Leif, the little green Elf helper of mine, simply insisted that the big magic pumpkin be brought to the Willodel Village. Some other pumpkins had arrived earlier, but the new one has a very special presence to it & could not be left out! We were also smitten with the beautiful persimmons that had arrived at the market, along with the wee pumpkins----all in the wonderful warm colors of turning leaves and golden light only found in Autumn.
Below are the finds of a day of foraging. One morning I woke up to a gentle rain starting and realized that I needed to collect wild things before they became weathered! My dog and I went out right away and gathered much & had such a lovely morning.
Among our finds of acorns & seedpods, were large milkweed seed pods, a common wild growing plant. At Willodel we always saw these as little boats or "coracles" for wee folk. We were also lucky to find young Sugar pine and Spruce cones on the ground. The beautiful leaves come from wild Geranium. Poppy seed pods are what I make Fairy Crowns from and they have become very popular amongst our wee friends. The acorn caps are also favored for Fairy bowls and cups.
We love putting all these treasures on our
Elfin Nature Bench!
Here on a little nature shelf is a wonderful Autumn gathering collection, including some Fairy stones and seashore treasures
Please remember to look at my tutorials for many projects using Autumn Foraging:-)
This is a picture from the Making Fairy Dishes Tutorial!
You will find the tutorials at the top of the home page under the title on the green tabs :-)
I have gathered a basket of herbs from my garden to make into bouquet garnis for Winter soup.
My little bunches will dry nicely now that the wood stove is going each morning with colder nights. I keep as many herbs as I can in my little green house, but
they do not really grow much, so these dried ones will be wonderful in the depth of Winter!
The light changes with Autumn as the sun angle changes. The Autumn light is preferred by artists most of all because of the warm golden light that is found. First leaves to turn in my yard are the Dogwood and Virginia creeper and Sumac
And Sumac is one of the most beautiful for color
It is nice to use the bountiful things found on walks and make a wreath to celebrate. This wreath is made from Virginia creeper vine, it takes about 10 minutes to wind around and around and then twist some vine around that to hold the shape. Let it dry and then add leaves and seed pods. I do not use any glue with these.
Happy gathering and crafting through out this wonderful season. There are several projects in the my tutorials that are fun to do with family during this time.