Bringing Fall to the Back Porch

Good morning! I know I have been away for a bit and I am trying to get back in the swing of teaching and blogging. So far, teaching is winning out! 🙂 I have all sorts of projects spinning round in my head, but by the time I am done teaching, I don’t have much energy left. Thanks for sticking with me though. I will be trying to get a few more projects out to you all!

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I was looking back through my posts from last year and saw this one. I liked this one so much, I thought I would share it with you again.

A few weeks ago, I bought a variety of pumpkins, both small and big. I had to buy them at the supermarket, since our pumpkin patches weren’t open yet. Lol.

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I used them on my back patio. I actually see my back patio more than the front, and I wanted to be able to enjoy the fall decor all season.

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I used little white pumpkins along with faux leaves and acorns in a glass container.

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I added a couple more pumpkins to my potting bench too. I made my acorn garland a few years ago, using the acorns from the oak tree in our old backyard.

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There are so many ways to decorate with pumpkins all over the house or outside. I like setting one on top of a terracotta pot for the different textures.

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I hung up this old window from the edge of the patio. I love the chippiness and the charm it brings to my outdoor space.

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A big orange striped pillow, a soft throw, and a few pumpkins make this a cozy place to hang out.

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Aren’t these mugs adorable?! I found these at #HomeGoods. They had dogs on them, so I had to get them!

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The dogs enjoy being out here too!

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I kept things really simple. Just adding small touches here and there.

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Tucking a small pumpkin into your potted plants is a great place to add fall to your decor too.

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It’s so nice to look out the window and see touches of fall. Thank you again for stopping by!

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Non-Carved Pumpkin Round Up

Hello!  How has everyone’s week been?  I took a day trip up to Yosemite with a friend of mine which was super nice and fun. We had a wonderful time up in the mountains away from the heat so it was relaxing.

This week we are showing off some really cool pumpkins that don’t require any carving.  These are the kind of pumpkins I like because I absolutely despise carving.  I cannot stand gutting a pumpkin so I much prefer decorating them.  So here are some cute ideas if you are like me and can’t stand carving.  Enjoy!

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Crayon Drip Pumpkin from The Swell Designer

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Confetti Pumpkin from Cloudy Day Gray

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White Pumpkin with Flowers from Finding Zest

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Candy Corn Pumpkin from Craft Project Ideas

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Frankenstein Pumpkin from Plaid Online

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Painted Pumpkins from Think Make Share Blog

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Striped Pumpkins from Makely Home

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Thumbprint Pumpkin DIY from Handmade Charlotte

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Glow in the Dark Pumpkins from I Love to Create

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Fox and Owl Pumpkins from Home on the Corner

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Thrift Store Pumpkin Makeover

Good morning! Now that’s it’s officially fall, are you experiencing fall weather? This week we have a few cool days, a couple hot ones, and then it cools down for the weekend. I do love the cool nights and being able to cuddle under the blankets!

I found this paper mache’ pumpkin at a thrift store this past week. I liked the size, but didn’t like the shiny finish on it.

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I took the stem off and then used some of the chalk paint I had on hand. I used what I thought was a cream colored chalk paint, but it was actually wax. I thought I would try it and it ended up working out.

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I used a couple of coats of the wax and I like the chalk look much better.

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I used Waverly ‘Mineral’ and Americana Decor ‘Heirloom’ and used a small paintbrush to brush small strokes of paint all over the pumpkin. I made sure to add some in the recesses, to give some shadow.

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I also painted the stem with the ‘Mineral’ and ‘Heirloom’ paint and then glued it back on the top of the pumpkin.

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I added the pumpkin to my mantel along with a couple of lanterns and a large pumpkin canvas I painted last year.

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Just a few touches bring fall into the room!

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I also bought a new candle from Bath and Body Works, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Mmmm! It smells so good!

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I love when I can take a thrift store item and remake it to be usable again! I also love when I don’t have to spend a lot of money to bring something ‘new’ to my home. What items have you made over? I would love to hear about it!

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Pumpkin and Magnolia Leaves Tablescape

orange and turquoise thanksgiving tablescape titleGood morning! Well, it’s November! That means in blog land, it’s time to get out the Christmas decorations! I haven’t quite got there yet, so I thought I would share my Thanksgiving table from last year. Enjoy!

 

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I bought this great big fat pumpkin when I went to the pumpkin patch with my class and it has been waiting to be the star of the table! I love it!

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I was able to cut a few small branches of magnolia leaves from my neighbors tree (shhh) to use on the table too. I added in a few pussy-willow branches and some golden acorns.

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The candlelight glowing on the white hydrangeas and leaves look so pretty.

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Adding in lots of textures gives the table a cozy and homey feel. Rattan place-mats and burlap pumpkins combined with the leaves and flowers add just the right touch.

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I added just a little bit of orange and turquoise too.

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I hope you all get to gather around the table with special people in your lives this Thanksgiving. All the decor and food mean nothing if we can’t share it with the people we love!

I’m so glad you stopped in today. Thank you so much for following along! The next time I am here, it will be with Christmas ideas! I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Decoupage Pumpkin with Maps

 

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Good morning! I made it back this week! Thanks for joining me! I have a really simple craft for you all today. Lauren has been decorating with maps and travel items lately, so I made this for her. I first picked up a foam pumpkin from the Dollar Tree. I had Mod Podge and maps on hand. Obviously, you could use any type of paper to have it match your decor. Scrapbook paper, pretty napkins, or old book pages would look nice too.

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I gave my pumpkin a coat of primer, just so the bright orange wouldn’t show through. Then I tore up a map page into little pieces.

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I had to have a bit of California in my pieces. 🙂

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Once I had my pieces, I brushed Mod Podge on a small section of pumpkin and placed my pieces on it, overlapping them. Then I brushed more Mod Podge over the top. I continued over the whole pumpkin. Once I had all my pieces on, I brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing making sure I brushed under any loose pieces.

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While letting the pumpkin dry, Lauren picked out a small stick to use as the stem (I actually found some faux stems on Amazon!)

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I wanted the stem to look a little rougher, so I added some hot glue around the edges.

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I mixed up some grey and tan paint, not mixing it too thoroughly. I wanted it to show the different colors.

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Once the paint was dry, I hot glued it to the top of the pumpkin. This is how it turned out! It looks much better than just a small branch.

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I really like how you can spend so little to make something that fits your own style and decor.

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I think I may have to pick up a few more pumpkins!

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There you go! Not only affordable, but quick and easy too! Have you every decoupaged your own pumpkin? I would love to hear about it!

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