I’ve tried really hard to find the changing leaves in our area in Massachusetts!! Because of an unusually warm fall and lots of rain, the leaves are not as vivid as usual, but I did manage to find some pockets to bring to you!!
This is in Rocky Woods Reservation in Medfield, MA, I highly recommend visiting it for a beautiful short hike or a long one, there are many trails!!
Victor and I walked around the pond and remembered how we would ice skate on that very pond, when we were kids!! Now, there is a sign saying “NO SKATING!!”😂
I am so excited to show you how to make these lush colorful pumpkins!!
I saw these fun velvet pumpkins on Pinterest…there are many methods of making them, but this way is easy, the no-sew way!!
These are the materials you’ll need: 1/2 yard of velvet material, a bag of rice, polyester fiber fill, toilet paper rolls, sticks for stems, newspaper for pattern, a glue gun, scissors and common pins.
It was fun to make these pumpkins with Gina, but you could also make these with children, it’s that easy!! Cut out a 15 inch circle on newspaper for the pattern. If you want 3 different sizes, you can also cut out a 17 inch and a 19 inch circle of newspaper. Then pin the newspaper pattern onto the fabric and cut it out.
To put together pumpkins, place about 1/3 cup of rice on the wrong side of the fabric circle. Then place half of a toilet paper roll in the center of the fabric, on top of the rice. Next, grab three or four handfuls of poly fill stuffing and place it evenly around the tube. It’ll squish down quite a bit, so add enough that it’s about twice as big as your desired finished pumpkin size.
To form the pumpkin shape, grab the fabric on either side, pull it up and over the poly fill, and stuff it down into the tube. You could add some glue to the inside of the tube first. At first this will be a little tricky, but just keep going around and stuffing the fabric in the tube while holding it with your other hand. After a few stuffs it’ll start to stay on it’s own.
To add the stem, put a generous amount of craft glue on the end of a 4 inch stick. Then push and twist it down into the center of the pumpkin. Hold it in place for a minute or so and then it should be good to go!! A little note about the sticks…I prefer a gnarly stick, but if you prefer a more perfect stick, that’s fine too😉
These are the pumpkins I made first! I crafted rosettes out of the fabric, it’s a little tricky, but with practice I got better…click here for a good tutorial to follow!
Once I started, I couldn’t stop!! I got creative and added brooches and pins to the base of the stems!!
And then I was making them for gifts!! This leopard one went to my sister-in-law Patty for her birthday…the spider brooch was part of her gift, she can take it off and wear it!!
This gold pumpkin is a gift I gave to my friend Sue and she sent me a photo of it on her mantel!!
No bows for Gina’s pumpkin, as she says, “I’m not a bow person!!” How about those guys on each side of her pumpkin, perfect for a yoga teacher, like Gina!!
And these glittery aqua pumpkins, I made for Gina and me, they match the decor in our homes!! The spiders are earrings and the leaf is a pin…so these velvet pumpkins make great gifts or you can decorate your home for the holidays with them!!
Now we are in Virginia…let us take you for a walk in our neighborhood to see some visions of fall doorways, in the South…
In the photo on the left, the pumpkin stacking reminded me of one that I did (the right photo), on our porch, a few years ago!!
This front entryway is simple, yet lovely and effective!
The front porch on this house is so inviting, what a charming home!!
Isn’t this house something out of the Adams Family? But I love the naturalness of it!!
Halloween is literally on our doorstep…Sometimes I dread it coming, but other times I embrace the spooky and child emotions inside!! This year I’m doing the latter!! Our grandsons are making the trip up to The Yellow House, and so I’m digging down deep to the child inside and getting my spooky on🧙♀️
🎃HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL👻