Well, now that the snow is starting to melt, the extent of the damage is being revealed, and I wondered how my daughter and I could use those branches to make something nice.
Inspired by a jewelry tree I saw in a magazine a while ago, we picked a couple of branches, trimmed them a bit, cooked them in the oven at 200F for 2 hours to dry them out and get rid of any unwanted critters, and stuck them into mounds of air-dry clay. We threw in a couple of plastic sprigs of greenery, and made little 'ponds' to put earrings in.
Since the smaller one is going to be a birthday present for a friend who likes purple, my daughter painted that branch appropriately.
I left mine au natural. Just a bit of indoor craft varnish.
So before all those fallen branches get picked up and sawdusted, pick up a few and see what you can do!