Friday, September 25, 2009

I Finished a Project...It's a Miracle!

Can you believe it? I actually finished a project in just a few days time. I know...it's shocking considering my recent track record. I had a craft day with my niece Becca and she encouraged me to get to it and get it done. I'm not sure I would have gotten this much done if she hadn't been here to help me. She is a brilliant and talented artist and I totally took advantage of her skills. We brainstormed about what to do with the pumpkins. They were so darn boring, and needed some serious pizazz! I am loving what we came up with. Can a person be in love with pumpkins? That's totally creepy...right?



I wanted a bird, and what did she say? "Oh..ok let me sketch it out real quick". Being the novice artist that I am, I was thinking she might need some paper to practice on. Nope. Right then and there she penciled in the cutest most perfect bird ever. Exactly what I had envisioned!


Then we decided on a birdcage for the big pumpkin on the other side. Once again, to my utter amazement she sat there and drew out the most adorable birdcage. The perfect touch of whimsy. I wish you could see the bottom of it. It's all scrolly and swirly and I hate that the moss covers it up. I HEART that birdcage pumpkin!!!


Here they are all dolled up and spookified with spanish moss dripping from the edges.


And the perfect little touch...a Dollar Tree crow perched on the edge of the urn.
True love!


Add a black feather wreath and some polka dot ribbon and call it done, my friend! I don't think I have words to describe how much I looooooove my front porch right now. I have gone out there 8 times this evening just to admire it and take pictures of it. I feel pretty sure my neighbors have concluded that I'm a freak by now, so it's all good. No shame or embarrassment here.


Oh...one more thing. My niece who I mentioned earlier has a blog too. She's been in a blogging slump for a while and I think she needs a little shove. I would be so happy if y'all could stop by and say hi and leave her a sweet little comment. I'm sure it would make her day. Maybe, just maybe we can get her back in the swing of things. Now go on...and click on over to Becca @ Frankly My Dearest and tell her Manda sent ya!


62 comments:

Kristens Creations said...

You have some fabulous ideas! I love these topiaries, they turned out soooo cute! I love how you painted them!

I feel like I can't get things done too. I have a desk in my garage I've been meaning to paint for almost 2 months now. I'm determined to get it done this weekend!!

Love your blog! Kristen

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

These topiaries are just too cute...sure wish I could draw like you niece can...great talent there.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,
Linda

Kristina P. said...

Love.

jojo said...

love,love,love it... can I just say how much I love it??!!? On my way over to Beccas right now...have a good weekend!

Trina said...

Shut up, that is amazing! I love it!

Joy said...

OH SO CUTE!!! I LOVE THE TOPIARIES!

Lisa B. said...

I LOVE, LOVE your finished topiaries!! You have a very talented niece!!

Paula said...

Your project is darling! I don't blame you for taking pictures and admiring it all evening. I love it!

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

love it! now i want to run out and buy a white pumpkin. First I'll have to wake my hubs up to watch the baby~lol

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the way they turned out, Amanda! I have a single planter in front of my house that I'm kicking around doing something with this weekend. I've purchased some supplies for simple projects in the past few weeks, but most of them haven't been touched yet. I'll probably get my fall and halloween related projects done first, then plan for these others.

Jenn said...

Thumbs up!! Wish I had somewhere on my porch to create some of these topiaries. But, sadly, they might never get done if I did!

Love the idea of the birds!

Pam Walter said...

Fabulous! I can just se all of your neighbors driving by just to see your decor. www.satisfiedsole.com

Carmen said...

Ahhh yes! Love them!!!! I think some black and white pumpkins are in order at my house! Now I'll go check out your niece's blog.

Infarrantly Creative said...

OMG I absolutely love it. Totally adorable and fun! Not creepy at all...classy I say.

Christie said...

Amazing Job! I can't believe your neice just sketched those out, wow! I also love the black/white polkadots and the Dollar Tree crow and spanish moss just add that perfect lil extra touch. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

OH MY GOSH GIRL! This is so darn cute I can't stand it! I love it. YOu both did a great job and I love the end result...so tres crow chic!
I'm lovin' this idea of the bird cage! You outdid yourself on this one!
Blessings,
Debbie

Nicole said...

Looks great! Very cool idea!

randee said...

oh - i love it! i mean i love them. no i love everything.

i do the same thing when something turns out right on the front porch. i'm sure my neighbors think i'm a kook because i take weekly pictures of the front of my house. but not this week - nothing to see, nothing to show. gotta get in gear. fall is here!

i'm gonna have to keep coming back here to look a few more thousand times, i'm sure.

9405018--Pat said...

OMG! I love the way they turn out....thanks for shaing...Pat H

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

I love your front porch too! Very clever to paint the birdcage and have the bird outside the cage. I would love to make the pumpkin topiary for either side of my garage door. I am heading to Michals tomorrow for craft supplies. Hope they have another super duper white pumpkin sale!

Felicia said...

Sooo stinking cute!! I love your ideas! What kind of paints do you use for the pumpkins??

Jennifer said...

It turned out great! I love the birdcage... cute idea!! Heading over to tell your niece what a great job she did!

Pam said...

I'm so in love with your pumpkins!!

Rachelle said...

The bird cage is PERFECT. I love it. I'll be copying it, don't you worry. ;)

Thanks for sharing!!

Rachelle

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Yay! This is awesome! Your niece did a fabulous job!

horse loving lineman's wife said...

Cute cute cute pumpkins!

Keri Lyn @ She Saved said...

Darling!! love it!

Brakes and Gas said...

Gorgeous! What a unique take on fall decor. I love the black and white! And that bird-cage too fab!

Leanne said...

Waaaay Cute! Love the way it looks on your porch. And love the bird and bird cage. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Mother Hood said...

Beautiful!

jenjen said...

Those are adorable! Great job. I bought some but haven't gotten around to doing them yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

XOXO
Jen

Becca @ Frankly My Dearest said...

these pumpkins really do look awesome. I want to do some on a smaller scale for my front door.

thanks for the mention. im back to blogging, i wrote something today, go check it out!

Susan S. said...

Love what you did with the black and white theme. I think I'd be parking myself right on those front steps and just enjoy AND enjoy everyone ELSE enjoying it too! GOOD JOB!

Girly Stuff said...

I think I am going to do this! You have inspired me. And I am jealous of your connection.

How about I caromal color your furniture pieces and you make me some pumpkins?

Jenglamgirl said...

Love it Amanda! I love that you show that it doesn't have to be Orange, black, white, even purple. That you can make it halloween sleek and fab. Love it! I see that polka dots is the trend especially on white pumpkins. Can't wait to put polka dots on mine! thanks for sharing your pumpkin topiary's ;)

Shannon said...

Wow! Too cute!! Love that birdcage!

Lindsay said...

Oh my! SO cute!

Angie said...

I'd be going out there too and looking and taking pics because they look awesome! I may have to do something similar!

Tracey said...

So stinkin' cute! I came over for a few minutes and already saw several things I want to try--had to subscribe via email right away. I hope I win the Nester's giveaway!

Jess said...

You and Becca make a great team! Those are by far the cutest pumpkins I have ever seen. Great job.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Manders!!! Back from Nashville and I had to come see if you finished your pumpkins. ;) LOVE the bird cage!!!! Your front porch looks so cute!!! You won't have anyone try to steal that crow on Halloween will you?

Stacey said...

WOW! You are amazing girl!! Love it!

julie said...

hey! i just found your blog from the nester and love it! i will be copying some of the pumpkins you have! i love pumpkins! so, what are you planning for the craft night at your church? i help with the womens ministry at my church and they would like me to do a craft night! i would love to hear what yours is about! look forward to visiting more!

Runner Mom said...

Hey! I just found your blog from the nester, too! It's wonderful--love your precious ideas! I'll have to run to the Dollar Tree and see if I can find me some pumpkins to paint!

I'll be back to visit! Come over if you have minute!
Hugs!
Susan

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I love! these! They're awesome!

Molly Lou Gifts said...

THESE ARE AMAZING!!! WOW...congratulations! You did a fantastic job and I am so impressed.I am totally in love with them too, so if that's creepy at least you have someone else there with you.

I just found you and am so glad I did. I look forward to seeing and hearing other things from you!!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Those look great!

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

Oooh, add me to the list of creepy people in love with your pumpkins! lol
That is THE coolest! I was so inspired by your blk & wht pumpkin schemes... I was at Michael's yesterday (with a 3yo and 1yo - what was I thinking?) and I managed to get blk and wht ribbon... and I'm going to try spray painting pumpkins white... and I'll let you know how it all comes out. Too bad I don't have an artsy niece!
Love, love it!! Too cool!

anhesty said...

ADORABLE! great job! i lovesss it!!!

MaRiN said...

Seriously! How Cute!!!! I am totally going out and buying me some white pumpkins tomorrow....love this idea!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

OMIGOSH>..love them!!!!! The birdcage..and the bird...fab. cherry

Kim said...

Great idea. I have a contemporary style and these would look great!

Annette said...

Love it! I know what you mean about the neighbors. I just completed a pumpkin topiary project (complete with Christmas lights) and I am sure the neighbors were wondering why was I outside at night taking pics of my house!

Shannon said...

Those are so cool! I love the black and white. Great job! I hope you will link up for the Posh Porch Party this October.

Richella said...

Just look how many comments you've gotten on this post! Good for you!! I know you feel so happy to have gotten this done. I just pulled out my Hallowe'en decorations--funny how those make you smile, isn't it?

Your topiaries do look wonderful, and I'm impressed with the way you made them. So what can we make into a topiary for Thanksgiving? Christmas?

Kathleen said...

I know it's not right to be jealous.... but i am TOTALLY jealous of your super awesome pumpkins!!! You did a great job! I think I am going to have to do something like that (I dont have the urns, so I will have to improvise). Way to go!!!

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

These are beautiful! How fun! I am laughing thinking of my own self and how I am in the front yard taking pictures all the time...how embarassing! Glad to know I am not the only one!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

I LOVE them!!!! She is super talented!!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Oooo!! I do love that birdcage pumpkin too. So fun!! I can't believe it's already the 7th! I'm feeling so behind. Haven't put up any Halloween decorations but I do have Fall up. Phew!

Jenni Kimpel said...

What a fantastic idea! I also am in love with white pumpkins lately. I need to get some before the season is gone!

Jenni from Overambitious and Lazy

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

Hi! If you are interested I would love for you to join us at our Spooktacular Inspiration Link Party

trickortreat said...

These look so great! I posted a picture on my blog with a link here.

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