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Did Someone Say, "Pinecones"?

It's been a pretty quiet week around here.  After pulling a muscle in my back, the only thing I was good for was lazing around with ice and heat while taking ibuprofen and muscle relaxers.  Believe me when I tell you, I don't 'laze around' well at all, but I did read two books!

Today I want to share my 'Shopping Expedition' from when we visited our kids for the holidays.  
A little-known fact is, Las Vegas has LOTS of pine trees.  Who knew, right?  In the desert?  Not only that, they are usually shaped well and are a decent size.  
So, on one of our shopping trips, I commented on the pinecones that had fallen off the trees along the street.  My daughter asked me if she had to pull over, and, naturally, I said yes!  I collected about 12 that day, and, after a few more stops on different days, I ended up with a bagful!
Because you can never have too many pinecones, we took the dogs for a walk where I acquired a few more.
My daughter took video of me walking along the side of the street 'shopping' for pinecones...mostly because she couldn't believe I was doing it.  Sadly, it won't load to my blog, but if you visit me on facebook, you can see it.  Don't let her fool you, though, she actually got out and helped at one point. Yes, she IS my daughter!

I haven't decided what to do with all of them yet.  What's your favorite pinecone craft?  I started a board on Pinterest, but could use some more ideas!  Please share yours and I'd love to hear the some of the funniest/craziest ways that you've acquired craft supplies!

Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to visit me on facebook.  I'd love to have some new friends there and right here, at the Cottage.  
Have a great week!

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  1. Checked out your pinecone shopping video on Facebook. Smile.
    Hope each day you are in less pain.
    Hugs.
    Joy

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I'm getting better every day....I can breathe again!!!

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  2. I once made flowers from pine cones by cutting them in half, adding a wire for a stem, and painting them, It was HARD, pine cones are hard to cut!! lol!

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    1. Good to know, Tania. I'll have to investigate the best way to cut a pinecone!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. You can never have too many pinecones. Glad you kept adding more to your stash!

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    1. Isn't that the truth...as long as I don't become a hoarder! LOL

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  4. Brilliant, there is nothing like shopping for free!
    I once painted pinecones and added a little glitter on the edges for a Christmas decoration, I was inspired by someone else at Handmade Monday!
    My mum used to have them in a bowl to add extra to some pot pourri.
    I've heard some people say you should bake them to get rid of any bugs but we never had any bug problems with ours.

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    1. Good ideas, Julie, thanks! I've heard about the bugs too. So far, I haven't seen any. I wonder if that's because they sat in the trunk of the car for several days in below-freezing temperatures??

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  5. love pinecones and have many that I have decorating the home. My favorites are from the red wood pines in California
    come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. So many options, Angie. Since it's a snowy day, time to do some research!

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  6. I would have done the same thing. Enjoy your treasures and I can't wait to see what you do with them. Visiting from Over the Moon blog hop.

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    1. Glad to hear your a kindred spirit, Donna. No worries, I will be sharing the results!
      Have a great week.

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  7. I love to see the " petals" used as roof "shingles" on fairy houses! I saw a post using the petalsx4 glued to a cotton ball which was then glued onto a branch in clusters to look like cotton bolls which are "in" right now. I live in Maine, had never seen cotton plants, and now appreciate the effort of making them after seeing florist prices! It's on a to-do list but not too near the top! I love painting or glitter gluing and/or glittering the edges for Christmas wreathes and arrangments. People also dip them in paraffin as fire-starters or other chemicals to burn with pretty colors (blue/green). Besides killing bugs, baking pinecones will also dry them out so that the petals open more.

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    1. Wow, Kathy, thanks for all of those ideas!
      We recently traveled through northern Texas and saw fields of cotton - a first for me. Sadly, it was already harvested and in giant rolls. I told my husband I'm going to try growing some!
      Stay warm in Maine, my friend, and thanks for stopping by the Cottage. Come back again soon!

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  8. I painted pinecones to look like sunflowers ;) Sounds like a fun "shopping" adventure! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. I never thought of sunflowers. Great idea!

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  9. I saw this really cool wreath on Etsy that used the pinecones upside down and painted them to look like zinnias! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from www.thisautoimmunelife.com

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    1. Ooooh, zinnias! Sounds like a great summer wreath!

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  10. I love pinecones. You can create so many things with them or they look great just sitting in a basket or bowl. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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  11. I am a pine cone addict! i love making projects with them
    Maria

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    1. I think I'm about to become one! I will have to check out your ideas.
      Thanks for visiting the Cottage.

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