Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Treasure Trove

We have our fair share of Sycamore Trees here on the farmette.  As lovely as trees are, Sycamores have the terrible distinction of dropping prickly orbs all over the place.  While I know they are just trying to secure their lineage, they are also a bit annoying.  

I am just thankful that the trees are not located in the front yard.  



And, who knew they could be sold as craft supplies?  

I could be a millionaire. 

48 comments:

  1. What a great idea, I have been thinking the same about all the tumble weeds around here. Some are stunning and could be used by interior decorators. Have a nice Sunday.

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  2. We dont have them around any more, but when we lived on our farm, we did, and like you, wondered what to do with them!

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  3. We don't have any sycamore trees around here, and I have never noticed these. It makes for a great photo.

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  4. We had a sycamore tree near the driveway at one of our past homes and sometimes I would go barefoot to the end of the drive and run into one of those prickly orbs... not fun mind you. LOL

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  5. I didn't know they could be used that way, I have sycamores, too. Hmm. I have been looking for things to sell at the farmer's market, I wonder if that has any viability? I have also wondered about the wild sage we have growing on the farm, if it could be harvested and bundled. Things to think about.

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  6. They typically grow along streams or seasonal streams in our area, I don't ever remember one very far away from water or a drainage area. I have cut up down ones for firewood and the smoke seems to stink as opposed to cherry, maple or oak. They are a neat tree to have in a painting as the trunks are white and they have those huge leaves that really reflect a orange sunrise or sunset.

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    1. Our Sycamore trees seem to be in random areas around our farm.

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  7. oh, they're cute! don't have them here.

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  8. I've never seen a Sycamore tree. In Georgia, I could sell pine tree seedlings and become a millionaire!

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  9. Nice tree though, Blessings Francine.

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  10. I have seen these around, but can't remember where, and there were a lot of them!

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  11. We used to have liquidambar tree. They drop round balls...with SPIKES. Do not walk on those with bare feet.

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  12. We don't have those, but the pine cones in my front yard are equally annoying, and not much fun to step on.

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  13. That is neat, you could be in business as soon as you want to start! Michelle's Orbs!

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  14. People also buy those fungi that grow on the sides of trees for crafts. Crazy!

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  15. Sycamore we do not have, but plenty of pitchy pine, balsam, spruce cones. I'd rather save the colored leaves of maples and bronzed oak and basswood. All of nature makes beautiful crafts

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  16. I can't imagine decorating with these think of the spider webs? How would you dust them? Give me a maple and all those little twirly gigs I deal with every spring and fall:)

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  17. So when are you starting your online business? :-)

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  18. Ciel, I doubt I will start a business! lol These I found out in the cow pasture among the meadow muffins :)

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  19. I NEVER realized people could be interested in these - for crafting purposes. How interesting.
    There used to be a HUGE Sycamore in the back yard . . it was hit by lightening and . . began to frighten the neighbors.
    It was sad to have to say good-bye . . . . sigh

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  20. yes, you could sell them! Put them on etsy ...sell them in gallon ziplock bags. You'd be surprised!

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  21. I don't know if we have Sycamore trees in Oregon.. you'll have to post a photo of one sometime!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. Meadow muffins, now there is a term we don't hear around here.

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  23. I love your ranchette, when I look at your pictures I feel so relaxed! Well, honestly you know I do craft and I have found some strange things on Trees and turned them into all sorts of what nots!
    Have a lovely week~
    Jemma

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  24. Oh gosh, our neighbor's very large sycamore hangs over our driveway. So messy -- all the seeds, twigs, and the leaves as big as plates. But it's a nice big tree and provides lovely shade .

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  25. I love picking acorns and such up...I put them in clear vases or dishes...use for directions...

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  26. Our sycamore pods are eaten by the wintering birds, but aren't nearly so beautiful.

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  27. Creative peeps have some great ideas!! They are very cool looking!!

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  28. This brought a smile miss millionaire!

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  29. You need a farm stand our by the road to sell those lovely decorations. Maybe you could sell some of your flowers and produce too. -- all in fun -- barbara

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  30. we are at this very moment sweeping up leaves from the 10 village Platane/Plane tree/Sycamore that edge the square, leaves in the corners around us where the sweeper can't get to..you've taken a gorgeous photo.

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  31. What a beautiful shot. I agree with the previous comment - you could sell those beauties!

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  32. When I lived in town, we lived on a corner and two sides of our house was lined with Sycamore trees. As annoying as the prickly orbs are, I miss the trees and their huge leaves. I never thought of using them for arts and crafts.

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  33. Time to get sellin' my friend! I learned something today (as I usually do from stopping by.)

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  34. we had a ton of them along the creek at our last home! shoot, i coulda been rich!

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  35. Craft supplies? I had no idea! You really could make a fortune.

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  36. Wow I guess you could ha! Great photo, love that creamy bokeh.

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  37. Feeling rather perplexed to realize I've never seen a Sycamore tree before!
    Yup, I can just see glass cylinder vases filled with those kind of little orbs! :)

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  38. I love them! I have never seen a Sycamore tree - those orbs are amazing! They would look great in a big wooden bowl. Unless they have bugs. Then it's not so pretty. xo Karen

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  39. I had a tree in my back yard in Brooklyn. It dropped seed pods we called "poly noses" as children. There were thousands of them! Not bad to play with a s a child but a nuisance to sweep up as an adult..lol!

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  40. Pay the kids to pick them up and sell those babies! I have acorns by the 1000's. My husband calls them hip breakers because he has so many patients who slip fall and break a hip on them. I had a pretty good deal the last 2 years because I had a guy coming to sweep and rake them up in order to feed deer. He must have found a better way because he didn't come this year.

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