Sometimes leaves are the perfect gift.


A friend Fed Exed a box full of colorful autumn leaves to his Yankee girlfriend when she was living in Florida and missed the season changes. This morning I was on my way to check in on a friend who is house-bound, admiring the lovely leaves scattered across the road along the way. I couldn’t resist picking up an extra large sycamore leaf.


It was shaped like a bowl so I filled it up with a collection of many colored leaves to take to my friend.


She happily examined each one..starting with the red, star-shaped sweet gum leaf!


Then she told me a story about how sweet gum wood is soft and used to be made into ice cream spoons in Charles County, MD  until the manufacturing moved to Japan. I don’t remember the last time I ate ice cream with one of those funny flat little spoons! Do you?




Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.


  1. Yes. We used them to eat “Dixie Cups”, orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream in a round waxed cardboard container with a flat top. The wooden spoons gave your mouth a funny feeling,


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