Kathleen, you are so artistic and your artwork so beautiful. Loved this article, gave me some great ideas :~) You know I didn't know about ironing the leaves between sheets of wax paper. If there's any leaves left on the trees when they dry out in a couple days I'm going to try it, thanks for the idea! I remember the wall hanging you made for JustmeLisa to welcome her to her KY home and bring together the things in her life. Do you have a picture of that wallhanging? I'm sure everyone would love to see a pic of your quilted barn, too! LOL It's BEAUTIFUL. Wish we could have made it to the KY RU to meet you, Lisa and all the others I've known online for years. It really broke my heart to miss that one but heard y'all had a wonderful time. TTYL
I took this pic last weekend in the side yard. Shades the dog kennel in summer and puts on a show in the fall.
Loved the article, Kathleen. Just yesterday I picked up some leaves and catalpa pods for no particular reason. Your artwork is stunning. Had forgotten all about leaves and waxed paper. My kids are too old to be impressed, so I'll have to wait for grandchildren I guess. Thank you!
Kathleen, in Alaska, we go from green to brown to white. So when I encounter a tree planted years ago by some thoughtful, future thinking soul, I collect the leaves, such as "Norway Maple", an unknown oak, a red maple.. all strangers to this north country, I collect them. Now I know what to do with them, my sister feeds lots of birds on her porch (she's on the Audubon list of places welcome to all birders), I'll paste them to windows to keep the birds from flushing from a shrike, stellar's blue jay or merlin into the windows and hurting themselves! Ava, my sister, has a "hospital" (cardboard box w/screen on top to let the concussion victims rest until revived. Hopefully she won't have as many "patients."
Gee, who'd a thought. Ours are only about 1/2 an inch, and that's most of the county and a ways into PA. Just set something heavy on them, or cram 6 into a shelf where only 4 should fit nicely. I have at least 4 more since 2007, maybe 5, and a 1997 Erie PA phone book that's a couple of inches thick. It has ferns in it.
Hmm, I can think of better ways to flatten melted butter, but then I'm a Yankee.
Oh yeah...we'll see.
We'll see when we're out dancin' barefoot in the April showers...
And she's still scrapin' ice off her boots.
And when we're sniffin' daylilies,
And she's diggin' for the first signs of helleborus.
But then there's that nawthen maple syrup...
mmmm nawthen maple syrup..I sure could go for a jug right about now.
Kathleen, I don't know how I missed this article last time, but it sure is a good one. The leaves you sent me years ago are still in their box and made the move to Kentucky. I now find myself collecting beautiful leaves and sending them to friends back home.
Unh huh, and when I'm sipping a nice warm cuppa on a coolish morning in mid July I'll think of all you darlings sitting with your bare feet in ice trying to keep from vanishing in a puddle of perspiration!
hehehe, we only had 25 feet of the white stuff last year, that's what makes the maple syrup sooooooo sweet - - -