bamboo. You can see the orchid roots sticking out around the cocomat and happily breathing in 80% humidity in the greenhouse. Meanwhile, here is a close up of the yarn hanger beadwork at the top. You can see the full hanger in the last photo. This was such a beautiful gift. Thank you Melanie.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8879151

I mentioned DD's 3D art background. She is primarily a sculture and potter. She studied a variety of media and once had a basket project. This one lives in one of two cubbies above our media stuff in the great room.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8879153

I took it down to share (and dust).

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8879156

Here it is from another side...

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8879159

She did a series of pieces as part of a study of Japanesque mixed media and created this piece.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:13 PM

Post #8879161

It's fits in on the great room mantle with other pieces we have collected.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8879164

And we really like this one that lives on an iron and stone table in the same room. She changed her signature from the flower in the first piece to the letters. Don't know what they stand for though.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8879167

Here it is from the side and I am now out of things to share. Hope you enjoy. Now if someone starts a thread about paper, wood, clay, fabric, metal, etc. I'll be back. :)
Laurel

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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8879438

Laurel, your daughter is quite talented; both pieces are lovely but I especially like the pottery/bamboo piece.
TXbabybloomer
Dayton, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 6, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8879498

Love them all too Laurel. Your trade buddy and daughter are both quite talented. And you have a lovely home filled with wonderful art.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8880158

Thanks Darius and TX. True she is so talented. Sadly her profession, though related to cultural arts, leaves her little time to produce works these days. Her mixed media sculpture is awesome. Also, I thought the basket was such a stroke of creativity. I'm waiting for a convenient opportunity to make a similar basket.
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 7, 2011
4:27 PM

Post #8880661

I love your friend's bamboo piece. Your DD's art is professional and beautiful...what a shame she does not have time to continue creating. I especially like the one that sits on the iron and stone table. You collect unique and lovely things. How nice that you appreciate and love these hand crafted items, too.
Two questions: 1) how do you dust wicker? You said you were going to dust the basket your DD made...I am never very successful dusting wicker and sometimes spray it with water...anyway, am curious as to how you did the dusting on her basket and or what you have tried in the past. 2) why not start your own thread on "paper, wood, clay, fabric, metal"...maybe one subject at a time? You could show us what you have and we can chime into your thread?!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2011
6:11 PM

Post #8880794

You are so kind, J2..., to share your thread. Thanks. It's been a lot of fun to post and brag here. I should DM Melanie, the former subscriber, and maybe she will sign up and see her work. As for our DD, she is a historic preservationist and manages conservatorships and cultural resources for the Department of Natural Resources of Maryland. She brought her art and languages background into her higher education to study folk preservation of the Americas (Latin and North). She is just twenty five now but worked for the National Register of Historic Places for three years as an archivist and historian (one of those people who determine what homes/sites become part of the National Register) while in graduate school. We are very proud of her. Aside from working hard she and her SO are renovating a home in a historic neighborhood and are actually close to finished. We did their kitchen as a gift and they have done the rest.

I am about to be out of town and with limited internet for a few weeks. I'll consider the thread starting. Though not shy about jumping in, I am not bold in the thread starting department. There are so many creative people here that are so impressive.

As for dusting, I use dusting wands for frequent general dusting and a very soft dusting brush three or four time a year. We have collections of fiber art that need to be handled carefully and I do embroidery with silk and gold thread on silk kimono fabrics. For those very delicate things I put a knee high stocking over the furniture brush of the vacuum and adjust the suction to low. Do not rub the surface. It pulls the dust off without abrading the piece.
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 8, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8882071

Thanks for the ideas about dusting wicker and delicate things, I'll try those. Aw c'mon you and your family and friends are some of the most creative people we've got! Looking forward to you starting a thread on either paper, wood, clay, fabric, or metal...those interesting topics would get entirely lost on this twigs thread...
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 8, 2011
7:26 PM

Post #8882326

I just posted some stuff under Denimangles "Flea Market Finds" thread.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2011
9:23 AM

Post #8901426

I don't really make anything but use them to hang glass

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8902006

That is very cool.
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 23, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8902630

That's beautiful, Denim!!!
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 23, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8902697

got this at goodwill...would never have thought to use mistletoe in this way!!! assume it was made fresh and now it's dried. $3.00...looks better in person!

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8902727

My hair looks like that in the morning.
J2222
Southern California, CA

November 24, 2011
10:31 AM

Post #8903997

Kanu: Good idea...very pretty wreath...Happy Thanksgiving to you and all DG @ T2T!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 24, 2011
11:14 AM

Post #8904025

Anybody want to help clear the 3 40 foot Aspens that just came down in my back yard??? LOL
.
High winds broke one of at the ground, and it toppled into the next, and it pushed over onto the 3rd which leaned over. it broke off one limb of our "Elk Horn tree" (Chinese Sumac). It did NOT hit our house, shed, power lines or even break my cement Angel bench!!! I have LOTS of branches to choose from, come on over!!

We've lived here just 2 years and I knew ONE tree was dead and then this year thought all 3 should be taken down but I honestly didn't know how we could afford to do it. I thought it would take a big bucket truck. The guy that came took them down VERTICALLY! He would notch and cut with the chain saw and then drop a section to the ground from the bottom up!! Like pulling the bottom block on Jenga. My husband said it was fasinating to watch. He's got the trees down and will finish cutting them up and hauling it away on Monday. $300 total for all 3, what a bargain!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8904082

happy Thanksgiving to all.
Wow Pat that was a good deal ... we paid $600 for one really big dead oak that was close to the house but they had it down in 45 mins .. it did take a bucket truck
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 25, 2011
4:18 AM

Post #8904741

thank you J222...I have a "thing" for all kinds of natural wreaths, but this is my most unusual find...
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 27, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8908164

Kanu, I saw a wreath like yours today. It was sprayed with the frosty stuff and had sprigs of berries and a ribbon added. It was fifty dollars.

Ouch, Psych, that sounds like a bad way to start the holiday season but you did get a bargain. We've never paid less than a thousand a tree in Atlanta. I'd say $1,500 would be average 'cause you can't leave the wood curbside in my part of the city. Here in N. GA, SO cuts the trees. We burn the hardwood in our woodstove or fireplace and the softwood in the firepit. We had one 85' oak go down on our rear roof in Atlanta a few years ago. It took part of a day to set up a full scale crane in the drive that would reach up and over the top of our three story house. Don't ask what that cost.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 27, 2011
7:52 PM

Post #8908444

TRIPLE ouch!!! I'm so grateful so 3 trees didn't come down on anything and didn't cost a small fortune either.
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 28, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8908660

Maypop...$50.00??? that's insane...my "limit" is $5.00, and it really has to be unique!!! when I told my DH about this, he reminded me that I got the "senior discount" on mine...being much younger, that earned him a thump on the head! LOL...gotta be some perks to getting "old"!!!!!


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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 28, 2011
5:49 AM

Post #8908689

Kanu, that was at a gift shop here in a N. GA town popular with tourists. I'm just saying you've got an investment piece their. (grin) BTW, if that was my SO he'd be black and blue. Good thing he's older.

Psych, a little more than a year later I was alone at our cottage. There was a weird wind storm that night. I thought the thumps outside were my bowling ball/gazing ball coming off its pedestal. The next morning I threw open the curtains and was greeted by sight in the photo. Do I need ruby slippers or what?

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 28, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8908693

I went out to see why there was a window full of leaves and branches and was shocked to see this...

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 28, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8908722

The fireplace was 21/2' thick stone quarried from the property so the insurance company had to replace it with solid stone. We also needed a new metal roof, some siding and part of the deck. The foundation of the original fireplace had been fractured so they had to bring it down to the ground, jackhammer out the footings and re-pour. In other words, start from the beginning. The interior also needed to be rebuilt.

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kanuallc
Lorena, TX

November 28, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8908751

it coulda been worse...Thank God it didn't come down on you !!!! "things" can be replaced...we can't.

my MIL (no, not much older than me...ROFL) lives outside of Atlanta...will send her pic of mine to show her what a smart shopper I am!!!! okay...better quit right there...LOL
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 28, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8909503

I was very fortunate for sure. Of course the tree created all kinds of new stick opportunities. How's that for getting us back OT. lol

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 28, 2011
7:52 PM

Post #8909713

Revenge of the TREES!! LOL
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 29, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8910436

Oh, gee. Something else to keep me up at night. Thanks.
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 9, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8923248

Hi. I thought y'all might be interested in these two "twig items" I bought at a local church thrift shop. I just love them and wish I could take credit for making them!

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capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 9, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8923249

Here's the other!

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J2222
Southern California, CA

December 9, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8923335

capecodlaurie: I'm sure someone will be interested in these twig designs! Always looking for new ideas here!
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 10, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8923743

Great. I'll post a pic of my recent project when it is completed. It uses an old coffee creamer plastic container AND oyster shells!!!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 10, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8923774

Mighty good thread .

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
10:22 AM

Post #8923916

Yep I will have to say that too! Believe me ever since I saw the fence and twig archway at May pop I have been determined to make my own!
I do a lot with grapevine, baskets and such, but I hadnot tried twigging! Im a very old fashioned girl at heart and country and American Primitive Decor is my passion. When it comes to decorating the outside though I just had not imagined what could be done. Once again Trash to treasure is definitely "thinking outside the box"!! LOL!!
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 10, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8924075

Eufaula: Love the term, "twigging"!! I think you've coined a new, useful word.

Hey everyone, show us what you've been twigging!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 10, 2011
3:45 PM

Post #8924277

I have a gourd Eu . made me and cut the top for a lid . Painted it and she has more talent in her little finger than I have in my whole body . You should see the painted butterflies on glass she gifted me . I'll take pictures in April to post .
I gotta do something sweet for that gal .
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2011
3:59 PM

Post #8924289

This is indeed an interesting thread. Something for every use and every taste seems to find its way here. The idea of twigging as an art form is inspiring. Our daughter is getting married in July. We will be hosting a weekend of parties in our N. Georgia area and here at our cottage. We'll be twigging away in the garden in preparation for the event. Eufaula, we continue to add to the garden arches. Now you can't walk a piece in the garden without passing through a twig arch. I need to photo the bare arches now that things have died down.

Very cool finds, Laurie. Thanks for sharing.
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 12, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8926650

Here's a birdhouse that I used..."drift-twigs" on?!
Regular twigs would look just as nice I think.:)

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capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 12, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8927055

After looking at some of the other postings, namely the awesome twigwork of mattsmom, I guess you'd
call mine (at best) 'Japanese Abstract'? All I know for sure is that the birds fight over it!
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

December 13, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8927626

capecodlaurie ~ your birdhouse is really cool. It probably gives birds the feeling of living inside a tree - I can see why they love it! :-)
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 13, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8927668

Cute Japanese birdhouse. A little porch ledge for them to leave their geta (Japanes clogs) would be nifty. Maybe you could make twig geta and glue them on.
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 13, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8928122

Thanks Decolores and Laurel. I made something today, it was from trash (leftovers from a yardsale). I got the Japanese papers from there for free and I picked up the frame at the church thrift store for $5.00. It's a Christmas present for my Japanese Mother-In-Law. Hope she likes it.

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Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

December 13, 2011
1:50 PM

Post #8928145

LOVELY!!!!
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 13, 2011
2:26 PM

Post #8928219

Capecod: Beautiful birdhouse and also love the Japanese papers in frame. Japanese papers are always so beautiful!
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 13, 2011
5:18 PM

Post #8928402

Thanks! I started second guessing after I finished, thinking, maybe I should have made it more personal with real photos that I took, as opposed to probably mass produced, albeit nice, paper? I think I'll keep it, and make another! Stay tuned?!
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 14, 2011
10:58 AM

Post #8929389

Cape: one good idea sometimes leads to another...
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 14, 2011
11:18 AM

Post #8929424

And another and another. Sometimes they lead to a whole pile of unfinished projects around here. Not mentioning any names mind you. :>)
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 14, 2011
12:07 PM

Post #8929489

Thanks you guys. I get like an elf around this time of year, answering the phone, "Santa's Workshop"!
Anyways, here is the Oyster Angel (I personally got the oysters, without waders...girl power!!!!!)
I used an old coffee creamer plastic container and then I put a turkey baster in it! She is supposed to go on top of the tree so I think I'll cut out the bottom of the container, remove the "bulb" and then just leave the other part of the baster in it. I'd never get it out anyway. I find myself holding on to the container and 'flying' her around the house.

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capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 14, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8929490

and

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capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 14, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8929491

and..

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J2222
Southern California, CA

December 15, 2011
10:30 AM

Post #8930680

Cape: The angel is beautiful! You sound like you're having entirely too much fun, though, flying her around the house, & answering the phone with "Santa's Workshop..."...lol.
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 15, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8931078

Thanks:) It's gotta be the new coffee called "Jet Fuel" ! Delicious...
which led to the new "Paper Art" with the same Japanese Papers that I had.!

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capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 16, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8932113

I bought these four containers that were for flour, sugar, etc.at the church for $6.
One down three to go.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

December 16, 2011
2:40 PM

Post #8932408

cape: Must get me some jet fuel coffee for extra needed energy! The framed paper art is beautiful. The formerly flour, sugar containers, now bird house is wonderful. A japanese style roof...is that a wood burning tool making the designs?
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

December 16, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8932440

cape ~ what a clever idea to transform an old kitchen canister set into birdhouses! I definitely will be looking for some when I'm out junkin'. You are very creative :-) Thanks for the inspiration...
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 17, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8933549

Thanks alot! The roof is a leftover scrap of flashing (copper) and the wood carving utensils wood include a nail file, a corkscrew, a sewing pin and a pair of nail scissors. Very fancy stuff here. Not! Didn't want to glue anything on (comes off) or paint anything (it fades) so this seemed more permanent and ?rustic? I was actually thinking of running a black crayon over it to give the open wood a little wax protection?
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 17, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8933552

decolores~love to see what you come up with. I'm thinking old metal?
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 18, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8934690

capecod: you are so right, we don't have to go out and buy every little craft do-dad (like wood burning tools). Things we have around the house will often work as well...never used crayon, *have* used past wax and poly...but why not crayon? crayon might be just the thing and maybe the black would be a good addition, too...
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 18, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8934696

Wax shoe polish is a great tool for wood products . wipe of excess , done!
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 18, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8934732

Oh, nice ideas...I'm thinking 'Cordovan' that deep red we used to polish our school shoes with!
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 18, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8934740

Once it's done...It's done...kinda scary. I made another today. I nailed the left over scrap of metal to the roof. So it's real easy to remove the top/roof and clean out. I can't wait to see it with a bird on every perch! oh yeah, it's a gift. oh no, not this again...

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kanuallc
Lorena, TX

December 18, 2011
4:57 PM

Post #8934741

I love the wax shoe polish...used it for years for several things. and have used the liquid, too.
libertylost
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8935232

I used twigs to extend a bird feeder perch. I was given 2 small hanging plastic bird feeders at Christmas a few years back, that had less than an inch for the birds to perch on. I used longer sticks under the tray.. to attach twigs to extend the perch out to 2-3 inches all around. All attachments were done with the use of wire garbage bag ties. The ties lasted as long as the feeders did (several years). All the birds, from Chick-a-dees to Cardinals and Blue jays loved those feeders.

Also, I thinned out clumps of oak trees and used them as arches over a small garden area (to provide a climbing area for morning glories and also to shade the garden from hot afternoon sun). The trees were no more than 2" around and 20' tall. The birds LOVED those arches..and it was the "morning singing spot" for a beautiful Summer Tanager and many others. These arches lasted 3-4 years before the 1-2' stuck in the ground rotted through and the morning glories pulled them down this past spring.

Peace
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 19, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8935787

Sounds wonderful liberty, peace to you as well~
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 19, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8936007

capecod: love the new one...did you ever use the wax crayon or something else?

liberty: thanks for the description of the twigs and trees and birds singing...I can just picture the scene you described!...
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 19, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8936245

not yet! maybe tomorrow. Gotta start wrapping them soon!!! :)
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 21, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8938103

I had to finish this mixed media present I made with more of that same craft supply box I got at a yard sale. The frame was $1.50 ! The geisha is ultrasuede, japanese paper, ribbon.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

December 21, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8938373

capecod: Mixed media it is. Lovely, lovely. Are you an artist? Your art looks professional...
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 21, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8938418

Thank you. No, I am not an artist. Maybe when I grow up? teehee 51 years young!

It was such a great feeling wrapping all the home made gifts. I only kept one birdhouse :)
Made 4.
Craft of the day: I made the best door Hanging out of mostly stuff from the cleaning aisle (I know, wierd) at the local Dollar Store. The amount of things to work with was unbelievable. So, I made one for my OCD cleaning friend :) At the least, she can disassemble and do some cleaning!!! Better than throw away.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

December 22, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8939437

capecod: cute idea!
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

December 24, 2011
2:05 PM

Post #8941757

Thanks J2222. With y'alls kind words of support, I'm going to finally open a shop on Etsy! Please check me out (in a couple of weeks, so I can make some inventory!) I think it'll be called CapeCodLaurieDesigns, ...Thanks!
Merry Christmas and peace to all.
J2222
Southern California, CA

December 27, 2011
8:33 PM

Post #8945015

apecod: Hope you have success with your Etsy design business!
capecodlaurie
Chatham, MA

January 3, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #8953016

Thanks. for the inspiration!
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 7, 2012
9:44 PM

Post #8998643

Great pictures Everyone!

Back in the eighties the artificial trees were popular, so I found a five to six foot branch, hauld it home in the truck, put it in plaster of paris, and glued pink artificial flowers all over it! It lasted for years!

When I went to get rid of it, I just took it to the edge of the road, and someone came and took it!

I have pictures, but not scanned into the computer!

I especially love the little miniature chair as I collect miniatures and have a dollhouse.

Everything is soooooo cute! Great thread!

Jeanne
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

December 14, 2012
4:30 AM

Post #9357860

Harry Lauder and corkscrew willow are our favorite twigs to work with. Steve makes walking sticks and canes from them and I make fairy house items.
The fairy house has lots of harry lauder trim and the ladder is corkscrew. The swing is lauder as well.
We "woodn't" know what to do w/o wood!

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 14, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9357988

That house is a work of art . The H L grows so slow in Georgia that altho I love it , I haven't added it to my "have to have ". My step son had one and I loved it .It grew about 6" in three years .
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

December 15, 2012
5:22 AM

Post #9358745

Mine grows like a weed here in MD. It is not very attractive with the leaves on it, but when it is just the limbs with the cattails, I think it is beautiful!
Actually the walking sticks and canes are made from the corkscrew willow. I use the small stuff in arrangements and when it gets thick into a limb we cut it for the canes.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 15, 2012
1:53 PM

Post #9359200

That is WILD ! Love it , it looks like a ghost . They cost a fortune and can only get one on the internet around here .
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9359638

It is so neat for many uses and very sturdy.
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2013
12:25 AM

Post #9375920

Haighr...that Fairy House is just absolutley adorable! SO PRECIOUS! Do you sell them?

That is a work of art for sure! That is "Award Winning"! WOW! I love it!

TOO CUTE!

You should submit it's picture to magazines or "fairy sites" on the web!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2013
4:36 AM

Post #9375944

This was our first one and will have it in our garden in the spring! Thanks for your kind comments. I'll have to check out some sites for showing it online.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 5, 2013
7:30 AM

Post #9376063

I've seen them not near as nice for $ 200.00 or more .
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2013
7:58 PM

Post #9376754

Great, find me a buyer and it's theirs! It would be a lot to try to ship as it is quite heavy and would not fetch nearly that much locally in this area. But they are fun to make and the grandkids love to play with them.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2013
8:06 PM

Post #9376762

Try ebay. You already have a photo.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2013
4:11 AM

Post #9376896

It weighs a lot am afraid the postage would be astronomical!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2013
6:39 AM

Post #9376981

You charge enough to cover your postage.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 6, 2013
10:31 AM

Post #9377183

The buyer usually pays postage on E-Bay .

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9377430

And if it's shipped within US, you might even check the cost of shipping it Greyhound. If something is heavy, that is frequently a cheaper way to go if it does not have arrive "within" a week, and you have some leeway on arrival.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 6, 2013
3:11 PM

Post #9377457

I dunno , someone told me that E-Bay set the shipping cost . Don't make me lie , I dunno.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2013
3:47 PM

Post #9377507

No, each seller sets their own shipping rates (and sometimes underestimates!!) The fees on Ebay used to be based on the selling /listing only and disregard the shipping. That's why some people would jack up the shipping and sell the item at a lower price. Also, some people just wouldn't look carefully or emotionally figure in the cost of shipping. "Look what I bought for $5!! (shipping was $15!)

I aplogize if someone else could have / should have explained that better.
lovetopaint
Newark, DE

January 7, 2013
6:00 AM

Post #9377871

I think Haighr's point was the size and weight would be cost prohibitive to most buyers regardless of any venue beyond locally, via Craig's List or such. Ebay works and yes buyers pay shipping but the cost to ship her Fairy House would be enourmous, plus packing it to keep the ornamentals from getting broken would not be an easy feat due to the weight. If a buyer has to pay $100 (or more) to ship something the likelihood of her making a lot from the house goes down. If you look again at her house, it is not as small as you might think. Also pay attention to the materials used. It's heavy. The front yellow section appears to be T-111. That should give you a hint to size and weight. Also look at the edge of the covered "table", it's lines indicate a pool table, not a small thing. The camera lens is deceptive and at first glance, it looks not tiny but small enough to mail. I agree with Haighr, it's not.

Haighr - here is my suggestion - if you have several of these then take them to a Fairy (aka Faeire) Festival. They are all over in PA and in MD. Here is a link to one in MD

http://www.marylandfaeriefestival.org/

You can just put Fairy Festival in your search box and find them. My sister in law makes Celtic themed stuff but also Fairy things. She has sold a lot at the one in MD and they used to do a lot of craft shows at other places like that too. I think this would be how I would address it, there is no shipping involved and any people passing you are already interesed in Fairies and that kind of thing, or they wouldn't be at the festival to start with.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 7, 2013
6:17 AM

Post #9377894

Great thoughts .
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2013
4:51 AM

Post #9378865

Thanks everyone. I have sold some items on E-bay and am aware that the seller sets the shipping; however lovetopaint is correct. This house is large and very heavy. I would have to charge a fortune to cover the cost of shipping and am likely never to get that kind of price, additionally, packing to protect the delicate parts. The front and sides are rock based and the wood is t11 and weighs a lot.
The idea of a fairy festival is great. We do a local craft show 3 times a year and have thought of taking one to a show.
This particular one is for my granddaughter (when I croak) but we do have another octagon shaped one in the works and it will have a living roof, that may sell easily at a show.
I did post this one on Craigs list for $200 just to put some feelers out there, but doubt I get even one call.
Thanks for all the info and ideas everyone.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 8, 2013
8:09 AM

Post #9379008

That's great . That would be local pickup . . Lotsa lotsa luck . It is beautiful and a friend of mine bought one several years ago that isn't as elaborate for 200.00 I took pictures then , but before my digital camera and unfortunately , we are no longer friends .Or to be truthful , fortunately .

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2013
8:35 AM

Post #9379030

LOL, sometimes that is true!! I have one or two that I would be happy to prune from the circle!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 8, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9379034

This girl was psycho , and pruned me because I was too normal .A case of extremely smart but no sense .
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2013
9:59 AM

Post #9379112

Sally, I'd hate to be pruned but after all these years I can't believe I'm hearing you claim to be "normal". Besides, crazy is the new normal.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2013
12:50 PM

Post #9379257

We have psycho trying to wheedle her way back into the family... I'm praying NOT!!!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2013
3:36 PM

Post #9379400

Well, back on topic...I am not at all an ebay or mailing maven but I was recently interested in an item on ebay and saw that the seller was actually a representative shipper. So then I better understood these drop off ebay stores. The item was a sewing machine and it was marketed perfectly. There were a bunch of photos from every angle and the shipper packed and insured the item. The description was professionally done with known information listed and unknown information also listed. The shipper/agent was very highly rated. So they must set the price based on what the owner is looking for plus their profit. I realize the shipper will get a fat chunk of change but is there anything lost if one uses a listing agent in the transaction and still gets their asking price? My question is does anyone know if you pay one of these places if you item doesn't sell?
lovetopaint
Newark, DE

January 8, 2013
4:57 PM

Post #9379504

I have sold on eBay for years and have 100% positive rating with 665 transactions. With so much of life's demands, I looked into a listing selling agent and found they differ. Some only charge a percentage if it sells. Some charge a fee to list it whether it sells or not. Some would only list items $50 and up.

Ebay has changed and now allows everyone to list 50 items each month for FREE. You only pay fees on what sells. It is much easier and cheaper now for little folks like me that doesn't have a store.

I buy items on eBay too, and I can say I have never had a problem with anyone not fulfilling the sale or the item not as described. Ebay also has buyer guarantee too so if you should get something that is not right you are covered. There is also a classified section on Ebay now, you can search by your area. And if you are looking to buy something big like furniture you can search by distance from you. It has become better and as I get to de-cluttering again. I hope to list more stuff.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 9, 2013
7:46 AM

Post #9379939

I get to answer that last remark , Laurel . Anybody that doesn't think a Colon cleanser is a laxative , isn't normal .Or you can live on cabbage soup . Or 35.00 dollar an ounce foot soak is better than hot vinegar soak for dry skin on feet .
Back to topic.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 9, 2013
7:50 AM

Post #9379943

My two cents worth on ebay and postage: You can list an item and have "local pickup only" as part of the listing. If you can post for free you could do this with no financial risk. kb
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2013
11:16 AM

Post #9380149

Haha, Sally. I get your point. Still, many swear by the benefits of such things.

About the shipping...what I was getting to was a piece can be taken to a shipper for an accurate price of packing and insuring and then, if there is an interested buyer, the shipper would do all the packing.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2013
4:41 AM

Post #9380737

Wow, glad to have this thread revitalized. I had no idea Ebay had changed policy to allow listings for free! What a great idea and also to use the local pickup only and then no cost unless it sells! I may give that a bigtime whirl!!! Thanks for all the updates everyone!
CountryRefuge
Grinnell, IA

January 11, 2013
12:11 PM

Post #9382143

I really had to chuckle when I saw this thread title. My mother had a wonderful sense of humor--usually very dry and you had to pay attention to catch it. I think each of us in the family, children down through great grandchildren, cherish something different about Mom, but it was all part of the unique whole she was as a person. ...trying to not be too long-winded here... My husband was also a very special person that was treasured by everyone in the family. My mom passed away last June 14th, and then my husband passed away on September 30th from end-stage prostate cancer. My family really wanted me to do Christmas again this year, as I had in the past. Wow, losing my husband so close to Christmas was making that request hard to agree to until I decided that I would do Christmas for my family, but also honor my mom and husband. My husband was easy, but Mom I had to think about until I remembered her Christmas tree for many years. Mom loved Charlie Brown, and after seeing Charlie Brown's Christmas, each year she went looking for the perfect branch, spray painted it white and put it in a weighted vase.
This picture is not very good, but it is what I did to commemorate my mom. Branches were painted white and ivory, then covered in glass glitter. I also added in bunches of purchased curly willow, draped it all in yards and yards of strung acrylic beads, dug out all of the spun glass ornaments I love, and went to it. It was/is gorgeous! Some of the grandkids said I needed to leave it up year round and change out the ornaments to fit the season. I'm not sure if that's what I'm doing, or just still worn out too much (lazy?) to take it down, lol.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9382255

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing. So sorry for your losses. I think making it a seasonal memorial is a great idea for now. Isn't St. Patrick's day coming up?
CountryRefuge
Grinnell, IA

January 11, 2013
6:13 PM

Post #9382371

Maypop, thank you so much for your response! I thought I had the lights on better than picture show, so I may just leave it up after straightening those out. You are right: St Patrick's Day, Valentines, 4th of July, Easter, May Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, and maybe even April Fools. The possibilities are so enticing...

I also wanted to share a link to an obelisk that uses twigs as well as traditional construction. I thought this was a great idea.
http://www.wrcla.org/cedarprojects/obelisks/rusticbean.asp
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

January 12, 2013
10:04 AM

Post #9382787

That window is beautiful and hope you re-decorate it all year .
CountryRefuge
Grinnell, IA

January 12, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9382835

Digger, thanks! I've been looking at DIY shabby chic blogs today and found a blog with some very pretty valentines ornaments--no DIY, but lots of inspiration for that window! Mom would love how her "Charlie Brown Christmas tree" has taken off :-)

I also saw another use for twigs: larger branch forks trimmed and fastened to a backboard as hooks.

Some of you have talked about basket making. In my endless search for free patterns, I had found a pattern for a biscuit basket, then found it was a broader site for "Just Patterns - The Idea Magazine for Basketmakers." The link to their free pattern exchange is http://justpatterns.com/weavers/patternexchange.html



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