To Amuse and Delight

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sleepy Hollow Acorns

Looking for a little treat without calories or sugar? Try my little acorn cushions. I just finished a batch and FINALLY added a new item to my Etsy Shop. These spookies were actually gathered from the grave site of writer Washington Irving in Sleepy Hollow NY. 

This huge ancient oak towers over the other trees at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and just happens to be in the private family plot of Washington Irving. It showers the ground with these little shaggy capped acorns. 

Irving's grave is the one decorated with flags and pumpkins. Quite humble, not what one would expect from the writer of such stories as The Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle.

 I gathered my acorns on an overcast, drizzly October day. Noisy ravens perched on the tops of gravestones. It could not have been a more perfect day for my spooky task.

I was determined to stay until my basket was full even though it started raining. I did fill that basket and I ended up with a stow away.

My Spooky Acorns would make a nice addition to your Autumn nature display or could even be a stocking stuffer for those people on your Christmas list who enjoy the eerie all year round.


  1. I'm so jealous! Acorns are one of my favorite autumn decorations and craft materials, but this year we haven't found a single tree masting, so our collection is quite pathetic.
    I love the picture you painted of the spooky autumn scene, as well. I miss you and your artistic ways! xo ~L

  2. Dear Eve,

    What a fun idea! I've made acorn needle cushions for chatelaines, so the needle doesn't stab me in the chest while it's in the cushion, but I never thought of making eerie acorns! I think that's great that you live in an area with so much history. You children will be very culturally enriched.