Friday, March 2, 2012

Tree Bark Bowl

While out and about the property yesterday I happened upon a large tree in the woods that is sadly dying. It has been shedding large sections of bark for awhile and many thick pieces lay strewn at its base. Although sad to see a tree in this state, I couldn't help but be immediately drawn to the organic beauty and texture of the bark and knew I had to "save" the memory of the tree (  now I want to listen to Enya) the only way I knew how . . . to incorporate a piece of it into my home.

I have used large random sections of bark before in my landscaping. It is a great addition placed on top of mulch located on steeper hillsides as it minimizes mulch "erosion" and also adds interest to the landscape.

Once I carried the large piece (measuring over 3 1/2 feet) up to the house, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. Although the bark's texture is incredible to look at, I realized that the backside (inside) was just as interesting. When placed bark-down, the piece naturally has a slight concave shape, making it a fitting "bowl" or tray of sorts.

Although I've been in love with my "level-headed" tea-light display, it was time for a change. So, my new bark bowl has replaced the level and it looks great. A few moss balls which I made a week ago seemed like a highly appropriate accompaniment to the bark.   What do you think?

Another use of "trees" added to my arsenal. 

  "En Garde Pottery Barn!"

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  1. This would look good on sissy's table

  2. Congratulations John! I have passed on the Leibster Award to you for all your amazing designs! You can go to my blog for all the details on the award...I just love visiting you blog!!!!

    1. Hi Tiki!
      Thanks so much for passing on the award and for visiting again! I appreciate it so much. You put a smile on my face!

  3. So Frugal, you've "embarked" on another creative use for decor "tree bark", how very lovely. A unique and unusual piece for table displays & more....thanks for the idea's and view's. Again keep it coming :)

    1. Nice word-play NonnaG. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. This is indeed beautiful and simple... I love the idea

    1. Thank you Sharm. Glad you stopped by to visit!


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