‘Tis the season to bust outdoors to find all Christmas decor’s finest!
It was a really chilly day. With temps near or on zero, I bundled up good, grabbed my gloves, and head out to a strip of road known for the best fallen tree finds.
We’d had a recent wind storm so I knew the pickin’s would be ripe… I was gonna make it big today.
Here’s how I shop outdoors for Christmas decor…
1. I watch the roadsides right after wind storms.
2. I ‘prune’ tree branches with permission.
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Well, to my total dismay, pickin’s were not ripe at all.
What’s up?! Is someone cleaning up after storms now?
Or are there ‘others like me?’
Chilled to the bone, I wasn’t about to quit quite yet. I noted the direction of the wind, and then realized I was just looking on the wrong side of the big trees today.
Hopping back in the truck, I took off for parts unknown. I was not going home empty handed.
Yes. Trees like that. That is what I’m after. A row of them would have been nice, but I will also accept one at a time if need be.
Like I can custom order curb side pickin’s…
Guess I’ll just have to hope for another wind storm before I deck out the mantel…
Yeah. I need lots. Big fireplaces need big treatments.
I’m not worried. The winter storms are young.
2. Sticks. Twigs, branches, chunks of tree, whatever I can find.
3. Weeping willow branches and grapevine branches from my own yard. They shape best when still green and dry very quickly. Remove any leaves and shape branches as desired.
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These branches aren’t quite what I had in mind, but I took them anyway. Too good to pass up! Look how straight they are… that’s gotta become something that needs to be straight.
Into my stash it goes. I’ll let them dry out for awhile.
What would you use them for?
3. Pinecones are a given. I bring them inside, and allow them to dry before putting them to work.
Note: Some bake pinecones in the oven to kill the bugs. I’ve yet to do that.
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Ohhhh yeah. Can’t go by a road filled with pinecones without stretching out the very shirt you are wearing.
Never a bag in sight when you need one, is there?
What a lovely yield!
They were damp, so I spread them out in a shallow basket.
Note… don’t ever leave pinecones in a plastic bag. I did that last year and really regretted it. Pinecones are like wood and they rot like rotten wood. Strange, but true.
I’ve read that one should really bake them to get rid of bugs and stuff, but I’ve yet to ever do that.
How do you prepare pinecones?
Skye was keeping track of all the comings and goings (and tripping) in the photo studio.
I stubbed a toe yesterday… twice… same toe. So it’s rather comical to try and walk a straight line with ‘the toe’ and ‘the floor gear’.
‘Tis the season for mess and tripping. Or so I tell myself.
That’s a long wait, isn’t it? Don’t worry. I’ll fill the blog up with… ‘useful ramblings,’… like today. 🙂
We’ll be working on it. 😀
Do you also shop outdoors for Christmas? What do you look for?
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