Tuesday, September 18, 2012

oh... hello fall

I have wanted to try a few handmade pumpkins for fall. So, I decided to do whatever I had on hand - all in one naptime. I am hoping to make a few more this week. Possibly a different color scheme for a different room.


I bought decorated store bought orange pumpkins last year on 75% off. So about a quarter a piece. I spray painted some white before decorating them.

I made 2 different burlap pumpkins. The larger pumpkin has a tighter weave. This one is actually a plastic ball (like the ball pit kind) wrapped in a little polyfil and then covered in burlap. The smaller burlap pumpkin has no filler. It is just a puffy empty sack sewn together at the top and bottom. It is from a wide roll of burlap ribbon. 

burlap pumpkin wrapped in twine with tag


I added a wooden tag to the larger one that said, "oh... hello fall" in a coordinating ink color.

Some of the painted pumpkins have jute or twine around them for depth. For the littlest 2 white pumpkins, I wrapped their plastic stems in jute.



The remainder of the pumpkins have real pumpkin stems. They are hot-glued on to each pumpkin. I saved them after last years pumpkins were getting thrown out. My husband thought I was Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. :)

But I have a vision! It just might take me 10 months to get around to accomplishing it.


The other littlest pumpkin in wrapped in twine and then I wrapped it around the pumpkin vertically as well to add definition, because once wrapped, the little pumpkin lost its shape.

I wrapped a medium plastic pumpkin in linen ribbon and then added the twine for definition again.


Also, during the same naptime, I decided to roast my acorns I had picked last week from my neighbor's driveway. Shhhh.... But really, will they miss them? They were just going to drive on them and smash them to smithereens.

When I was looking for something to put a couple in, I realized the my little Chevrolet truck was the PERFECT shade of aqua to compliment the pumpkins. So stinkin' cute!



If you want to try this, just set your oven to 175 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. It is recommended to crack the stove door to let moisture escape. I have seen online that you can bake them anywhere from 20 minutes to all day. I did it for about 3 hours, since I had them sitting in a bag for a week. I wanted to make sure to dry out any moisture and/or critters. {eeeeewwww}


I wanted lots of different textures. I think I'm happy so far. Next, I want to make some out of velvet. I might add some glitter or epsom salt to the plain white pumpkins to add a little more character.

Have you made any new fall decorations? Share with me - I need some more inspiration. :)

Sometimes I link up with the following fabulous linky parties: The 36th AvenueA Ruffled Nest, At the Picket FenceBe Different Act Normal, Between Naps of the PorchBeyond the Picket FenceBlissful & DomesticBowdabra BlogCheerios and LattesCoastal CharmCommon GroundCountry Momma CooksCrystal & Co (The Mommy Club)The Dedicated HouseDIY Show OffElizabeth & Co., Embracing ChangeFaded CharmFamily Every AfterThe Farmhouse PorchFinding Fabulous, Fine Craft GuildFireflies and JellybeansFree Pretty Things!, French Country Cottage, Ginger Snap Crafts, High Heels and GrillsHome stories AtoZHouse of HepworthsI Heart NaptimeLil' LunaLadybird Ln, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Little Becky HomeckyMandatory MoochMilk & CuddlesMod Vintage Life, My Repurposed LifeMy Romantic HomeMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaNap Time CraftersThe Nature of GraceNifty Thrifty ThingsNot Just a HousewifeOne More Time, Primp Your StuffRedoux, Savvy Southern Style, Shabby Art BoutiqueSimple Home LifeSix Sisters' Stuff, Skip to My LouSomeday CraftsThe Shabby Creek Cottage, Stone GableTatertots and JelloThirty Handmade Days, Tip JunkieTwigg StudiosUncommon DesignsUnder the Table & DreamingThe Vintage Farmhouse, ...

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76 comments:

  1. Absolutely adorable vignette, Dori! I love the way that you've incorporated some old, some new, lots of texture and a very unexpected colour. That little truckload of acorns is so perfect!

    I also have to add that your photos are fantastic! What a fun post :)

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  2. Your pumpkins are awesome. I love the beautiful vignette. The truck completes it. So creative. Your newest follower from Tip Me Tues. :)

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  3. Popping over to your great blog from Home Stories A2Z. I'm crazy for these awesome pumpkins! You could sell these & do very well. I'm impressed!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  4. Absolutely precious - love the colors! Love that adorable truck.......very very cool. I am secretly jealous of your talent!

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  5. Love love love the pumpkins, the truck, the great colors, your amazing creativity. I am jealous of you in a very good way!

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  6. These are so cute! Il ove the colors, especially the turquoise! The little truck is perfect (wish I had a real one like that!) Never heard of roasting acorns before. I'll be lucky if I can get any of them away from the chipmunks and squirrels around here! Please post pics if you make more! The only fall craft I've done recently is a painted pumpkin. You can find it on my etsy shop pinkcherubmoon.etsy.com or on my blog pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com. It was easy to paint and decorate! Hugs, Leena

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  7. Hi! I’m your newest follower! Stopping by from Today With the Tennerys {late}
    Check out my Mommy blog at:
    www.dawnsdisaster.blogspot.com
    Visit anytime!
    {All follows are returned}
    Come play on Sundays @
    Super Sunday Sync!

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  8. They are lovely! Very nice job! I'm planning to make some stuffing fabric ones. Congrats!

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  9. These are absolutely ADORABLE!!! Where in the world did you get that vintage turquoise pickup from? I want one!! ha

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  10. These are soooooo cute!!!! thank you for linking up to Share It One More Time

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  11. Oh my gosh can I just have EVERYTHING on your blog that you make!? I am in love with your decorating style and these pumpkins would go perfectly in my house! Newest follow here! I would love for you to come and visit me! riversrecipereview.blogspot.com

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  12. visiting from someday crafts. I love the color scheme of these pumpkins! I also love the look with real pumpkin stalks, it just adds something extra :)

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  13. Oh I just love the mint green touch on them! So adorable! Such a fresh take on a traditional fall idea. Makes me want to go home and be crafty now! I just found your blog and I have enjoyed getting to know you better... I'm excited to follow along!

    new follower :)
    bonnie
    bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

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  14. genius to keep the stems from last year. Who cares if you're cukoo, I think it's genius! Love the blue, it's great to see something different than black and orange!

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post at A Bouquet of Talent!! I am so thrilled to have you share your adorable pumpkins. HUGS

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  16. Love the colors you put together for this... yum! And what a brilliant idea to save the stems. I will be doing that this year for sure!

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  17. The pumpkin patch pic made me click on your link! absolutely adorable and I especially love the truck:)) I've been starting my fall decor - slowly but surely! Come visit and you'll see! I'm a new follower from the Coastal Charm party! Best, Katie

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  18. Very creative pumpkins, I expecially love the burlap ones, I've so into that this fall. You've inspired me.

    cindy@stitches

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  19. Rrealllly Cute! So, let me invite you to share your creation (and other ideas) at our linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party : Look forward to seeing you there! ~ Rose

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  20. These pumpkins are all so cute, I just had to pin them! ~ Maureen

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  21. Love the turquoise you added to the mix! I am definitely going to try and save some pumpkin stems this year... good idea!

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  22. Beautiful pumpkin patch! I love all the textures. I just won a whole bunch of twine in a giveaway I'm going to try to make a twine one like you've shared. It's beautiful. Megan

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  23. Hi Dori,
    Just stopping by to say Thank you for linking up to http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/one-more-time-link-party-and-features.html
    and to say Congratulations you have been featured.

    Thank you again and hope to see you at the next party
    Tammy

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  24. Congratulations on your Someday Crafts feature today, Dori! You deserve it :)

    Have a lovely weekend (and Happy Fall!)

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  25. How sweet- I'm obsessed with all things pumpkin, and I love that you thought outside of the box and used non traditional colors!

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  26. They all go together very well. It looks wonderful. Love that little truck. Love your blog. from blog hop and I'm going to follow you, follow back if you would like.
    Thank you.

    Patricia from http://topiaryrose.blogspot.com

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  27. I'm loving these pumpkins! Love the combo of the aqua with the burlap. Too cute!

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  28. Very cute! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Love the arrangement!

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  29. Loving these pumpkins, I really want to try making a few. Your pictures are great too.

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  30. I love the sweet little twine pumpkin and the aqua color. My hubby often thinks I'm cuckoo for cocoa puffs, too... so thanks for the laugh!!!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

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  31. Those are too cute! I love how you used the twine and I can't believe you made all of those in one nap time! I definitely need to make me some cute pumpkins and I'll be using these as inspiration. Pinning! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you there! :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-11/

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  32. I adore these and will be pinning them like mad!!

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  33. I love these. I didn't know you could save pumpkin stems! Clever, clever.

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  34. Oh, oh, oh, and oh. LOVE your pumpkins and acorns in that adorable truck!! I wish we had acorns here... I can think of a zillion things I'd do with them. Love all the different textures on your pumpkins. Is your truck a new one that looks old? I MUST find one. TFS! :)

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  35. Beautiful! I love your non-traditional color scheme and your truck is the perfect little accessory! Such a great idea to use the real stems and that twine pumpkin is so stinkin cute! Pinned!
    Jenn :)

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  36. Love your pumpkin patch! And I think the little green truck is just perfect with acorns and makes your pumpkin patch very special! Happy Autumn!

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  37. These little pumpkins are adorable. I especially love the ones made from burlap. Cute! Love the little truck with the acorns too!

    Visting from Bowdabra's Saturday Showcase.

    Linda

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  38. Love your white and aqua color scheme and admire your DIY talents!
    Happy Fall! That's a lot to accomplish during nap time!

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  39. These are such pretty pumpkins. I love them. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/natural-coconut-bubble-bath-and.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  40. I love these decorations! Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

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  41. What a bevy of beauties! They are all some cute! I appreciate you sharing your creative project at Potpourri Firday!

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  42. Hi! Stopping by from I Heart Naptime. I LOVE the pumpkins you created! Where did you find that turquoise truck? I'm crazy about anything turquoise, aqua and blue so that caught my eye. Your blog is great and I'm a new follower. Can't wait to go thru your archives and see what you've done!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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  43. Just adorable. The aqua and white looks fantastic!

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  44. I think your pumpkins are beautiful! You did a great job.

    Love them with the blue truck.

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  45. Hi, Dori! Stopping by to let you know that I featured your awesome pumpkins at Best of Show from the Bouquet of Talent party. Thank you so much for sharing. You have a button waiting on you. Have a great week. :)

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  46. The pumpkins are adorable!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

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  47. These pumpkins are adorable. I am so excited about the fall and the wonderful holidays coming up. I am currently in an english class and we have been working a lot with blogs. I follow Someday Crafts and saw your blog post on there. Congrats! I will have to share this craft with some of my friends.

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  48. These are BRILLIANT!!! Very "Pinteresty". LOVE the color combo, those are my kitchen colors!

    Great job!

    Would love for you to come and stop by my blog, if you get the chance. http://purplekale25.blogspot.com/

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  49. So cute! And saving last year's stems - genius!

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  50. Stopping by from the hop-making new friends!

    Have a wonderful day! Stop by and say hello!

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  51. Thanks so much for sharing this cute fall post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love the colors!

    Jody

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  52. This is so darn cute!!! I can't get over it! Think I'm gonna have to make some pumpkins! Didn't plan ahead and save pumpkins stems but maybe pieces of sticks would work.
    Homa Style is having a No Orange Autumn Display Link Party tomorrow on Wednesday and would love to see your creation there. Here's the link...
    http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/09/25/no-orange-autumn-decor/

    I'm pinning this one!

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  53. Oh hello fall is right!! I love so many things about your blog but here is the start I love the mason jars on your heading, I love those pumpkins okay okay LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!
    xox
    Your Friend,
    Ash@ABpetite
    http://abpetite.blogspot.com/

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  54. I love the colors you used!! That is such a cute idea too



    I"m your newest follower from the GFC blog hop
    followme@ www.studentswife.com

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  55. These are so beautiful!! I love it!!

    Just found you through the link up! Love your cute blog! I am a new follower. Would love for you to stop by and follow along if you'd like :)

    sjdmiller.blogspot.com

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  56. I keep seeing these cute pumpkins on everyone's sites! What I like about yours are the colors--especially the aqua and white one---that is so pretty and very unique!!! Newest follower from the GFC blog hop. Would love it if you could visit my site and follow me back--I'd be very grateful if you could! Thanks!

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  57. I absolutely LOVE these!! I like how they aren't the typical Halloween colors. So cute! Thanks for sharing at High Heels and Grills Work It Wednesday. I just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring you tomorrow! http://highheelsandgrills.blogspot.com/2012/09/work-it-wednesday-2.html Be sure to grab a button. You deserve it!

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  58. Your pumpkins are amazing. I'm a new follower. You did such a wonderful job on them.

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  59. Hi Dori,
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pumpkins with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/how-to-make-natural-tinted-lip-balm-and.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  60. I am loving these pumpkins! Would love to have you stop by my party happening now to link these up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  61. Hello from your newest follower! The pumpkins look gorgeous.

    Take a wander to www.thecottagediaries.blogspot.co.nz and follow back if you like!

    X
    Molly

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  62. Love love love~ sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  63. These are, by far the coolest DIY pumpkins I have seen so far this season!!

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  64. Great ideas! You are a genius to reuse the pumpkin stems. I am following you. Please come by and visit me at Pinehurst Cottage. Come with us on our journey to buy a vacation cottage and the renovation of it. I'd love your input. I hope you follow! ~Amy

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  65. Thank you so much for linking to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party. Your display is my favorite this year! I was excited to show it to my readers. Homa Style will be hosting a Simple Holiday Handmade Gift Idea Link Party {Please no sale items} on Oct 31. Hope to see you there. Thanks again!

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  66. awe I LOVE your pumpkins...the teal blue is so cute! Pumpkins are cute in any color, aren't they?! :) Yours make me smile!! I love your blog...I have browsed through some of your other posts. You are very talented!! Can't wait to see more :)

    Blessings - Sara

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  67. Love the pumpkins! I'm a new follower from Monday Mingle.

    Michelle
    www.bigfoottribe.com

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  68. How cute are these??? Love them!

    Mary

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  69. I love the colors and textures Dori!!!!!!!

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  70. Hi Just wanted you to know I featured your adorable pumpkins on my Saturday favs and I'm your newest follower-Have a great weekend! Claire

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  71. I love working with burlap and these are so cute! I did my table runner in burlap, next stop, the craft store on November 1 for discount pumpkins!

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  72. Ummmmmm.... I LOVE! That turquoise truck is at the very top of my "Must Find NOW" list!

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  73. These are so sweet, I never would have thought of mint pumpkins but it totally works. So unique, and more creative than the traditional orange!

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