Thursday, December 18, 2014

A few of my favorite things: Acorns!

Prismacolor colored pencil on Stonehenge paper

As kids, we'd collect acorns in our yard and pretend we were making acorn soup, or we'd use the caps as whistles. Our acorns in the Midwest were the more rounded shape, but here in Northern California, these more elongated, pointy ones from the live oak are the norm. On one of our morning walks, my friend and I gathered a handful for a possible drawing. (Thank goodness they were in a plastic bag on my desk because they started to yield little piles of "sand"—they were inhabited!) It was hard to choose my final "models" with such a beautiful range of sizes and colors, but these caught my eye and looked like they belonged together.

The natural world provides an endless source of decorative images, but I have some definite favorites. One is the pinecone, another is the bee, (Click on those words in the labels on the right to see related posts.) but I'm crazy about acorns. Let's see—I have these felted acorns with their real acorn caps (bought at the fabulous Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco),

this card of adorable pewter acorn buttons hangs on my bulletin board, 

and I just purchased this nativity set from Simple Gifts Toys on Etsy!

Just in case this is my last post before Christmas, 
I, along with my acorn-capped wise men, wish you the very happiest of holidays!


  1. Lovely job on the acorns--once I had a bowl of acorns on the table in my studio and when I looked at it a few days later, I discovered a few of the (previously unknown)"inhabitants" had escaped, and I had to gather them from some unexpected places further from that bowl than I could have imagined. ---lesson learned! :-)

  2. Your acorns are just beautiful, Sarah. I feel like I could reach out and touch them. Love those felt ones :)

  3. I love the sheen of light on your drawing, and love your collections of acorns. I'm partial to acorns too. I used to make people out of them when I was a kid so your nativity scene really hits my happy spot :)