Monday, August 8, 2011

Tweaking And Bringing A Little Outdoors In


Hi Everyone!

Well, it was another “head shakin’ Hubby” day, here at the Young’s homestead yesterday.


You know what I’m talking about ladies.

One of those wonderful idea’s you come up with that Hubby just doesn’t get understand. 

So his reply is just to shake his head and walk away.


I decided to make a twig tree for my foyer.

The other morning my Mom and I came back from our walk, each carrying these wonderful big limbs that had fallen from a tree a few days earlier.

Oh, what a funny sight I bet we were.

Anyway.  I took the two branches, tie wrapped them together at the bottom.  Placed them in a flower pot.

Stuffed the pot with newspaper, then poured in Plaster Of Paris.

Once it hardened, I placed the pot inside a crock and topped it with Spanish Moss.

Poof… A Prim Twig Tree.

Here is what it looked like at first.

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I liked it, but I felt like it was too bare.

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Cute? Yes.

Still I felt like something was missing.

I considered adding white lights.

(Which I still may around Christmas.)

But I didn't want to do that quite yet.

I finally decided to say, the heck with the season, and added some Bittersweet garland and other berries.

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A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Yes, much better.

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A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

The tree looked good but I didn't like how bare the floor was around it.

I thought it needed some color surrounding the crock.

So, I decided on this…

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I added two of my pumpkins to the display.

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And there you have it!

The finished display.

Well, finished for now.   :)

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Because of where I put my tree, I had to move my firkin stack and do a little tweaking here and there.

Here are a few shots of my tweaked areas.

I added this bird nest to the inside of the basket.

Originally they were displayed separately.

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A Primitive Place ~Tammy

The basket was sitting on this yellow table.

I moved it and placed my top stacker firkin here instead.

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A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I placed the other 2 firkins next to my fireplace.

These were sitting in the foyer corner where my tree is now.

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And that is how I spent yesterday.

 A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I have been at the doctors office ALL DAY today!!

Don’t even want to get started about that!   Gggrrr!

Any who… Now I'm exhausted and I think I am going to do nothing the rest of the night.

I know I need to do “this”, finish “that”.

But I just don't know if I can.

I need to rest at least for awhile, then we’ll see.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take Care and Talk Soon,



Tam said...

Love the twig tree, I want to try it!!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Tammy, how beautiful and perfect. Your "tree" looks just like my trees in back where the bittersweet wraps around them and blooms. You did a remarkably realistic job. I think from what I can see that your house is stunning.
Warm Regards,
Susan B.,Western MA

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Hi Tam I love the twigs that you put in the crock and then put the fall berries around it. I think that is awesome!
Great job, can't wait to start to decorate for fall! I also can't wait to see your home come alive in the fall time and all the other holiday's coming up. Your home is so warm and cozy! I enjoy looking and getting wonderful ideas!
Hugs Trish

Felicia said...

Wow Tammy I love the tree. Your house is so pretty.


Angela said...

Hi Tammy, Such a great idea with the twigs. I think it looks great with the pumpkins around it in the foyer. And so do the other displays in your home. I am so ready to start decorating for fall. Take care.

Jessica said...

Hi Tammy!

What a great way to dress up the branches. I love the touch of fall you've come up with. Your home is beautiful.

I hope you get some rest!

Blessings, Jessica

Earlene said...

neat idea!
Hope your okay!

Raymond Homestead said...

Looks great!

bayrayschild said...

Hi Tammy!
I just love it when we can make something out of nothing!

Your nothing turned out to be a good looking something!

I love it!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Great project Tammy!! That would look great on a porch too - and with the plaster of Paris, it might not even blow away with our gale force winds!! Hmmmm...might have to get a start on it, as I didn't get much summer planting done for it this year, and it looks so forlorn....I enjoyed how you explained the tweaking involved - what was where and where it went....Seems like when I decorate or add something, that is always the biggest challenge "now what do I do with THIS??!" Hope the dr visits was not about anything serious...Wishing you a week full of blessings...Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Hi Tammy
I love to put branches in my home, some have bird nests in them. My favorite is the curly willow branches that I hang ornaments on for the different seasons.
I love the way you decorated yours!
Prim Blessings
P.S. My husband shakes his head too!

~Sara said...

You did an awesome job with the "tree". I love it, and fall is almost here. You did a great job "tweaking", t's so much fun to move things around every once in a while. It makes you feel like you have a whole new home.Thanks for the inspiration. ~Sara
ps- Hope everything was ok at the Drs. I spent the whole day at the hospital with one of my kids getting some tests done. I always wish it were me going through things instead of my children.Good luck.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your branch tree!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Tam,
You did a wonderful job creating a beautiful display using something old and something "found" and it looks just like it has always been there!!
We have several potted trees at New England Saltbox and hang our handmade birds on the branches!!
Love the bittersweet real looking!! Wonderful job!!
Thanks for the inspiration and here's hoping you feel better soon!!


BumbleBeeLane said...

Sweetie~ I think your subconscience had it planned all along.Bring in the sticks so you have to bring out some nothing to serious with the doctor.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

hi, Tammy
You know I just love the dead twigs~ trees look!! The twigs look great in the crock!!!
Everything looks so pretty~ getting that fall bug~ giggles~

bettyj said...

Well, like your husband I am shaking my head----YES! It is absolutely wonderful. I love it and what a clever idea. You are inspiring me! I am trying to hold off until end of August for fall, but I may weaken.Yours is so neat.

frontporchprims said...

Everything looks great!! I love that tree. Head shaking going on or not. Thanks for the pics. -Steph-

Margie said...

Your creativity and resourcefulness never cease to amaze me...That was such a GREAT idea...I am inspired. It might even inspire me to take a walk through the woods behind my house.


oldepearprimitives said...

Tam, How cute! What a clever idea. I know just how you feel with the hubs. I get that a lot too round here. He gave me the side eye when I told him I was going to make a floor cloth for the dining room. LOL. But thanks for sharing! I always get such inspiration from your posts. :)


At Home With Amy said...

Totally love your twig tree Tammy. You have inspired me to take a walk in the woods and look for new decorations for my home. You do great work tweaking. I love all the little changes and touches you have done.
Have a blessed day,

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love your twig tree, Tammy!
You have a beautiful home!

Firecracker Kid said...

Wow Tam, I love it! I want one too and think I'll try it meself;-) Your hubby should be thankful you're teaching him new things everyday. Men should know the ABC's of good home decor;-) I hope all is well with your health young lady.

Cheryl said...

Hi Tam it was great to hear from you I love the idea you have. Everything looks so nice. Have a wonderful evening
Peace and Blessings
Cheryl..Snatch JOY~!

Rhonda Perry Maynor said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THE TWIG TREE!!! One year for Christmas I made a twig tree and spray painted it white, I then decorated with lights and red birds....

The Frenzied Fox said...

I love your prim twig tree--especially with the orange berries--it's such a happy touch! Great job! :)

Trace4J said...

WOw I love the twig tree. Thanks for the inspiration. My man does alot of head shaking with me
Hugs Trace

Never So Simple said...

I love your twig tree. My husband used to shake his head at me a lot. I do anything if he were here now to shake his head and laugh at me. Husbands there the best.


prims by olde lady morgan said...

Tam, Love the twig tree! and the teaser's of fall decorating... I am trying really hard not to put anything out yet...well...maybe a few things....BUT I was burning my new fall candle today!!! OLM

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

So cute Tammy...think I need to look for the right size fallen limb when I go out for my walk/jog today and whip one up for myself!! ~Kriss~

Dana~HomespunTreasures said...

Tammy this was such a creative and clever idea!!! GREAT job!:) I always look forward to seeing all of your changes season to season and Fall is coming up soon. Enjoy your day!!


basketsnprims said...

Tammy, I love your twig tree. Awesome idea.

basketsnprims said...

Tammy, I love your twig tree. Awesome idea.

Country Creations By Denise said...

Tammy, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and signing up. Also thanks a bunch for posting it on your blog. Oh by the way I love your twig tree. Looks great there in the corner. Denise

Unknown said...

Tam, that is a fabulous idea! I know what I will be looking for. Shoot! It will be great for all seasons.

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Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Tammy Sweetie...
What a gorgeous share today. I love your tree that you made in your crock, it is so festive. I say add the little white lights to it, it would make a beautiful night light and give the room a beautiful glow as well. So pretty.

Everything is looking so festive over here at A Primitive Place. You are definitely looking like Fall. I wish I could think cool thoughts but here in the Phoenix desert, it is still SO hot.

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Lynn said...

Hi Tammy,
I just love your home. I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing the different ways you decorate your home. I will try the twig tree for my house too. And the shaking the head thing must be a "Man thing" LOL

Roberta said...

What a creative idea! I love the berries on it! Love that old quilt behind the table, too! Enjoy the rest of the weekend. ~Roberta

Melanie said...

Hi, Tammy~
Just wanted to tell you that you are amazingly talented and your home is beautiful, but I'm sure you knew that already! :)

The Prim Colonial said...

Love your tree! It looks outstanding there in the corner! I must also say I am coveting that great red favorite color! Thanks for sharing your idea! ~ Beth