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Foliage Friday – Big Reveal for Ange’s Tree!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

So it looks like some of you at least had this one pegged.  :)   Bright and cheerful Ange belongs to…

Bright and cheerful Tree #6!

Tree 6

An urban cow-tree for Ange!

Here is what our resident art therapy expert pinkbrain had to say about this tree, without having any information about who it belonged to:

#6

Happy, happy, joy, joy. Tree #6 you put so many happy things surrounding your tree. According to a freudian analysis (most of our training was freudian or psychodynamic) the sun is a symbol for your father. So my hypothesis, although those freudians have been wrong on occasion, would be that you’re a daddy’s little girl. The sun is sooo big in comparison to the tree, it almost looks like it’s supporting the tree. There’s a lot of repetition in your drawing, the birds, the grass, the rays of the sun, the flowers. I’m guessing you’re an extrovert, that you prefer a crowd to a quiet evening at home. Also, you seem concerned with how others perceive you. You’re probably always well dressed, with makeup and jewelry on. I doubt you’re a sweatpants kind of gal. The number 3 seems important or significant to you. Three branches, three loops on each branch, most of the grass has 3 blades, nine loops on the whole tree, nine birds. No clue how it’s important though! Your trunk is very solid, and wide at the bottom. You have some good parents there. I’m going to play devil’s advocate here for a minute. On one side, the scribble on the trunk is just a scribble. On the other, I’d say there are no mistakes, everything happens for a reason. This side would also say perhaps you had something bad happen in your late teens, like 18-19. Some sort of stressor, but it doesn’t affect you now. Either that or it’s just a scribble. :)

Here are Ange’s thoughts about what her tree said about her (which were sent to me in a shade of purple that I have tried to emulate here :) ):

Happy, happy, joy, joy. Tree #6 you put so many happy things surrounding your tree. According to a freudian analysis (most of our training was freudian or psychodynamic) the sun is a symbol for your father. So my hypothesis, although those freudians have been wrong on occasion, would be that you’re a daddy’s little girl.

I have to say yes and no to the daddy’s little girl part. My dad and I didn’t really get along until I was in my twenties. Now, I’d say I’m closer to him than I am to my mother, but growing up, not really.

The sun is sooo big in comparison to the tree, it almost looks like it’s supporting the tree. There’s a lot of repetition in your drawing, the birds, the grass, the rays of the sun, the flowers. I’m guessing you’re an extrovert, that you prefer a crowd to a quiet evening at home.

I definitely waffle back and forth between wanting to say in or out. On average, my schedule’s pretty busy and I’m always doing something, but there are definitely times when I just want to stay in and do nothing :)

Also, you seem concerned with how others perceive you.

Yes. Totally. I over analyze everything and am always worried that people don’t like me. I’ve already started worrying that no one at the Halifax meet up will like me :P

You’re probably always well dressed, with makeup and jewelry on. I doubt you’re a sweatpants kind of gal.

Considering I constantly take pictures of my outfits to post on my blog and half my income goes to Sephora – yes! However, I do appreciate a nice pair of Lululemon sweatpants on the weekend as well

Hmmmm. I’m beginning to sound a bit like a conundrum, aren’t I?!

The number 3 seems important or significant to you. Three branches, three loops on each branch, most of the grass has 3 blades, nine loops on the whole tree, nine birds. No clue how it’s important though!

I don’t know if I consciously counted, of if I was just trying to make everything symmetrical. I also over analyzed how “best” to draw a tree, so that may have something to do with it :)

Your trunk is very solid, and wide at the bottom. You have some good parents there. I’m going to play devil’s advocate here for a minute. On one side, the scribble on the trunk is just a scribble. On the other, I’d say there are no mistakes, everything happens for a reason. This side would also say perhaps you had something bad happen in your late teens, like 18-19. Some sort of stressor, but it doesn’t affect you now. Either that or it’s just a scribble. :)

Not quite late teens, but my parents did abruptly separate and divorce when I was 21. It was brutal. However, out of that came the good relationship with my father – hence the sun. Maybe?

Here was my random stab at insights about this tree, trying very hard not to take what I knew about its owner into account:

Tree 6:  This tree has a very wide base, which would make me think that they are well-grounded and have a strong sense of values.  The trunk on this one flows smoothly out of that base, so maybe this person’s values are very much a part of their personality.  The three main branches are very evenly placed, so perhaps this person is concerned about how they appear to others and how others will perceive them.  There is a divide between the trunk and the strong and balanced upper section, though, so maybe they often present a carefully constructed persona that may or may not be reflective of what they are with their guard down.  There are a lot of birds around, which could mean a lot of things at their mind, but they aren’t actually on the tree, so maybe this person manages to keep those nagging thoughts at bay for the most part.  The overall effect is fairly bright and friendly.

And here is what Ange had to say about our impressions of her tree:

Tree #6 looks mighty optimistic with the shining sun.

I just wanted to say that Tree #6 looks really happy

Tree 6 [is most optimistic] – Has to be the sunshine. Even though this does seem to conflict with the broken trunk.

Yes, to all accounts of happiness. I’m happy most of the time :)

I think that Tree #6 looks sad! There is a big break near the top of the trunk. That has GOT to mean some kind of turmoil in the drawers life, right? Although the sun is very happy so maybe they are stressed our but positive?

Stressed out but positive is probably a good way to put it :)

Trees 1, 2, 6 and 7 would need a few drinks to join in with the conversation.

Yup, sometimes I do need a few drinks before joining in on the fun. It depends on the day though :)

Tree 6:  This tree has a very wide base, which would make me think that they are well-grounded and have a strong sense of values.  The trunk on this one flows smoothly out of that base, so maybe this person’s values are very much a part of their personality.

I think that’s a pretty true statement.

The three main branches are very evenly placed, so perhaps this person is concerned about how they appear to others and how others will perceive them.

Haha, yup. Totally yes :)

There is a divide between the trunk and the strong and balanced upper section, though, so maybe they often present a carefully constructed persona that may or may not be reflective of what they are with their guard down.  There are a lot of birds around, which could mean a lot of things at their mind, but they aren’t actually on the tree, so maybe this person manages to keep those nagging thoughts at bay for the most part.

I’d say that statement is mostly true. I have Ativan for when I fail at that :P

Thanks for the commentary, Ange, and for allowing us the opportunity to peek into what makes you tick!  And thanks to pinkbrain for another eerily accurate analysis!  I have to say two things:

1)  I think almost ALL of us are/were nervous to varying degrees that people at the meet-up wouldn’t/won’t like us, so you’re definitely not alone there.  :)   But I have no doubt that it will fade quickly once you’re there. We’ll have a blast.  I know for a fact there is a really welcoming group of ladies going.

2)  I think specifying Lululemon sweatpants for your casual attire still puts you safely in the category of fashionable.  ;)

Take a Stab at The Urban Cowgirl!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

…But not a literal stab! Nerf items and psychological insights only, folks.

It’s been a bit of a crazy day here. Almost forgot that I was going to promise a tree for tomorrow!

I think we should guess Ange’s tree this time. So what do you think? Which ones might be trees that an urban cowgirl could rest her…um…urban horse…beneath, and which ones do you think would be too rural office executive. Or something. :) What’s your first choice?  Your second choice?  Your clearly-it-isn’t-that-one choice?  Don’t forget to share your reasoning if possible. Even if it’s just an unfounded gut instinct, it’s fun to hear!

Trees crossed off

Tree Tuesday – Big Reveal for Spokeit’s Tree!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I know people are going to be talking about this one!

Spokeit is the artist behind…

(drum roll please)

…the infamous Tree #4!

Tree 4 - Spokeit's tree!

A complex tree for a complex lady!

I have to say that this was my husband’s very favourite tree.  He LOVED this tree.  I would be offended, but I loved this tree too.  Apparently my house just loves Spokeit.

Here is what our resident art therapy expert pinkbrain had to say about this tree, without having any information about who it belonged to:

Tree # 4

Confession time. I thought this tree was Cynthia’s tree. I’ve only met her briefly but this is a tree of an extrovert and Cynthia fits that bill! Now I’m very curious who is Tree #4!

As I said, Tree # 4 you are an extrovert. Nothing is hidden. You put everything out there. You talk. A lot. I’m sure you start a lot of projects, but I’m guessing there’s some you might not finish. Most of the branches are open, not to many are closed or complete. You’re a bit of a daredevil or risk taker. Your tree is not safe. The branches look almost too heavy for the trunk of the tree. It’s kind of like you realized it yourself and reinforced the trunk with those extra lines. You’re a dreamer, your mind is in 100 places at once. There’s a lot of movement in the tree but strangely symmetrical. The branches are repeating, but almost rhythmically. I don’t know why but something about the branches makes me think you’re good at math. Huh? I know. Now here is where that HTP test I think is full of hooey. According to the test, a tree without leaves means the person feel barren. There is so much life in this tree though. And really, if you were looking out the window and you’re in a northern climate, that’s what the trees look like right now. As Sigmund Freud once said “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”. Anyhoo! Yours is an energetic tree.

Here are Spokeit’s reflections on pinkbrain’s analysis:

As I said, Tree # 4 you are an extrovert. Nothing is hidden. You put everything out there. You talk. A lot.

I would consider myself an extrovert- I’m very outgoing and loud.  And while I talk a lot, I’m actually pretty closed-off.  I hide a lot (just personal things though, I don’t keep other stuff hidden).  I have a big problem with opening up to people (this may surprise some of you!)

I’m sure you start a lot of projects, but I’m guessing there’s some you might not finish. Most of the branches are open, not to many are closed or complete.

SO TRUE.  I love to start a million different projects, plans, etc., and most of them are never completed.  I hate this about myself.

You’re a bit of a daredevil or risk taker. Your tree is not safe. The branches look almost too heavy for the trunk of the tree. It’s kind of like you realized it yourself and reinforced the trunk with those extra lines.

I’d say that’s true.  I take a lot of risks.  And I totally did realize about halfway through that I was getting carried away and there was no way that trunk would support those branches.  And to get all philosophical…I think I do this in life.  Take big risks and play daredevil until I realize that it’s not going to work out (hence the projects left unfinished).

You’re a dreamer, your mind is in 100 places at once. There’s a lot of movement in the tree but strangely symmetrical. The branches are repeating, but almost rhythmically.

That’s totally true- I’m a born dreamer.  My mind is never in the same place for long (the OCD doesn’t help that much), but I find comfort in repetition, routine, and unchanging circumstances.  I have a tough time with change, which is probably why a lot of projects aren’t finished.

The energetic part was spot-on- I’m energetic to a fault.  Almost to obnoxious-ness (is that a word?)  The only wrong part was I am AWFUL at math :)

Here was my random stab at insights about this tree:

Tree 4:  This tree seems to have a very solid base, which could mean a solid sense of core traits, whereas the details are wide and varied and still being figured out.  The extra emphasis on the trunk makes me think that this person has clear core priorities, goals, or ideals that are very important to them.  The overall effect suggests that this is a person who wouldn’t mind standing out a little and receiving attention from others.  The big spread at the top and tangled branches suggest to me that this person has a lot on their mind (!), and their thoughts may be trying to keep tabs on many different things at once but are possibly getting a little lost or are not quite able to keep as much focus on everything they would like to since there are so many things taking their attention at once.  Due to the widening at the bottom but lack of roots, I would also suspect that they have some parental support available but don’t rely much on their parents for things most of the time.

And here is what Spokeit had to say about our impressions of her tree:

I think my favorite part was that they thought I would run for political office! While I’m all out there and energetic, I’m far too sensitive for public scrutiny.

Curiosity’s comments on my tree:

Spot on about the number of things on my mind! Count the number of branches on that tree, multiply it by about 400 and that’s the contents of my brain right now. You were right about my parents (and really everyone in my life)- I have SO much support, but one of my biggest faults is that I don’t ask for it.  I have trouble asking for help.

This was SO much fun- and if I didn’t have so many damn things on my mind I’d keep analyzing!

Thank you thank you thank you Pinkbrain and Curiosity!!!

So what do you think?  Can you see it now?  Did it surprise you, or did it just confirm what you already thought?

Let’s guess Spokeit!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Because I have such an ever-so-firm idea of the best way to approach this tree stuff for maximum fun, input, and sharing, I thought I might try changing things up entirely this time around to see if it made any difference. I know I’m forcing you to do a lot of guessing, but it’s fun, and I want to make sure that people get the chance to hear as much about themselves as possible. :) It occurred to me at the end of last week, that it might be more enlightening to shift the focus from a particular tree each time to a particular person instead. I thought that might lead to more fun insights on how people perceive us (which is half the fun of all this). So I thought I would try that for a while. You can let me know if you think it stinks and would rather go back to the other way. :) Or alternately, you can invite everyone in your pinochle circle to come and guess which tree is yours.  Totally up to you.

So tomorrow, I’m going to reveal which tree belongs to the lovely Spokeit (can’t wait!)! So this is your chance to help give some input on Spokeit and take some guesses. As before, please don’t feel like you need to have submitted your own tree to participate.   If you don’t have any justification for your choices, that’s fine – just share what your gut instinct says. And if you don’t know her very well but still want to guess, that’s totally fine too.  Go with your initial impressions.  So for each tree below, do you think it might be hers (and why), or do you think it probably isn’t hers (and why)? If you can see reasons that it might AND might not be, feel free to share those too!  As a reminder, the full-size set of trees is here for your viewing pleasure.

Trees Crossed Off

Oh…and I hate to have to say this, but I had to reinstate my spam filter (had over 100 spam comments in my inbox to delete in less than a day! Ugh!), and apparently on rare occasions it gets confused by really long comments.  So if you happen to write something really long (which is great, don’t get me wrong!), you might want to do a quick “copy” before you post it…just in case.  It seems to only happen very rarely, but I don’t want us to miss out on what you have to say!

Foliage Friday – Big Reveal for Tree #2!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Oops!  I almost forgot to post this today.  Heh.  It’s been that sort of a day.

Tree number two comes to us from… mumofgirls!  Welcome, mumofgirls!  This was a neat way to learn more about you.

Tree 2

Tree #2 - Mumofgirls's tree!

Here is pinkbrain’s official analysis of what her tree might have revealed:

Tree #2

You’re a bit of perplexing tree #2. There’s a lot of push and pull, ying and yang in the tree. The roots are solid and deep, but they are not complete and they don’t touch the ground. You’re a sturdy tree, but your branches are hidden. You’re a tree that looks at the big picture, not so much about the details. You seem sad, but yet optimistic towards the future. It’s strange, at first it seemed like a sad tree to me, but the branches and some of the leaves look like a face to me. A big smiling face. But it’s not obvious at first. Perhaps you’re just shy, tree, but others mistake your silence with sadness. The spots that are leaves look like they could be fruit too. Fruit in a tree according to the HTP (house tree person test) means a nurturing personality. You don’t need a lot to make you happy. You’re a simple tree.

And here are mumofgirls’ comments about her tree and what we all had to say about it:

Tree #2

You’re a bit of perplexing tree #2. There’s a lot of push and pull, ying and yang in the tree. The roots are solid and deep, but they are not complete and they don’t touch the ground.

I think that the roots would have touched the ground if I did the drawing on paper.  I think this was a conflict due to working with the computer.

You’re a sturdy tree, but your branches are hidden. You’re a tree that looks at the big picture, not so much about the details.

I think this is quite true.  I stay calm when faced with big projects as I don’t get caught up with the little things.

You seem sad, but yet optimistic towards the future. It’s strange, at first it seemed like a sad tree to me, but the branches and some of the leaves look like a face to me. A big smiling face. But it’s not obvious at first. Perhaps you’re just shy, tree, but others mistake your silence with sadness.

I am quite shy.  I am someone that people will recognize at the bus stop and arrange playdates for the children etc. but not one to become close to my neighbors.  I think I avoid people thinking I’m sad as I am always smiling like my tree.  I liked that the branches looked like a smile.

The spots that are leaves look like they could be fruit too. Fruit in a tree according to the HTP (house tree person test) means a nurturing personality. You don’t need a lot to make you happy. You’re a simple tree.

The dots were meant to be apples.  I am quite nurturing to my children and to the ‘family’ of au pairs and nannys that we have lived with over the last decade.  I am very easy going and cheerful which is just as well as my life is full of changes.  I would like to think that I am not a complex person.  What you see is who I am.

I totally want to hug #2

That would be weird for me as I am very British!  Just make me a cup of tea and chocolate biscuit if you wanted to cheer me up. :)

Tree 2 – probably at the party, dragged by a friend, wanting to go home and read a good book.

I do find parties hard work (just getting old) and would prefer a night at home watching mindless TV or reading a book.

Tree 2 appears concerned about a lot of things – in a way reminds me of Eeyore (in a totally loving way, that is)

I love Eeyore but I don’t think I’m like him.  I juggles lots of things but I’m upbeat rather than wallowing in despair.

Trees 1, 2, 6 and 7 would need a few drinks to join in with the conversation.

A drink would be needed but some alcohol with Diet Coke would be my preference.

Tree 2:  This tree is much wider at the bottom than the top, and has thick roots, so maybe this person is very solidly grounded and hard to frazzle.

I agree with that. :)

It looks like most of it is one solid line, which could mean someone who knows what they want, and sets out to get it without much hesitation.

I have always been quite determined.  Although I have no control over where and when we move, I do try to make sure everything else goes my way!

The fruit (or maybe leaves?) dots seem somewhat whimsical to me, so maybe this person has a funny or easy-going side.  They could also suggest that this person often has details on their mind, or if they are fruit, that they are open and like to share or provide for others.  The overall effect seems like someone who is not afraid to be a little bold, but at the same time isn’t super far from societal norms.

They were fruit and I am confident but not known to push the boundaries.  I like to go with the flow which makes me very easy to get along with.

What an interesting way to introduce myself!  I look forward to meeting more of you as the trees are revealed.

Please feel free to post the comments and let Pinkbrain know how well she did!

Thanks for participating, and thanks again to pinkbrain for her savvy analysis skills!  Can’t wait for the next one…Should be good!

Guess…ALL THE TREES!!!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

That title reminds me very much of CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!  Or maybe I just like typing stuff in that tone of voice.

And sorry if I got you excited that they were all going to be revealed now.  Just the guessing part. …They’re not all ready yet.  Be patient, grasshoppers.  And readers.  Grasshoppers and readers.

Next tree up is Tree #2!  I will try to spread these out enough that we’ll be able to support a steady stream of trees if a couple of people take a bit of time getting their responses typed up, but right now I have more than one set of answers in the bank, and this is fun, so I’m going to go ahead and get #2 posted soon too.

Tree 2

The Enigmatic Tree #2

Here is what I had put in my totally unfounded synopsis ;) :

Curiosity’s take on Tree 2:  This tree is much wider at the bottom than the top, and has thick roots, so maybe this person is very solidly grounded and hard to frazzle.  It looks like most of it is one solid line, which could mean someone who knows what they want, and sets out to get it without much hesitation.  The fruit (or maybe leaves?) dots seem somewhat whimsical to me, so maybe this person has a funny or easy-going side.  They could also suggest that this person often has details on their mind, or if they are fruit, that they are open and like to share or provide for others.  The overall effect seems like someone who is not afraid to be a little bold, but at the same time isn’t super far from societal norms.

I was going to encourage you to guess who drew it, but it occurred to me that it might be fun to try to toss out a few names of possibilities for all of the trees, before too many options are taken already.  This single-tree focused guessing will make things easier as the pool of artists gets smaller, but it occurred to me just now that the poor person with tree #8 will never get to know who people would have mistaken her for.  So what do you say we just do all the initial guesses now (the more the better!) and then refine our decisions or make more educated replacement guesses as time goes on.  You can make a fake guess for your own tree as well if you drew one, so that people don’t get suspicious – just pick the person or people other than yourself who you think would have been most likely to create it!

So… For each tree, which people do you think it might belong to (you can name several if you’re torn)?  Is there anyone your gut says is more likely?

As a reminder, the possible artists are:

Curiosity (Me!), Cynthia, DrD (Becky), If By Yes, Mumofgirls, Spokeit, therbancowgirl (Ange), and Wombat!

All The Trees

(And it is KILLING me to be the one person not able to participate in this stuff!  I want to say who I think could have drawn each tree…but I’m pretty sure given that I know who drew each tree that the actual artist would probably make it onto that list. …And that would probably kind of sort of give something away.  You guys leave a few extra guesses on my behalf, okay? :) )

Tree Tuesday – Big Reveal for Tree #1!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Okay…Without further ado, the owner of tree #1 is… If By Yes!

Tree 1

Tree 1 - IfByYes's Tree!

Here is what our resident art therapy expert pinkbrain had to say about her tree (without knowing who had drawn it):

Tree #1

Ground line is almost up and over the tree. Almost like the tree is buried. It seems like there’s something from your early childhood you’d like to forget. Just above the ground line there’s a knot in the tree. The knots in trees mean a trauma. It can be physical or mental. This one is a minor knot, and it looks healed. Something perhaps around 10-13 years old? (Depending on the age of the artist). It wasn’t serious but it does still effect who you are today. The tree is very solid, it can withstand a lot. Most of the detail is in the top of the tree. The bird and the branch it’s on are facing toward the future. Very optimistic. This tree seeks balance. Even in the asymmetry of the the branch placement, each branch has two divisions. You’re a private person Tree #1 but you do share your heart with a select few. You’re soft spoken, you share certain parts of yourself with others but not everything (the leaves are there but not detailed). The bird is important to you. You wanted to get it just right. You erased it and started it again a couple of times. The bird is the only hesitation in the drawing. It’s like you put others before yourself at times. Yours is a confident tree, taking up a large portion of the paper. (I also suspect you’re left handed.)

And here are If By Yes’s comments on what her tree had to say about her:

Ground line is almost up and over the tree. Almost like the tree is buried. It seems like there’s something from your early childhood you’d like to forget.

Hmm… maybe, but if so, I forget! My mother Ferberized me when I was nine months old, but I don’t think a few nights of crying it out could do tree-worthy damage. I like your [Curiosity's] theory about having a strong base – my parents are very loving and supportive in every sense of the word.

Just above the ground line there’s a knot in the tree. The knots in trees mean a trauma. It can be physical or mental. This one is a minor knot, and it looks healed. Something perhaps around 10-13 years old? (Depending on the age of the artist). It wasn’t serious but it does still effect who you are today.

Very yes. When I was 13, we moved from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia. The small town public school students didn’t take well to me, a chubby outsider from a totally different culture and from a private school at that. I was teased and excluded, especially by the boys. It was very hurtful and I was very unhappy for a couple of years. In those same couple of years, though, I was befriended by people who are still close friends today. But to this day I am afraid to turn my face to an attractive male, because I am sure he would be horrified by what he saw. I didn’t date anyone in high school, although looking back I think I could have had a boyfriend if I wasn’t so convinced that every male who talked to me was getting ready to spit in my face. I was also left with a near-pathological need to be understood. I hate to be judged or disliked based on snap-judgments. I want them to know all the facts so they can like or dislike me, not just their perception of me.

The tree is very solid, it can withstand a lot. Most of the detail is in the top of the tree. The bird and the branch it’s on are facing toward the future. Very optimistic.

I don’t know if this is accurate or not, but I hope it is. Does that make me optimistic? I tend to see myself as what I call a pre-emptive pessimist. In that I hope for the best and secretly believe that that is what will happen, but overtly expect the worst to stave off disappointment.

This tree seeks balance. Even in the asymmetry of the branch placement, each branch has two divisions. You’re a private person Tree #1 but you do share your heart with a select few.

Well, for the reasons stated above I tend not to be a private person, because I want everyone to understand everything about me right now so that they won’t dislike me based on false pretenses. However, I don’t get actually close to people easily. It takes years and years of friendship for me to feel really easy and relaxed with someone, and not be constantly worrying that I’m going to piss them off or bore them or lose them in some way. So I think that is what pinkbrain is seeing.

You’re soft spoken, you share certain parts of yourself with others but not everything (the leaves are there but not detailed).

I don’t know about soft-spoken. When I’m excited my voice gets a little too raised. But projecting on stage when in plays was always a struggle for me, so I don’t think my voice is really a loud one. I think the “certain parts but not everything” line is quite accurate. It sort of elaborates on what I was trying to say about my being open but closed-off all at once.

The bird is important to you. You wanted to get it just right. You erased it and started it again a couple of times. The bird is the only hesitation in the drawing. It’s like you put others before yourself at times.

Ha, yes, my cousin picked up on this too, and said “was this drawn by a committee?”. I totally over thought the bird. Somehow the tree didn’t look complete without a squirrel or a bird in the picture, but I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to add such embellishments. I was told “draw a tree”. Eventually I decided that if my instinct was to put an animal on the tree, then I should do that. At first I drew a squirrel but it didn’t look right so I put in a bird instead, and I moved its position to a more harmonious placement. And I do tend to put others before myself. My husband occasionally accuses me of being a martyr. At the same time, I feel that I am inherently a very selfish person, so I tend to force myself to put others first, to keep the selfishness down.

Yours is a confident tree, taking up a large portion of the paper. (I also suspect you’re left handed.)

Yes, I am left handed!

And as for how the rest of us did, here’s what she had to say about some of what we had all said about her tree at the time…

Wombat:
I can see #’s 1, 3 & 7 at a party. Number 1 would be telling stories and entertaining the masses.
I think I’d talk books with #1.

I hate parties, but I would certainly be telling stories. I enjoy entertaining mass audiences but find one-on-one small talk to be very difficult. I never know what to say. Cue me to start a story, and off I’ll go! But if cornered into one-on-one conversation with Wombat, the subject of books would definitely take my eyes off of the floor and give me lots to say.

Ange:
Tree 1 looks very friendly and nurturing.

I try to be!

Mumofgirls:
Trees 1, 2, 6 and 7 would need a few drinks to join in with the conversation.
Trees 1, 3, 5 and 7 have worries on their minds (due to the animals) but I would be most concerned about those which had made a home on the tree

As an introvert with anxiety problems, I think that’s right on the money.

Curiosity:

Looks fairly solid, which maybe means a person with a secure sense of who they are at their core.  Or maybe someone who is unlikely to bend to the will of others?

Yes to the former, no to the latter. I feel very sure of who I am, but I also know that I might as well write “Welcome” on my forehead and lie down.

It’s in a bit of a valley, so maybe it’s someone who would like to be sheltered or cared for by others somewhat.  The canopy is high above the branches, so maybe that’s a sign of being protective and seeking to shelter others from harm (like the bird), or their focus is often in the world of thoughts rather than reality.

Yes to all of these, although of course you knew whose tree it was so I’m sure that helped. I need PH to be my rock and my caretaker, and then I enjoy taking care of my babies. But I need both – the protector and the dependents. And reality? What’s that?

The overall effect suggests to me that they like to be a little different from the norm.

Normal is for suckers and communists.

And IfByYes’s cousin Ted was very close in his analysis of which tree was hers, but alas, tree #5 belongs to somebody else.

Thank you to If By Yes for participating, and for giving us a window into what makes her tick.  And a big thank you to pinkbrain for doing the very cool legitimate analysis that let this happen!  Seven more trees to go, folks!  I can’t wait!

Get Your Guesses In!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The analysis for some of the trees has arrived!  Yay!!  Hopefully if the cycle of analysis and feedback continues, I’ll be able to reveal the owners of at least one or two trees per week so that you don’t all keel over from curiosity. Even I’M dying in vicarious anticipation, and I’m the only one who already knows who they belong to!

So drum roll please, the first tree and owner will be revealed…later today!

I’m going to post the owner of tree #1 with the official accredited analysis of her tree, and her comments on it.  Since I promised Becky that I’d post my own totally not official and probably not in any way accurate impressions as well, I’ll do that for tree #1 here.  Feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my tree-related instincts.  :)

Just for fun, here’s what I would say with absolutely no training whatsoever (not even the quick Google search my curiosity has been DYING to do since I finished my own tree), and just taking into account the tree itself and trying to block out anything I think I know about the owners (so TOTALLY no offense meant by any of this!).  I tried at least to get the impression from the tree first and then see whether it surprised me after with what I know of the person (which some of it did).  Probably in the parts where my system of reaching conclusions is totally wrong.  :)   A lot of it is me trying to figure out and articulate why I got the gut impressions I did from each tree.  Because they definitely do each give off an impression.  It’s kind of neat how much our subconscious can pick up from something like this, even when we can’t actually articulate why we’re think what we do.

Tree 1 according to Curiosity:  Looks fairly solid, which maybe means a person with a secure sense of who they are at their core.  Or maybe someone who is unlikely to bend to the will of others?    It’s in a bit of a valley, so maybe it’s someone who would like to be sheltered or cared for by others somewhat.  The canopy is high above the branches, so maybe that’s a sign of being protective and seeking to shelter others from harm (like the bird), or their focus is often in the world of thoughts rather than reality.  The many main branches could mean that this person has a lot of different sides to their personality, or that they think things through from a number of different sides.  The overall effect suggests to me that they like to be a little different from the norm.  The many leaves could suggest that this person has a lot of little things on their mind at any given time.  According to my totally self-created thoughts about roots, the base of this tree would suggest some support available from parents, but a person who feels mostly independent or cut off from them somehow.

Until the actual answer is posted, I thought it might be fun to see if anyone can guess who owns that tree (provided they see this in time, but worth a try!).  To help you out, in alphabetical order, here is the actual list of people who submitted all of the trees you can find here.  Inclusion of real names with screen names was kind of arbitrary, and based loosely on what I thought was used to comment here most often:

  • Curiosity (Me!)
  • Cynthia
  • DrD (Becky)
  • If By Yes
  • Mumofgirls
  • Spokeit
  • therbancowgirl (Ange)
  • Wombat

So who would you guess might own Tree #1?  What’s your gut instinct?

Tree 1

Tree 1