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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pressing Fall Leaves In An Old Dictionary


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  1. Just LOVE this time of year - so beautiful - the leaves and the dictionary!
    Mary x

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    1. Doing this reminds me of my grandma! :)

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  2. I collect old dictionaries! And I too have tucked a few leaves between the pages,

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    1. I do, too! I have found several at the auctions left for the trash. Not many people want them, I guess!

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    2. Not many in this day and age see the need to have one at all. But I collect them and so do you, milady. I would wager a bet that I have more than you do!

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    3. Well, I only have five. One I bought at a second hand store years and years ago. It's small and has a pretty cover. The other four I found in the auction trash! You probably have shelves like Edward Gorey, right? haha.

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    4. Well, I do have quite a few more than you. I won't take the time to count them at this late hour. You keep adding to your collection and when you are as old as me you will have a brilliant display and a place to put your leaves and love letters and whatever else you may want to hide away for safe keeping.

      The hour is late. Thank you for the charming conversation, lovely lady. Until tomorrow!

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    5. I thought you might be interested to know or maybe entertained to know that I counted my dictionaries and I have 18. Some are true antiques and are first editions! There weren't as many words back then, as you can imagine. After I counted them all I took a feather duster to the entire shelf. See how you inspire me, milady? Thank you for that. Now, I sit and wait for your next posting! I see you were off to the auction today and I am musing as to whether your post will be about your day, Betsy.

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    6. Well, look at you...dusting your bookshelves. ha. I have a lot of shelves myself that are always needing dusting. Eighteen is quite the collection of dictionaries!

      I did post about an auction find! :)

      and um....milady?

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    7. I apologize. But it fits you to a T. Beautiful, charming, sweet, classic, incomparable. I can't help myself. That name belongs to you.

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    8. :)

      ...you can add 'speechless' to that list.

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  3. Rushed to get here, and I'm still not first. Oh well, I'm usually last!!

    Another tick on your list Betsy. I've done my October list - not quite complete - I will post a new list next week for November (shorter!).

    Hope you have a happy weekend. xx

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    1. You did great on your list, though...and it was LONG for one month! yay for you! Can't wait to see the one for November!

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  4. Check!
    Another one checked off your list.
    Today, when I was out on my walk, I saw so many wonderful leaves and thought about your list.
    So, you use an old dictionary, cute.

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    1. My grandma pressed leaves like that...it's a nice remembrance of her. She died when I was only eight....I feel like I missed so much losing her early like that. :(

      Our leaves haven't peaked yet...we're a few weeks late! Still need to take my drive but was waiting for more color! Hopefully this next week!

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    2. I'm surprised your leaves haven't peaked yet. Looks like you found some nice ones, though.

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    3. I know! We're a few weeks late! For every lovely red tree there are 4 or 5 green ones!

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  5. Awww...I didn't know that about her. So nice that you are carrying on the tradition. That can be very comforting.

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    1. When I was younger, we had an old scrap book that she had full of pressed leaves. I used part of it for a school project. Fun memory. :)

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  6. The leaf in your header is so gorgeous. Pressing leaves..Oh my. I haven't done that in years. I need too, but I don't have any pretty leaves. HaHa

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    1. haha....no maples and oaks over there? You could press a palm leaf...if your dictionary is big enough! lol....

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    2. Betsy, you have me laughing so hard. We do have a Oak across the street but it's leaves are still green... Perhaps I need to go to Desconso Gardens and pick a few (yikes, is that stealing?)

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    3. hahaha....I was thinking if you had one of those HUGE old family Bibles, it might be big enough for a small palm leaf! :)
      I say the leaves are free for the taking...as long as you don't pick the tree bare. ha. We have so many trees that are still green! My crab apple is a brilliant gold now and the sun hitting it today was just stunning!

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    4. Thanks Betsy...Now I can pick a few w/o feeling guilty...If someone stops me, I'll say Betsy said it was OK! HaHa.

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  7. Can't say i've ever done that
    Plenty of leaves but no dictionary at my mat

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    1. All the definitions are stored in you brain...
      so a dictionary you never gained? :)

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  8. I wrote out an entire comment and the signed out of my google account. I never done that before. Maybe I AM losing my marbles after all.

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    1. What did it do, delete your comment when you did that? :(

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  9. A nice way to preserve memories as well as leaves.

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  10. Lovely! I love too pressing leaves in old books, I have old cook books of my grand mom and sometimes still.I find leaves in them!

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    1. leaves in your cookbooks? aw...then you can think of fall and your grand mom when you see them! :)

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    2. Yes when I received her cookbooks many years after she died I find leaves in her cookbooks!

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    3. that is so cute! maybe my grands will do the same some day with my dictionaries! ha!

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    4. Of course and they will love when find them:)

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    5. I hope they do...and have lots of good memories about me. :)

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  11. I have an old dictionary under the couch at this moment pressing leaves and flowers as well! Great minds think a like!

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  12. nice....still remember finding old leaves in my moms old bible....

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  13. Beautiful colors. Red is my favorite. The trees look like they are on fire.
    That list is dwindling down. With the long winter ahead you might have to make an in between lists list. :)

    JaG

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    1. Red is my favorite, too! Yes, the list is looking like I'll finish it by Thanksgiving without too much trouble! I think I'll do a winter list starting in January. December is just for Christmas. Didn't think I'd post a December list, but it might be fun, too. I'll have to think about that.

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  14. Good one....What a feeling!!!! still remember finding old leaves in my moms.

    Regards,
    Kopi Luwak

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  15. Hi Betsy .. love the idea of this .. and for a grandchild to find them later on ... I've found odd cuttings but nothing like gorgeous pressed leaves ...

    Love the photos - dictionary reading the leaves ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, I think old clippings are more popular, aren't they? Leaves are fun, too...and prettier. ha.

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  16. Oh I love doing this. I ahve old leaves I found. They are HUGE and I pressed them between glass cause they were too big for a book.
    Have no idea where they are though probably put away somewhere.

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    1. Those sound amazing! I bet they would be beautiful framed like that!

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  17. Such a good idea, I really do love all your families Fall traditions!

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    1. it's such a beautiful season, isn't it? I still need to make it to the orchard!

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  18. Oh, I really wish I'd brought some colourful leaves home with me as a memento, but I didn't have anything to press them in and I thought they'd get broken on the journey home.

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    1. Oh, that would have been a great idea! You should let me mail you some! ;)

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