Monday, November 1, 2010

Celebrating Autumn

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Welcome November! Here we are, right in the middle of this autumn season. Though in some ways it feels like it only just recently began. Such a warm September, no frost, gardens growing until late October! Cosmos towering above our heads. And then finally the cold came. And we have had some days that were not much above 40 degrees. And I am not really sure how I feel about this coldness. (Actually I totally do not like it, I am just pretending I am okay with it.) Mostly though we are happily celebrating all the warm cozy feelings that this beautiful season brings.

There has been lots of apple picking, the start of seasonal baking, and yesterday the making of pumpkin moonshines and roasting pumpkin seeds.

We have done a few little autumn crafts, one day a couple weeks making this autumn leaf garland. We laid out wisps of autumn colored wool and gently needle felted them into leaf shapes, then added on the the veins of the leaves. The girls each made several themselves, this was one of Chessa's first needle felting projects. (Six years old with a felting needle?) (Does this count as a tutorial, since I kinda told you how to make it? I guess probably not, since no photos...) We just strung the leaves on thread and hung them above our nature table. Oh, I have a clever little tip for you... you can use beeswax to hang things up. Sticks to walls really well. It is surprisingly strong, though of course things do have to be somewhat light. I learned this from the girls. They use beeswax for everything. It is everywhere. That's a whole other story though...

So, I hope you have all been having many wonderful autumn days. Now we continue celebrating lantern season!


p.s. I just remembered.. do you see that little acorn autumn fairy on the right corner of our nature table? This was a gift last year from my sweetheart friend Rachel (who you might know as Rae) and she is giving one away at Morning Sun Rae. She is great. If you have something made by her in your home then that is a very special thing. I love having this bit of love from her on our autumn nature table :)


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12 comments:

Bec said...

The garland looks gorgeous! So light and wispy. Good to know abou the beeswax too, I will give it a go.

softearthart said...

OH my, what a lovely Autumn table, I have that card, that I put on my Autumn table, it is lovely, cheers Marie

Linda said...

Such a beautiful Autumn post Renee:) I love your leaf garland. Your blog is looking so wonderful!
xo
Linda

a little crafty nest said...

You have made such a beautiful, peaceful autumn table, Renee. I love the garland...do the woolen leaves dance in the breeze as well? I so want to win Rae's autumn fairy, the draw is on my son's 5th birthday so I'm crossing my fingers! I love visiting here:)
xo Jules

momma rae said...

well, aren't you just the sweetest?! yes, that is the same cutie as in my header. thanks for the compliments, dear. you know i love you!!

.::Our Waldorf Home Mama::. said...

BEAUTIFUL! Your nature table is wonderful!

~Samantha

Melanie~Our Ash Grove said...

Oh Renee, beautiful Autumn table- I love the needle felted leaves. :) Ollie just started some simple needle felting too- he'll be 7 next month. He was very careful but I was RIGHT THERE! Those needles are treacherous!
<3

Laura @ Getting There said...

What a pretty nature table. Thank you for sharing!

earthboysblog said...

A pretty autumn table Renee, we have such subtle signs of Autumn. A hurricane is approaching so will have a nice break to catch up on some present making for Sania's birthday and Christmas. We were admiring the pretty deer drawings the girls made for Sasha and Sania.. so sweet. Much love to you allxxx

Wabi-Sabi Wanderings said...

Oh, that leaf garland is gorgeous. I love the soft warmth of it, as well as how it floats above your sweet nature table. And awesome beeswax tip! Can't wait to try it out.

Lisa said...

what a beautiful table!!!!
enjoy the season
lisa

Sara said...

Such a sweet, charming nature table. Ours is a bit cluttered at the moment, as we have lots of little hands helping to decorate it! We do have the same postcard on display. :)

~Happy, cozy days to you and your family.