Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere...

... Yes- we are still covered in a plethora of pumpkins at the Jones household...and I love it! I am definitely one of those people who cannot stand to have the Christmas decor out before Thanksgiving is over. I hate to think of Thanksgiving being passed over. It is such an important holiday, and I think it gets overlooked a lot, unfortunately. I know that just by having the Christmas tree, greenery & lights up, you don't automatically forget the meaning of Thanksgiving when it comes, but to me,
it just takes away from it.

Since we always have a real tree every year, we don't have it until Black Friday anyway. These reasons, and the fact that last year, I was already tired of the Christmas decor by December 26th, create the result of us keeping out the pumpkins a little bit longer here. I think one full month of the stuff is enough. For me, less is more. The same goes for Christmas music. I love it so very much, but I do get tired of it after hearing it day in & day out for a full month. I usually turn it on (and turn it way up) on Black Friday too.

Don't get me wrong, I am the polar opposite of a Scrooge. I go all out for Christmas- always have and always will. Every year, I have more stuff out than the year before. I just think every season has its own time. And speaking of, I am (still) loving my pumpkin collection this year. I have added more this year, and wanted
to share some quick pics with y'all...

I have a new addition to the porch this year...

The urn was from my sweetie's precious family when my dad passed away. It housed a gorgeous, full plant, which has now been transplanted somewhere new (more on its new home later in this post). It took me just a matter of minutes to transplant the plant that was once here, clean out the original pot, and add some Spanish moss to create a "nest".

I found this cute little pumpkin at Dollar General for 3 bucks!! I was so excited! My mom & I had made our rounds 2 weekends ago at all the local Christmas open houses- I didn't find a thing. Leave it to me to find what I want at Dollar General or the Dollar Tree. I love to buy cheap base items, spruce them up a tiny bit, and make them work. You can do so much with very little!

The raffia on top really adds to it, and I love the glitter!

This has been my normal set-up for the front porch
for the last two years...

That little scarecrow has hung in there for a few years now, and still looks great, if you ask me. The pumpkin was new last year, from Hob Lob. They have now changed these to where you buy the plain pumpkin & the initial decal separately. Mine is the old school version, which I like much better- my "J" initial is carved into mine. I love it more every year. :)

I tried my hand at another Mod Podged pumpkin, just as I did last year. I started out by making one for my mom, then I loved it so much, I decided to make my own. Speaking of, I need to get on that...we'll have my family over to our house for Thanksgiving
in ONE WEEK. Unbelievable!

I used the same infamous pumpkins as I did in the aforementioned project, and for my recent chevron painted pumpkins. I just bought some cute scrapbook paper at Hob Lob, cut it into strips, and Mod Podged it on. After it was dry, I put a coat of Mod Podge on top to protect. I then placed a cinnamon stick through the top for the stem, and added some Spanish moss for a little something extra. This stuff is great, by the way.


Now, as I mentioned earlier, I found a new home for the plant that was in the urn that is now on the front porch. It has gotten smaller since last year, so the large urn was taking away from the plant itself. I got the new pot from my grandmother's, and decided to repurpose it. It was again one of those things I saw, and immediately knew what I wanted to transform it into.

I hate that I did not get a "Before" pic, but you can picture it- it was a cream color with an ugly, greenish patina look. And it was very dirty. So to start with, I cleaned it & spray-painted it
a bronze-y gold...

I knew from the start that I wanted to enhance the raised leaves, and work with the grooves. I did not want to go to the store & buy a glaze just for one project, so I worked with what I had. I used simple brown acrylic paint & a paper towel and went to work.

I just dabbed some paint onto the pot, then rubbed it in, making sure to catch a lot of the grooves. This was really easy, and it makes a big difference. It makes me want to go & buy glaze
for another project. We'll see.

I'm happy with the way it turned out. And, if I ever want to
add more, it's easy.

I hope everyone is having a great week. We are still staying busy. We're a little bummed that Alabama lost this past weekend, but we know it's not the end of the world. The same goes for the election. God knows what He's doing.

If I don't make a post at some point before,
Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Black Friday!

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