autumn leaf stained glass (kids craft)

Monday, October 10, 2011 – Filed under: arts and crafts,autumn,Canadian,kids art,kids crafts,kids friendly ::

In the midst of canning pears, dividing perennials, playing with baby toes and an increasingly curious (and baby squat afficionado… hello mama biceps!) man cub…. we decided to welcome autumn and bring some of the gorgeous leaves falling outside, in.

After carefully collecting a pile my little (though now not littlest one) arranged them on our waxed paper. It looks brown here because it truly is – it’s an eco one but you could use the white stuff for a more transluscent effect against the window.

Then she put another piece of waxed paper on top, and had her first extensive ironing experience. Yay for ironing boards whose height can be adjusted!

stalwarts of autumn

Saturday, November 13, 2010 – Filed under: autumn,flowers,nature,seasons ::

When we were in Montreal this week, we headed over to the grounds of the Botanical Gardens and the Insectarium, and enjoyed some more autumn beauty. With the snow soon to come around here, it was such a joy to see the last hold-outs.

Romantic Homes Magazine

Sunday, October 31, 2010 – Filed under: autumn,handmade,marimekko,picnic blankets,press,Romantic Homes Magazine,SewnNatural ::

It turns out that the fabulous folks at Romantic Homes Magazine included one of our handmade Marimekko picnic blankets in their October issue. What a thrill!

Thank you, Romantic Homes!

p.s. and if you are celebrating, have a fabulous Halloween.

last days of October

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – Filed under: autumn,leaves,maple leaf,nature,trees ::

And just like that, it’s almost November. Around here, the trees so kindly stagger their leaf dropping so that there are still plenty left to enjoy as they scatter the forest floor. I’m trying to soak it all in – Vitamin D, last remaining warm sun, intense colors… and store it to use in the longest part of the winter…

little pieces of wonder

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – Filed under: autumn,changes,energy,seasons ::

I’ve been noticing the energy in nature – a sort of quickened pace to store, save, prepare. As they drop their leaves (what a marvelous sound in the forest!!) from so very high up, the tall, lanky trees seem to be “tucking in”, getting ready. I thought about a nesting energy this week… it’s coming out in my work, too – it feels very powerful. The squirrels, the rodents, the frogs, even the fish – everyone is preparing, a little furiously, as the cool wind whips at them. And what a time of rich, intense colors. The bounty of the garden may have passed, but nature’s hues and textures are soooooo bountiful, it’s such a feast for the eyes.

What are you noticing around you this week?

falling for the forest

Monday, October 18, 2010 – Filed under: autumn,nature,seasons,woods ::

It’s incredible to experience the seasons in the same favorite forest spot. To watch the same huge trees strip their leaves away to prepare for the winter, leaving them seemingly tall and lanky and more fragile-looking somehow.

This year, it all seemed to happen ever so fast, didn’t it?

Hope you are having a magical autumn (or spring!) wherever you are.

birch splendor

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 – Filed under: acorns,autumn,birch,birches,nature,SewnNatural,trees ::

As the maples scatter leaves dripped in auburns and rust and bright shades of orange, and the burning bushes turn scarlet… it’s easy to miss the splendor of the birches.

It’s subtle, crisp and pale… but it’s oh so very pretty, I think.

The birches around us inspired a new set of felted wool acorns for the shop.

And I wanted to share some of my favorite handmade artisanal pieces inspired by the same trees.

archival print by lisacongdon

birchmobiles play cars by knittingmomma

rustic basket by TheBentTreeGallery