Leaf Gathering 2012, Part One

It is still early autumn.  The colors are just beginning to appear, but we got the itch last weekend to go leaf gathering.  There are crafts to make!  I noticed some red in one of our city's most beautiful old cemeteries, so we had a Sunday leaf-gathering excursion among old headstones.  It was a lovely, cool evening.

We managed to collect a small bag of these red elm leaves, a few brown maple leaves, and some yellow elm leaves.

I love this cemetery.  It is a huge, park-like cemetery, with old graves and mausoleums, a memorial to those who served in the Civil War, a small winding creek, and lovely trees.

Some of the more ornate sculptures are local landmarks.  A woman always makes sure this little girl has a bouquet of flowers.

This is my other favorite.  Local photographers love to capture her in the winter, in the ice and snow.

The girls didn't find the excursion frightening.  They thought it was very lovely and peaceful.  One of them asked me why anyone would be scared.  "Oh, you know, Halloween stories," I told them.  They just shrugged.

One of the new graves had been decorated for Halloween.  I thought this was both fun and touching to see.

And what became of this batch of leaves?

Wax paper leaf garland!  

In the past, we've preserved fall leaves between wax paper with crayon shavings.  This is the "stained glass" method.  I know I learned it from a craft book - forgive me, I'm not sure which one - and used it for a storytime craft.  You can Google "leaves, wax paper, crayons" and find lots of examples.  We decided we'll wait until we find some larger leaves.  For this garland, we ironed leaves between two sheets of wax paper, cut them out, punched holes through them, and strung them on some twine.  And that is all.


  1. I love the photo of your girls gathering leaves with the head stones in the back ground. Have you read The Graveyard Book? I just finished it (and loved it) goes well with your post today! That cemetery looks wonderful. Cemeteries out here are not wonderful. I think it's part that Utah is so new and part that Utah is a desert... I just don't love them. Anyway, awesome post!

    1. I need to put The Graveyard Book on my (very long) list! This cemetery is beautiful. Lots of trees were planted when it was developed back in the late 1800s. It was founded by A.A. Hyde, better known as the inventor of Mentholatum. Mentholatum moved to Buffalo, but he's still buried in his cemetery.

  2. I love graveyards!!!!! Coolest one I ever saw was in New England. I love seeing the old timey names from way back when! Did you know that Bruce Lee is buried in a graveyard in Seattle? Andrew took me to see it when we were dating :)

    Looooove these pix!

    1. I want to go to New England in the fall someday. I want to go to New England period. I love history.

      My favorite American cemeteries that I've seen (so far) have been in New Orleans. And my mother used to live in the Atlanta area. I've seen a few cool ones in Georgia, as well.

      That's cool about Bruce Lee's grave! I think the only famous actor buried here is Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan in the movies after Warner Oland died.

  3. It definitely reminds me the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Missing the colour nature in March...

    1. I LOVED that book. I love fall colors. I guess spring is on the way, though it's still brown and white around here...


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