Leaf Hunting

Greeting Leaf Lovers!

Growing up and raising my boys in the Appalachian Mountains has been nothing but pure Joy for me. I love to go on walks with my boys, down the miles of dirt roads and across the fields exploring and looking at the wonderful world God made.

 

The fall is a perfect time to go outside leaf looking and hunting for those perfect leaves that have fallen to their final resting place. Mountain Red Oaks are strong and mighty tree that happen to be one of my favorites due to their leaves. Over the last two years it has become a fun sort of game to search and identify all the diverse types of red oaks growing across the southeast. During my leaf looking I have learned that there are 100’s of different red oaks and they can even be different from one mountain range to the next. God loves variety when it comes to reproducing red oaks!!

Our leaf hunt starts out very simply… with a question!

“What is the end goal and purpose for this one leaf?” The end purpose of the leaf helps us pick the right size and shape leaf when we go out collecting. We may walk for miles collecting leaves and enjoying the beauty of nature. Fall is such a beautiful time of year to be outside. I love carrying my White Oak Moses basket that Jon Tom had Mike Hutto make for me. Carrying this basket of leaves is like carrying a basket full of hopes and dreams… little future blessings that can be shared with others and enjoyed all year long. Each leaf is made from ONE real leaf that was picked up with purpose and plan in mind. Pressed into a bit of earth, there to make its final imprint, its molded and made into a treasure. Reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

For me, I make dishes mainly to complement my soap, however the possibilities are numerous.

  • Soap dish
  • Spoon rest
  • Butter tray
  • Eye glasses holders
  • Tea bag tray
  • Change dish
  • Candy dish
  • Jewelry holder

As I look for leaves I am looking for a leaf that is big enough to cover my hand. The Mountain Red Oaks have a great shape and are perfectly sized for my soap dishes. So, when the basket is full of hopes and dreams… we head back to the house. Tomorrow a whole new day of leaf making will begin.

 

Enjoy and God Bless, Mom aka Ms. Jenny

 

PS

Join us Monday for “The Clay Shack”