Holly branch is bound with pampas grass, twisted in a circle, tied, and ready for hanging.
Chest itself is made of a combination of Douglas Fir twigs and strips of Eucalyptus Bark sewn together with ivy vines…..
Contents of chest include: dried hydrangea leaves, pebbles of all colors from our backyard, white quartz, 250 million year old Himalayan salt rocks, red berries from the red and yellow barberry bush, next years spring buds from a magnolia tree, a few wonderous sea shells from Mexico, and finally hanging from the chest is a “pearl necklace” strung on ivy vine made of lumimarga or commonly known as the snow berry.
Four ivy vines are strung underneath and over the top of the ornament and tied together to make the hanger for the tree.
Blue Stem prairie grass, wild grape tendrils for smoke, a feather, and some sort of vine (pretty sure it wasn’t poison oak or ivy but I wore gloves all the same.)
It’s displayed on white pine needles and J. honeysuckle berries because we haven’t put up the tree yet. It’s very light-weight.
Body – Sycamore Tree Seed Balls rolled in Milkweed silk
Body and Arms – Blue Spruce Twigs
Eyes – Milkweed seed
Nose – Milkweed stamen
Scarf – Rose Petals and weed skin
a crepe myrtle branch as the structure base tied in circle with a long weed. I then wrapped the branch with a foxtail fern branch. The large yellow and red flowers are from hibiscus plants, the blue flowers are from a plumbago, the maroon color is from a dianthus plant, and I used the same weed to hang it.
Austrian Pine from the back yard to make the skirt/robe. A peacock feather that my son found at Grandma’s farm adorns the skirt. Pine sap was used to affix the twig arms to the clarion horn shell (which I acquired while working in Maui a few years back). A small potato makes the head with cloves for eyes. The “bad hair” is made from Virginia Creeper vine from the privacy wall in my back yard. The halo is made with braided pine needles with juniper accents. Obviously, feathers for the wings tied together and affixed with long, thin Daylily leaves from the front yard. The “necklace” is made from real Ilex berries threaded on a pine needle. She “found” the Ilex berries in a Christmas bouquet I gave to her.
Western Tumbleweed for head, Phragmites Reed for facial hair, Rose Hips for eyes, and Wild Onion Stem to hang
Main Braid made from corn leaves. Braid failed to be secured by a pine sap paste. Therefore, it was skewered by a sharpened twig and bound by a thinner braid of corn leaves. Herbs picked from the garden.
Body made from aspen bark
Robe made from aspen bark skin
All feathers for robe and collar found under birdfeeder
Hanger and belt made from strand of pampas grass
Loin cloth made from red delicious apple peel
Moccasins made from Lana’s dog’s hair
Necklace is a little red chili pepper
Head is a pine cone from local forest
Eyes are shells from Lana’s hiking trip to Utah’s Livingroom
Head piece is plume from pampas grass
– Pinecone and desert grass from the backyard
– Stone beak. Possibly an old, broken arrowhead but we aren’t sure. Looking forward to comparing it to the one from Forrest.
– The grass and beak are wedged in between the pine cone bristles.