There is, without doubt, a whiff of autumn in the air. The days of mellow fruitfulness and abundant harvest.

We have already gathered blackberries, raspberries and plums and have a satisfying cupboard full of chutneys and preserves. There will be more recipes popping up on Thinly Spread over the next few weeks as we forage and gather in but today I wanted to share some autumnal crafty fun.

On a woodland walk recently we gathered pockets full of fir cones. We use a lot at Christmas for decorations but some of them seemed to be shouting at us in desperation; ‘Release me, I’m trapped‘ and ‘Help, this isn’t who I really am‘. How could we resist?

This is a squirrel, please admire his bushy tail ( a red squirrel, naturally)

Here he is again, really shaking his tail feather! And, in his paws, a little acorn…can you see?!

Next up we have Mr E. Nip Once (anagram of Pine Cone) a gorgeous moggy partaking of a little fish supper.

This is Bonus Boy’s Mouse. This is all his own work and I was very impressed!

And here is Mr Mole just coming up for some air.

And finally, hiding herself behind her beautiful wings, Mrs Owl.

All work (apart from the mouse) copyright my daughter. She is available for cone commissions. I am her agent. Any requests?!

If you like getting crafty with kids and want more making and doing ideas pop over to Red Ted Art’s fabulous Get Crafty and to Nurture Stores’ Play Academy where you will find lot of ideas and links.

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