Read Buds

by Stefani on 9-March-2009

Oh spring, you with your pink bloomy things, and your lady bugs and your bees with their yellow jodhpurs of pollen

Oh how you inspire us!
We have no pink blooms in our own yard. And the killjoy

mama says we can't go 'round cutting branches off of our neighbors trees – no matter how pretty and pink they are.

Lady BugkehBent LowHis Yellow Jodhpurs

So we made some.

First, we painted sheets of newspaper in three shades of pink (and some white too)

Black and White and Pink All Over

Then we cut them into little squares and wadded them up. We dabbed on a little glue and stuck them to fallen twigs from our yard.

Make Like a Tree

We think they look pretty cheery on our table, and we also think that we're gonna have to make a lot more. We'd like to fill up every room with pink blooming things!

Read Bud Branches

Plus, it's just a whole lot of fun to ask…

What's black and white and pink all over?

Why READ Buds, of course!
I Wonder Woman March 9, 2009 at 11:07 pm

clever, and so cheerful!

Gwyn March 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm

So great – could you nick some pollen from the neighbours plants and sprinkle it on your paper flowers to see if the bees are attracted?

Vintage Chica March 10, 2009 at 3:09 am

Ha, ha!!! That’s a good one! And you KNOW how red buds make me all homesick. Dang it.

Kelly March 10, 2009 at 4:11 am

Fun way to find saying ‘yes!’ 🙂

messimom March 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

ha ha- what fun! Blue Yonder boys strike again!

Kobey March 10, 2009 at 5:18 am

Great idea! I miss redbuds. (I guess I can’t give you permission to snip from my old yard…)

Stefani March 10, 2009 at 5:37 am

Oh!!! I love that idea! Thank you Gwen!


Stefani March 10, 2009 at 5:39 am

Yours are the first ones we notice every year! Seems like they bloom before anyone else’s on this street!


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Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie March 10, 2009 at 5:40 am

I love it. What a great idea, since we have freezing rain this morning. A perfect day to make our own spring.

melissa March 10, 2009 at 6:06 am

that is beautiful. Maybe I could get little boy to help me work on something like that. . .

Wendy March 10, 2009 at 6:18 am

Beautiful! What a great idea!

Amy @ Muddy Boots March 10, 2009 at 6:37 am

I’m so jealous that spring has already arrived in some areas… we’re still under 3-4 feet of snow! Off to pout…

Annie March 10, 2009 at 6:38 am

What a great idea! We might have to try that one out when we get home from the great white North! We will be needing a bit of spring color…

caroline thornewill March 10, 2009 at 7:34 am

HA! Cute cute cute!

elissa March 10, 2009 at 9:51 am

your pictures make me S M I L E

Jen March 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

I *heart* redbuds! And what a project I would like to do with the kiddos!

heather jane March 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm

So perfect for the spring table! I’ve been making lots of little birds that would love resting in a budded branch!

Cassandra March 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm

gorgeous! what a lovely idea.

melissa s. March 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm

fun! we may try our hand at forcing some read buds around here, too!

Mary Smith March 10, 2009 at 8:45 pm

gorgeous inspiring photos. They made my day.

Lisa Clarke March 11, 2009 at 6:37 am

Clever! I think we need some of those around here, because pink buds on trees are still a long way off in the NorthEast. *sigh*

Relyn March 11, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Oh, yeah! I think you just gave me a new art project for my classroom. I think we could write our recently composed haikus on little tags to hang along the branches. Thanks!

Sarah March 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm

i like that craft idea!

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:22 am

Okay, you have to take a picture of that if you do it! I would love to see your class making our branches!

And we’ll have to make some haikus!


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maya*made March 12, 2009 at 8:11 am

read buds? you are a genius! I couldn’t love this more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

Well I do seem to recall some newspaper crafty genius from you too!

Angela March 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Red buds…oh they were one of my favorite things about living in east Texas. I loved driving and see them peeking out the edge of the woods in the sun in the spring. I think our house is in need of “read buds” here in Montana. March 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I did this today and love it! It will be my table centerpiece for a while! Thanks

Treemama March 22, 2009 at 9:37 am

we are so doing this this weekend. thank you.

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