Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Fall Leaves, Acorns and Conkers

Okay, all you fine British artists, thanks to you, I now know what a conker is! That's not a familiar term in the US!
Fall brings us the most beautiful palette of colors. The reds, golds, oranges, and olive hues that contrast so brilliantly against that bright blue sky seem to reflect the powerful shift from the sky, sea and floral tones of summer. That the death of her fauna and hibernation of Mother Earth is painted so intensely stuns us, preparing us for the subtle cool tones of winter.
Fall is fun!
Remember the days of our childhoods, collecting leaves and pressing them in waxed paper? Picking apples, carving pumpkins, hay rides and best of all, Daddy raking up the leaves in a big pile while we waited impatiently to run and take a giant leap into the pile, throwing huge handfuls of leaves over our heads and at each other.


My tag is a tribute to that childhood memory. It is deliberately simple: the leaves look like the oneswe cut out in school, the felt I used are the colors of school construction paper. the burlap string spirals like falling leaves. Look carefully and you'll see that the leaves are caught in the green tines of the rake in your Dad's garage. 
The tiny tag has William Cullen Bryant's quote, "Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile!"

15 comments:

  1. How nice! The rake is a great idea.

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  2. Gorgeous tag... Love the colours of the leaves... May x x

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  3. Beautiful tag and love the quote! Valerie

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  4. What a fab tag - I love your choice of colours, and that is such a sweet little quote - LOVE IT!

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  5. We share the same love of the quote! Beautiful colours, lovely tag.

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  6. Wonderful memories and a beautiful autumn tag.

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  7. Love the felt leaves, really bold and beautiful!

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  8. Great idea with the rake, it looks lovely and the quote is perfect.

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  9. Such an unusual tag and thanks for invoking such wonderful memories :0)

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  10. The rake is a great idea, lovely colours and a perfect quote, Jane xx

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  11. I love the colours youve used. Ive got that blue in my new skirt for winter
    lynn

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  12. I love the way you created a miniature rake to serve as your tag's background - brilliant! By the way, I had to look up the word "conkers" too. Blessings!

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  13. What an unusual tag - lovely! Love your description of enjoying auntumn as a child, too, Carolyn x

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  14. what a clever idea and the leaves are beautifully done :o)

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  15. What an original idea, Martham to make a rake for your tag. That is the perfect quote for it.
    Jane x

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