Little gifts from nature! This is mixture of items that I gathered while out on a walk on our Texas ranch.....pieces are all natural and found as is.
This mixture of nature's gifts consist of a wasp nest, a small deer antler, some oak tree oddities, a Rio Grande Turkey feather and one goat head. The wasp nest measures roughly 1 1/2" X 2". The antler measures 14" long from the tip of the tallest point to the horn's base and is 6" across from the top of the arch to the lower tine. The goat head's part that resembles the head is about 4 1/2" long to the tip of the "nose"......the horns are about 2 3/4" wide at the widest part. The wild turkey wing feather is 2 1/2" wide, 14" in length from tip of quill to tip of the feather. The oak tree wood pieces range from 3 1/2" to 6" in length......the twig that holds the "ball" is about 9" long. There is a Moss ball that is about 4" in diameter, not counting the little spiky arms. Also is a growth of green moss on pieces of bark that is about 4" wide.
Unfortunately we have lots of wasps and yellow jackets around here, but when they all hatch out and vacate their nests, these beauties stay behind! I've used WASP NESTS in a lot of my Western decorating......I put them in wreaths, floral arrangements and have a huge one in a grapevine basket along with a deer skull, Spanish moss, dried flowers and a pretty green spiky plant. They are just the right addition to many projects!
Long time ago, we used to have GOAT HEADS in abundance......you'd have a hard time walking through pastures without these things attaching to your ankles or legs.....ouch! Over recent years I've noticed that they seem to be dying out, not as many as there used to be. When you find them now, it's considered a rarity. This odd looking little gift from nature was found while it was still in its "velvet" and just starting the drying out process. Once it is dried out, the "horns" usually spread to a width of at least 4". This little gem of nature is sure to catch your eye when it's included in a wreath or other crafting projects......just be careful where you put them.....their horns are very sharp!
Our ranch is full of large OAK TREES that adds not only beauty to the land but also serves as a great sun blocker for our cattle and horses! It always amazes me what I find on the ground under these beautiful trees....they're like small little nature gems that can be used for an abundance of things, just perfect for crafting and art projects. The small pieces of limbs are full of eye catching "attachments" that really adds some interest! Some of these attachments on the pieces of wood are a soft sage green/grayish color.....some have lovely ruffled edges or golden mossy areas....some look like dried grass.....some are covered with tiny round attachments to the pointy growths and there are even orange colored "flowers" that are resting on the pieces. They actually remind me of plants that grow underwater that sway back and forth.......beautiful and interesting!! I have no idea what the "ball" that is attached to the small twig is.....your guess is as good as mine! I will say though, it is very odd looking and an eye catcher!
Another piece of associated with the oak tree is the MOSSY BALL......this beautiful piece is so interesting. The soft sage green color is mixed with gray and brown......and to top it all off, there are these little grassy tentacles that shoot out of the ball about 3" long. This very unique piece will surely add interest to your display.
There is also a piece of GREEN MOSS that is attached to some pieces of tree bark. The piece is very fragile and I'll ship it enclosed in a baggie to keep the piece together. If by chance some of the bark falls off the moss, there is a photo where you can see the backside of the moss piece.......that will let you see where you might need to re-attach it with some clear glue.
The DEER ANTLER must have sat out in the elements for some time......it appears to be a little sun bleached and is starting to become dried out, but still a wonderful find! Nothing says Western or Texas wildlife than a deer antler.....I love working with them.....they can be added to floral arrangements and wreaths. I even have an old wire basket filled with other larger antlers from previous walks. This small half rack could be the beginning of a collection......or it could be that one little touch of something needed to complete a craft project. One of my customers said she was going to put the Texas Nature Gifts that she purchased inside a display case to help showcase her beautiful handmade jewelry......what a great idea!!
And lastly is the WILD TURKEY FEATHER.....we have lots of wild Rio Grande Turkeys that roam free on our ranch and this is one of the feathers that I found. I have many listings for feathers in my shop if you are interested in purchasing more of them.....they are all natural with no dyes and haven't been cleaned or chemically treated, sold exactly the way I found them. All the feathers that I sell, including this beautiful full wing feather, are gathered as a result of the natural molting process, from free roam birds.
All these pieces reflect the fact that nature is around us, gifting us with little surprises! Use them separately in projects of your choice......or make a special wreath to hang in honor of Texas wildlife.
****Being that these items are very fragile, I plan to wrap them extra carefully so that they arrive to you in perfect condition. Just in case some of the attachments do break off of the limb pieces during shipping, I am sure that you could re-attach them with some clear glue......and just in case this does happen, I plan to include an extra limb with similar looks for you at no charge! :)
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