Inspiration: Pumpkins!

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins. While carving them up is the classic route, I found tons of creative ways to dress up these seasonal favorites without getting out the carving set. Don’t forget, if you use real pumpkins you can throw in the silica gel from shoeboxes to keep them from molding. They’re all saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Glowing Polka-Dot Pumpkins, courtesy of strawberry-chic.blogspot.com/

Mouse Motel Pumpkin, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Crayon Drip Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Twig Tree, courtesy of aprimitiveplace.blogspot.com/

Monogrammed Pumpkin, courtesy of sisusa.blogspot.com/

Glitter Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

Spray Paint and Stencils, courtesy of allyou.com

Color-Blocked Pumpkins, courtesy of chatelaine.com

Striped Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Gilded Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Glitter Chevron Pumpkin, courtesy of kappaprep.com

Glue & Epsom Salts for a Sparkle Pumpkin, courtesy of davisdaybyday.blogspot.com/

Instagram Photo Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com/

Easy Polka-Dot Pumpkin, courtesy of homestoriesatoz.com

Lentil-studded Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

More gilded pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com

Lacy Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Cookie-Cutter Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Glam Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Button Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Monogram Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Painted Pumpkins, courtesy of lacquerandlinen.com

Rhinestone Pumpkin, courtesy of flickr.com/photos/frykitty/6191774556/

Candy Corn Pumpkins…great for a weirdly shaped pumpkin! Courtesy of BHG.com

Pastel Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Spraypainted Doily Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Dressed Up Pumpkin, courtesy of centsationalgirl.com

Pearl Studded Pumpkins, courtesy of fabulouskblog.com

Message on a Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Washi Tape Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Chalkboard Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Silhouette Pumpkin, courtesy of HGTV.com

Intricately Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of alisaburke.blogspot.com/

Vinyl State Decal Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Burcu Avsar

Decoupaged Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Miki Duisterhof

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic. Courtesy of freshhomeideas.com

Whew.

Cheers,

Caroline

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Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

eddieross.com

mommadanddaboyz.combeantownbaker.com

vanessachristenson.com

bunchesofbliss.com

alloftheaboveblog.com

stylemepretty.com

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Wine Cork Plant Markers

There are lots of cool ways to recycle your leftover wine corks, but I especially love this one from Apartment Therapy.

I love this look for the garden – I’m pinning it to my Garden Grandeur Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,
Caroline

Pin of the Day: Eggshell Seed Starters

I just love this idea! I really like everything about it – common “ingredients”, natural, nice to look at, and functional. What a fantastic project for a rainy day!

Thanks to NaturalCulture on Instructables for this cute pin. I am currently on an Easter kick but this pin is landing on my Garden Grandeur Board as I will definitely be creating these after Easter Sunday.

Supplies:

Eggshells
Egg carton
Potting soil & spoon
Awl/needle/pin – anything long and sharp
Knife
Seeds

Optional:
Pot & stove
Spray bottle
Egg cups/miniature clay pots for display

How-To:

  1. Carefully crack the top third of the egg. You can do this by tapping the egg on the edge of a bowl, or tapping with a sharp knife.
  2. Empty out the eggshells completely.
  3. Wash the eggshells out well.
  4. Optional step: If you are concerned about salmonella on the eggshells, put the empty eggshells in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes.
  5. Take the empty eggshell, and poke a hole in the very bottom with your sharp object. If you are using a thin needle or pin, widen the hole a bit with a pushpin or small nail. This hole provides drainage, so the roots of your plant don’t drown. You only need to poke one small hole; more than one might crack the shell.
  6. Using a small spoon, fill the eggshell with moist potting soil. Optional: If the potting soil is dry, spray it with water from a spray bottle as you fill the eggshell.
  7. Think about the amount of light you have available in your home and garden, and use seeds that will thrive in these conditions. Plant your seeds according to directions. The seed package will tell you how deep to plant the seeds, or can find this information online. If you want quick results, try beans or cucumbers – they usually sprout in a few days.
  8. Display your green treasures!
    Carton: After you have planted the seeds, you can simply put the eggshell planters back into the carton. The carton provides a stable base with room for drainage, is freecycled and looks cute.
    Clay pots: You can get miniature clay pots, or use eggcups to display the planters.
  9. Put your completed planters in a sunny spot, and mist them daily with water so that the soil stays moist.
  10. When the plants grow too big for the shells, gently crack the shells and plant them straight into the garden or a bigger pot. The shell will eventually biodegrade, and the roots will grow out of the shell. The shell also supplements the calcium in the soil.
Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Patterned Pots!

Spring is in the air; and these pots prove it! I can’t wait to make some of my own!

Check them out on my Garden Grandeur Board, and I have re-posted the instructions here from Better Homes and Gardens:

“To determine how much fabric you’ll need, wrap fabric around the container, allowing extra fabric on all edges; trim. Also cut openings for the handle. Fold under all edges to get a smooth look. Spread decoupage medium across the pail, place trimmed fabric atop the decoupage medium, and smooth. Apply a second coat of decoupage medium atop the fabric while working your way around the container.”

Let’s get the comments flowing…what colors or patterns would you pick for your pots?

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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