Since we don't have the brightly colored maple, birch and elm leaves I grew up with, I knitted some leaves.
These can be used as dish or wash cloths, trivets, doilies, potholders, bookmarks, legal tender or replacement leaves for a bare-ass tree. I found two different pattern sets on Ravelry. I'm disappointed that I didn't find a great (free) pattern for a maple leaf, so I'll just have to make my own. These patterns are great for beginning knitters.
The first leaves I knit were from a two pattern set by Tricksyknitter.These are made from Lion Cotton and Peaches and Creme yarns. Small projects like these are perfect for someone with KADD (knitting attention deficit disorder). Leslie Stanfield's book, 75 Birds, Butterflies & little beasts to knit and crochet contains many more wonderful tiny patterns taken from nature.
I then found the Leaf Cloth Trio by Theresa Jones.