Saturday, November 6, 2010

My attempt using the natural elements ...

 WARNING:  I am sharing my failure with the hopes that some of you will share how you overcome the challenge I faced.

I am inspired by the many postings at Funky Junk Interiors SNS#55.  I have not done much decorating with natural elements - twigs, pine cones etc..  Well,  I have used Pine Cones when I was a condo owner but I purchased them from a Christmas Store, they were cinnamon scented so they were a nice Christmas addition.

Let me show you my inspiration for this week ...

I found this image and inspiration at Libby Langdon's site 

I love the natural feel, and I thought it would be a great seasonal transition piece, I was considering adding sea salt (for snow) as we moved closer to Christmas.  So Wednesday night I rushed home to start my project, I had to put this together Wednesday night because I was going to stay at friend's for a week

Diversion ... I am typing this from their sofa now while one of their dogs tries to get my attention scratching on the patio door, there he's back in now, now dog #2 is scratching, Dog #2 is in and she is staring me down and wants my spot on the sofa, Alrighty now we're settled, me and 2 Golden Retrievers on a sofa and my toes are being licked, I can't concentrate, should I go get some socks?

Where was I?  Pine Cones and Twigs!  I rushed home Wednesday night and ran out to the yard to clip some twigs off of trees and collect pine cones.  I decided I wanted my arrangement to look a little more rustic so instead of ribbon I used twine.  So, here we go I assembled the materials
The Vase,  challenge number 1, the vase base is narrow and my pine cones are huge!  But hey, I'm shopping the house for this arrangement.  Ok, no avoiding this here is as far as I got with this arrangement ...

I got to this point and I was straightening the twine and a couple of little spiders started to surface, then a little worm eeeccckkkk!  I quickly picked it up and ran outside with it and gave up!  Can you see the bundle of candles on the left side of this image, I was going to use them since I wanted white candles, Frank pointed out that they looked like a bundle of dynamite, at this point I wish it was dynamite cus I would blow this DIY up!  Why am I posting this?  I'm new to "crafting off the land" please share with me ... is there something I should be spraying these items with before I use them so I will not encounter invaders?

I can't leave you without sharing my Guest Bloggers for the evening ...

Chance and Ruby

I'm linking to Funky Junk Interiors SNS (for advice)

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Okay, that was so darn funny! Sorry, I'm laughing with you, not at you. You were laughing weren't you? Ha!

I might give it a spray with something to make sure. Or hose them down really well and let them dry out. I have this huge pine cone that I haven't brought inside yet, I just know there is something hiding it it. I may spray that guy down.

Anonymous said...

I think the primary difference between your inspiration picture and the vase that you created was that the twigs were smaller than the vase in your inspiration picture.

Now regarding the spiders, when you bring in pinecones, you actually have to "bake them" on a foil covered cookie sheet on low until all the sap starts to ooze out...probably at about 250 for 20 - 30 minutes. Just keep an eye on it. Then remove from oven and let them sit on the foil until cool.

When you remove them from the foil, they might still have a few sticky spots, but they are beautifully as it looks like they have been stained. They are rich in color and texture and will really last nicely without getting your fingers all sappy. I tried this last year and was thrilled.

Having said that -- this year I will just go to the dollar store and buy some -- so much easier!

Starwood Country Creations said...

Thanks so much Anita and Jan! All the pine cones we have are huge! I found a lady online that dips them in scented wax and sells them for a $1 a piece ... I'd make a fortune if I did that! After this week I figured the firepit would be a nice place for them.


Erin@likegrandmas said...

So glad you posted this Jo, thanks to Jan, I will be baking my pinecones from now on! Didn't know that. I don't think it looks like dynamite(but that sure was funny!) I think it looks great, but Jan's suggestions are great too. That is wonderful that you shared your oops, I had one of those that was so pathetic, but so darn funny, so I understand. You still rock!