This weekend’s forecast finally calls for some Fall-like weather, but since it has been so warm around here lately we’re severely lacking some brilliant Fall leaves and anything else that might remind us that it’s already Autumn. Despite the current absence of Fall, when I saw these gorgeous leaf lanterns over at Twig and Toadstool last week I knew that I had to find a way to make some for myself.
I attempted to collect some leaves from my parents’ house since they have dozens more trees than we do. Unfortunately just-barely-yellowing leaves were the best that I could come up with, and they definitely weren’t inspiring me in the way that I had hoped. Fortunately for me, my dad seems to have inherited Grandmom’s affinity for gathering and pressing leaves and flowers in between pages of old books…and then forgetting about them until something triggers their memory to remind them that they are still hidden there. Up on the top bookshelf, carefully tucked between the pages of “The New Book of Knowledge,” we found stem upon stem of brilliantly colored Japanese Maple leaves in every hue of the season. Perfect!