September 21, 2014

Making Pumpkins

OMG,  Fall will officially be here in six hours!!!   I pretty much spent the hot, humid summer indoors.  The heat kicks my backside!  I realize that it won't automatically be chilly in the morning, but the end is in sight for sweltering hot days and I am very happy about that.

Last year, around this time, I started shopping for 'real' pumpkin stems to use on my handmade pumpkins.  I could not believe the price these little pieces of wood were fetching!   That's when I  decided that I would be on the hunt  for pumpkin stems to use for this years pumpkins. I happened to be in Florida right before Halloween so I stopped at a Pensacola Church, in the pouring rain,  to see if they would let me walk through their soggy pumpkin lot and retrieve stems.  Not only did they let me, they helped me!  I was soaking wet but thankful for real stems to use this year.

This weekend I made pumpkins with real stems!

I think my favorite is the burlap one

The bright orange velvet one is cute

 Three little white velvet pumpkins

 My cloche wouldn't fit over the pumpkins  : (

They won't stay on this table
I will use a single large pumpkin so the cloche will fit

The stems are a little large for these pumpkins
but, by George, I was going to use them!!!
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Here are some pumpkins that I made last year
 There is something about grouping 
three pumpkins together that I love

 What a good use for an old orange chenille bedspread!

Pieces of vintage doilies and fabric strips added a little something

 And, the stem?  Yes, it's a twig from my yard.
Thus, the reason for wanting real pumpkin stems!

 I love these black velvet pumpkins from lasts year

I bought $1.00 pumpkins from the dollar store
just to use their stems - painted them white for contrast.
Again, the reason for wanting real pumpkin stems

I will be making more pumpkins.  I might even make a few larger ones to take to City Farmhouse Pop up Show!!! 
Have a great week!
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Joining these parties:
Coastal Charm  Show and Share
A Stroll Thru Life   Table Top Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants  What's it Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style   Wow Us Wednesdays
From My Front Porch To Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday
Nan Cherrow  Fridays Unfolded
Feathered Nest Friday  French Country Cottage


  1. Rhonda,
    Sorry to hear that you got so wet...but it looks like it was worth it to get all of those cute stems. You have done a beautiful job on your pumpkins and I'm sure they will sell good at CF! Leaving for Roundtop/Warrenton early Tuesday morning...hoping I find lots of treasures.


  2. All your pumpkins are so pretty, Rhonda! This is one project I haven't attempted ~ yet anyway. : )

  3. Your pumpkins are so very pretty. The real stems totally make them. We have a pumpkin patch down the road that I will have to investigate for stems.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. Maybe you will find some - look for little ones too - wish I had gotten more.

  4. Your new pumpkins look great with those real stems for sure. I really liked the burlap one too, and that vignette with the pumpkins and the platters
    is beautiful. Really lovely............

    Blessings, Nellie

  5. Your pumpkins are adorable! Love the real stems too...worth a little soaking to get those!

  6. Lucky you to find those stems! I love the white velvet pumpkins, and the orange chenille ones. The one with the crochet doily over it looks like a spider web! I bought some fabric last year to make some pumpkins and still haven't -- I know where there's a pumpkin patch every year so maybe I'll go there and gain some incentive (and maybe some stems!) Good luck with your show!

  7. I adore all of your cute pumpkins! I had quite a few real pumpkins last year and remembered to keep the stems, so I will be using those when I make some more pumpkins this year. The orange chenille ones are just too cute!


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