While most of the country is snowed-in and facing dreary and sunless days, here in Arizona, we are in our prime. Today I thought I would sh...

A WONDERFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

While most of the country is snowed-in and facing dreary and sunless days, here in Arizona, we are in our prime. Today I thought I would share with you some wonderful pictures from around my garden and my neighborhood, as well as a project I did inspired by nature. This is not to brag, (well OK, maybe a little) but to give those who have 4 more weeks of winter a glimpse into spring!



I made this wreath from the pods and seeds of a tree in my yard called a Texas Ebony. It is a wonderful tree that is green and lush and provides wonderful shade. The only draw back is it has very sharp thorns on its branches. It drops pods all the time and I am always cleaning them up. Well one day I decided to use these pods for another use and make a wreath for my garden. Their texture and color is so amazing to me! I love how it turned out! 



I started with the pods, a decorative garden sign and a flower wreath.


I first organized the pods that I already collected that were open. I placed them alternatively around the flower wreath. Once I had all the open ones used, I had to open the closed pods. I took a putty knife and a rubber mallet. It only took a couple of whacks to open them up and get the seeds out. I saved the seeds for later in the project.


I am glad I laid them out first before gluing them because I realized you could see the flower wreath under the pods. I also needed to wire the back in order to be able to hang it up! So I took all the pods off, sprayed the wreath and wired it to hang!


Once that was done, I laid the pods back down and began to glue them to the frame using my glue gun. For some reason they would not stick with the glue, so I used gorilla glue in its place! Instead of throwing the pods away, I decided to place them in every other open space on the open side pods. I thought it just gave it another layer of texture and color. I then added my wire sign and I now have an amazing nature inspired wreath all for about $4!



P.S I did spray a coat of Polyurethane over the seeds to keep the birdies from eating the wreath.




Here are some other pictures from my house, garden and around my neighborhood. I hope you enjoy!
















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19 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

That is an awesome wreath! I love the idea. Thanks so much for sharing this week at the newbie party.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I can't believe it! I'm visiting a friend in Arizona right now and she has one of these trees in her yard!! I'm so asking her if I can have some of the pods so I can try this! Thanks for sharing and I saw it at Debbidoo's!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fun wreath and such a creative use of those pesky pods. I live in Az. too. Following through Blog Hop. Hugs, Marty

Tera Leigh said...

Found you through the Grow Your Blog hop! Showing you some bloggy love by following you via GFC and email.

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{Adventuresindinner} said...

Beautiful wreath! So happy to see something other than snow. Found you through the blog hop and am now a happy follower.

Hope that you pop by today and check out my photography class and giveaway :0)

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Great idea for the wreath! I always see different "things" falling off trees and try to think of things to do with them. We have the same "pods" up in WA too!

Your front door area is stunning!

Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!
--Katie

the poor sophisticate said...

Love love love your blog! Excited to be your newest follower! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog as well! Have a fabulous week!
-Molly
thepoorsophisticate.blogspot.com

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

What a fun idea for a wreath!

Ashley said...

Thanks for coming and visiting The Latest Find!! Your garden is so pretty! That cactus is amazing. I'm following you back! =)
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Linda Leyble said...

Hey Jen...that is really unusual and AWESOME! I love it. Using what's in your back yard. So textural.

Love your floral/nature photos also - beautiful.

Thanks for commenting on my post about the burlpa inserts. I appreciate it!

Linda

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Fun! We are birds of a feather... I love nature projects and did several with some similar seed pods from locust trees. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

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Katie @ My Darling Days said...

ohhh, how I miss AZ. I was there over Thanksgiving and i LOVED it, can't wait to go back. Awesome wreath, btw :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness these photos are so pretty! I found your blog through the hop. Glad Idid.

Chatty Chics said...

Oh my goodness! What an amazing idea? Those pods make an amazing wreath! Great job! We've seen some Spring here but I'm ready for 75 degree weather every day so I can play outside too! :)
Melody

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

Hi Jen, Stopping by to let you know I featured your wreath today on Made in a Day Love your blog!! And I would love it if you would stop by and link something up again at today's party.
Kim@madeinaday
http://madeinaday.com

Hani@Craftionary said...

Wow.. Great use.. Love the wreath and the cute note..:)
Thanks for linking up at friday fun party
Love
Hani
http://craftionary.net

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