Many years ago we planted a Dogwood Tree in our yard because my mom told me to. My mom who was a horticulturist said, “it’s a valuable landscape tree that thrives in rainy, cool spring weather (perfect for MN) and has tiny flower clusters and bares fruit.”
Well it never bared any fruit for many, many years until last year. I was mesmerized by these spherical fruits about the size of a quarter. When ripe in midsummer, they turn coral red and develop their full flavor and sweetness, with a flavor comparable to some melons. I was too chicken to try them, but I did save a bunch of them to use for inspiration.
I wanted to mimic the bumpy texture and color, but I did not want to make beads or anything round.
The Dogwood tree and the Dogwood flower are beautiful harbingers of spring and are the state flower of Virginia and North Carolina.
I bought these lampwork bead many years ago at a beads show from Julie Nordine of Credit River Art Glass. They were sitting in this beautiful, hand carved wood bowl.
One of my polymer clay buttons using the Skinner blend.
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Plant a tree this year on Arbor Day.
Thanks for stopping by. Je@nn!ePin It Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist and published jewelry designer. She is the originator of the Echo Creative Team and of the Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives.