Grand Prize Winner! So excited to have my Pumpkin Candy Bowl the grand prize winner of the 3rd Annual Trick Your Pumpkin contest. Here is the link: http://paintmeplaid.com/2012/10/31/the-winners-of-the-3rd-annual-trick-your-pumpkin-contest-are/ Trick Your Pumpkin Tutorial
I just LOVE creating with the craft pumpkins during this time of the year. The pumpkins can easily be cut, carved, painted, decoupaged or altered without much effort. The Annual Trick Your Pumpkin Contest sponsored by Plaid Enterprises motivated me … Continue reading →
Two friends ready for Halloween. I created both of these from gourds! The witch is made with one real gourd for the head and two craft pumpkins I purchased. I created the ghosts with cheesecloth, toothpicks and mod podge. The hair is raffia and I sculpted the hands from polymer clay. I made the witch’s hat with felt and stuffed it with fiberfill.
The Jack O Lantern was created with a real gourd. I cut and carved it. The ghost is the top part of the original gourd and the hat on the ghost is part of another gourd. The leaves were also created from a gourd. The banner is made with paper and I used the Martha Stewart letter punch to create the “Boo” letters. Both were painted with acrylic paints.
Since I have been busy carving and painting up a few gourds as Jack O Lanterns, I decided my home should be decked out in some fall colors. With the afternoon temps in the 90′s most days it sure doesn’t feel like fall outside, so when you walk in the house the fall colors can remind us that cooler weather is not too far away.
A fall greeting by the front door.
I purchased the small antique chair at a flea market . I change what is on the chair every so often depending on the seasons or holidays.
I purchased all of the fall flowers at Michael’s and arranged them in different flower pots and craft pumpkins. I love the look of the craft pumpkins with the flowers.
For the holiday season which is right around the corner. Hard to even think about Halloween with the temps in the 90′s and heat index in the 100′s! Halloween gourds make so much sense here in Florida. There are no guarantees that October is a cool temperature month and the real pumpkins don’t tolerate the heat so for those of us that are not really keen on the fake pumpkins we see at the craft stores a real gourd is a great alternative !
Carved gourds. The ghosts can be removed to insert a votive