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New Pile of Sticks Ready to Become the Next Tea Light Holder

New Pile of Sticks Ready to Become the Next Tea Light Holder

Late yesterday afternoon, after much pestering, my daughter finally convinced me to pry myself from the computer in exchange for some fresh air.  

She has her own little, pale blue, dust pan and whisk broom and loves to follow me around the garden and sweep up any stray clippings or dead leaves that get missed.  I give her lots of “big helper” encouragement since she does such a good job cleaning up after me. 

Whenever I’m out in the garden, I undoubtedly end up at one of the many over-grown shrubs, with shears and lopper in hand.  This isn’t really a project that should be started when dusk is just around the corner, but that never stops me.  Yesterday afternoon/ evening was no different.  When I was finally at a stopping place (nowhere near finished), it was completely dark and must, I thought,  have been near my daughter’s bedtime.  I couldn’t go inside though until the patio was swept and all my tools put away, after all, this is a hotel. 

Of course, I had to go through all the branches to make sure I wasn’t throwing any “good ones” away.  Finally, twenty minutes later, my daughter and I were heading in.  

Tuesday’s are my favorite day of the week since I have the day almost entirely to myself.  My husband works during the day (he usually works afternoons & evenings) and my daughter is at pre-school.  So, whatever I had originally planned for the day was overshadowed by this beautiful new pile of sticks – go figure.  I had to break the promise to myself regarding the unfinished crochet projects.  “I’ve been so good, I deserve a change of pace” I reasoned.  I can always find a good reason to do something I would rather be doing.

Tea Light Holder #2 Made Using Recycled Glass, Tree Branches and Hemp Cord

Tea Light Holder #2 Made Using Recycled Glass, Tree Branches and Hemp Cord

 I jumped right into creating my second tea light holder, utilizing the lessons I’d learned from the first one, which took far longer to make than it should have.  This time I used white glue to hold the hemp cord to the branches as I tied each one.  The first time, I tied them all first, then ended up having to tie many of them a second time when I glued them.  This one still took longer than it probably should have, but next time I should have the process down pat (ha ha).  I also used a different sized jar which I think I like better than the first.  This jar was the same height but the mouth of the jar was one inch less in diameter, two inches, which is the perfect diameter for a tea light.  Here’s how it finally came out.

Still Playing With Sticks

Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt

Anyone who’s familiar with my artistic inclinations, knows how erratic they can be.  For example, one moment I’m crocheting jewelry and the next I’m pouring resin on my handmade tile pendants while the next week, I’m shredding recycled paper to create notecards.  Like so many other aspects of my life, my creativity runs, hops and skips in every direction, all at once.  Maybe it’s ADD?  All I know is that I usually have several very different projects going on at the same time, which can be frustrating for those I cohabit with in our very small apartment.

After I finished the tea light holder made with branches, hemp cord and wood beads, I felt some momentum to continue down that path.  I dug through my “pile of sticks” and chose one with a particularly unique shape.  I began wrapping the branches with the same hemp cord I used in the previous project.  I’m not exactly sure where this is going but ideas of a “family tree” are buzzing around in my head.

I’ve been watching Finding Your Roots on PBS with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and really getting into it.  I would love to have my DNA tested, although I think the result would be predictable.  My mom’s done quite a bit of genealogical research on our family and it seems that everyone hails from Scandinavia or the British Isles.  Who knows though…there may be a surprise in there and  I’d love to know about it.

Anyway, we’ll have to see where this family tree idea goes.  I have a lot of material to work with, both physically and intellectually.  It could get interesting.