Thursday, February 19, 2009

What to do with all these amazing Autumn leaves....

When Autumn arrives I am suddenly ready to go.... my brain starts ticking and the ideas start flowing. It is such a wonderful time of the year. I race off and collect as many leaves, berries, and foliage as I possibly can. I start walking early in the mornings, (except that I stop at every second tree to pick up acorns or pluck the leaves).

I love Autumn, I know it is the sign that we are meant to start slowing down and get ready for the cold months ahead. Well... that is when I start going. My camera comes everywhere with me, my secateurs are always in my car and off I go hunting and gathering and hugging a few trees.

There are some special little hidden spots around my town that have the most brilliant Autumn leaves. I find that I have to return to these places each year just to see the beautiful colours.

My neighbours I'm sure think that I am quite mad when I ask if I can have their leaves.

I can't help myself, I have also spied a few trees along a main road and I am waiting til dusk so I can pluck some of the leaves and foliage off. I know I'm not the only one, I do smile when I see other women and some florists climbing down an embankment to get that perfect little piece of ivy or some pine cones that have dropped on the side of the road.
I just can't stand it when someone says, I saw you the other day, Coty, what were you doing behind that tree?

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Well, if you must know, I was collecting perfect autumn leaves with just the right colours to dress up some little dolls.

I actually dressed these little dolls last years and they have now dried so beautifully. They have lost all the autumn colours, but they are now absolutely beautiful, delicate and very fragile. They live in the display cabinet at my husbands workshop along side some beautiful wood carvings.

If your planning a winter wedding or know a function is coming up in the next couple of months, pick as many leaves as possible, especially the ones that have lovely long stems and bunch them together whilst they are green and fresh. Make a wreath or put them in a vase without water and let them dry naturally.

Lay the bunches on tissue in a box in a nice dry place and when the time comes you have magnificent bundles of perfect leaves ready for display. You only get one chance to gather the leaves, if the rain comes they're ruined.

Have fun, I know I do............ xx Coty