Friday, October 23, 2015

I Bought Stumps....

...not sticks!  YAY!

You all should be so proud of me, because let me tell you, it was awfully hard to pass up the sticks I saw in Crate and Barrel.  They yelled at me from across the room....and I wanted them....but I resisted!

Fortunately, I found these little beauties....

....and brought them home.  There is only so much I can resist and when they smiled and cooed at me...my heart was gone.

I have loved on them, talked to them and told them how adorable they are....don't you think so?!

BTW, I left James at the store!


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  1. These are adorable. I am going to have to pick some up. LOVVVE! Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was going to photograph my stash, but found this much cuter photo online. I'm going to get the hubster to make me some more since I only bought 6. That means, I get to buy more sticks! :-) Hugs!!

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  2. oh...
    i do hope they're not varnished or treated.
    so they will still have the smell of the forest!
    but even if they don't...
    they're a lovely reminder of it. XO♥

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    1. They are not treated at all and have a wonderful scent! They are just so rustic looking and some of the bark even flakes off…they are just perfect! Love and hugs!!

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    1. Thank you ma'am! I was so excited to run across these little gems! Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you and thank you! You make me laugh too chick – you have a wonderful sense of humor! Hugs!!

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  5. Sweet! But I'm noticing that you're moving on to larger wood items now. What's next, Benita?

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    1. Thank you! :-) Well, I did buy a wooden stump serving tray a few weeks ago....oh, and some wooden stump coasters...LOL. I was going to get it all arranged for my Thanksgiving table before taking full photos....this problem of mine is growing! :-)

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  6. You can put your stumps with your sticks and make your hubby really happy! Maybe a tree next? ha ha

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    1. The hubster is sort of happy that I’m gravitating towards wooden objects that I don’t want to paint…LOL.

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  7. If they coo then you absolutely have to bring them home!

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    1. Don't you know it!! And they were just making all sorts of cute little baby sounds....and they smell so good!! LOL

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  8. How adorable! Are they really just the right size for place cards? How cute!

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    1. Thank you and yes, they are. They are small little wedges from tree limbs...crumbling bark and all. I can't wait to use them. One of my friends on FB said they could also be used to display smaller photos and possibly Christmas cards.

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  9. Adorable! I love them...and they go so well with your sticks! ;)

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    1. Thank you ma’am….LOL…..yes, they will go perfectly with the sticks! And I will get the hubster to make me a few more….I just need to find the right sticks for the additions!

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  10. Love them !!! FYI , it look's like a Paper Birch, the same wood as your bundle of brown twig's. They pulled one up in my town to build a larger building , I found out who owned the land , called and took my nipper's and loaded my SUV up with Birch !!!! It was free, even though everyone stared at me as they drove past. Hmmmmm, Cracker Barrel, good reason to go eat there and then shop. Ok I'm going to be a copycat again !!!! Love and hug's girlyfriend , TT

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    1. Aren’t they too cute?! And I do believe it is birch or at least that was my first thought. I do wish I could find a few limbs of this that I didn’t have to purchase, as I would really like some more of these little place card holders. I don’t blame you one bit, I would have grabbed everything I could also. Love and hugs to you sweet friend…try to stay out of trouble this weekend!!

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  11. Very sweet decor for Fall! You have me picking out sticks now! Although I have had a pot full of them on my front porch since last year, I still want more. What is that?!

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    1. I just loved these little things and cannot wait to use them at Thanksgiving. A few weeks ago, I picked up a stump serving platter and some stump-ish coasters. Sticks are trending right now....LOL It is all I can do to walk past and not purchase them when I see them in the store...LOL

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  12. You are so cute, Benita :) I love your stumps! And James is missing out if he didn't get to come home with you.

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    1. Awww, Julie, thank you so much! I know they are not all the design rage right now, but I think they are just too cute! Yeah, James wore one of those weird Halloween masks and refused to take it off….so he had to stay behind…LOL

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  13. Stumps - the grown-up version of sticks. You are progressing. Of course, Christmas is coming so a tree would be next in line. Decorated with wood slices.Are you a lumberjill in real life?

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    1. LOL....you are too funny Donna! I am definitely making progress. It is a good thing we have a fake tree or I might be tempted to start cutting on it a little bit...but I will leave the chainsaw usage to Edward. :-)

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  14. -gigggggles- You are too funnny for words!!!

    Hubster must have a happy life!

    Pumpkin hugs,
    Tessa

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    1. He does on the days when he doesn't wake up to a wife who has a split personality...you know, menopause makes you a little crazy sometimes...LOL...Pumpkin love and hugs to you my sweet friend! :-)

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  15. Poor James...LOL
    Guess what, my husband made me some stumps for our Thanksgiving table place settings last year. ;-)
    He also made me some stump candle holders. LOL
    If you need a few more...let me know. :-))
    Carla

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    1. LOL @ poor James… Oh, I would love to see those!! Send some photos please. And matching candleholders??!! That is so awesome!! So I can place an order??!! :-)

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  16. How cool! Someone should have a stump party!!! So many ideas in the comments! :)

    Jane x

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    1. LOL...there is something that just sounds so wrong about that! ;-) But you are right, so many wonderful ideas...that's one of the great things about blogging...bouncing ideas around and getting new perspectives! :-) Hugs!!

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  17. Well now...you beat me to the punch on this one...
    I took a picture of these at Crate & Barrel a couple of weeks ago because I have some logs in my garage that I want 'my hubster' to cut for me...I have a couple of projects to do with the logs that I want him to help me with and this was one of them. I thought they were so cute and think they will be super easy to make.
    I got quite a few big branches from when they cut down trees here in our subdivision last year from Dutch Elm Disease...yet another thing I carried home while on a walk with the side kick (dog)...now I bet your hubster will be happy when you read him this and he sees that there is one other woman that has more sticks/stumps and logs than you! ;)
    I think DD's Cottage is onto something...you need a tree! Inside! LOL!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!
    Big Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. LOL @ us....those like minds again!! I think these are adorable and how awesome that you have some branches that you can use. I don't have any yet, but do plan on snatching a few from down the street if I can get to them before the construction crew burns them all. They do look easy to make. I'm so glad I'm not the only one wanting to decorate with sticks and stumps...LOL...and yes, it will make the hubster happy...he thinks I've lost it! I hope you had a wonderful, fun-filled weekend! Big Hugs back at ya!!

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  18. I immediately thought of people with missing limbs.
    Brenda

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    1. Oh no, that is not what I wanted you to think about! Guess I need to think about these things before posting....

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  19. Oh Benita – I am saddened to see a fellow stick lover using wrong terminology. Now I read your blog for entertainment so would normally just take it all in however with Christmas only 62 days away, I feel compelled to point this out to you so you are technically correct in writing to Santa this yr. I am sure near the top of your list will be an item originating from a tree so here we go, this is what a stump looks like

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=TREE+STUMP&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&rlz=1I7ACGW_enCA408CA408&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CBwQsARqFQoTCMSJ-pyD2sgCFcNaiAod8HMG5w&biw=1366&bih=597

    What you have are beautiful birch wood slices from about a 3-4” branch. To demonstrate the dif, here is an example from the top of my list to Santa this year –a Wood Stump so I can build an Alfresco Table like this – prepare to swoon!

    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20361592_20772010,00.html

    Don’t tell the Hubster you have blog friends in low places, but one of my brother in law’s businesses is a Stump Removal/Tree Trimming business and if I play my cards right, I have a good chance of getting this stump under the Xmas Tree! If you are a serious stick lover you need to hookup with someone in that business in your area. That is the easy part but- sob, knowing that you cannot save every stick, branch and stump from the chipper and grinder – that is the hard part – you have to be strong my friend or just “stick” to retail! LOL !

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    1. Kari, you crack me up! I will try to correct my usage of tree-related words in the future…LOL

      Love that "stump" table and yes, if I am going to continue down this "tree-lined" path, I definitely need a good hook-up! LOL

      I will not tell the hubster I am being led further astray by my blog friends....and I do believe Garth had a very popular song about this very thing! ;-) Hugs!!

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  20. lol. you're too funny. but what are sticks?

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    1. LOL...I've gotten into this habit of purchasing sticks in the store. For some reason, it has become a decorating thing over here (not sure about Europe) to have cleaned sticks, or tree branches, for sale in the stores. I've picked up a few and the hubster has given me grief to no end about it. He keeps telling me that all I have to do is walk outside and pick up any stick I want, rather than purchase one for an ungodly price in a store. It has turned into a huge joke between us...LOL

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  21. Well, you had an exciting day, Benita. Love the stumps.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. It was an interesting day, that’s for sure! But Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn are 2 great stores to window shop! Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you so much Cecilia! I thought they were adorable and I'm going to find some sticks so the hubster can make more for me! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Hugs!!

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  23. So cute! Everyone needs a stump and some sticks!

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    1. Thank you so much! I totally agree Sherry! Hope you had a great weekend!!

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