My 3 Monsters: Day 8: Decorative Pumpkins

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10.08.2011

Day 8: Decorative Pumpkins


Since making my new wreath and throw pillows, my creative wheels have been spinning.  What's Halloween decor without a pumpkin or two, right?

I adore this pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens.  I like white pumpkins so much better, but my children always pick the classic orange ones.  Traditionalists.  I get it.  It's fine.  But white pumpkins?  Covered in black lace?  Yes, please.  Let the kids carve up the orange ones.  Real pumpkins are just starting to come into stores here and I always hesitate to buy them so early because of the heat.  I'm afraid they wouldn't last. It's a silly fear, really because I keep them in the house.  I bought a few paper mache pumpkins on clearance a few years back thinking I would do something with them.  Alas, they have sat in the fall decor box in the garage unused...unappreciated...nearly forgotten.  And then a few weeks ago I bought some black patterned tights at Target.  {This ties in to the whole story, I promise.}  I was excited to wear them the following Sunday morning {yes, it's too warm for pumpkins, but not for tights -- I'm an enigma}, but when I took them out of the package I could see two huge holes -- one in each leg -- that were clearly going to run the moment I stretched them.  Boo.   I guess I could have returned them, but, like the pumpkins, I had bought them on clearance and it just didn't seem worth it to go all the way back to the store for a mere $1.50.  It was then that I remembered this pin and those pumpkins in the garage and a project was born.  Before I show you mine I have to tell yoou I don't really like how mine turned out, but I'ma keep it it real here y'all.  I'll show you all my failures right along with my successes.  You win some, you lose some.  The shape of the pumpkins is odd and the polka dot tights I used are not nearly as pretty as the lace ones in the inspiration.   See for yourself:


They're kinda' sad, I think.  I recreated a scaled back version of the old creepy apothecary to try and up their cool factor.  Meh.  I am still in love with the original idea so I may try it again.  Next year.  One thing I do like is that half-finished pillow cover in the background of my photo.  My kids and I thought it would be fun to make a Marauder's Map pillow to go along with the other Halloween pillows.  {If you don't know or care about Harry Potter, you may be excused as the rest of this post will not interest you.  And thanks for stopping by!  But stay and keep reading if you'd like...}  I quickly created the patterns and cut some freezer paper stencils.  Will someone please tell my family that I need a Silhouette machine already.  *sigh*  Anyway, on the front it says


Flip it over and the back obviously must say
I just need to get a pillow form and finish sewing the front and back together.  So, at least that's something today.  Thanks for hanging in there with me on this "31 days" fail.  Tomorrow I'll be sharing a tee shirt refashion success with you.  Have a good one, friends!

4 comments:

  1. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I LOVE the pillow that you are making! I'm a huge HP fan and that pillow idea is just adorable. :)

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  2. I LOVE that vignette! I think your pumpkins look great, and I love the pillows. Gorgeous!

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  3. I bought a pair of those tights to wear to a wedding in March and they were adorable, but only lasted the day. Boo :( That's what you get for a bargain, I guess... I LOVE the pillow. I need one. Or a few. They would make awesome Christmas presents. (Like I have time to make Christmas presents...)

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  4. LOVE the look of these pumpkins!! Well done - so cute!

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