Friday, June 24, 2011

Sticks and Stones


Given my obsession with sticks, twigs, and branches it was only a matter of time until I created another piece of art with nature's free crafting supply.  While gluing sticks together for this project I found myself contemplating about my love of dead tree limbs tree branches.  I didn't come up with an answer, but I did come to appreciate their versatility and ability to become anything you want them to (including a focal point and flowers)


My vision began with this pile of sticks on our balcony.  I sanded them lightly to create a worn look and broke them into smaller pieces.


After playing around, I found that I enjoyed the whimsical shape of the heart paired with the rustic quality of the sticks.  Simple but texturally interesting.

Sometimes I wonder if a home can have too many dead trees twigs but I highly doubt it. Nature, in any form, is beautiful.

18 comments:

Jen said...

Okay, I like this a lot! It's so very simple and "unfinished", but it's absolutely perfect as it is. Thank you so much for sharing, I think I'm going to have to make one of my own. Wouldn't this be pretty hanging with a display of wedding pictures in a master bedroom?

Inspire Me Heather said...

Aw, now that is just too cute! I did the driftwood sailboat and the driftwood fish shape now I'm thinking about making one of these too! I need more walls though.... thanks for sharing!!!

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

So clever! I think this is a great summer project for kids, too... they can find the downed wood...

I would love to have you share this at our kids & family themed link party :: PLAYDATE.... http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-in-summer-13.html

Cheers,
Lori
www.beneaththerowantree.com

Santosh Bangar said...

nice idea of making such desgine

the cape on the corner said...

um, yes! i'm pinning this!

Snipper said...

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are so... GENIOUS! There is so much feeling in this project... the photos evoke thoughtfulness and kindness.

Paul and Celeste said...

I'm lovin' it!

Rebbie said...

Cute! I'm sure Layla would love to help you cut those big sticks down to size. It would be fun to make a little memento from sticks that you collect on each camping trip.

Mimi said...

What a fun project! I love the rough and rustic look of the sticks and heart here. Great job!
Stopping by from Mommaskindacrafty

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

cute cute!! I love bringing the outdoors in!! You did a great job on this! It has a very clean look, with lots of texture!! Thanks for sharing!

Tracy said...

So cute! I wish I had read this earlier today before I went and picked up all the sticks in my yard and just threw them away! :) BTW, I'm a new follower from the BMB hop!

Tracy
www.polkadotwhimsy.blogspot.com

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Kristen your blog is awesome! My husband and I went to school in VA too! I just found your blog on the Design it Chic HOP and I'm a new follower and a huge fan :-)
lifewiththehawleys.blogspot.com

Antonella said...

The simplicity and elegance of nature... we live on a wooded lot so twigs are a fact of life here and this is such a great project! I love the rustic art you've created. I popped over from the Marvelous Mess Linky party where I've also linked up, stop by if you like.
Hugs, antonella :-)
http://quilling.blogspot.com/2011/06/filigree-friday-free-quilled-dress.html
http://quilling.blogspot.com/2011/06/wondrous-wednesday-patriotic-printable.html

Lucy Designs said...

this is so lovely! I've seen other twig creations but never thought of a heart..Love it!

Delaney said...

Lovin' this!
http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com

Blue Velvet Chair said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I love bringing the outdoors in - and using nature's freebies!
Michael
bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

I love anything nature inspired. This is great! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!
~Macy

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