Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Branch: The Story

While busily working on party fare, one sister turns to the other and says, "We need to create height on the candy shoppe table. I think I need a tree branch, an old dead, dried one. Do you happen know where we could get our hands on one?"

"What??? What are you going to do with that?" Older sister excitedly explains her plans to middle sister. With a bewildered and hesitant look on her face, middle sister agrees to send her son on a little hiking trip to the mountains in search of the perfect branch.

Several similar conversations later and still, no branch.

While sitting in her car at a stop light on a busy highway, middle sister gazes outside to find what looks like part of a branch sticking unobtrusively from the hedges alongside the road. She quickly finds a parking spot and runs to the location.

In a very busy intersection with many curious onlookers, the good middle sister removes the branch that is wedged into the bushes. Embarrassed and bleeding after being poked by it's many thorns, middle sister quickly telephones her older sister with the good news. "I found a branch! I found a branch! I think this is exactly what you are looking for. It's dead and dried and it leans to one side just like you described. I think it's just perfect!"

And it was.

Tiny clusters of red paper flowers...

with faceted beaded centers.

Chartreuse green leaves on delicate branches...

surrounded by sweet ladybugs.

It turned out exactly the way I had envisioned it would.



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Kelsey said...

love it! Those ladybugs are just darling! My husband thinks I"m the only one who do crazy things like pull off on the side of the road for the perfect item :)

sweetiepie said...

Lettie, what a cute idea!!!! You have such a knack to be able to envision the perfect branch.

Maggey and Jim said...

Love that,, kinda of an ikebana? Really creative and nice..

Zlaty said...

What a creative idea! Great project Lettie!


Maria Isabel said...

I would love something like this for my girl's room!

Cyndi said...

Oh my gosh, that is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen! I would never have thought to do that. I think you just may be the most creative person ever!!!!!

Have a Blessed Easter!


Tozz said...

Love it and I think it looks Ab Fab :)

Tolentreasures said...

How nice that is! I have lots of dead branches everywhere, need to get those picked up and thrown away, The tree turned out great!


Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Do you ever run out of darling ideas! I hope you'll show every little bit of this upcoming party.

Janine said...

You are a wizzard!!
That looks so lovely.
I wish you and your family a happy easter

Vanina said...

Hermoso!! Me encanta!!
Siempre te visito, un beso grande!
Saludos desde Argentina!

Beautiful! I love it!
Whenever I visit, a big kiss!
Greetings from Argentina!

Magia da Inês said...

Voltei para outra visitinha...
Seu cantinho continua lindo, agradável e de bom gosto.
Muita paz, saúde e sucesso!...

F E L I Z P Á S C O A!!!

       ( ),,( )

Com carinho, para você e sua família...

Itabira - Brasil

Needled Mom said...


spage said...

I L-O-V-E it. Beautiful. I want to do one for my table now.

Fran said...

So pretty!!

Annette said...

Wow what great.. I love the idea... I always have branches hanging above my dinertable... i love this idea

Anonymous said...


It's lovely to hear from you. Thanks for the wonderful comments! Your branch is so prettily done!

I absolutely love your strawberry mouse pincushion. I want to make that once I have some downtime.

Stephanie D. said...

That is so sweet! And all for a child's first birthday!