Since I was on the other side of the mountain range for my coast trip that ended Thursday, and I had a memorial service to attend that side of the mountains on Saturday, I had all of Friday to spend with my daughter before the rest of the fam met up with me. Hillary and I spent a couple of hours yard sale-ing, then she took me over to the park where we could take a walk among the ducks. There was a parkway that was lined on both sides with oak trees so we set out on a treasure hunt. We both filled our pockets with the little darlings and headed home. I had purchased some wool roving and dye so we decided to play.
First we sorted the acorns from the acorn caps. We had collected both with crafting in mind. Next we 'baked' them in a low temp oven for 20 minutes to kill any unwanted visitors that may have decided to venture out later. When we removed them from the oven, some of the nuts had detached from the caps. We threw them out the back door to Hillary's little friend, who was quite happy to get them...
Next we dyed the roving. I had a nice chestnut that was quite the sensible color choice. But we decided to throw sensible to the wind and dye some of them blue.
If you've never made felt balls before... fun, fun! Once they were mostly dry we matched caps to balls and used the glue gun to secure.
We had plenty for both of us so now I guess it's official. Fall decorating has begun!