It was a cool, grey morning – quite fall-ish, if I may say. What started as a quick walk to take the dog outside (we’re watching her while my parents travel) turned into a spontaneous nature walk.
As I watched my kids get more and more excited about bringing the goods home (“Wait! I’ll go get bags for us!!”), I let the schedule fall by the wayside and just observed them, and thought hey! This counts as science, right?!
We don’t get nearly as much fall color down here in Southern California as Tsh gets in Bend, but we do have a few pretty trees on our street that have started dropping their leaves, and we have plenty of pinecones in our neighborhood, too.
The pinecones (my daughter insisted on collecting as many as she could carry in her bag- she found many more after I snapped this photo) are to decorate the front patio (apparently) and some may get painted as well. Sticks are always a favorite find for my son.
The leaves, unfortunately, will soon fade to messy crunchiness. I quickly perused my Autumn Pinterest board but didn’t find any way of preserving them that really appealed at the moment. But as I admired their color I though of the quilted wall hanging I made for this season hanging in my entry way.
So I pulled a few autumn-colored fabrics out from my stash and brainstormed a bit about bringing that nature walk in– something simple– and came up with this cute little autumn tree.