It’s leaf peeping time!
Right now the trees are just beginning to turn color. It’s my favorite time of (F)all. The mostly green leaves provide the perfect backdrop for the riot of yellows, oranges, and reds. I’m sure you’ll agree…it’s extraordinary!!
Just a few days ago, I spied these leaves when out for a walk and shared about it here. But there’s more to the story. Several of you have commented that some of those leaves looked almost unreal. They certainly were striking. And I’m certain that I’ve never seen any quite like them. So, when I finished my photo session with the maple tree, I proceeded to pick up the lovely leaves that she had already dropped. I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, but I gathered a handful and started to dream.
I have a vintage frame that I acquired at a yard sale earlier this summer. It’s been hanging on the wall, empty. Which is okay. But, I wanted to fill it with some of Autumn’s glory. Could I fill it with some freshly fallen leaves?
I searched online for how to preserve leaves. Most everything takes either lots of time, as in 6 weeks, or require supplies I don’t have on hand. So, I decided that I would adapt a preservation technique that I used when I was in second grade. The wax paper and iron method. Except that I didn’t want my pretty leaves to be covered up with wax paper. I used the same technique of ironing the leaves. But, instead of leaving the paper intact over the leaves, I pulled it off while it was still warm. The wax paper wasn’t very waxy, so in hindsight I think I should have repeated the process a time or two to get more wax on the leaves. But, it was successful enough that the leaves only curled slightly after a few days and still look freshly picked. I guess I’ll see what happens over the next few weeks.
My glue gun hasn’t seen much activity as of late, so I decided to make up for my neglect by gluing some strands of sage grosgrain ribbon randomly across the inside of the frame. My next step was to hot glue the leaf stems to the ribbon. (Be sure to play with your leaf arrangement before permanently affixing them to the ribbons.) After it cooled, enough so that I didn’t need to worry about the leaves falling off the ribbon, I brought it upstairs and hung it on the wall in my great room…next to a pair of Longaberger Maple Leaf Plates. Now I have a gathering of maple leaves on my wall.
I’m sorry the photos aren’t the best. Isn’t it hard to believe that it’s already dark at 7:15 in the evening! So…with no tripod and just lamplight, I did my best.
What do you think? I like it. I think. It is sooo different than anything I have ever done. And putting it up on the blog, well….it makes me feel vulnerable.
Why are we (me) like that? Why do we worry that we won’t measure up? What’s with this second guessing?
The one thing I know for sure. I wanted to preserve some pretty leaves and put them somewhere I’d be able to enjoy them. And that my friend, I have done.
Maple leaves. Framed. It’s Extraordinary. I think.
Do you stop and pick up pretty fall leaves when you’re outside?
How do you preserve fall leaves?
What’s your favorite way to display or enjoy your leaf collection inside?
May your day be Extraordinary!!
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