"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, September 29, 2011

acorn-y post





Since I was on the other side of the mountain range for my coast trip that ended Thursday, and I had a memorial service to attend that side of the mountains on Saturday, I had all of Friday to spend with my daughter before the rest of the fam met up with me.  Hillary and I spent a couple of hours yard sale-ing, then she took me over to the park where we could take a walk among the ducks.  There was a parkway that was lined on both sides with oak trees so we set out on a treasure hunt.  We both filled our pockets with the little darlings and headed home.  I had purchased some wool roving and dye so we decided to play.







First we sorted the acorns from the acorn caps.  We had collected both with crafting in mind.  Next we 'baked' them in a low temp oven for 20 minutes to kill any unwanted visitors that may have decided to venture out later.  When we removed them from the oven, some of the nuts had detached from the caps.  We threw them out the back door to Hillary's little friend, who was quite happy to get them...





Next we dyed the roving.  I had a nice chestnut that was quite the sensible color choice.  But we decided to throw sensible to the wind and dye some of them blue.







If you've never made felt balls before... fun, fun!  Once they were mostly dry we matched caps to balls and used the glue gun to secure.





We had plenty for both of us so now I guess it's official.  Fall decorating has begun!


Blessings, Debbie

36 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea, they would look lovely strung across a mantlepiece or scattered along the top. x

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  2. I love your felted acorns, they´re so nice for decoration. Mine are knitted, my son took them to the kindergarden.

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  3. Oh Debbie, those are just too cute. It looks like you had a fun time making them, but I bet
    the best part was getting to see your Hillary. All your children are just beautiful! xx

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  4. What is "roving"? Where did you get it?

    The title of your post is VERY clever :)

    I picked up a bunch of buckeyes off the ground the other day. Natures beauty is the best.

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  5. How neat! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. How cute! I think I can fit that craft into my schedule. Thanks for the instructions!

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  7. First, I love that you had this time with Hillary.
    Second, I LOVE you two's acorn project! How fun and cute are those!! Bring on the fall. blessings ~ tanna

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  8. Clever clever! I bought a couple at a fair last year and they are so darn cute.

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  9. Oh, that looks like such fun! Let the autumn decorating begin!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  10. How industrious you are!! These are adorable and I'm sure Mr. Squirell loved them.
    Ann

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  11. You are too clever...I guess it is time to let the fall decorating begin

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  12. Hi, Debbie! Wow! YOU guys know how to have fun! I think Ratty, Mole, and Mr. Toad will need some photo poses with those acorns. Your daughter is so beautiful!

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  13. I'm just sitting in admiration right now. This is a fantastic project from beginning to end.

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  14. Adorable...I love them! I love acorns...well actually I love all things that speak of autumn. But these are especially charming!

    **thinking** hmmm...where to get roving...nature walk to look for acorns=school...Thanksgiving table...hmmm

    Another visit at no spring chicken, another way to be inspired!

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  15. I haven't made wool acorns yet - it is on my lengthy to do list!!

    Love the little blue ones.

    I am so lazy. I collect nature things all the time and know that I ought to bake them but I never do!! Bad on me - someday it will catch up to me.

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  16. hello debbie

    that looks so charming. a great idea!!!!!!

    i wish you lovly creative autumn days

    regina

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  17. Ok, so how much fun was that? I simply adore those little acorns you made with your dd and would buy some if you had a *click here* on your blog. :) Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  18. I've been collecting acorns partly for this reason and partly because I like acorns. I especially like it when a double acorn is spotted. I haven't heard of baking the acorns before but that makes sense. They are adorable. Glad you had time to spend with your daughter.

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  19. I loved seeing your daughter -- she reminds me of my only -- bright, young smile and a cool hat. G. loves to wear fun/funky hats like that. And the two of you "play" together. We do too. Isn't it fun having a daughter who's your friend too? Great acorns!

    Jody

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  20. I like the idea that she did not deprived the squirrels of their acorns and used the cap for decorations. Cute. JB

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  21. I have never seen anything like your acorn project! They are simply adorable, as is all the gorgeous pictures. I've never been to Oregon, so now I'm gonna pester my hubby to take me...

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  22. So cool! I've never seen anything like that before.

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  23. These are soooooooo adorable. I haven't felted like this before and I want to try now. [o= The blue ones are so cute too! Thanks for understanding and leaving such a sweet comment. I could tell you knew what I felt. ((HUGS))

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  24. Those are SO CUTE! Wow, what a fun little project. And what an awesome way to spend a day with your girl. :)

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  25. How cute is that!!! And we can walk out our front door and collect the acorns. :) The wind is crazy here today (of course we are hosting the Cross Country Meet)...so all leaves that were turning are being blown off the trees today....good thing some of the trees still have leaves because I am not ready to start raking in September! :)

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  26. Wow I like that. Such a neat idea.

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  27. I have never seen anything like this, wow! They are really adorable. xo,

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  28. Wow, what a day's project..very cool! I am crazy about acorns, guess that makes me kind of acorn-y too! ;D

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  29. How sweet! Both the day and the felted acorns....

    Time with our sweet daughters is precious time.

    Deanna

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  30. I've been out collecting acorns today. We have a big oak tree in the garden. The warm weather is drying them and they're falling down out of their caps, when we sit out there. It is more of them collecting me rather than me actively collecting them. We've made a few felt acorns already, but I'm sure we'll be making more. Good fun!

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  31. We made those a few weeks ago! I love seeing them pop up around the house! Great work!

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  32. I love them! So cute.
    And I love hearing about your special time with your daughter. :)

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  33. These are adorable! And what a great way to spend some time with your teenaged daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Those turned out so cute. Where do you get such great ideas?

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