I'm not sure I've ever found a four-leaf clover, until a few weeks ago when I was lucky enough to find this:
It's a little frame in which someone has preserved six real four-leaf clovers. What a cute idea. I found it at an estate sale - how lucky am I?
This got me wondering about preserving leaves. I have some vague memories of pressing flowers between pages of our family encyclopedia set when I was little.
I did some quick research and found out there are three pretty easy way to press a leaf and/or clover should you find one:
- Put the leaf between the pages of a heavy book. Pile some more heavy books on top and leave em' for a week or two, or
- Submerge the leaf in a solution of glycerin and water for several days, or
- Press the leaf between two pieces of waxed paper using an iron at medium heat.
Aren't these leaf art examples pretty?
|From aHa! Modern Living|
|Image from Better Homes and Gardens|
|Image from Urban Grace Interiors|
|Image from Tim Cuppett Architects|
I'm quite fond of this piece of art I found on Etsy because it reminds me of Matisse's Spray of Leaves piece...and I think you know how fond I am of Matisse - I mentioned him here, here, here and here.
|Image via MapleShoppers|
And last but not least, wouldn't one of these characters would make for the absolute sweetest fall greeting card?
|Image from Family Fun|
I think I'm finally done being mad that summer is over and I'm about ready to start embracing fall - so long as it doesn't get really cold outside just yet. Though I don't currently have anything specific in mind, I might try to whip up a fall decoration or two this weekend. I'm remembering now how I made this pretty piece of autumn art for my mom around this time last year.
How about you - has there been any autumn decorating going on at your place so far this season?