November 4, 2011

How To: Use the Bounty of Fall in Your Home (Fall Plants)

Posted by Laura

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Fall is such a great time of year to visit farms, spend time in the yard, and walk through the woods - especially when crunchy leaves are involved.  My sister-in-law introduced me to the author Annie Dillard a few years ago, and in her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek she describes the woods as "acres of sticks...When the leaves fall the striptease is over; things stand mute and revealed". In a recent walk through the woods I was able to relax, let my imagination take over, and see the beauty in dead branches, logs, and bark.

Apples from the farm for a pop of color
Leaves from the yard - pressed in a magazine by Kristin

A pile of sticks in the woods...

...added to a white vase.

White pumpkin

Birch tree branches
Birch bark wrapped around candles

Wooden platforms cut from a log

Let me just take you for a moment to the place where we got this log. Caleb and I were hiking around Mt Tom. We came across this pile of freshly cut logs on the side of the trail. Odd? Yes. Allowed to steal them? Up for debate.

Blogging about logs. I could call this a log blog.
It's sort of like Arrested Development's
"Bob Loblaw's law blog", but this one's a log blog.

We like to go by the motto "it's easier to ask for forgiveness then permission", so my strapping husband threw a log over his shoulder and carried it down the mountain. He then took a chainsaw and cut it into different sizes, creating wooden platforms. He's such a stud!

This Fall, PEC encourages you to go outside and find the beauty in unimaginable things to "bring the fall inside".  Stay tuned for our post about how to use these items in two different Fall tablescapes.

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