CHL - I'll be sure to. I've got a few ideas for the wood we cut down...little round jewelry boxes type of things. I don't have any way of making boards out of the trees we brought down, so I'm basically stuck with working around the shape. Most of the logs aren't very broad, so they're all going to be little projects.
Willow - True, a house can be more trouble than technically worth, but on the flip side is that I don't have to justify anything to a landlord, and as long as I don't break building codes in the area, I can basically do what I darn well please!
That, and now, if we need it, we have something to borrow against.
It just feels nice to know that this is OUR place and the only way we can be kicked out is if we're irresponsible and don't pay the mortgage. Not if we paint the inside, or have a pet, or decide to plant weird flowers and make a patio circle in the back with an altar-piece (An idea that is being bandied about, believe you me!)
Kitsune - I was asking the trees as we brought them down, actually. Most of them had the request of "don't let me just sit somewhere and rot, DO something with what you can from me!" Actually, when I open myself up to their energy, it feels...free...if that makes any sense. One or two of the pieces just feel like an empty flute, but they still direct energy well. Even the vine was fairly passive about things...as I think it realized that it was killing its hosts and therefore about to kill itself. But, b/c of the iffy energy, I'm being careful to either make things that won't be used for energy work, or I'm being sure to cleanse the item while I prep it, soothe the energy away...so they won't taint any workings.
Trees are very practical beings, actually. They're happier when you're DOING something with their wood than just letting them drop and rot, I've learned over the years. Unless you explain that you're planning on letting them compost down to feed the earth, then they see the dropping and rotting AS practical...strange mindset, trees. Though, the evergreens aren't well suited to work, but that's more b/c of their size, shape and pitch content. Granted, I've met one or two trees that want the "meddling bugs" to leave it the heck alone...but meh...not everything is about others getting use out of their stuff.
Then again, I have the heart of a woodworker, so I tend to talk to trees in a slightly different way. I respect them as guardians, as sentient beings, but I can also explain to them the beauty and the variety of things that can be made from them when their spirits are gone.
You say "Witch" like it's a bad thing!