Yesterday actually reached 70 degrees in NYC- kind of a shock, but a welcome one! A couple months back I salvaged some beautiful branches that had been blown down by one of the storms we had last Fall. One I decided to display in its natural state- the color and shape was so beautiful. I broke up another large branch into smaller pieces, and painted each one differently.
On the blue branch I painted some of the little pods (does anyone know what type of tree has these beautiful little pods? They're prickly on the outside.) On the red branch I left the pods brown. I left the branch on the far right natural, and painted a bright green (Martha Stewart Craft Paint, Granny Smith) inside the pods, for a fun surprise to accompany the natural beauty of the bark.
Which one is your favorite? I love the look of that blue branch (MSC paint, Greek Tile), but I think I'm partial to just the hint of color on the green pods. Displayed in small vases, they should be enough to keep me going until the branches outside are in full bloom.