When we moved into this house, I was overjoyed to finally have a dining room (I’d never had one), big enough for a long table. I dreamed of an old craftsman hanging lamp to replace the new ceiling fixture that had been installed, which looks a bit like a leftover from the set of Twin Peaks. I love hanging lamps. Still. It made no sense to replace a brand new light. And now I’m glad I didn’t. Instead, we have another way to celebrate the seasons around the table.
In autumn, we make a “Falling Leaves” chandelier. In winter, of course there are glittered snowflakes; in spring, hanging homemade paper flowers; in summer, little lanterns…Fun.
To make a Falling Leaves chandelier, collect leaves of different sizes, and dry them for a couple of days between newspapers with heavy books on top. If you want the leaves to stay nice and flat all season, you’ll have to dry them longer, changing the paper frequently–about two weeks. But I am not that patient. Leaves dried just a couple of days will curl up eventually, but not as much as if you hadn’t dried them first. Hang leaves from string, ribbon, or invisible nylon thread. Tie a bead or two to the bottom to give a little weight. This year I added curling twigs from a willow pruning, tucking them around the light before adding the leaves. I love weaving indoors and outdoors, especially at the table–another reminder of the continuum between our home and the natural world that occurs in the sharing of meals.
Picked out by Erica B, the real estate agent (now published author) from Harold’s Lamps back room – a “second”, though I have no idea why. Love the Lynchian description you gave it, and of course the fact that it serves as the foundation for your joyful and creative celebration of the seasons.
I love this! I might wrangle my kids into helping me make one of these with the beautiful leaves we found today…
A light-fixture re-purposed into art and sculpture. It is beautiful, and the ephemeral nature of the autumn leaves speaks of the season.
I love this! Now I know what to do with all those gorgeous leaves I’m always tempted to collect. Now what do I do with the rocks?
I cannot bring enough outdoors indoors this time of year. What a beautiful idea!
so lovely…especially the gestural lines of the willow