Jan 302014
 

There is no doubt I love paintings with trees and in particular, birch trees.  I have 4 paintings in my home featuring birch trees!

The original oil painting in my foyer was the inspiration for the paint colour of my recently painted foyer table.  It is by a local Canadian Artist, Lena Karpinsky

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I love the next original painting! It is 24″ x 48″ and is in the foyer, directly opposite the door to the dining room. Sadly, I cannot find this American  artist’s info.  It was purchased from e-Bay several years ago.

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I cannot locate the name of the artist.

The next original painting is in my living room.  It was painted by a Montreal based artist  Tatiana Iliina Gooden. I have 2 of her paintings both of which I purchased on e-bay several years ago.

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This next painting is in my office and it  is a reproduction of a painting by another Canadian artist Lisa Audit.

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Yes, I appear to have a thing for birch trees!

Just before Christmas, Toronto was hit with a terrible ice storm that left in it’s wake,  much damage to the trees.  Our end of the city seemed to have been particularly hit.  Even now, after a month of clean up by the city, there are still piles of tree debris waiting to be picked up.  The pictures below are a fair representation of the streets in my neighbourhood.

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It’s unsightly but you can just imagine what a huge clean up job this is for the city workers.

My Golden Doodle, Cody, loves to carry sticks.  BIG STICKS!  So for the past month, on our walks, if I spotted a nice straight piece of birch in a pile, I would let him carry it home.  (That guy will carry a 4 foot branch of an hour if I let him!)  We’ve ended up with quite a collection!  But there were so many very nice, large, untrimmed pieces that were  straight and white but we could not carry.  Like a dumpster diver, I took my Rav4 and my SAW! and salvaged some great branches. 

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Handy Dandy Saw

I wonder what the my neighbours  thought about the crazy woman and her saw, cutting up branches in sub-zero temperatures.  I am sorry to say, I have no pictures of my efforts but it must have been humourous!

So here is part of my collection.

DSCN2074 Don’t  you just love birch?

Now, the question is what will I do with them?

So far, I have added a small display in my foyer, next to my favourite painting.

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In foyer and in view from front door and on path from kitchen and dining room.

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I may need to relocate. They seem small in the large foyer.

I am not sure about the container but it has been moved from somewhere else.
I also wish I could get some longer ones like the ones below

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I would really like to find some fun things to do with birch branches that do not reflect winter or Christmas.

I did a quick search and came up with a few.

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A simple small display in a glass vase on  a table
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Cute little side table.
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Picture or business card holders.
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shelf supports
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Birch branches decor 3

Hang pictures or a Curtain rod
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Centre pieces
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All of these are great ideas but I would LOVE to get your input.

Sadly none of the branches are more than 3 or 4 ft. long but I still believe there are lots of creative decorative pieces that could be made with my stash. (Hmmmm… maybe I should go on another field trip with my trusty saw!?)

I do like the idea of cutting some branches into disks and attaching them together to make some abstract wall art.

Do you love birch trees as much as I do?

Have you seen or created a really clever birch branch craft or art? 

I would love to hear from you! Comments just make my day!

So many creations can be “Nicer Than New!”

Joan

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  11 Responses to “Decorating with Birch Branches”

  1. Birch branches are so beautiful. I hate that we don’t have any here in NC! I love side table especially – it seems like it would be a great, cheap fix for a table. Would love to see a pic of your dog hauling a big branch! Sounds cute 🙂

  2. I love birch tree, so beautiful.
    I don’t have any great ideas on what to do with the branches but those that you have already found.
    I have seen branches screwed to pieces of furnature, wood boxes and such.
    Visiting from Common Ground.
    Michele

  3. Hi Joan! Yes, I love birch trees also. Grew up with a huge one in the front yard and one in the back as well. I have been know to stop the car at a moment’s notice and pick up random bark twigs and bark that I see lying around. I used a simple birch twig to display some music paper ornaments I blogged about here: http://dpetrillo.blogspot.com/2013/12/vintage-paper-and-pipe-cleaner-ornaments.html And I used little piece for trunks on burlap tree ornaments that I made here: http://dpetrillo.blogspot.com/2013/12/burlap-christmas-tree-ornaments.html I LOVE all of your birch art, esp. the piece by Gooden, and I think you found some great additional ideas on the web. I’ve also seen vases and candles wrapped with birch bark, both are quite lovely. There’s also birch twig or birch bark frames to think about. Love to see what you come up with! Blessings, Diana

  4. Beautiful birch trees and I love all your paintings and fun items made with birch trees. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  5. I LOVE Birch trees and have painted many birch tree paintings myself!
    Thanks for linking up to Twirl and Take a bow link party!
    Hugs
    Karin
    http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2014/02/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party-and.html

  6. Love your birch paintings and the birch branches. I live in very touristy area where there are lots of woods and everytime I try to get some birch branchs I’m too late because someone has scooped them up. I’d love to have a log cabin with accents like birch branches. I did see some of the birch branch candle holders at a store- they’re very nice. My mom had a birch tree cut down that my dad planted when I was a kid and I’m still bummed about it!

  7. I love birch, I wish it was easily available here in Florida. I stopped over from MamaBuzz linky.

  8. Love your paintings and the birch branches.
    Sherry

  9. […] the third element I have used some of the birch tree branches I collected after the winter ice storm. […]

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