There is no season more magical than autumn. Gorgeous golden hues, crisp, crunchy leaves to jump in on afternoon walks, and hearty stews for dinner ... eaten in pyjamas and surrounded by twinkly lights. Blanket-like scarves, woolly mittens, new boots (an autumn law) and coats that double up as duvets. Let me live in a country with a perpetual autumn-like climate and I'd be one seriously happy girl. Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas Eve ... three of the best celebrations of the year ... and all in autumn. I feel like autumn should be wrapped up in the prettiest of papers, decorated with a huge bow and presented to anyone in need of a bit of love and comfort in their lives. It's the season of cosiness and absolutely perfect for those with a love of loungewear and a penchant for Saturdays evenings spent with a glass of wine watching Strictly Come Dancing and XFactor. Have I convinced you how amazing autumn is yet?
My boys adore autumn too, for it is the season of collecting the best treasures. Leaves in an abundance of colours, sticks, pinecones, and conkers. However, come October, their collections tend to be plentiful and we are invariably looking for clever ways to display their finds and get them off the dining table. I love that they love nature but I do not appreciate said nature in my evening meal.
Last year, they hung their favourites from our family pegboard in the living room and we'll most likely do something similar this year as they really enjoyed it (and got to use scissors, string and glue ... always a winner).
At the weekend, however, I was able to work on a bit of an autumnal display of my own, thanks to the latest styling challenge from Rose and Grey who kindly sent me two of their small zinc glass frames and one large one. I've been a fan of these elegant frames for a while, as you'll know if you read my recent post on pressing and framing flowers. They're perfect for displaying a whole manner of items ... photographs, postcards, flowers, leaves, a treasured print ... anything really.
It's so hard to take photographs indoors at this time of year because it's really dark. Putting the light on is more of a hindrance than a help when you're taking a photo of a reflective surface as it bounces off the frame thus masking all of the contents. But I've done my best so that you can see how the frames can be used and to give you some ideas regarding what you could display this autumn.
In the large frame, I focused more on the colours of the season ... browns and golds. I used an Instagram print from a walk last year, a crinkly leaf that my eldest little dude picked up on his way home from school, and stamped 'autumn' on to a piece of brown wrapping paper. I think they make the perfect collage.
For the two smaller frames, I printed off the first verse from my favourite poem, An Ode to Autumn, and cut out a letter A. The bunting is made from pages cut from Ian Thorpe's autobiography (it was a terrible book so no great loss) with leaves hand drawn and cut from a piece of orange card. I hole punched the holes and threaded string through them. It's such a simple idea but looks really nice. I think I'm going to make a larger version with real leaves that the boys have collected.
Of course the frames can be hung on the wall. I think they would look wonderful as a group of three. Unfortunately, all the hanging spaces in my house tend to be in the corners of rooms ... corners of rooms that are rendered almost cave-like in the current dismal weather. Sadly, no amount of editing could brighten the images enough to share with you. I guess that's one of the downsides of autumn. Maybe I'll make spring my new favourite season instead!