21 December, 2011

Moreton Bay Chestnut, Seed Pod Cradles

 We collected many of these Moreton Bay Chestnut seed pods recently, from a friend's garden here in Eumundi. I thought, with the single hole, they would make wonderful cradles. Mr Turtle did too.


Today I impulsively decided to needle felt a baby Jesus, for our Christmas table. And use one of these as cradles. 
My boys decided to join in as well.


 I went ahead and completed the family.
I have only just seen Joseph's smile, while putting up these photos.

And look at them here. I can see such detail in the baby's face. And everyone seems to have their face tilted upwards, toward the camera. 
Can you see it too?

.☆..* Magic *..☆.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I wonder if those types of chestnuts are only native to Australia? I've never seen them before and Anna Bradford also crafts with them on her website.

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  2. Hi Sheila! Thanks for writing.
    I had to go and check out Anna's blog. Yes, I see she's used a pod for a cradle too. I guess it's a fairly obvious idea then! Hers is a different pod. Just as perfect. I'm not sure which tree though...

    Moreton Bay is in Australia and i have come across the trees throughout the Sunshine Coast. I'm sure they are in many places around the country. Beautiful trees (perfect for climbing). Wonderful flowers too. Usually the pods have 2-4 chestnuts and are even larger. See my post: http://lovesbyletabon.blogspot.com/2010/09/more-seed-pod-usage-ideas.html

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  3. I can see the smile, too! So sweet.. I love how needlefelts come alive... :)

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  4. Yes I see the little faces too! I wonder if it's possible to see the shape of these pods without imagining what a perfect nest they would make for a baby of some tiny magical creature? Maybe people (and especially children) have imagined these pods as cradles since the beginning of time. Yours are especially beautiful though, as are the other little nativity characters.

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  5. Yes, I see the faces as well, isn't it amazing how that happens with simple open ended needle felt projects, love it!! Your Nativity is beautiful!!

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  6. What a wonderful job you have done. I definitely see their faces as well. I would love it if you would share at my sharing party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/12/merry-christmas-sharing-saturday-11.html. Merry Christmas!!

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  7. Those seedpods are amazing! So many great things could be done with them, I wish I could find some. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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