Because I just have to hang onto autumn . . . . . . . . . .
I love autumn. It is so bittersweet for me. I think it is the combination of autumn’s beauty and brevity.
I’ve been working on the above project for a few weeks, cuz that’s the way I do things . . . . . . .very, very slowly. Sidney and I collected the leaves on an afternoon walk to the mailbox. It was a sweet time to spend with my eldest.
We pressed the leaves between the pages of some books. After a few days, I retrieved the leaves and painted them with modgepodge. Ha! I finally found a way to use modgepodge that doesn’t irritate me. I painted one side, hung them by the stems from clothespins to dry, then painted the other side.
Then I grabbed an old frame with an ugly picture that I bought at Goodwill a long time ago, popped out the picture. I had planned on using scrapbook paper for the background, but the papers I had on hand looked kind of blah with the leaves. But I didn’t want to spend any money on this, and I didn’t want to drive to town, so I pondered.
I finally came up with the idea of using fabric I had on hand, hot-glued onto the orginal picture, and had fun playing with the leaves, laying them this way and that. Once I had them where I wanted them, I gave them a dot of hot glue to hold them in place and framed it up.
That should have been the end of it, but noooooooooooooo . . . . . . . . . . . . .we homeschool moms have to take every opportunity to make an educational moment. We can’t help it. It’s in our blood. Like a disease, a blood disease. No cure.
I decided to cover the back of the picture to make it all nice and neat. Because I never know who might come to my house, take my pictures off the wall to look at the back (my sister), and I had cloth awkwardly folded and sticking out the back.
I really should have stopped there. But . . . . .well . . . . . I couldn’t help myself . . . . .
I sketched the leaf layout, so we could label the leaves.
Rachel, in particular, was enthralled with my leaf art. That girl has a discerning eye. She immediately wanted to do one for her and Prairie’s room. I gave her the brush and modgepodge, and she was able to paint her leaves with little help from me. We’ll work on finishing hers up later this weekend.