The Goods on Leaves

by Stefani on 26-September-2007

Do you see what I see?


There are colors, other than green, in those trees. Just miles from my house. It’s coming! It is!

I know it is subtle. I know it’s not much. But COLORS!

It. Is. Good!

It is good to see little boys throwing leaves in the air (less good to clean the resulting grime out from under their fingernails, but it’s a small price, really).

Welcome Fall

It’s good to know that if said leaves aren’t changing colors fast enough for us, we can help things along:

Printing With Leaves

We’re feeling good about the fact that Grandmother will enjoy the notecards that came of our afternoon crafting.

Leaf Print Notecards

And it’s a VERY good thing that sweet, talented, Sarah is handy with the Gocco, because I’d like half a million leafy cards please, and I don’t have the patience (nor the skill) to hand print them all! (Her beautiful wares are pictured below)


At this moment, I’m feeling extra special good, knowing that all the wee ones are tucked in, dreaming of giant piles of leaves, while a glass of cabernet and this lovely edible pile of leaves awaits me:

Leaf Dulce De Leche Cookies

(Dulce De Leche Cookies – recipe in this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living)

And the goodest of all (as my Ryder says)? Knowing that afterwards, I get to fall into a (finished!) bed of leaves all my own 🙂

Bed of Leaves

That front pillow case was once a thrifted sheet, too small for our bed, but too good to pass up. It’s become pillow cases, with an added bit of leafy embroidery, just for fun.

Ah, fall. Slow to arrive, but so, so good.

Tania Stearns-Smith September 26, 2007 at 8:35 pm

i just bought that issue of Martha yesterday and was eying the cookies too!! Where did you get the filling???

dianeinjapan September 26, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Your little embroidered leaves turned out really cute. All this talk of fall is making me long for some cool weather here–it just isn’t happening!

shula September 26, 2007 at 9:28 pm

It’s my favourite time of year, too.

Such beautiful light.

Sarah Jackson September 26, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Those cookies look to die for. I think I have to buy the new Martha. Thanks a lot!

Love it all – especially those handmade cards by your sweet boys and the embroidery. Please post lots of fall foliage photos. I have to drive 2 hours up to Flagstaff to see any.

Leigh-Ann September 26, 2007 at 9:44 pm

weird, stef… My friend Jill and I were totally at Value Village today LOOKING AT THE EXACT SAME PILLOWCASE…(the one on the bottom)…what are the odds 😉 thrift sisters!!

brit September 26, 2007 at 9:52 pm

wow, I love that fall sheet!! did you get the whole set?I just found the fitted sheet.

Diane September 27, 2007 at 5:15 am

Love the cards! Love the little leaf embroidery! Wish I could pluck one (okay, two… three) of those cookies right off the screen!

Jessica Hood September 27, 2007 at 5:49 am

ok, will you be MY mom? you always have so many fun activities going on!!!

cloth.paper.string September 27, 2007 at 6:30 am

wow! i really love the cards you and your little ones made – the colors are fantastic.

thanks much for the kudos on my little cards, stefani! it means much.

wishing i could come over for one of those cookies – i’m such a sucker for dulce de leche.
be well, sarah

erin September 27, 2007 at 7:09 am

i love all your leafy things! those cookies look sinful.

beki September 27, 2007 at 8:11 am

Boy, you are full of fall goodness right now!!

Anne September 27, 2007 at 8:15 am

The cards and the embroidery are wonderful! You are putting Martha to shame.

Jade September 27, 2007 at 8:38 am

so much fall! i can feel it cooling off just by looking at your pictures! thanks stef!

Grandmother September 27, 2007 at 9:12 am

Grandmother does love the notecards – and the little hands that made them!!!!

clara September 27, 2007 at 9:59 am

Such lovely fall colors…in edible and non-edible forms! 🙂

Inka September 27, 2007 at 11:19 am

Those cookies looks so delicious…
Are they some kind of chocolate cookies?

Bluebirdbaby September 27, 2007 at 11:48 am

I love everything about this post! Those leaf cards are too cute and I must try those next year when my little one is old enough to understand that paint is not for eating 🙂

randi September 27, 2007 at 1:48 pm

I love the leaf-painted note cards. We will be trying that too!

Bekka September 27, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Oooh! Thanks for all the leaf-fun! The weather is cooling here — I’m so happy!!!

miguette September 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm

ahhh….so very autumn. Colby and I had a wonderful time making leaf-print note cards today. Thanks for the idea!

Molly September 27, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Your cookies actually gave me an idea for a felt project. Thanks! I gave up Martha years ago in my quest for reality, but sometimes I enjoy getting a peak at what she’s up to.

Grace September 27, 2007 at 5:50 pm

oh my gosh, gorgeous!!! all of it!

Sarah September 27, 2007 at 7:25 pm

The leaf cards are beautiful! I think I’m going to make those with my dd tomorrow – she will love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Angela (Robinson County) September 28, 2007 at 6:05 am

LOVE the leaf cards (at first I just thought you had the boys painting the leaves in your yard to help the color change along!).

And I totally thought, “Those cookies look like the ones from ‘Martha'” when I saw them. They turned out great!

Lisa Clarke October 1, 2007 at 6:52 am

What a great ode to fall – my favorite season. Those cookies look yummy! When you finish those off, have a slice of pumpkin bread 🙂

amandajean October 2, 2007 at 6:56 pm

I love those leaf printed cards. wonderful!

Laleh October 28, 2008 at 3:31 am

Good post.

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