1350There’s just something about the mottled Smoky Mountain autumn leaves that I just love. It is so cool to me to see that unique blotchiness of color in a single leaf. Is it green? Is it red? Is it yellow? Is it orange? All of the above! The colors are amazing! See the beautiful Frame Me! leaf greeting card to the right that I made from one of the unusual red maple leaves.

I was inspired this past week during the annual Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Wilderness Wildlife Week. I attended a number of FREE workshops on a variety of topics, such as: harvesting and cooking plants and flowers, native plants and animals important to the Cherokee of the area, beautiful nature photography, hilarious storytelling about our local Appalachian dialect and so much more. I enjoyed crafters’ displays and talked to many interesting people.

In fact, I was so inspired, I am going to look into being a demonstrator and exhibitor at WWW in 2014 at the new LeConte Center here in town. I’m very excited about the possibilities that this will open for Smoky Mountain Leaf Works. I’ll be sure to keep readers posted about this exciting new venture.

I am updating the new website every day, adding things, taking things out, learning about the best way to market my Smoky Mountain wares. I am also making new items every day. It gives me so much joy to look over a leaf – back and front – and think of a fun and different way to create  leaf art from it.

Another goal I am working to accomplish is to wholesale my artwork to a local store. I believe my leaf creations will really appeal to the millions of visitors we have here in the Smoky Mountains each year. What better souvenir than an actual autumn leaf?

I know I will also be inspired when attending a book signing event led by Chris Guillebeau of The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future next week in Nashville, Tennessee. I can’t wait!


About Cindy A. Johnson

I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I love to read, work in my flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping. I also like to watch wildlife, including my cats and dog (ha!). I write online articles on a variety of subjects. Check out my book reviews at:, wonderful nature stuff at and assorted articles on interesting stuff at My first ebook was published in January 2012: "Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents." Check out the blog at
This entry was posted in autumn leaves, birds, crafts, fall leaves, Great Smoky Mountains, leaf art, nature, pressed leaves, Smoky Mountain gifts, souvenirs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Inspired

  1. valador says:

    Beautiful website. The Smokey Mountains are truly inspirational.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s