Autumn leaves

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We made some nice fall decoration. Unfortunately I did not take pictures of the process, so I’ll try to explain in words:

First we selected nice leaves from the nearby forest and pressed them (that takes a few days!). Then we places a pressed leave under a sheet of colored paper (in Germany it is called “Tonpapier”, I think it is equivalent to construction paper of thin cardboard) and painted lightly(!) over the paper above the leaves with wax crayons –  suitable are wax crayon-blocks (we use the wax blocks from Stockmar). When painting over the leave underneath the paper the color of the crayon will highlight the coutures of the leave. When the leave is nicely outlined, it can be easily cut out. We attached to a string to hang the leaves into the window.

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The leaves are nicely moving when there is a draft in the room (e.g. because of an open window or door).

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This is my contribution to creadienstag.

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Halloween Pumpkins

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This are our Halloween Pumpkins this year! Once before Halloween we get a carload full of various pumpkins – they are sold everywhere right now. Mostly they are piled high on some field next to the road and you just put the money into an honest-box. So we went, picked our pumpkins, payed and carried them home (they are heavy!). A few years ago we started to try out different carving techniques. Using a set of carving knives one can actually achieve nice effect by just carving off the skin at some places and cutting through at others. Here is one example where I tried to carve some night scene:

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