Sunday, September 13, 2009

Personalize Your Pumpkins

Ok, here is all you need for a quick and easy project to get you in the mood for Fall...




An assortment of scrapbooking rub on letters or stickers...




And some dollar store pumpkins begging to be painted white.


I literally painted these with my finger last year because I couldn't find a brush. It was most likely the middle of the night, so I improvised. I used regular old craft paint and went to town finger painting. I will admit it was slightly fun and addicting...and I ended up painting an entire bag of mini pumpkins too!



I used clear stickers and rub on letters to monogram my cutie white pumpkins and tied a little bow on top. The perfect touch of whimsy to my spooky Halloween decor (which I cannot wait to show you, but am resisting for a few more weeks).




These polka dot pumpkins started out as the orange ones from the dollar store too. Yes, I painted them with my finger...including the dots. The tip of your finger makes a perfect polka dot, by the way.




And just in case you were wondering where I disappeared to last week...let me show you a bit of what I was up to. The blocks above are just a sampling of what I was and am still working on!


Cut
Sand
Paint
Glue
Cut
Sand
Seal
Package
Ship...
REPEAT!



In addition, I am in charge of a craft night at my church this weekend called Fab Friday. It is going to be loads of fun, but I will be able to breathe better when it's over. Thank goodness I have a fabulous committee who are my right and left hand! Seriously, I couldn't do it without them....do you hear me Michelle? 8 different crafts, holiday food demonstrations, and dinner for 50 plus people? Yes...thank heavens for committees. Anyway,I will try and do better this week with my posting. I was a major slacker last week. Thanks for sticking with me even when I don't deserve it.





I LOVE Y'ALL!!!


44 comments:

Nancy said...

Gee, too bad you don't have much of a life. ;-) You are awesome with all you've been working on. I'm lovin those monogramed punkins! Too cute!

Nancy

theborrowedabode said...

I laughed when I read the part about using your finger because you couldn't find a brush. That is SO something I'd do when hit with inspiration. . . I'm not one to patiently wait to carry out a project the "correct" way.

Great idea to paint the pumpkins to match your room!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I just KNEW you'd be doing something cute with your pumpkins. I have the same colored rub-on monograms. I think some monograming needs to be done to some of my little punkin pies.

Giiiiirrrrlllll...I want to hear more about that crafty thing going on at your church. Please take some photos and tell us all about it!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Oh, and p.s. .... I just loved seeing the giant stack of wood. All I could think was "I could do so many wonderful things with that pile!" :)

Felicia said...

What cute ideas! I love the polka dot pumpkins!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

It is amazing what a little paint will do for something. The pumpkins turned out darling! I had a pumpkin post today too, must be that Fall is in the air. :)

Room to Inspire said...

Love the polka dot and monogram pumpkins...I think I hear the dollar store calling my name!

Chelsea

Angie said...

LOVE the pumpkins! SO cute! I'm headed to the $ store tomorrow, so I'll have to keep on the lookout! :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love those polka dots...gotta have some! I have been looking for rub ons and having trouble finding them...where do you get yours?
Blessings,
Linda

mommynoodles said...

OMGoodness,sooooo adorable!! And finger painting is relaxing,isn't it?? lol It let's us be a kid again! Can't wait to see more pics. and projects. Have a "BLESSED" week!
Natalie,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the idea of the stickers and rub-ons, Amanda! I've been putting off buying pumpkins because I thought they were a bit too much at the craft store, but never thought of the Dollar store. I'll have to head over there. The polka dot ones are cute and I can't believe you used your finger!

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I love it! I've been looking for white pumpkins. Didn't even think of buying Dollar Tree ones and painting them. Awesome!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

(Gasping) 'Manda, they are all beautiful!!! I (heart) the monogrammed ones. :) Today is the first day of preschool, so I can say with some assurance that I might be able to make it through a trip to The Dollar Tree with only one child. :)

Michelle said...

Such adorable pumpkins...you did a great job! Hope all goes well with the craft night! Enjoy a wonderful week!

~Michelle :)

Richella said...

My goodness, Amanda! You have been busy! Good for you!

Thank you for showing us your pumpkins from last year. Last fall was "before my time" in the blogging world, so while this project may be something you've shown before, I've never seen it! How fun!

Take care!
Love,
Richella

Tammy said...

So cute, thanks for the inspiration! There aren't many things better than white pumpkins in the fall!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Stacey said...

Love all of your pummy's! I can't wait to see the your spooky ones.
Good luck at your craft fair!!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I am So using that idea on my pumpkins...please OH pleasssssssse Post your Halloween stuff...I am starting my decoration this week!

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

I love your white pumpkins! I am running over the the $ store at lunch hope I find some to paint!

anhesty said...

very cute!!!

jenjen said...

So cute! I can't wait to get some pumpkins and get to work!

Have a wonderful day!!!

XOXO
Jen

Cherish said...

The white little pumpkins are adorable! I'm definintely "borrowing" your idea!! : )

Robin said...

So Cute! Love the idea, may just have to make my own. Thanks.

Lisa said...

I LOVE your white polka dot pumpkins!!

Lisa B.

Stacie said...

Fab friday definitely sounds fab! When things calm down for you, I'd love some details about what exactly you do and how your schedule for the event works, if you wouldn't mind sharing (staciebuys@yahoo.com). It sounds like something the gals at my church might like!

Angie said...

Yes, you have inspired me to get on with my fall decorating! I have got to do these CUTE pumpkins!

Sandi (Meme) said...

Great ideas, but don't you think you're a bit of an over achiever? Ha! You sure make us others look bad, ya know? Have a great week.

Dina's Days said...

With your finger?!! that's awesome! I love the polka dotted ones!

Susan S. said...

Wow Amanda...you're awesome! Those white "Finger painted" pumpkins are devine! LOVE IT! Gonna Steal the idea! I like you whimsical touch with Halloween...I don't like scary, bloody, icky stuff....but your stuff if precious! I feel a trip to the Dollar Store coming on. Too funny about finger painting...when you want to paint...you just gotta paint! ME TOO!

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

I have been thinking nonstop of your blk and wht monogrammed pumpkins since I saw them on your blog a few wks ago. LOVE.THEM. I'm obsessed, seriously! And they'll go so perfectly with the witchy Halloween party I'm cooking up.

SO.... how long are you going to make us wait for your Halloween decor? Because I'm dying to get more ideas and I'll know you'll have some amazing ones!!

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

Those are some smashing pumpkins...I love them! I might have to try a little pumpkin painting!

Kim

Designed with Purpose said...

I just found your blog and I am loving it! For real, those monogrammed pumpkins, Love them! I have seen them in the magazines for way expensive!

The Judsons said...

I hear you! You are so sweet! I am the lucky one to have someone so fabulous to work with. I think I'm just hoping some of your creativeness will rub off on me! Those pumpkins are super cute. I can't wait to have a house I can actually decorate!
Love ya!
Michelle

Rebecca said...

Just when I think I know how to decorate for Halloween, you go and show me something else fabulous! I love those!!

Good luck with Fab Friday. We have Super Saturdays every year. I would love you to show pictures of the crafts and food demos you do. Something to pass along to our committee! THanks :)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow Amanda, I want to go to church that night! Sounds fun! I love your idea for the painted and personalized pumpkins. They turned out adorable! I'm in a painting mood...I'm off to find some pumpkins!
Thanks,
Debbie

Mandi Shandi said...

Fab Friday sounds fantastic, and with you in charge I know it will be FAB! I love the pumpkins, and everything else you have been making. So glad to see your ETSY store is thriving!!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Ahhh....these look great!!! I love the polka dot ones. I need to get my hands on some pumpkins.


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Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the black & white pumpkins. Espeically the one with the monogram. Very cute! Thanks for sharing.

Jess said...

Okay...I will be on the look out for those pumpkins at my DT!
You are the best! I don't know how you do it all. Can't wait to hear how it went!

Pam Walter said...

The black and white pumpkins are great and I love the blocks! Really getting me in the mood for fall and the holidays. www.satisfiedsole.com

jen @ the inspiration studio said...

Okay, I admit it...I've been lurking for a little while now...I love your blog, but for some reason I've always been a little too shy to comment. I don't know why. I've added your blog to my blogroll...I hope you don't mind. Feel free to stop by if you want.

I LOVE those white pumpkins! They are so stinkin adorable! I think I am going to have to get my booty down to the dollar store asap!

The Phillips Place said...

CUTE pumpkins! Did you really fingerpaint them? That's hilarious!

Don't worry about slacking-- I have hardly even done any blogreading lately! Life has had other plans! Here's to getting back in the swing of things!

And those holiday blocks-- making me feel all Christmasy! :)

Have a great weekend!

The Hershey Bryces said...

Amanda - I have been following you faithfully for the past many months and LOVE it all! I am the Enrichment Counselor in our ward here in Hershey, PA and have Super Saturday in 10 hours and counting . . . I'll be up all night doing last minute stuff I'm sure! I have no doubt you know what I mean :) Anyway, PLEASE share what you are doing with all the boards. My M-I-L just asked me to send her ideas of what to do in her ward for Super Saturday as well (she's also the HFPE counselor and very crafty). I would love to pass on a couple of FABULOUS ideas as I know that's what you have :) I hope things are going well for you tonight!
Suzette
Hershey, PA
bryce_home@yahoo.com

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I hesitate to plan to paint over anything I see because I am a bad painter..and then you go and tell me you painted yours with a finger (and they still look fab!)

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