19 August 2008

I Love Sticks

Welcome P.O.O.P.I.E.S!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad that you popped over from The Nester's. What a fun way to share our good and not-so-good ideas for using pretend plants and other stuff at home.




So I do love sticks! How's that for an engaging title? I've decided that my sticks qualify for the P.O.O.P.I.E. Party since I purchased them all at the store vs. tromping through nature and collecting them myself. More on that later...


But it's true. I can't resist those bundles of dried stems, wheat or sticks.

I'll admit it. I buy sticks. But only when they're on sale. ;-) It's hard to find such perfect sticks in the wild. I guess that makes mine domesticated sticks.



I especially love them when something needs a little height.


Like my fireplace hearth. The trick to making an arrangement like this work is to put some of that florist foam in the bottom of the vase. It holds everything in place and makes arranging your sticks so much easier.



I'm a little sad though. As I was working this arrangement, I realized that I left my favorite sticks at the old house. Is it bizarre that I have favorite sticks? Yeah. Don't answer that.

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Blissful Nikki said...

I too LOVE sticks! I have some over my computer desk that I love. Got them at the dollar tree, so I didnt feel so bad. But I do buy them at hobby lobby on sale too! :)

Darlene said...

Oh, I love your domesticated sticks. I can't use them as much as I like because my cat wants to shred them, chew on them and generally make a big mess with them :( I'm sorry you left your good sticks....do you think they might still be there and you could go get them?

I gave a little sneak peek of my dd's room re-do on my blog today.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Kimba,
Your sticks look great. Thanks for the tip on the foam...guess that does keep them from getting all bunched up!
Diane

Marie said...

Domesticated sticks? lolol I've moved my sticks too often and now they look bad. They are hard to pack. My movers bent them in half! Oy.

Susie Harris said...

Sticks... they are great ! They look wonderful right by your fireplace. Did that vase come from Southern Living? Very pretty indeed!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Not at all...but you could always call the new owners and ask if they found your sticks...they might think it's a little odd..

Debbie said...

I love it as usual! How perfect is it that you have a new house to decorate for US!!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I love your stick arrangement! It looks really pretty in front of the stone fireplace!

Brown-Eyes said...

I love your blog title and you've got the cutest sense of humor! I'll be back regularly to see what you've been up to...
;-) Brown-Eyes (aka Bo)

Nikki said...

I think it is great that you had favorite sticks! I like sticks too.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I am going down to the storage to get some of the sticks from my daughters wedding to put in a vase today. Getting ready for some fall looks. Have a great day! Jackie

Kristen said...

I love sticks too! You have really made me want to start decorating for fall!

Wendy said...

I love sticks too...I had some pussywillow branches in a vase forever until my littlest one realized he could climb up on the table and pull all the pussywillows off. Now I'm off to find another kind of stick to fill the vase. ;) Thanks for visiting my blog!

Ashley said...

I need sticks! I have several, several containers just begging (and I do mean begging) for them!! Love yours!!!

aj said...

Would it be strange to stop by your old house and ask to have your sticks back?! Noooo! Go for it:)

Tara said...

I may just have to buy some sticks at Hobby Lobby this weekend. My husband will think I am crazy, buy you are right - you can't find the straight & perfect ones in the wild.

joelandbecca said...

Love that vase too! Looks so great!

Katie said...

"...sticks in the wild...", "domesticated sticks..." hahahahahahaha!

I bought a bundle of sticks last year for the first time, and I thought...what the heck am I doing?? I have woods behind my house. But you're right, they are not the same...

Jennifer said...

i found your blog from Angie's blog.

i also love those sticks... i think they look perfect in a large vase, like you posted a picture of.

i think they are pretty cool. I also think they look good as wall art... if you break them into smaller pieces... shorter actually, or if they get broken, and then you frame them, with a simple frame, and a solid background. use three or so frames in a row with diff color sticks and backgrounds that flow nicely together and it makes great decor that is cheap and fab.

I look foward to reading more of your blog.

you can visit me at 1boy2girls.blogspot.com if you'd like.

=) Jenn

Strawberry Blonde said...

I love sticks too. Except, I get most of mine from the yard. I have been know to buy bundles every now and again. Actually, as I was in the dollar tree today, I bought a bunch. I think they will go in my fall foyer decor...

I need to see if I have more foam, though. Thanks for the reminder. It looks as if it is coming together beautifully. -- Brandi

Missy said...

So pretty, I love seeing your new home as it comes together! I adore the sticks too, but at my house my sticks always end up "furry" due to our 4 cats that like to walk by them (no matter how high they are displayed!). I'll have to stick to spray painted items instead!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Great idea! I am always so intimidated by the whole idea of "arranging" faux things like this. I go to buy some fun sticks or flowers or whatever, get overwhelmed, and leave! You make it look so easy!
-Carrie

Kathryn said...

Not bizarre ... but very sad that your favorite sticks were left behind. I'm sure they are wondering what happened!

My very talented design friend once paid EXTRA to have her "sticks" specially wrapped during an interstate relocation. An antique crystal chandelier was broken along the way, along with several other things, but her STICKS arrived safe and sound. :-)

Mrs. Trixi said...

I have couple of those little vase/urns. I should try this one. It is so cute. And as for your favorite sticks, my son would agree you can have favorite ones and his are right outside my back door.LOL

Anna Maria Junus said...

I don't have sticks at my house. There are certain people who would use them as weapons and then I'd have to pick eyeballs off the floor.

HeathahLee said...

I now have my favorite sticks out back waiting to be used. They are wavy and tall and perfect, and you can't beat what I paid for them! I can't wait to figure out what to do with them! You inspire me still!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm not sure what made me giggle more...that you buy sticks...or that you have favorite sticks! But I guess when sticks look that beautiful it's easy to become attached. Makes me want to go out into our forest and check and see if I have any attractive sticks. My hubby is gonna think I've gone bonkers! I'll just blame you if thats okay!

Nancy Hood said...

'domesticated sticks' ha ha thanks for the giggles!!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Really cool!

M ^..^

Mrs. B said...

Hi Kimba! I like sticks too. They're the perfect thing for filling vases that you don't know what else to do with. And it's so true, sticks from nature just never look the same as the ones in teh stores!

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

oh yep I love sticks, I am looking for some for a similar urn, I never buy them full price either, perfect perfect name for them domesticated sticks. I do wonder how they get them so the same looking?

after reading all the comments, I am gonna look out in the garden, the beach cottage has an enormous tree - there must be some sticks out there lol!

Sarah

Lynn said...

Very lovely. I love sticks, too. They remind me of the garden. I have not really used them in my house yet, though, and I don't know why. I am about to redo my boys' rooms upstairs, and I think it could be a very boy-like thing to incorporate some sticks into the decor upstairs!

Lynn

Magpie Interior Design said...

Oooooh! That urn in front of the hearth is awesome! I love it! And your domesticated sticks make it all the more pretty!

~Stacy

proudgrits11 said...

I love that SLAH vase!! :) Very nice sticks, indeed. I have a HUGE pot on my porch that would need, like, 800 of those--but maybe someday!!

Christina said...

Favorite sticks-Too funny. I love sticks too!

Always look forward to your posts.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Wow - with everyone loving sticks...I feel a little logged off (get it...sticks/logs/computer..oh well, so much for the attempted humor:) I only have one little arrangement with sticks and it's because it was a designer cast off from a furniture market I worked at. I guess I need to get in the game, and buy me some sticks. Thanks for the heads up.:)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What is not to love about sticks? I have sticks too. They are just great for filling up dead space in corners and such.

Just popping in for a little hello, I've been away for my daughter's wedding and I am trying to re-energize myself in blogland! ;-)

Blessings to you!

Melissa

Beth Ann said...

I love your yellow olive jar with sticks!!! Great blog! Glad I ran across you!

Beth Ann

Jeanne said...

Kimba, now that you mentioned it I love sticks too. I have an arrangement in my bathroom that I think is beautiful. It is arranged in a tall umbrella stand which is a Longaberger Basket. I love it. Great stick post! smile.

Jeanne

A Hint of Home said...

Love your arrangment and you did a great job on the valances.

duchess said...

I think I need to get me some sticks.
They look good.

Hooked on Houses said...

I don't think I've ever decorated with sticks before. Apparently I need to get with it! -Julia :-)

Bella Casa said...

I bought some sticks for a vase in my bathroom...I think I am still trying to warm up to them though. I guess I don't have an eye for sticks the way you do :) All of your sticks look great!

Bella :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I say...March right up to that door and ask for your sticks back. That's when the new home owners yell, "Security!" : )

Beautiful arrangement + great tips!

Chris said...

Too funny! I love sticks, too! Great pictures!

The Nester said...

I am so sad to hear about the loss of your favorite sticks. from one stick lover to another, I feel your pain.

HeathahLee said...

Domesticated sticks! BWAAHHAAHAA! Oh, sorry...I have some branches that are still waiting to be POOPIED that were rescued from a brush pile. They are burgundy-brown and beautifully wavy. I can't wait to work on them, but have yet to find something to put them in.

Astrid said...

I heart your sticks. :) hee hee

You have beautiful ideas on your blog...is okay to steal a few of them?

Oh...and I noticed that your front door is black. Do you like it? We're thinking of painting ours black.

Self Confessed Lamp Tramp said...

Love your sticks and stems!

Meghan said...

Lovely!

RoBiN said...

I love Sticks too...only mine have to be all weird-like!

I have a corkscrew willow with, ya guessed it, twisty-corkscrew branches...when it storms or we prune, I love to save them! My husband thinks I'm nuts! But then, he doesn't know about me being a POOPIE, yet! Won't he be OH SO PROUD to announce THAT to his work-buddies! LOL!

Mimi Sue said...

I had some curly willow in a tall basket and my son in law laughed at it. He has no taste what so ever. Except in wives. Anyway, love the sticks and that container they're in is fabulous. Mimi