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Our Speaking Tree: For Art, Writing, Wishing and Dreaming!

playdough beaded ornament tree

I thought you'd like to see what we did with the beaded and lacy playdough ornaments that we'd made some ten days back. (smiles)

So, sharing some pictures and the thought behind this pretty ornamental tree!

Like we did with our Nature Table/Meditation Garden – we created this tree by bundling up the branches and twigs that Pari and I've collected from time to time during our morning or afternoon walks here in the neighbourhood. We had bought this tall bamboo vase from an exhibition three years back. It's handmade by the artisans of Manipur – a gorgeous North Eastern state in India.

handmade tree

I like to call this our 'Speaking Tree' – inspired by the Sunday supplement (print) – 'The Speaking Tree'. Both Avie and I absolutely love reading this supplement for the plethora of spiritual and practical wisdom it carries – written by experts and gurus of self-development.

our handmade speaking tree


My vision for our tree installation is to hang from it our handmade art, thankfulness notes, handwritten wishes and 'finds' from nature – such as leaves, feathers etc.

Basically, my thought is to find ways to bring nature inside our home and then nurture a relationship with it and make it a part of our thoughts and inspiration.


I think this Speaking Tree is going to be a wonderful way to seek inspiration everyday and in the long-term too. I also foresee it to spark writing ideas for Pari. In the sense that, she's already excited to write notes, short letters, wishes etc and hang from this tree so we all can read. 

valentine tree with playdough salt dough ornaments


You'll see our Speaking Tree change its look and feel from time to time. :)

A small note about the salt dough ornaments – as you know – we'd not baked them thinking the beads that we embedded in them might melt. And, they did turn out fine with air drying for 4-5 days; we were able to hang them, too. But, over time, I've observed that if there's moisture in the air, they turn less than sturdy and some have fallen off the tree. So, I recommend baking whenever you make salt dough ornaments – for long-term durability.

painted and beaded salt dough ornaments for valentines day

After air-drying, the pink colour of the dough turned somewhat dull (due to starch/salt I guess), so we painted them with ceramic colours. The beads more or less remained intact, only a few fell off. And the aroma of the Citronela essential oil that we'd added to the dough – ah it is still so fresh and Pari keeps sniffing them every now and then!

What are you making today? What art or food or just about anything that's giving you joy? :)

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Sree Swathi January 4, 2012, 8:30 am

    Lovely idea ..

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 4, 2012, 11:42 am

      @google-da692a26619c796a7ae275d2f4f934ec:disqus Thank you for stopping by :) Glad you liked!

  • Sree Swathi January 4, 2012, 8:32 am

    Thanks for sharing !!!

  • Tharini Devarajan January 4, 2012, 12:01 pm

    so beautiful! i am so inspired by this idea..

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 5, 2012, 10:43 am

      @google-ac9b9615dfe93a3f0652631ca62a838a:disqus Thank you, my dear :)

  • Kitchencounterchronicles January 4, 2012, 2:58 pm

    beautiful, I love indoor trees!

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 5, 2012, 10:43 am

      @54a95936e5b2d0ca0f0d51ae3a14dc71:disqus Thank you for stopping by. Yeah – indoor trees are such a blissful sight!

  • Rebekah Patel January 4, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Rashmie, you have such a beautiful way of merging nature, design, and spiritual practices.  Just stunning!  

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 5, 2012, 10:42 am

      @google-480808cad0197bc9ad682b1572119e4a:disqus Thank you for such a lovely comment!

  • maggy, red ted art January 4, 2012, 5:10 pm

    A truly beautiful wish tree. I love it. Gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!Maggy

  • Ann January 5, 2012, 3:31 am

    The ornaments looks beautiful on the “tree” especially the lace ornaments which are stunning!  The bamboo vase is very nice – I like the basic beauty of the bent legs – bamboo is so versatile!

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 5, 2012, 10:41 am

      @Anntrea:disqus Thank you for being here :) Yeah  – isn’t bamboo so versatile…! Glad you like our tree…

  • Melissa January 5, 2012, 10:14 pm

    Simply beautiful!

  • Brooke , Let Kids Create January 8, 2012, 4:38 am

    Lovely way to display those beautiful ornaments. Wonderful inspiration. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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