Nature has so much to offer right now. (Thistles.)
Why spend money at the store? (Milkweed seed pods.)
Stop! Look around! (Sweet gum seed pods.)
And gather what is freely given. (I don’t even know what this one is.)
Yesterday, I took a drive and stopped. And stopped. And stopped. And gathered.
And brought it all home to play. The thistle and the thing-I-didn’t-recognize-but-liked made it into a vase along with a ninety-four cent scarecrow.
Some of the sweet gum seed pods ended up in my vintage-style egg basket. (Which, after all, isn’t being used for anything else.)
These seed pods dry and turn brown over time. They can then be painted for seasonal decoration, such as silver for Christmas.
I gathered some hickory nuts on our farm the other day and also placed them in a bowl with some pecans a friend from Texas left me.
These wild grapes were also gathered by the side of the road and ended up in a platter along with some of the sweet gum and milkweed.
Nothing from the store can top nature’s bounty. And it’s free! Your house can be festive and beautiful for free!
Do you gather from the roadside or your yard or farm for fall decorations? I’d love to hear about your favorite finds and your ideas for using them!