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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:22 pm 
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It is fall (autumn) where I am at right now, which means leaves changing colors and dropping to the ground waiting to be raked. :D :sad:

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I still had some miniature autumn birch trees that I had used for my window sill project so I though I would put some of those colorful leaves to a better purpose. I collected some of different colors from different trees, dried them using my food dehydrator, and then crumbled them up and sifted them. Looks like I might need some more yellow in the batch but now I have a bag of autumn ground cover to spread on bases.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:19 pm 
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Nice! Autumnal wood elf army, maybe?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:33 am 
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Oh wow, that's very cool!

An autumn themed Warmaster Wood Elf army is on my incredibly long to-do list, maybe a decade from now ha ha.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:56 pm 
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Meanwhile, in Calgary where we've had 100 km/h winds, we can only dream of fall colours. They will look great on your scenery.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:14 pm 
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GreatKhan - Did the Calgary area get hit by all the wildfires that Canada had this year? Or were they mostly west of the Rockies?

Wish I had thought of drying out the leaves earlier, having to pick some reds off of the trees, once they get to the ground they tend to rot too quick. I do have the dehydrator going full time now to build up a decent amount to be able to use.

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I just found these punches that will make for even nicer bases, I think:
http://www.greenstuffworld.com/en/101-punches
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I think this will be perfect for your purpose!
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 Post subject: Re: Dried leaves
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:26 pm 
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Feanor - those look great! Will look into them for use with next years "crop" of autumn leaves.

Added some dried leaves to my window sill project.

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The project looks very nice. 8)

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I like the green stuff world punches. These are colored paper.

Did you treat the leaves with glycerin?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:58 pm 
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Wow OMW those look fab - I might have to try one of these with paper, myself.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:31 pm 
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Yes and no. The big wildfires were in BC, but we had a number of grassfires in late October. One was across the street from Acme, the town where I work. (Yes, there really is a town called Acme. The town sign says "Acme: A name you can trust". It makes me smile every day.) Fortunately, they were able to use tractors to till a break to keep it from spreading into town. Just north of Calgary, there was a big fire that destroyed a house. Now there is snow on the ground, so everything is good.

I'm happy to see those punches. I knew I'd seen them somewhere, but I couldn't remember where!

You don't need a dehydrator to dry things out. Just open your oven door a bit and set it to the lowest setting and go to town. This also works great for getting bread to rise in the winter, just cover with a moist tea towel or grease top of dough ball so it doesn't dry out first.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:16 pm 
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Hello guys!

We use birch tree' flowers as leaves in our terrain. Check out:

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To me it looks great.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:53 pm 
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Absolutely gorgeous!
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