i am just becoming a DIY nut! ok-not really, but for me...this is out-of-control! i think i'm scaring my mom:) i saw a similar idea on the nester's blog and found this base at goodwill for a dollar, got a styrofoam ball for 3 sumthin' and some spanish moss for 2 dollars. (the nester used REAL moss, but i'm not quite that out there yet:) and got this beautiful piece for around five bucks! i just cannot believe i actually put this together by myself because i am a recipe loving, instruction following, non risk-taking person. this was total improv and it felt great.