We didn’t get around to carving pumpkins until yesterday… the day before Halloween 😦 Mom fail!!
Anyway….I was “browsing” Pinterest yesterday morning and found a link to free Angry Birds jack-o-lantern templates. My 14 yr old son, Dylan, thought that was cool so he decided to carve the yellow bird. I think it looks really good!
My plan was to drill holes with various sizes of hole saws all over my pumpkin creating a polka dot effect. But, my husband’s drill battery started to die during the process. I had to improvise. The start of 3 drill holes became the eyes and nose. Then, I very roughly carved a thin mouth with a serrated steak knife. Not the look I was going for AT ALL, but it’s still a cute pumpkin. My favorite part… the super tall stem!!
My goal for next year… to carve a few very cool, unique, and fun pumpkins a week before Halloween. LOL Oh…and to be sure any tools that I plan to use are fully charged.
Halloween= costumes, trick-or-treating and loads of candy!
Last year was my daughter’s first Halloween and my middle child was almost 3 yrs old. I was thrilled to be able to dress them in coordinating costumes. My two little “creepy crawlies”…… 8-month-old Harper dressed as a ladybug (from Carter’s) and her big brother, Lincoln, dressed as a spider (from Pottery Barn Kids). My 13 yr old son, Dylan, decided not to coordinate with his much-younger siblings….which I was fine with since he was clearly old enough to voice his own opinion.
Months ago, I started brainstorming fun duos for this year. I had a few great ideas in mind… Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf or Dorothy & the Tin Man or boy & girl garden gnomes….. However, something happened. Something unexpected. Something I wasn’t prepared for yet. It seems that Lincoln is now old enough to voice his own opinion (at not quite 4 yrs old). He will be trick-or-treating in a Mario costume this year. Unfortunately, he absolutely refuses to wear the stick-on moustache 😦
As much as Lincoln tried to convince me to dress Harper as Luigi and as much as I wanted the two costumes to coordinate, I did not give in.
Harper will be an Iowa Hawkeye Cheerleader…and hopefully she’ll actually carry the pom-poms when it comes time to go door-to-door in our neighborhood.
Maybe they’ll let me dress them in coordinating costumes next year.
Who/What will your children be dressing as this Halloween?? Are you one of those amazing moms that makes costumes for your children? Or do you go the store-bought route?
Front door all ”dressed-up” for Autumn.
I tend to use elements that can be used throughout the season, instead of focusing on Halloween. Not because I don’t love the spooky holiday. I just don’t have the time, energy or extra money to spend on re-decorating the porch every few weeks. However, I finally gave in and bought this rug a couple days ago at Target after walking past it on numerous shopping trips, debating whether or not my entryway “needed” it.
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The wreath was made by my mom several years ago.
Its simply an oval grapevine wreath and one branch/pick of leaves & acorns attached with wire.
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During the spring & summer months, the tall black pot is home to a kong coleus and a trailing coleus. But when Autumn approaches, the plants are removed and in their place… straw, a pumpkin, and my creepy black crow welcome guests to our home.
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The front porch sitting area.
The perfect place to sit and indulge in pumpkin spice lattes on crisp Autumn mornings. Or enjoy a glass of Harvest Blush from Cedar Ridge Winery in the evening while chatting with neighbors.
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I absolutely love gourds… the various colors, the different shapes & sizes, and the interesting textures…. so fun to decorate with!
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Natural elements from local pumpkin patches (including a cinderella pumpkin, a mum, gourds, and a straw bale) along with an apple basket make up this display.
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I adore this Cinderella pumpkin!!
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Linked to: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest , Weekend Wrapup Party at Tatertots & Jello , Tickled Pink Fridays at 504 Main , Home Decor and Organizing Link Party at Organize & Decorate Everything and Friday Free for All at Young and Crafty.
As I decorated for Halloween, I realized that I have a serious case of “Mantel Envy”. I want a mantel to decorate! I mean, what good is our gas fireplace if it doesn’t have a mantel for me to create a fabulously spooky Halloween display?!
I could sit here and pout all day about my lack of a mantel, but I won’t. Instead, I’m sharing some of my favorite Halloween mantels that created this sad case of “Mantel Envy”….
From Organize & Decorate Everything
From Down the Primrose Path
From Finding Home
Autumn is my favorite season! I love everything about it….the beautiful leaves changing colors, the cool crisp air, snuggling in flannel sheets, sipping hot apple cider, eating anything made with pumpkin, trips to the pumpkin patch, picking apples at the local orchard, and football. Oh, let’s not forget Halloween! I just simply love it all! (well, with the exception of horror movies and haunted houses and anything else that might scare me to the point of wetting my pants. lol) So, for the next few days I will be sharing some of my favorite Autumn things from décor to kids’ crafts to recipes.
One of my favorite Autumn things… Our Wedding!
I love Autumn so much that I planned our outdoor wedding at Palisades-Kepler State Park during the peak of the season. October 4, 2008. Our wedding colors were chocolate & burnt orange. I was thrilled to use Autumn accents…mums, pumpkins, gourds, and leaves in the wedding decor.
Bridal bouquet with Mums, Tulips, Pincushion Protea, Hypericum Berries and more.
Looking back, I still love the mums, pumpkins, gourds & colorful leaves… but even more importantly… I love my husband!