Saturday, September 10, 2011


Sticks are in.  In the house.  They have been for a while.  Over the last year I have run across and saved some  photos of sticks used in decorating.  I was not surprised to find them since I've been collecting sticks and twigs and bird's nests and buckeyes and rocks for decorating for a long time.  Here are some of my stick photos. 

Sticks mounted in a footed container with moss and stones in an elegant setting. 

A few sticks in a big jar...great for a corner. 

Awesome!  A plant would do nicely in this spot but why not a mass of twigs that don't have to be tended.  Imaginative and carefree. 

In my own world I have a fantastic scrap - a fallen twiggy branch - mounted on the rail near my bird feeder on Pontifical.s Porch. 

Birds love it and use it as a way station to take turns at the feeder.  Small birds like Carolina wrens, black capped chickadees, a few orioles and the little sparrows who have God's eye have all enjoyed the easy access from twig to feeder.  They are polite and take turns. No matter how hard I tried with the photo, the twig always looked ghostly because it is weathered.  It is fastened to the railing with flexible lengths of vine.  If I were staging, I would pressure wash the rail, fill the bird feeder and trim the hedge.  The hedge will get its fall haircut later this month. 

Another of my sticks.. 

This one is in the corner of my living room.  The container is a Billy Ray Hussey jug.  The prints are of antique tapestry, lacework and ribbon fragments.  The chair is an authentic antique as is the table.  In a later post I will share how I use the antique English chest just peeking in on the right. 

Sticks are in.  Inside and outside


  1. Hi, Sami,
    I love the sticks. Unfortunately, here in SW Florida very few plants a deciduous, so sticks are rare. Thanks for the post. Best, Victoria

  2. Thanks, Victoria. When I was thinking about the post I wondered how I might pack a gnarly branch to ship and decided the only way would be custom packaging. That seems a bit overboard for a dead stick. I am still dealing with my conscience about some little bundles of sycamore sticks with eyes that I'm thinking of putting on Etsy.

  3. I got a huge flower arrangement from someone many years ago that had those curly "sticks". When the flowers had died, still had the sticks. liked them, kept them in the vase, which had water...and maybe a week or two later they ROOTED! Right now I am looking at the HUGE tree that those sticks became. The birds love to perch on the branches before they go for the birdfeeders. Now I have a free, constant supply of lovely "sticks".


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