Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm An Acorn Small and Brown...

Today's Wonder of the World is...the Acorn!

Flickr photo by Cornixelis
Aren't they beautiful? So perfect? Those acorn caps look like they were knitted right on!
Kind of like these!

Photo by
Wait a sec...those are knitted! You can get them here, for your sweet little acorn!

Acorn caps have always reminded me of beanies. You know, for Brownies?

Flickr photo by kristinafh
Which is perfect, since I learned the acorn song from my Brownie troop!

I'm an acorn small and brown

Lying on the cold cold ground.
Everybody steps on me
That is why I'm cracked you see.
I'm a nut. I'm a nut. I'm a nut.

I used to sing that over and over. Ooh boy, that was fun. At least it was for me. I can't speak for my friends and family, especially on long car trips.
And guess where I lived when I was a Brownie?
In the City of Oaks, of course! Raleigh, North Carolina.

Flickr photo by mojo2go
Most of our acorns are a bit smaller.
I wonder if that guy would wear a beanie if I asked him?

This thumb seems happy to.

Flickr photo by alexisimcha
And this gerbil does too! Or is it a hamster? I get those two mixed up.

Flickr photo by knittingskwer1gurl
He looks like quite the jaunty gerbil/hamster in that pic, with the acorn cap slightly askew.

He's not the only animal that favors acorns.
From the looks of this stonework, humans do too.

Flickr photo by Martin Beek
Isn't that lovely? It was photographed in a church in Sussex.

Thinking about beautiful England makes me want a cup of tea. Won't you join me?

Flickr photo by delightful knits
Perfect! An acorn tea cozy!
Miss Suzy would be delighted! Remember Miss Suzy?

She'd want to sit with us. She'd use an acorn cup.

Flickr photo by raphaelmazor
Now, where are my cups?

Flickr photo by Tomi Tapio
Why, Miss Suzy, aren't you kind?
Allow me to thank you with this acorn quote I found.

"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities."
James Allen, a New Zealander statesman.

Have a wonder-full Thursday, everyone!
Love, Becky

PS. Before you go, enjoy Ice Age's Scrat and his crazy pursuit of acorns. No doubt about it--he's a nut!


Debbie said...

That teapot cozy is a work of art. I love the acorn knitted caps too. Great photos.

adrienne said...

I love Scrat!
I love acorns, too - that teapot cozy was my favorite as well.
We used to whistle with the acorn tops - I wonder if I can still do that?

Susan said...

I, too, was a Brownie for a very short time, long enough to get the uniform... and I have acorn earrings. They are so cool. What a crazy video. Take care.

Linda Crispell said...

We had a bumper crop in Chicago. Lovely pics.

Rosemary said...

Good Morning Becky!
Love the acorn post. I am going to have my daughter read it, and her friends. She works at a newspaper called the Acorn. It's been in our area since the 70's. We have acorns everywhere. We live in Thousand Oaks, so I guess that means we have millions of acorns.
Anyway her newspaper loves all things squirrel and acorn related.
Have a great day!

LW said...

You know Becky, not only do you entertain me each morning with wonderful and amusing things. You often stir memories of days gone by. Like with dear little MISS SUZY, this was my first child’s favorite book when she was three.

And of the summer solstice that my children left a tea party for the fairies set up on the platform of their swing set. In return the fairies left necklaces made of hollowed out acorn and tiny little acorn baskets with a pretty
stone or mineral tucked inside…


TattingChic said...

I love acorns! There's something about them that are so sweet and charming. I just got a decorative dessert platter that has acorns all around the edge! It really adds to the look.

CC said...

My kids adore finding acorns. And those hats??? SO cute!

Scrat rocks. We just watched that movie last weekend.

JaxPop said...

You're a very creative 'nut' Mrs Ramsey - please take that in only the most positive sense. I'll leave the Brownie & cute hat comments for others. My more masculine view of acorns would be that (1) They're another part of weekend chores - cleaning 'em up from the patio & lawn (2) They were great when used with slingshots (Brownies didn't use 'em for that I don't suppose)

Kat said...

My boys love finding perfect acorns and painting little faces on them. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I do love the little acorn caps. Such clever design.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Acorns--they are wonderful, except during fall when millions hit the tin roof of our house.

lotusloq said...

I love the quote from James Allen. I may have to put that on a plaque or something somewhere to remind myself of the vastness of our potential.

Victoria said...

I love this ode to acorns! I do love them, too, and used to collect them on camping trips when I was little. We'd store them up like treasure.

I'm definitely a fan of your blog!

(ps. I'm PFarmgirl's sis in law)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I collect pocketfulls of these on our walks every autumn. What to do with them?? I'll think of something, someday. I just love the little hats they wear.

Alex said...

hahahahaha...I LOVE the acorn thumb! :) Hope you're having a good week!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Fun comments, y'all.
Louise, what smart faeries come to your house! I want to come to the tea party!

Jaxpop, no, I can't say I've ever used them with a slingshot. I won't tell my youngest. He'd put somebody's eye out!

Cathy, I'd love to hear acorns on the tin roof. For about five minutes. Then I guess I see what you mean!

Welcome to the blog, Victoria! What a creative family you belong to!

Gina2424 said...

Never really felt warm and fuzzy about acorns until now!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I am seriously behind on blog visits. I remember that Miss Suzy book! My mother bought it for us and I just loved it! She had the most cozy little home. What a sweet memory that brings back!


Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post! In fact, I think my kids will like it, too! I'll have to bring them here after I get them up this morning!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a beautiful post. I have been thinking about acorns lately, so what a happy coincidence that I found this! I love the acorn pics and the tea cozy is fabulous. Where did you find that little beauty?

rochambeau said...

Dear Becky,
There is a special place in my heart for the mighty acorn. My favorite?
The live oak acorn.

WendyB said...

I love acorns. Here's my effort!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Wendy, that acorn necklace is breathtaking! What incredible work you do!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Becky,

Your Acorn tea cozy is so cute, did you knit it?. I once had a sofa with acorn fabric in reds and browns. I will have to try and find a picture of it. Love the Acorns.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,