Around here, we can feel that fall feeling in the air. Just last week, it was nearly 100 degrees, but now, it’s barely reaching the mid 60s. There’s a crisp breeze, and the leaves are just starting to change colors and fall. There’s also that “fall smell” that I love so much. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to change over the nature table. This is our first year with the nature table, and it’s grown into quite a sight to behold. The table itself is this little two person dinette table that we have pushed against a mirror wall. We were actually going to use it, but that never happened. It’s in too tight a space to be functional. It’s ideal for displaying things, though. To that end, we first put out a few little critters mixed in with some cheap candles and a diffuser from the dollar store, but the little table grew and grew into quite a production!

Two of the things that really make the table and pull it all together are this enormous piece of fabric from earthboundpixie and a wooden calendar from mamaroots. The fabric was truly a surprise. I ordered a playmat, and this enormous piece of fabric was wrapped around it. And, I do mean enormous! It’s gold, toile, and about 7’X7′. We used that to cover the mirror wall right up and it gives our nature table error a warm, inviting, and enchanted look. The wooden calendar is based around an old Czech folk tale called the Twelve Brothers. Each brother represents a month of the year. Whenever a new month roles around, the figure representing that month–a little “brother”–is pulled out and put in a place of honor on a little rock. It’s absolutely adorable. The calendar also comes with a little wooden bowl that can contain nature or other objects that can represent the month.

Here’s our summer nature table:

Summer Nature Table

Summer Nature Table

Here’s a close up of our wooden calendar:

The Twelve Brothers

The Twelve Brothers

Here’s our table all aglow during Midsummer:

Midsummer's Eve

Midsummer's Eve

Lastly, if you’re new to nature tables, they need not be so elaborate. In their simplest form, they should have four objects. There should be at least one object from each “kingdom” which Rudolf Steiner, the father of Waldor education describes as the animal, mineral, vegetable, and human. A lot of people may use found or handmade objects that are seasonal. Apparently, some people add one kingdom per week of the month. Some people might add the objects with songs or other fanfare. I’m thinking of deconstructing the summer table all in one go and adding all the new fall objects with some fall songs. Some of the other objects on this table were all made by prettydreamer, NatureTableTreasures, MamaMadeThem, and mamakopp.

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