I have had a busy week, as my delightfully creative mother has come to visit me. We have a tradition each fall of creating a tiny tree for our 'forest'. Over the years, we have created trees from fleece, polymer clay, washcloths, buttons, etc. This year I came upon hundreds of what I think are False Turkeytail Polypore mushrooms, right in my own front yard. I discovered after a heavy rain that they were extremely pliable when wet, and dried into a lovely parchment-like material. So I gathered enough to make a tree for each of us. This is the result! I love it...we used styrofoam as a base, soaked the mushrooms and pinned them onto the base, allowed it to dry, and added some tiny birds to nestle among the 'branches'. Finally, we sealed it with a gel medium, and cut a tiny trunk from a branch outdoors. While it is not traditional 'art' , it is creative, and great fun! I love making crafting memories with my mom. Can't wait until next year!