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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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???
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!
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: 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.
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
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...
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. :)
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"
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!
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 :-)
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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...
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!
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.
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"!!!!!
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?
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.
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!!
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 .
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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?
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?
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...
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...
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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