This weekend has been a beautiful one so far, in the way that only a crisp, October weekend can. Chilly mornings, pierced with brilliant sunshine and a newfound freshness. In the park, horse chestnuts crunched under our feet and leaves swirled in the breeze; we wore our coats and scarves for the first time; shedding them after only a few minutes as the warmth broke through.
Inspired, Harry and I carefully picked some pumpkins and gourds and gathered armfuls of pine cones in the forest. Last night, with a glass of wine in hand, I made this Autumn Lady who now graces the kitchen and wears the season in the folds of her skirts….
Built around a simple chicken-wire base, her dress begins with scraps of leftover silk fabric (from long-ago curtains). then branches of willow sprayed with coppery glitter. Dried poppy seed heads (from these flowers!) and faux crysanthemums mix with tiny fir cones, parting to reveal a giant, Cinderella-esque pumpkin…
The top of her dress is a simple length of linen, wrapped and tied with one of my belts (I am reassured by the fact that it strains a little more on her waist than mine…)
Her presence in the kitchen has received a mixed reception from the household; it’s true that she does impede the direct line between kettle and fridge. Also true that when you venture downstairs in the early-dawn, her profiled, looming figure can look startlingly like an intruder hell-bent on murderous attack (takes a few minutes to recover from that, I can confirm).
But still, she’s staying awhile…
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!