Tuesday Ten: Pumpkin Decorating

It’s October! This is when the leaves start to change, cuddling under blankets becomes a must, and things get spooky, festive, and fun! This is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a great excuse for parties, baking, and crafting. This year, I’ve become a little obsessed with finding new ways to decorate pumpkins. Of course, I won’t do away with the traditional carving – I just couldn’t not carve a pumpkin, that would be ridiculous! So instead, I intend to buy several pumpkins and choose a few new things to try out on them…which I’m sure is going to drive my boyfriend crazy when he’s down to visit and I drag him to a pumpkin patch to load up on pumpkins (Sorry in advance, Jim).

I’ve linked most of the pictures below to the site where you can find directions on how to create that type of pumpkin. There were a few that I couldn’t find, but they should be similar to the other pictures within that category. Just click on the photos to find out how to execute each design. Happy decorating!

  1. Glitter – You can make glitter polka dots, glitter shapes, glitter covered pumpkins, use colored glitter, and so much more.

  2. Rhinestones – With rhinestones there are endless possibilities. You can vary the shapes, make a design, make abstract art – let your creative side go wild!

  3. Ribbons, Tulle, & Buttons – These embellishments are a very classy way to upgrade your pumpkin decor. My mom always taught me that tulle can be a girl’s best friend when used correctly.

  4. Black Paint – By using black paint, you can give your pumpkins a different vibe. Be creative, make them spooky or goth-esque, ad stripes or dots, or just paint on a jack o’ lantern face!

  5. Paint – Paint in general is a great way to make your pumpkins stand out exactly how you want them too. Use different types of paint, paint on designs, or let your kids go free and make their own pumpkin designs without the mess of pumpkin guts.

  6.  Lace – Simple and elegant  Use tights or lace fabric. I actually found some Martha Stewart lace pumpkin covers at JoAnn’s Fabrics a few weeks ago and snapped them up to try this year. I looked online and couldn’t find a link, otherwise I would’ve posted it to show you.

  7. Polka Dots – This can be done in many different ways. I’ve already shown you how to do it with glitter and paint up above, but this is creative in a different way.
  8. Chalkboard – Super fun for kids or classrooms. Totally cute and simple.
  9. Sequins – Here’s where your crafty side would need to find some patience. Using sequins may take a good amount of time, depending on your design. But doesn’t it look adorable?
  10. Stencils – This is an easy way to get the design that you want without all of the fuss.


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday night! Well..technically it’s either already Saturday, or almost Saturday, depending on where you are. But still, happy end of the week! I hope you all had a wonderful week and have something fun going on this weekend. Here are a few of my favorites from this past week.

  1. Favorite Snack: Ritz Cracker Fresh Stacks (Come in separate stacks that are great to throw in your bag for a snack at work, school, or on the road)

  2. Favorite Bit of Advice:

  3. Favorite Smile:

  4. Favorite Bit of News: Taylor Swift’s new album, titled Red, is due out October 22, 2012!

  5. Favorite Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes (My favorite flavors are Red Velvet & Chocolate Chocolate Chip)


Tuesday Ten: Before Summer is Over

It’s already mid July! Summer 2012 seems to be flying by so quickly. But while we still have some time left, I thought I’d share with you 10 things that I feel you simply must do before the end of the summer.

  1. Go on a picnic. Make some sandwiches, grab a blanket and some friends or a loved one, find a grassy patch in a park and have yourself a good time.
  2. Go to an amusement park. Any kind you want. Play games, go on rides, walk around until your feet hurt. Enjoy a day away from work, school, and stress. Just play.
  3. Play with water.Have a water balloon fight, buy a couple of water guns and go at it, go swimming, run through the sprinklers, walk along the shore, take a trip to a water park. However you want to do it, get to it! Summer is the best time to get wet and wild.
  4. Take a drive.One of my favorite things to do is drive through the hills near my house. It takes a bout 30 minutes if I take the short way, and that’s just enough of a break from all the traffic, drama, and craziness that life has to offer to allow me to clear my head. You can go with a friend, or just blast music by yourself, whatever fits your mood. So grab your keys, pick a route, and start driving!
  5. Go to the movies.They keep it cool in theaters, so it’s a perfect way to get out of the heat for a while. Plus, movies are just fun – especially with all the popcorn and candy.
  6. Lay in the sun.Grab a chair, a towel, or whatever you have handy, find a nice spot (whether it be in your backyard or on a beach). Lay back and relax as you soak up the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen though! Make sure you cover yourself in that first so you’re not left with a bad sunburn.
  7. Make s’mores.Who doesn’t love making s’mores?! Have a bonfire on a beach, light up the fire pit in your backyard, or simply open your oven. Roasting marshmallows doesn’t have to be a camping only activity. You can do it wherever you want! Make a date out of it, get some friends in on the action, and enjoy!
  8. Make a smoothie. Grab your favorite fruits, toss ’em in the blender, and you’ve got a healthy and delicious snack. There are some great smoothie recipes here.
  9. See an outdoor movie. I lovegoing to the drive-in. It’s such a fun experience. Bundle up, bring blankets, a car with a big trunk or seats that fold down, your own popcorn and candy and you’ve got yourself your own traveling theater. This is perfect for date nights and family outings. And drive-ins aren’t your only option. Some parks show movies on big screens outside, some boardwalks show movies on the beach, and you can even turn your backyard into a theater with a projector and a big sheet.
  10. Have a Barbecue.There’s nothing better than an old family-style BBQ. Have a potluck, throw some burgers and dogs on the grill and have an evening of food, friends, and conversation.